Malachite is one of the four Ormarr brothers. All of his brothers have found their mates and, while he is happy for them, Malachite is wondering when his mate will show up. While out shopping, Malachite walks into the Overlord’s Lair and he and his dragon, Kesia, immediately know that the owner, Quentin, is their mate. Malachite wants Quentin to love him for who he is and not just for the mate bond, but Malachite can’t seem to keep it together when he is near Quentin and he moves from one embarrassing moment to the next.
Quentin lives a quiet life above his shop and when Malachite starts to visit him, his days instantly get better. Quentin had a lonely childhood and he used to dream about dragons and faraway lands, but it was just a fantasy and can’t possibly be real. Quentin knows Malachite is hiding something, but the pull of his fated mate is strong and the men know they cannot stay away from each other. But there is still unrest in the Brotherhood and until the brothers can figure out what is going on, no one is safe.
Malachite is the last brother to find his mate and also the last book in the Brotherhood of the Ormarr series. The book introduces us to Quentin and the formula from the beginning of the book is similar to the rest of the series with a brother finding his mate, but not being ready to acknowledge it. The brothers, the mates, and the dragons still remain the main draw of this series for me. I have struggled with the larger arc regarding the Brotherhood and this final book didn’t make that any better.
There was a lot that this book was looking to accomplish. There was Malachite finding his mate, as well as the brothers figuring out who was trying to harm the Brotherhood, Quentin finding his true purpose, and then wrapping up the finale for all the brothers, and it was too much for this one book as it was presented.
The “bad guy” was evident from book one from just a few sentences. The story was never developed throughout the series, a lot that was not structured well was worked into this story, and the villain got what was coming to them before they were barely on page. Quentin has a back story that is introduced, but then was never picked up again and was seemingly dropped. The dragons in the story were interesting, but here, a lot happens with them that was not properly built up throughout the rest of the series and it read as chaotic as there was not enough history built to support the outcome we were given.
All of the four books in this series were written by different authors and the brothers we had met previously had a little different dialogue style and it read as hesitant here. The epilogue moves the brothers into the future and while it was nice to see where they were, it was all a little fairy tale-like and it was a large jump with many things having transpired off page.
I liked the idea of this series and the family the brothers made with each other, their mates, and their dragons, but the world building and larger storyline were too underdeveloped for this final book to be completely satisfying.