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Touched By Venom (Dragon Temple Saga, Bk 1)
Touched By Venom - Dragon Temple Saga, Bk 1 Author:Janine Cross Like her half-breed mother, young Zarq Darquel can't always hold her tongue. A peasant on a large dragon estate, she goes unnoticed by the Dragon Temple -- until she captures the attention of a dragonmaster. Her clan is plunged into destitution, her sister Waivia sold into slavery, and her mother lost to madness. Desperate to find Waivia, Za... more »rq and her delirious mother flee. Zarq then develops a taste for the highly addictive venom of the dragons she has been taught to revere -- and with it, she imbibes their memories and a glimpse of a plot for social revolution. But to achieve it, she must defy not just sexual taboos and patriarchal society, but the Emperor who rules her nation.« less
This book is very provocative and takes a while to get into, but overall it ended well and made me want to read the sequel to it. There are several...different... things in this book that may lead you not to like it, however, you should give it a chance.
This is a very gritty series and not gentle in any manner. It focuses mostly on female suppression and is a study in horrors that a female encounters in a subservile society. It is nonetheless a very interesting storyline in a fantastical world.