Trial By Fire (Going Down in Flames, #3) by Chris Cannon
Publication Date: April 4th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 235
Format: e-ARC
Source: NetGalley
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Bryn’s hopes for a peaceful new semester at school go up in smoke when someone tries to kill her—again. She’s not sure which is scarier, facing the radicals who want to sacrifice her for their cause, or her impending nightmare-of-a-Directorate-arranged marriage to her nemesis, Jaxon.
The one bright spot in her life is Valmont, her smoking-hot knight who is assigned to watch over her twenty-four hours a day. Is what she feels for him real, or just a side effect of the dragon-knight bond? At this point, stopping the impending civil war might be easier than figuring out her love life.

*Note:  This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the Publisher but that did not in any way influence this review!

Another great installment in this Dragon fantasy world! 

This is the 3rd book in the series and in this one, we get much more focus on the characters and their relationships.  Bryn had a very exciting adventure in the second book and, due to this, has now been moved by her grandparents to live with her “clan” – the Blue dragons.  This poses all kinds of  issues as they do not really accept or respect her.  And, to top it off, she’s much closer to Jaxon…something she doesn’t enjoy.  In this book we watch as both Bryn and Jaxon begrudgingly begin to realize that their arranged marriage may indeed come to be and that they’ll need to figure out a strategy.  Why?  Because Bryn is in love with Valmont, her swoony knight and Jaxon is in a relationship with Rhianna…and neither particularly likes the other.

Although there was a fair amount of action towards the end of the book, the overall feel was geared towards helping the reader get more intimate with these characters.  We saw relationships formed, friendships strained, family become closer and romance bud.  This story provided insights into how these characters interacted and information about how the Dragon society is really run.  For those of you who strictly like action, this may feel a bit slower than the other books but, in reality, I think that this book adds the depth that the reader needs to understand the feelings, vulnerabilities, and even the limitations of these characters.  I think it’s a necessary step to further immerse the reader in this world.  Add to that a mystery which Bryn and Valmont uncover, and a painful truth about their relationship that neither knew about, and this book was definitely a page-tuner, especially at the end when all of it comes to light!

As always, the writing was wonderful and Ms. Cannon’s imagination shines through in the world-building.  I am braced for more adventures to come and silently hoping for a Bryn/Valmont HEA (yes, I ship that!).  Of course, you never now what will happen next and where the author will take us.  But I do know that I’ll likely enjoy every minute of it!

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