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Last dragon standing av G. A. Aiken (pseud.…
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Sexy and outrageous humor. --Romantic Times I know what they see when they look at me. The charming, soft-spoken dragoness bred from the most powerful of royal bloodlines. A disguise stronger than any battle shield that allows me to keep all suitors at tail's length. A technique that's worked until him. Until Ragnar the Cunning, handsome barbarian warlord and warrior mage from the desolate Northlands. Unlike those who've come before him, he does not simply submit to my astounding charm and devastating smile. Instead, he dismisses me as vapid, useless and, to my great annoyance, rather stupid! Yet I'll allow no male to dismiss me. Soon he'll learn my worth, my many skills, and the strength of my will. For this one challenges me enough to make me want to ruthlessly taunt him, tease him and, finally, when the trap is set, bring him to his knees.… (mer)
Medlem:ohwowbooks
Titel:Last dragon standing
Författare:G. A. Aiken (pseud. Shelly Laurenston)
Info:Zebra (2010), Edition: 1, Paperback, 352 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:fiction, fantasy/romance, sword and sorcery, planetary romance, dragons-fiction, centaurs-fiction, Dragon kin #4, linked-characters series

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Back in 2012 is when I first read this one and I didn’t care for it, but now after listening to the audio I ended up enjoying Last Dragon Standing more. I think I enjoyed it more; because it's the second time around and because the audio made it that much more enjoyable. I also picked up a lot more and on the subplot too.

Our lead Keita the Viper is vapid, but it's all an act. I never liked Keita, but she's grown on me and the audio helped. Maybe it's that the humor comes out better in sound as well as the characters personality. Still she's my least favorite dragon and this is my least favorite book in the series.

Ragnar is a Lightning dragon from the Northern territories and is the leader of his clan. He's both a warrior, mage, and cunning in his efforts to keep his people secure and safe.

Audio Jan. 2019: I enjoyed the audio. I gave this book a 3 Star in 2012, but with the audio I now feel it’s a 4 Star.

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  angelsgp | May 14, 2021 |
This had some seriously good moments. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
Keita won't forgive Ragnar for abducting her and returning her home. Then spendn a good portion of the book being antagonistic toward each other.
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  wyldheartreads | Jun 20, 2019 |
Last Dragon Standing
1 Star

I don’t know what happened - the other books in this series were at least readable but this one is so drawn out that it leaves no option but to skim.

The romance is disappointing mainly because Keita is a spoiled, selfish and spiteful heroine and the hero, Ragnar, deserves so much better. Even the love/hate relationship (a favorite trope of mine) couldn’t rescue their relationship.

The plot revolving around a conspiracy to kill the Dragon Queen has potential but drags and the constant transition between viewpoints distracts from the story. Moreover, the entire book is basically a set up for the upcoming war and there is no resolution to either Ragnar and Keita’s romance or the larger storyline.

As I’m not that interested in what happens next, the series is going on the back burner for now. Maybe I’ll get back to it sometime. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
Ah, this book. The first that will start making or breaking the series for some people if they haven't gotten to that point already. I am wondering if it is because Keita is a female character, not male, and rather than being a kick ass overt bad ass she plays up the pretty pretty princess fashion obsessed thoughtless chatter box trope. Keita doesn't physically bust heads, she either gets others to bust the heads for her or she poisons them. In all counts she out smarts them, even when she herself is 'caught' and outsmarted.

Again, this book is more....plot than porn. While there is a relationship focus there are many other plot points. Good old sexism double standards rears its head in more ways than one.

Keita is more or less a female Gwenvael and arguably even better at being so more than Gwenvael himself. She seems to have a habit of getting in over her head and some how managing to get out of the situations more or less physically unscathed with her intended target burnt to the ground. Her reputation is more or less in tatters and she uses that to her advantage. She is not overtly strong but she is very good at playing the roll of the weak, vapid princess to her advantage and covertly destroying a perceived threat to her family, friends and the realm. It's all fun and games until someone who is not her mother, sister or herself calls her a useless vapid whore. Then it is pain and destruction or worse, lifeless proper-royal mundanity that may or may not conclude in a bout of mysterious poisoning.

Ragnar is more or less a dragon male Dagmar. Like Dagmar, he thinks very highly of his intelligence and cleverness and is very judgey when it comes to a person's perceived intelligence and over all 'usefulness'. Keita, despite claiming other wise, is actually very sensitive to being being seen and treated as the very vapid, useless thing she so often plays the part of. The two clash, Ragnar being Ragnar judges Keita fairly, but unjustly. He realizes his mistake, genuinely apologizes and then Keita is back to her crazy antics and back to playing the role of the vapid, useless thing like nothing happened. Only this time they are both 'in' on the game and work together. Though Keita still breaks off and runs off to do things on her own. It catches up to her but lucky for her, Ragnar and her siblings still stick with her.

Various side plots build up, conclude and split off different directions.
The over all book is basically a set up for the upcoming war, Keita and Ragnar's is not really officially 'resolved' as they are together but Ragnar has not branded Keita. Mostly because she does not want to be branded- yet. There is more alluded to the larger over all storyline but details aren't really explained or set. Why is Annwyl and the babies so important? Why are the babes so strange and powerful or even exist? Why is this war even happening and why are the god meddling in their lives?

What really bugged me/got me mad was the turn in Izzy and Eibhears relationship- hence the sexist double standard rearing up and sticking out with its poison.

*** Spoiler to Spoiler-ish***

With all the build up of Izzy and Eibhear's relationship, it essentially explodes with Eibhear calling Izzy a whore who 'ruined herself' for becoming sexually involved with Celyn. Celyn then has the thoughtless nerve to act like a smug cocky cock about being Izzy's 'first' and then plays the sad wounded victim when Eibhear lashes out and beats him near to death. Thus initiating Eibhear from sweet 'innocent' endearing hatching-child into an emotionally unstable, selfish emo-like adult.

Izzy gets blamed for it and, if you stick around for the next book, gets labeled as the'whore who got between two cousins' by pretty much all of her female dragon relatives. Infuriating and disgusting.

However, the people who are important- being her mother Talaith and Annwyl are perhaps the only two to care about how all this shit affects Izzy and provide her with support and comfort. Talaith is unphased, reminding Izzy that she was far younger when she started having sex and became pregnant. Annwyl provides words of comfort and in the end Izzy cares more about advancing her military career- becoming Queen's squire- than being held to any relationship anyways. Which brings a delightful blow to Celyn's ego. As much as Izzy cared for him and enjoyed him, she cares more about her career than him.


Disgusted with how it's handled but eh, it's sadly still pretty standard fair in media.
Either way it ends on a happy-ish note and we continue on to the next book. Or toss the entire series into the fire and never speak of it ever again. ( )
  S.Summers | Mar 24, 2017 |
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Sexy and outrageous humor. --Romantic Times I know what they see when they look at me. The charming, soft-spoken dragoness bred from the most powerful of royal bloodlines. A disguise stronger than any battle shield that allows me to keep all suitors at tail's length. A technique that's worked until him. Until Ragnar the Cunning, handsome barbarian warlord and warrior mage from the desolate Northlands. Unlike those who've come before him, he does not simply submit to my astounding charm and devastating smile. Instead, he dismisses me as vapid, useless and, to my great annoyance, rather stupid! Yet I'll allow no male to dismiss me. Soon he'll learn my worth, my many skills, and the strength of my will. For this one challenges me enough to make me want to ruthlessly taunt him, tease him and, finally, when the trap is set, bring him to his knees.

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