My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
This was a very different dragon story than I was expecting, the idea of dragons connecting to human and not actually having them shift was a much-appreciated change. I love when an author can take you from the norm and create a unique world, however I’m not familiar with chakras and meditation, it was interesting to learn about it from a dragon point of view.
Kundalis: Storm Dragon follows Karin a young woman who was on a trip with her friend to a fair. But after her reiki treatment she starts to see visions of a something big and blue. Trying to rid of the thoughts they head back on the road but get in a terrible accident in which she is saved by the very blue creature she saw in her vision. She wakes up in an unfamiliar place being treated by a man named Orrin who doesn’t strike her as a normal doctor. She learns the truth about her survival and that she has been chosen to be an anchor (bearer) to a powerful dragon.
Karin is a great female lead; she is stubborn, strong and in the end takes on a load of responsibility. When the readers first meet Karin she is confused and frightened, she has a lot to learn about why she has been chosen as an anchor to one of the most powerful of the dragons as well as how to handle the dragon itself, whom she names blue. The most interesting relationship with Karin had to be her and blue, their interactions were unusual as they spoke to each other inside Karin’s head. Blue is a born leader and wants Karin to act as such, but Karin wants to go home and not deal with the fact she is now attached to him. Their bickering and challenging towards each other causes a lot of problems but also makes them learn how to work together.
There are quite a few secondary characters but none really caught my interest as much as Karin and Blue did. There is Orrin who is the one constant and guide for Karin, he wants to help her but is frustrated that he can’t see the dragons or be like those who are like her. Their relationship changes over time and I feel there is going to be something big with him in the future books. There are also many other anchors like Karin who have their own dragons, like Cade who wanted Karin to be his mate and Li whose black dragon challenges blue. I’m hoping we get more insight on how they all came to be with their dragons and more interactions with Karin and Blue in the future books.
The villain of this story isn’t much a villain as it is an uncertainty of why the dragons are all awakening and what do they really want. The dragons seem to have a lot of control over their anchors but I think Karin is going to change that and maybe discover the reason for their existence.
Overall this first book in the series has a ton of potential, the main protagonist will hook you into the story immediately. There is a bit of romance but not as much as I would of hoped, however I’m interested to see what happens with Karin and if her heart will change after what happens. The pace was action packed from beginning to end and even though it took me a bit to understand what was going on, I liked the concept and look forward to continuing this series.
This is an urban fantasy series that is a fast paced action adventure story that will keep you hooked. Fans of the Dark King series by Donna Grant and Thea Harrisons Elder Race series will enjoy Kundalis: Storm Dragon by Frances Pauli.
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About the Author Frances Pauli was born and raised in Washington State. She grew up with a love of reading and storytelling, and was introduced to Science Fiction and Fantasy at an early age through the books kept and read by her father.Though she always held aspirations to be a writer, she chose to obtain her Bachelor's degree in visual arts. The stories, however, had other plans for her. By the time she entered her thirties, they were no longer content existing solely in her head. Compelled to free them, she set aside her easel and began to write in earnest.Her original love of Speculative fiction led her into the realms of Urban Fantasy and either romantic or humorous Science Fiction, where she finds herself quite comfortable. Her tales feature fairies, aliens, alternate dimensions, and the wonders of space, usually with at least a touch of romance.
Frances currently resides smack in the center of Washington with her husband and two children. When not writing she dabbles in insane things like puppetry, belly dance and playing the ukulele. She collects rocks, and is a firm believer in good wine, fine chocolate and dangerous men.More information on Frances and her writing can be found at www.francespauli.com