Stone and Fire (Magical Kingdoms #1) by Marie Robinson
Released: August 24, 2018
Genre: Fantasy Romance / Reverse Harem
Publisher: Marie Robinson
Reviewed by Keyrsten
A kingdom threatened.
A stubborn princess locked in a tower.
And four warriors cursed into the form of dragons.
On the eve of my debut ball, my home is attacked by creatures of legend. My teacher reveals herself to be my Godmother and helps defend me from magical attacks, saying she’s arranged a rescue.
Being flown away on dragon back was not what I was expecting.
Now I’m locked up in a tower, guarded by four dragons, like some fairytale. But on the first full moon I learn these dragons aren’t just dragons, they’re men cursed into dragon form. They need my help to break their curse as much as I need their protection.
The only issue? I’ve never been able to use my magic. But I promise to try . . . if they promise to help me fight for my kingdom’s safety. And while we are forced to live together, I get to know the honorable men. Good-hearted Gwayne, stern Septimus, endearing Trystan, and the broken Caliban begin to steal my heart.
Can I learn to access my powers, and in doing so, help the men whom I’ve fallen in love with?
Maeve is a princess who has lived a sheltered life and is struggling to find her place in this world. All she has known is that her brother is her world, she cares for her people of Caledonia, and she needs to learn to get a handle on her cursed magic. One night she is thrust from the only world she has ever known right onto the back of a Dragon. That’s right a Dragon, and there are four of them.
It was interesting to see Maeve come into her own. She is no longer the meek sheltered princess that first arrived to the castle. Maeve is still coming into her own, but so far she has grown into such a brave and independent woman. I look forward to seeing her grow into the fierce warrior princess I know she can be.
Oh lanta her dragons. They happen to not be just dragons, but are actually men cursed to be dragons outside of during the full moon when they are allowed to be men. The relationships she develops with the men are sweet and encouraging. They want to help her grow into the fierce woman they know she can be, so aide as much as they can in helping her get there. Her relationships with each men are at varying stages, but each hold a different weight in her heart. Trystan is her fun loving free spirit who makes her laugh and enjoy life. Septimus is her mentor who pushes her to expand her mind and helps her learn all she can be. Gwayne her huntsman who is there for whatever she needs whether it’s an ear to listen or a shoulder to lean on. Caliban her silent assassin who challenges her and encourage her to be brave. They each offer her something separate from one another, but together they complete her.
The world building was just down right beautiful. I could really picture the world Maeve is in. The storyline was entertaining and had some twists that I definitely didn’t see coming. Especially that recognition Trystan has at the end, I’m curious if that plays out how I think it might. I’m looking forward to see how the story plays out. To continue to see Maeve grow as everything around her continues to challenge her. To see how the relationships with her dragons continue to blossom. I’m ready for more.
Review: 4 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addict with slight wino tendencies.