This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Aurora Publicity, Publisher. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Wucaii by Pembroke Sinclair
Release Date: June 4, 2016
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Source: Aurora Publicity, Publisher
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It has been 500 years since Aelana has been home, and a lot has changed in that time--including her. As a half-dragon, half-human hybrid, she has been traveling the universe destroying worlds. Both anxious and excited to return, she wonders what she will find. Her memories of home are filled with pain and loss, especially for her first and only love. She knows he won't be there, but will his memory? Will her anguish remain?
What waits for Aelana on her home world? Find out in this exciting urban fantasy novel by Pembroke Sinclair.
This was a very original story. When I read the synopsis about a dragon hybrid I was intrigued. This story focuses on Aelana’s return to her home planet after a five-hundred-year absence. She is very conflicted about this return. She wonders if her sacrifice has been remembered by those that she left behind. Or will they just remember her as the monster they thought she was.
We learn about Aelana’s life through flashbacks. Aelana had once been human and she had a mate named Thoran. She was very much in love with him but circumstances led to his untimely death and she had never truly forgotten him. For its own reasons the universe had chosen to turn her into a hybrid whose sole purpose was to warn the inhabitants of whatever planet the dragons were going to destroy next.
The dragons in this book are unique because they are the equalizers. When the planet had become too toxic due to the misuse by the current inhabitants, the dragons were sent to destroy that world. Aelana’s job is that of a harbinger of doom. She has been sent back in order to warn those that will listen. This story focuses on Aelana so beyond her dragon-ness there is not a big role for the other dragons beyond her communicating with them. I did want more than that.
There is a romance element in this story. When Aelana returned to her planet she was bombarded with memories of Thoran. Upon meeting Kalen, she was shocked when she realized that there was something all too familiar about him. She was able to sense that he was Thoran, reincarnated. Kalen was completely unaware because he did not have Thoran’s memories but he could not help being drawn to Aelana. Nor she to him. There are some mild sexy times in this story. It is mostly a re-connecting and passion.
I loved, loved, loved the idea of a dragon/human hybrid. I thought that it was so interesting that the Author decided that Aelana would not have been “born” that way, rather she was chosen by the universe to bridge a gap. She was both dragon and human. She had the cold logic side of the dragon as well as the compassionate side of a human. It worked really well with this story.
There are two main themes running through this book. One of death, love and unavoidable circumstances. There is also a lot of discussion about the planet as a sentient being that “talks” through feelings if you have the ability to listen. A real message about paying attention to pollution and our environment. Overall, this story was well paced, nicely thought out, and very distinctive. I recommend it to lovers of fantasy fiction.
*Thank you to Aurora Publicity for this complimentary copy of Wucaii*