Kundalis: Storm Dragon by Frances Pauli
Release Date: May 28, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: The Zharmae Publishing Press
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 3.5 Bookworms
Karin knows she's gone completely insane - nuts - absolutely batshit crazy, when she spots an insidious blue dragon twining through the trees at a rest stop in the Cascade Mountains. Despite agreeing to join her roommate at a psychic fair, she's never believed in anything metaphysical. She's pretty sure the Reiki treatment she succumbed to has brought on a frighteningly realistic hallucination - until they roll their mini-van in the middle of I-90, and she is rescued from the vehicle by the same monstrous blue figment of her imagination.
She awakens to find that she's been delivered to a cabin high in the mountains instead of to a proper hospital. The "doctor" looking out for her is more of a new-ager than a physician, and the people who own the house, including the urban highlander version of Fabio, don't have any intention of letting her leave.
Faced with the unimaginable, and strapped to an all-too-real dragon, Karin must decide how to tame the beast or risk losing herself to it forever.
Kundalis: Storm Dragon wasn't what I was expecting when I saw dragons. But that wasn't a bad thing. I failed to make the connection between Kundalis/kundalini and Enlightenment. I don't know that much about chakras, astral planes and the metaphysical. Karin didn't either though, so I was learning right along with her.
Karin doesn't understand the how or the why she ended up as an anchor for Blue, her dragon. The Kundalis are the manifestation of energy - representing enlightenment. Blue takes Karin on a journey. We don't know Blue's end goal exactly, but Karin learns a lot and has Orrin Birch along for the ride. It was interesting watching Karin learn to cope with being an anchor - what all it entailed. She showed maturity in handling both Blue and the others like her, she came across.
Luckily, she had some help from Orrin, the doctor who took care of her following the accident. He had knowledge that aided Karin in what to do now that she's on this 'path'. He really helped her with understanding how to handle things like 'riding' and 'projecting' as well as understanding more about her dragon.
This is a very unique concept for a fantasy/romance. We don't yet understand why the Kundalis are awakening and I look forward to learning more about that. The romance was sweet - learning about soul mates and meeting on an astral plane. I'm interested to see where Karin's romance will go. I am assuming this is the first in a series since there's many questions left unanswered. Although it did wrap up nicely, I still want to know more and what happens next.