Rating: 3.5 stars
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Length: Novel

 

Being a vampire and a member of the Hunt is more than enough for Adrian Wagner, but when he consumes the essence of a dragon, his life becomes decidedly more complicated. And it is not like things were easy before. Cronus is loose, gorgons are turning people to stone, and in general, Adrian is feeling a bit stressed. Now, he has to contend with a fire-breathing dragon that may or may not consume him. Maybe the only upside is that he has attracted the attentions of Ares.

He may be the god of war, but Ares is tired of fighting. He’s been dragged from one chaotic battle to another for millennia and it has taken a toll. And with his friend and dragon, Tigani, gone, Ares is isolated save for his beloved daughter, Harmonia. Yet Tigani’s spirit is now a part of Adrian Wagner and, while that connection intrigues Ares, he finds Adrian interesting and captivating in his own right. Theirs is an instant and explosive connection, but with monsters battering down the doors, Adrian and Ares must put thoughts of love on hold. Only if they can stop Cronus once and for all do Ares and Adrian have any hope of finally finding a measure of peace.

Warfire is the third in the Sam Burns and W.M. Fawkes’ Sons of Olympus series and related to another of the authors’ series, Lords of the Underworld. I have not read that other series and I think that caused some issues here. There were characters I wasn’t familiar with and events that took place either off page or in the Lords series that impacted the plot of Warfire. As a result, I felt as if I was dropped into a story already in progress and left scrambling to keep up. I think to fully enjoy this book, you have to read not only Wildfire and Fireforged, the first two books in the Sons of Olympus series, but have read the Lords of the Underworld series as well.

Regarding Warfire, I didn’t really feel as though I knew who either Ares or Adrian was beyond the very basic level. They fall into bed right away and, if not insta-love, then it was certainly insta-lust between them. Which is fine, but this did not allow for much character growth and neither Ares or Adrian had much depth. It was hard to appreciate why and how they integrated into the world around them and even with each other at times. Adrian does make it clear when he is with Ares that Tigani is not a part of their romantic relationship, which I appreciated. The dragon exists between them, but Ares clearly cares for Adrian and that love is different than his affection for Tigani. The whole dragon thing is a bit weird and I am not sure it added much value to the plot, but it does make for some interest scenes.

I enjoyed the other books in the Sons of Olympus series, but struggled with Warfire. I liked both Adrian and Ares, but they lacked depth and it was hard to get past their somewhat superficial constructs. In addition, I was disconnected from some of the story in part because I had not read the Lords of the Underworld series. While it was not impossible to follow the plot, I think I would have enjoyed it more if there had been more context between the two series. While Warfire was not my favorite, I have enjoyed the Sons of Olympus series as a whole and fans of mythology will appreciate what Warfire has to offer.