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The Dragon Mistress

The Eburosi Chronicles 8, Book 1
Narrated by: Gwendolyn Druyor
Series: The Eburosi Chronicles, Book 8
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

They’re the last five dragons in existence. To survive, they must form soul-bonds with five humans who are pure of heart and resolute of spirit. Too bad they’re stuck with us instead: the angry drunk; the shameless man-whore; the coward who ran away and got his comrades killed; the ice-cold assassin for hire; and me, the girl with abandonment issues as deep and wide as the Southern Sea.

I left home in search of adventure. Instead, I stumbled into the middle of a desperate struggle for survival.

Five people. Five mythical beasts.

If we manage to get through this mess, it’s going to be a miracle.

The Dragon Mistress: Book 1 by USA Today best-selling author R. A. Steffan is a medium-burn fantasy romance series where the heroine doesn’t have to choose one person at the end. It is part of the Eburosi Chronicles, along with The Horse Mistress and The Lion Mistress. It’s not necessary to have heard any of the other books in the series before starting The Dragon Mistress.

A special note for fantasy fans: Herein, you will find explicit love scenes in several interesting and unconventional permutations. If your gut reaction to that is “eww” or even “meh”, you probably won't enjoy this series. Also, be aware that The Dragon Mistress: Book 1 is the first installment of a series arc. It is not intended as a stand-alone book.

©2018 R. A. Steffan (P)2018 R. A. Steffan

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Excellent

This is a brilliant book. Written very well. Lots of action and adventure as well as great humour. Gwendolyn has great personality that she adds to these characters.

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The power of the dragon will grab you

This is my first audio by the USA today author . The story is full of action from the first sentence when the heroine Frella sets things straight.
Frella starts out with a band of people on wagons. She gets a loud bang when a bunch of riders surprised her and the people she’s with . Her mind and mouth let’s loose and the men like it . The men say that Frella has to come with them she has no choice.
The men are interesting , Ari , Raythe and Eldridge form a perfect group even when they are so different.

The narrator is great , Gwendolyn has a smooth clear voice . She played all the parts perfectly

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Oh what an ending!

I really enjoyed this but and was really getting into the story and it ended.......What?.........now I have to wait for the next book?....please don't leave me hanging to long before the next one comes out.
This was fun from the start but got even more interesting as our young and slightly naive heroine Frella journeys to a new land. Being the tough cookie she is she doesn't need help.....until she does, from four very different men. All who have there own skills and demons to offer as well as secrets to keep. There was enough action and adventure to keep the story ticking along nicely, as well as the love interest.
Gwendolyn Druyor was excellent and the prefect choice for the narrator, as with all the different voices it was easy to follow along with and speed by quickly.

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  • Tnack87
  • 11-01-19

likes it

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I was drawn in right away with this book. I liked that there was a nice mix of action drama and romance. also that yes though the heroin was sometimes a little naive she figured her way out of her masses. I would recommend the book for sure.

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  • JulieM
  • 17-12-18

Frella, how I love thee

Every once in a while you meet a character with unique voice. I love this Frella. She's no-nonesense, take charge, adventurous, and in charge of her own sexuality. This is some of the funniest writing Steffan has done in a while, and it's all because of Frella's unique way to of looking at the world.

The gist of the story is that Frella is a lone female traveler in a world that is like our more ancient Middle East or North Africa. She's learned a new language (go her), and is in search of dragons. After her horse is stolen and she's robbed in the first chapter, she meets a bride traveling to her husband and her escorts who help her. During their night of camp, Frella expresses her wish to meet dragons, only sadly find out that they've all been slaughtered. That begins the plot ball rolling, and it's a good one.

I've been listening to Steffan and Druyor for two and a half years now through man different series. I already know I'm a fan, but this is the most balls to the wall fun I've had in a long time. I'm already ready for the next installment, but I have to wait while author and narrator work on other projects.

For new readers/listeners, this is the start of a third series with characters in The Horse Mistress (about Frella's adopted parents) and the The Lion Mistress (about Frella's brother). You truly don't have to read those books to understand what's going on here, but your experience would be richer if you did.

Druyor has a lot of fun with the different accents here. They aren't specific to any certain place, but there are shapes of things she's used before. One of her male characters reminds me of Oksana from the Circle of Blood series because he has a certain lilt to his voice. I also enjoy Frella's adult voice, which is womanly by far but not frail or childlike. It helps the listener like me who has been through 10 books by now to differentiate a twenty-two year old Frella from her at ages four and ten (in the other series respectively).

Anyway, get this. It's fun. You know you want to.

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  • Book Fairy
  • 17-05-19

A really fun adventure

This is the first part of Frella's adventure and I found it intriguing, fast-paced, and incredibly well narrated.

I can't wait to listen to more!

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  • Romance junkie
  • 09-04-19

Action, Suspense, Strong Women and Men,

A story of a woman traveling and exploring the world looking for dragons. As she travels she robbed, beaten and saved. Finding the world is full of all types of people who view and live very different lives..relationships, values and morality.
I like the openness...the belief that there are differences in people and lives..to find the value in the person..
Can’t wait for more of the action
The narrator, Gwendolyn Druyor as done a number of audiobooks for this/these authors...she is a dream..perfect emotion, storytelling ability!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 29-03-19

Great Start to the Series

This is the first book in the Dragon Mistress, and the book 8 in the Eburosi Chronicles (including The Horse Mistress and The Lion Mistress). This is a great start to this fantasy Series. The story is complex, and intriguing. The storyline is filled with action and romance. Frella, Rayth, Aristede, Eldris, and Nyx are interesting characters. The story ends with a cliffhanger. Gwendolyn Druyor did a great narration.

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  • alias11
  • 25-02-19

Loved it!

I loved this story when I read the book, and I love it even more after listening to the audiobook. It's a great plot with a spirited young woman heading out to travel the world and specifically to look for dragons. She runs into thieves, rogues, good, if tormented, guys...and, yes, dragons. It's a fun adventure, laced with humor. There isn't a lot of serious drama, and a mostly light-hearted approach, even to the bad times. I love the characters. They are all layered with pasts and secrets that this first book just begins to reveal. I like the inclusive and open-minded nature of the story - there are LGBT and polyamorous characters and no heavy moral judgements about sexul freedom, as long as it's voluntary. I can't wait to read/listen to more of the story.

The narration was excellent. Ms. Druyor always gets the character attitudes, emotions, and tone perfect, whether serious or humorous.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • TU
  • 08-02-19

Pretty good for what it is

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Although this is book 8 in the series, and the first I've listened to or read, it is the start of a new story arc. So I had no issues getting into the story and enjoying the listen. The narration is well done and very entertaining. The story itself is well written and I found the characters engaging. I found the balance between romance content and fantasy content to be well balanced. All in all, this was pretty good and I have interest in continuing this story arc. I'd even consider going back to the beginning of the series.

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  • Shannon G
  • 02-02-19

Another Excellent Series!!

Once again RA Steffan and Gwendolyn Druyor make an awesome team!! This book grabbed me from the beginning and truly did not let go until the end...which is a total cliffhanger!! I listened to The Lion Mistress series, which this one kind of follows, and loved it. However you don't have to have heard it to enjoy this series. It's totally its own world! The story is very well written and the characters are wonderfully developed, each has their own personality. I can't wait until the next installment is out! The narration by Gwendolyn Druyor was amazing! She does such an awesome job bringing this story to life for the listener. Her ability to give the many characters their own voices and making those voices different from the other series she has narrated for RA Steffan is nothing short of mind blowing! She really knows how to immerse the listener in the story and help them to feel a part of it! I can't recommend this entire series enough! If you enjoy paranormal romances then you have to give this one a shot.

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  • Sairaika
  • 01-02-19

A fiery read!

I left home in search of adventure. Instead, I stumbled into the middle of a desperate struggle for survival...

Oh wow. Wow. What a read! My word! I had such a great time listening to this story, to this world and to these characters.

The writing was fantastic - so addicting and captivating. Wonderful characters. Great story.

Cannot wait for more! Excellent start to this series.

The narrator did a splendid job of breathing life into this book.

Perfect for readers of fantasy romances.

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  • Georgiana
  • 28-01-19

Loved story and narration

I really enjoyed following Frella on her journey and meeting her new comrades she encounters. Frella is constantly getting into trouble but not by choice, mostly because she is a little naive to what is really going on around her. Luckily for her, during one of her little troubled moments she is rescued by some wonderful people. These people happen to help her out in more ways than one. Most importantly they are around when she realizes dragons are real, but that’s just the start of what’s to come. Not only are they real but they choose humans to soul-bond with.

I love when a story can keep me on the edge of my seat and yearning for more. The author is great at details and all the characters have such depth and emotion. It was easy to get sucked into this story as the action and emotions were non-stop.

Gwendolyn Druyor does an amazing job. All the voice changes were fantastic and made it easy to keep up. I can’t wait to hear more from her and I’m excited to find a new narrator who also has me wanting more.