Descended From Dragons by Tricia Owens

Posted May 24, 2016 by Marsha in Series / 0 Comments

Descended From DragonsTitle:  Descended From Dragons
Series:  Moonlight Dragon #1
Author:  Tricia Owens
Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Published:  May 14, 2016
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Beneath the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas lies another city. A secret city in plain sight, full of warlocks and demons, shapeshifters and golems. A city that feeds off the chance magick that is generated by gamblers and which is ruled by mysterious beings called the Oddsmakers.

It is in this strange underbelly of the occult that Anne Moody runs a cursed pawn shop for the desperate, the curious, and the magickally inclined. Though the job is boring, it keeps her under the radar. None of her customers have any inkling that she is a dragon sorceress with a power that’s been feared throughout history. One day, a visitor to her shop pawns a stone statue that is more than it appears. The statue is a gargoyle named Vale, who is shrouded in mystery and secrets. When she learns that Vale is possessed, and that the person responsible for cursing him plans to take over Las Vegas with a horde of demons from Hell, Anne realizes it is up to her to defy the Oddsmakers and save the city, and possibly the world.

Read on for my thoughts on Descended From Dragons.  No true spoilers, promise.

Since Descended From Dragons is the first story in the series, I expected some detailed world building and lots of characters that I would probably run into with more detail later on – and I wasn’t disappointed.  I am a reader who gets the most enjoyment from reading series, and to get me to follow a series the author must create a world that I’ll want to revisit.  Right now it appears that these books will follow in this series – 2.) Hunting Down Dragons 3.) Trouble With Gargoyles 4.) Forged In Fire.  So, yes, if there are going to be four or more stories placed in this universe, I want all the details I can get – but that’s my reading style, it might not be yours.

Las Vegas is well known as Sin City – yet, there is another layer to Las Vegas that most humans have never encountered.  A city full of creatures that most humans have only encountered in fiction.  Witches, warlocks, shifters, fae, gargoyles and demons, to mention just a few.

Anne lives in an apartment at the back of her family’s cursed pawn shop.  A shop filled with more than a few ghosts, magically inclined items and mysteries.  When a handsome man brings in a stone statue to pawn, Anne has no clue yet as to how much this simple stone statue is going to change her life.  By day a seemingly unique stone statue, but when the sun goes down and darkness prevails the true form of this statue is revealed – a gargoyle named Vale who is trapped within the stone statue with a demon.  Cursed by an entity that has horrible plans for Las Vegas and beyond, it falls to Anne, her supernatural friends and the unique powers that Anne possesses through her dragon blood to thwart the plan and save Vale… and the world.

I found Descended From Dragons to be full of witty banter, devious monsters, delightful creatures and enough suspense to keep me on the edge waiting for whatever happens next.  I adored Melanie and seriously hope that she gets her own story at some point.  🙂

This is one of those stories where I could tell you a lot, but you’d still not get the whole picture until you read it for yourself.  I do know that the second novel Hunting Down Dragons is out now, and I’ll be downloading it in a bit.  If that isn’t recommendation enough, then anything else I could say about Descended From Dragons won’t convince you.

If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance or Suspense – then this is a story that you’ll want to add to your reading radar.  It is a satisfying read that I would happily recommend.  Go check it out for yourself.

*I received an e-ARC of Descended From Dragons from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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