by Sheryl Winters
Jaden is one in a million, a fire talent capable of bonding with a fire Esprit and creating fireballs of enormous proportions.
Draven Winterbourn is the devilishly handsome king of the Dragon-Changers, capable of changing into an enormous dragon. A man responsible for keeping the laws of his people.
When the two meet it was more than fate, it was true love.
So how can everything go so wrong between a couple who love so much?
He wasn't kidding. He really can't cook.
Isla and I grimace our way through burnt steak and eggs. I'm so used to Esmay burning my meals, I have no problem swallowing it, but Adania is another matter. She folds her arms and refuses to eat what is served. By the time breakfast is over, I decide never to let him cook again.
Draven offers seconds and thirds, which we politely refuse. He polishes off the remains, inhaling his food the way Isla does ice water, his leg jammed tight against mine. "Grab your things. It's time to find the shops," Draven says as we pile our dishes into the sink. He flaps a dismissive hand at us. "Don't worry about those. The cleaning people will be here soon. They'll take care of them."
I draw on the tight cloth jacket I've been using for the last three years, poking my fingers through the hole in my pocket for fun, while Isla wrestles Adania's shoes onto her.
Draven surprises us by picking Adania up and hoisting her onto his shoulders.
"Lookie, Jaden, Isla!” she squeals, her excited giggle ringing through the hallway. “I'm taller than you!"
Isla stops at her apartment to get her hand bag and Draven pulls three glowing light green orbs out of one of his pocket. “Preset and ready to go, so you three won't get lost on your way home.” He gives an apologetic shrug. “I'm almost out, or we'd use them to get there, too."
The Orbs are so malleable, I have to resist the urge to sink my fingers into them. I slide them into my good pocket next to the gold before carefully pulling my fingers out, so I won’t touch them too much.
Draven lowers Adania to the floor and fiddles with the lock as Isla catches up with us. "Jaden, do you still have that coin purse I gave you?"
I pull the heavy leather pouch out of my pocket and hold it out for him.
"Good. You'll need it today."
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Sheryl Winters lives in a small town in Alaska. She grew up in the midst of old country story tellers, so you might say writing comes naturally to her. She is known for writing paranormal romances with a twist. Her writing inspiration often comes from the great outdoors of Alaska and she enfolds bits of it into her stories. She never set out to be an author only a story teller. Some days she succeeds better than others.
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3.75 out of 5 stars
Skydreamer by Sheryl Winters follows the adventures of twins, one of whom is Jadelentha (Jaden) Zarie, a rare Fire Talent, who somehow manages to snare the attention of Draven Winterbourn, King of the Dragon-Changers. Her association with him is fraught with dangers and discoveries, but there may be too many forces trying to keep them apart for them to ever have a future together.
This combination of young adult paranormal and science fiction story has quite a few inventive aspects that change one’s perspective on dealing with an affinity for the elements or coping with shapeshifters.
Throughout the story there is a shift in voice and point of view between the twins, Jaden and Isla, which sometimes is disconcerting, and, sadly, there is never any in-depth exploration of the males who figure prominently in the sisters’ lives. The very visual description of the challenges of staying clean when one is so sensitive to water that it will cause blisters was thought-provoking, and an intriguing twist.
For me, the shift from a magical world with Esprits and dragon shapeshifters to another world was too abrupt and made the story a bit choppy, and the subsequent events seemed out of sync with the rest of the tale. I liked the individual aspects of this story but I almost had the sense that too many different things were crowded in, so there wasn’t enough background to tie together the rapidly changing situations. Hopefully, there will be additional stories set in this imaginative universe that will allow us to get to know all of these characters in greater depth.
A copy of this title was provided for my honest review