Dodging your birthright is the theme of the latest terrific Dragonfire novel, as both the hero and heroine attempt to deny their bloodlines. Cooke introduces readers to the world of witches, opening up other intriguing plot possibilities. Ember’s Kiss is filled with passion and the power of self-discovery — another Cooke classic!
Estranged from both his parents and disavowing his Pyr heritage, Brandon has fallen prey to the devious Slayer Chen. Playing on Brandon’s sympathies, Chen masquerades as an elderly friend attempting to help Brandon control his dragon essence — but Chen is really placing a binding spell on the young man. Marine biologist Liz has come to Hawaii to study the famed reefs. She is also running from her hereditary ability as a witch firedaughter. Liz thought her abilities were gone, but upon her arrival they come rushing back, especially once she meets Brandon and the Firestorm between them flares. But Chen’s powers are rising and to save Brandon, Liz must accept her innate gifts, just as Brandon must face his dragonself. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Oct., 416 pp., $7.99)