Fire In His Blood

Fire In His Blood

Fire In His Blood

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“Fire in His Blood” by Ruby Dixon is an enthralling entry into the post-apocalyptic romance genre, blending the harsh realities of a world ravaged by cataclysm with the intoxicating fantasy of dragon shifters. This novel serves as the first installment in the Fireblood Dragon series, setting a high bar for both world-building and character development within a genre that thrives on innovative concepts and emotional depth.

The premise of the book is instantly gripping: years after the world has been decimated by dragons that emerged from a tear in the sky, humanity is forced into a precarious existence, living in fear behind barricades to escape the dragons that now rule the skies of their ruined world. Dixon crafts a setting that is both starkly desolate and richly imagined, offering a backdrop that is perfectly suited to a tale of survival, defiance, and unexpected passion.


The protagonist, Claudia, is a testament to Dixon’s ability to create multifaceted characters who embody the resilience and complexity of the human spirit. Claudia’s journey from a survivor scraping by in a shattered world to a woman facing the ultimate challenge of taming a wild dragon is compelling. Her initial encounter with the dragon, intended to be her execution for running afoul of the law, becomes a pivotal moment that shifts her destiny in ways she could never have anticipated.

The dragon shifter, presented as both a fearsome beast and a potential mate, introduces a fascinating dynamic of power, instinct, and emerging connection. Dixon skillfully navigates the treacherous waters of making a creature designed to be the embodiment of destruction and fear into a character capable of complex emotional development and bonding. The dragon’s initial disinterest in submission and obedience, juxtaposed with his undeniable attraction to Claudia as a mate, serves as the foundation for a relationship that challenges both characters to reconsider their preconceived notions of freedom, loyalty, and love.

One of the standout elements of “Fire in His Blood” is Dixon’s exploration of themes such as survival, the longing for connection, and the question of what it means to be truly human in a world that has lost much of its humanity. The relationship between Claudia and her dragon shifter does not simply offer an escape from the harsh realities of their world; it also prompts both characters to confront their vulnerabilities, desires, and fears.

However, while “Fire in His Blood” excels in character development and thematic depth, some readers might find the pacing uneven at times, as the novel occasionally lingers on the burgeoning relationship at the expense of advancing the broader narrative. Additionally, the book’s reliance on the mate’s trope, common in paranormal and fantasy romance, may not appeal to all readers, though Dixon manages to infuse this element with enough originality and emotional sincerity to mitigate its predictability.

I must admit, Ruby Dixon took me completely by surprise with this book, and I’m all for it. Claudia’s tale of survival within the confines of Fort Dallas, post-Rift and amidst dragons, was not what I expected, but it was captivating. Then there’s Kael, a formidable golden Drakoni, setting his sights on Claudia as his mate, which adds an intriguing layer to the story.

It was refreshing to delve deeper into the Drakoni lore. While the Ice Home series provides a peek, this book expands our understanding, and it’s left me eager to dive into the next installment.

Initially, I was skeptical. The decisions made by our heroine, like opting to live in an office building instead of a more logical penthouse, seemed odd. And the attempt to rescue Amy from the mayor definitely had room for improvement; a negotiation might have been smarter. This being my introduction to Ruby Dixon’s work, her first-person, slightly humorous narrative style was a new experience for me. Yet, I find myself intrigued and looking forward to how she develops Sasha’s story.

There’s an undeniable charm in Ruby’s storytelling and writing style that’s incredibly addictive. I’m excited to see where this series goes and highly recommend giving it a read.

“Fire in His Blood” is a compelling, imaginative, and emotionally resonant start to the Fireblood Dragon series. Ruby Dixon offers readers a unique blend of post-apocalyptic survival and romantic fantasy, anchored by well-drawn characters and a vividly realized setting. For fans of the genre looking for a story that combines the thrill of danger with the warmth of finding connection in the most unexpected places, this book is a must-read.

Fire In His Blood

Years ago, the skies ripped open and the world was destroyed in fire and ash. Dragons - once creatures of legend - are the enemy. Vicious and unpredictable, they rule the skies of the ruined cities, forcing humanity to huddle behind barricades for safety.

Claudia's a survivor. She scrapes by as best as she can in a hard, dangerous world. When she runs afoul of the law, she's left as bait in dragon territory. She only has one chance to survive - to somehow 'tame' a dragon and get it to obey her. Except the dragon that finds her is as wild and brutal as any other...and he's not interested in obeying. What he is interested in is a mate.