Review: Battle Bond (Death Before Dragons #2) by Lindsay Buroker

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Death Before Dragons #2
Lindsay Buroker
Urban Fantasy
March 14, 2020


If you think having one dragon around messes up your life, imagine what it’s like when a second one shows up.

I’m Val Thorvald, assassin of magical bad guys and tenuous ally to the dragon lord Zav.

He still calls me a mongrel and thinks I’m a criminal, but he healed my wounds after we fought those dark elves together. That’s progress, right? Maybe one day, he’ll deign to use my name.

Not that this is my primary concern. I’m busy with a new assignment. Nin, the awesome lady who makes my magical weapons, has a werewolf problem. Specifically, sleazy loser werewolf competitors who want to drive her out of business. Or worse.

Normally, a couple of werewolves wouldn’t be a big deal, but these ones have powerful allies. And then there’s that new dragon.

It turns out he’s one of Zav’s enemies, and he wants to use me against him.

I don’t know why he’s picking on me—it’s not like I mean something to Zav—but somehow I’ve gotten stuck in the middle of dragon politics. If you think that sounds like a nightmare, you’re right.

If I can’t figure out a way to help my friend with the werewolves while keeping these dragons from tearing me apart, we’re both going to end up flatter than the deck chairs when Zav lands on the roof of my apartment building.


[su_quote cite=”38% Battle Bond”]Why couldn’t I protect humanity without being at war with every magical being on Earth?[/su_quote]

Battle Bond is book two in the Death Before Dragons series by Lindsay Buroker. It’s full of fast-paced action and non-stop adventure that will keep you coming back for more. 

I’m hooked!! Book one grabbed me and I couldn’t help put pick up the next book and the next. I like the direction things are going and how we learn more and more about Val. The world building is well done and the character development is just right. I also can’t get enough of our tiger side kick.

Battle Bond picks up immediately after the ending of Sinister Magic.

Val is a kick-ass heroine who’s hardworking and sarcastic. She’s got the best sidekick in her fury friend. I really like Val! She has doubts and fears just like all of use. She’s got quirks, heart, and isn’t perfect. All this makes her more human and relatable.

This time around a dragon has come to Earth to harass Zav. He’s nothing like Zav and has kidnapped children all in his twisted desire to put Zav off his game. Val ends up in the middle of this game between dragons. As for the dragons we still don’t know about their politics, but I’m sure that will come to light as the series moves on. Besides the case for work in the missing children, Val also takes on a pro-bono case for her friend Nin who is being harassed by a pride of big cat shifters.

For all of Val’s bluster, she cares, a LOT. As the story progresses we learn that things aren’t finished with the dark elves and that she’s going to end up in the thick of things again as she tries to do the right thing under some very difficult restrictions; especially the ones that the government has put on her.

Last, this book does hint at an eventual romance between Val and Zav. I’m not sure if I want this to happen or not. Zav doesn’t see Val as much more than a lesser being and that dragons are superior. At times you think he sees her as more, but then it’s right back to the lesser being.

Battle Bond is the same breakneck-pace as the first book with a few pauses added in, but for the most part it’s go go go. Val has to learn to navigate the magical and mundane in this world as things are changing.

Rated: 4. 5 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

8 comments on “Review: Battle Bond (Death Before Dragons #2) by Lindsay Buroker

  1. I love dragons and all the other supernaturals. This sounds great.
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    • It’s been a great UF series to read. I like the characters and am having fun. Thank’s for visiting!

  2. I enjoyed book 1 and I would be curious to read this one as well
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    • I caught your review for book 1. It was a nice start to the series and it keeps going into book 2. Hope you enjoy!
      Happy Reading

  3. Oooh, it sounds like book two keeps up the momentum of book one. And, I still need to listen to that. LOL
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    • It sure does. I need to get back to this series. Thanks for visiting. Hope you enjoy the audio.

  4. Dragons! I’m glad it was such a good read for you.
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    • It was enjoyable. Thanks for visiting!