In shifter worlds, mating and how it works is a pretty big deal, critical to relationships and inter-shifter/inter-pack dynamics. Which is why I decided to make it the central conflict of my brand new dragon shifter series, Fire’s Edge.
Yes, I still have fated mates, but I’m throwing in a bit of a wrench in that dragon shifters (who live thousands of years) have politicized the entire mating process. It doesn’t help that if the mates choose wrong, the woman dies in the process and the guy loses part of his soul. And, if a male doesn’t find his mate by a certain age, he’ll die sooner as his body, his mind, or both breaks down.
Those in power can’t entirely force the issue by assigning mates to the “right” people–the fates and certain physical marks prevent that. However, there has to be a reason some clans aren’t getting as many mates, some shifters have never found theirs, and more and more mates are dying in the process.
Meanwhile, the heroes of the Fire’s Edge series are a team of enforcers who were hand picked by their kings to enforce the laws in the colonies. The position is one of honor, given only to the best fighters and most loyal dragons. So how can they question the very processes and laws they’ve sworn to uphold?
The mating situation has already caused problems for our team of enforcers. A few have experienced the terrible side–losing a false mate or never having been chosen. One of their ranks has turned traitor, leaving the team and fighting them directly. And all are about to question the process in their own way as dragon mates find them.
The conflict through the course of the series will become one of choosing sides, determining who to trust, protecting the men they consider to be brothers, and possibly breaking with the very shifters who put them in the positions they love in the first place. Can finding their own mates impact the bone deep loyalty of the men who’ve sworn to protect the laws and the very way of life of their people?
You can start finding out with two new releases!
***Originally posted on Paranormal Romantics.