Review: The Forbidden Ground (Death Before Dragons #4.5) by Lindsay Buroker

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Death Before Dragons #4.5
Lindsay Buroker
Urban Fantasy
May 22nd 2020


In "The Forbidden Ground," Val and Dimitri (and Sindari and Zav) take a trip to Southern Oregon for an assignment that is not as simple as it seems.

In the bonus scenes, we take a look at several events from the first three novels in the Death Before Dragons series from Lord Zavryd's point of view. For the first time ever, we see what he was thinking while interacting with Val and the world at large.

From the author's site: I wrote story to stand alone (so if you’re a new reader, you can jump in and enjoy it), but it does have some spoilers for the earlier books. It takes places between Books 4 and 5 in the Death Before Dragons series.


The Forbidden Ground is a novella in the Death Before Dragons series by Lindsay Buroker.

This novella is a freebie that you can pick up here.

We get a short story which I enjoyed and then follow up scenes from Zav’s point of view.

The Pov’s didn’t add much to the books already published. I wasn’t impressed; because all the scenes featured in this novella felt word for word from the books with only a little new insight. I don’t think the POV added to Zav’s character or the series.

Rated: 3 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.

6 comments on “Review: The Forbidden Ground (Death Before Dragons #4.5) by Lindsay Buroker

  1. I’ve found a lot of the extra books in series with the opposite POV to be disappointing so I don’t get excited when I see them come out now. 🙂 I liked the first book in this series and need to keep going.
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    • Some POV’s can be good, but ya I don’t get all excited. I thought we might get more insight in too Zav the dragon, but eh. As for the series it’s intersting. I’m not sold on the romance, but I love our kick-ass heroine and her kitty side kick. I need to return to the series and finish it. As always I get distracted or go in faze’s with my reading. ^_^

  2. Bummer this novella didn’t have much to add. Hope your next read is better!

    • Thanks for visiting. I liked the short story, but was disappointed in the POV. I was hoping it would add to Fav’s character.

  3. Sorry this one was a disappointment – at least it was free?!
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    • The short story was fun, but the POV of Zav not so much. Thanks for visiting!