Review: Destiny Kills {Myth & Magic #1} by Keri Arthur

Title: Destiny Kills {Myth & Magic #1}

Author: Keri Arthur

Published: Dell October 2008

Synopsis: Desire calls. Danger Lurks. But… When Destiny McCree wakes up beside a dead man on an Oregon beach, she knows only this: she has to keep moving, keep searching, and keep one step ahead of the forces that have been pursuing her from the heart of Scotland to this isolated spot. Why? The death of her lover has left her alone, with little memory of her past. A glimmering serpent-shaped ring is the one clue she has—and a bargaining chip in a most dangerous game.
Enter Trae Wilson, a master thief with a sexy, knowing grin and a secret agenda of his own. Destiny and Trae both have powers far beyond the human—and both are running for their lives. Together they’re riding a tide of danger, magic, and lust…but with killers stalking their every move, they must use any means necessary, even each other, to survive—until the shocking secret of one woman’s destiny finally unravels.

Status: Read from June 26 to 27, 2011 — I own a copy

My Thoughts:

Destiny Kills has been languishing on my TBR list for a while despite my eagerness to read it because Keri Arthur is Australian (like me).
To be honest I wasn’t sure I would be that interested in dragon shifters, but I quickly discovered I loved the author’s unusual mythology and enjoyed the romance. It proved the perfect distraction as I waited in Emergency for my daughter to have her finger stitched up after a mishap.
I have a stronger preference for UF than PNR and even though the relationship between Destiny and Trae was one of the common instant attraction/soul mate type I thought they worked as a couple. The mildly erotic scenes between the pair were well written and I enjoyed their banter. More importantly to me, the romance didn’t derail, or delay, Detiny’s goals to see her father before he dies and return to Scotland to save her captured mother and the group of captured child dragons.
Destiny is a half sea/half sky dragon and Trae a draman, half human / half sky dragon. Being the first in the series, Arthur sets up a lot of the background for her mythology, having her characters explain the abilities and social structure of the two types of dragons, sea and sky. I thought it was something fresh, not having read much that has included dragons, and generally the information was incorporated quite naturally into the story. Having said that there was a lot of potential in the idea to go beyond the standard formula and I was disappointed that Arthur didn’t push the boundaries a little more.
The first person point of view doesn’t always work for me but I barely even noticed it, from which I draw the conclusion it was well written. The pace and action are good, I was surprised at how quick it was to read.
Destiny Kills is a solid beginning to Arthur’s Myth and Magic series. I assume it will concentrate on a new couple for each installment so while I will happily read the next, Mercy Burns it probably won’t take precedence on my TBR list

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CymLowell

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shy
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 22:05:43

    Like you, I weigh more on UF rather than PNR, so I truly appreciate that this book isn’t focusing too much on the romance part and more on the quest itself. Sounds like a very interesting read and the fact that I have not read many books on Dragons making it more intriguing.

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  2. Alexis
    Jun 30, 2011 @ 11:45:06

    I’m not crazy about dragons or mythology like stories. This one sounds better than I would imagine stories like this to be. I need to be more open-minded. When I am it always turns out well. Great review.

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