Xanthus "Xan" Ehrensvard, the last in a long line of dragon slayers, missed his target, Governor Randall Whittaker, presidential candidate and an ancient dragon. Xan has not missed a shot since he was a mere boy. Worse yet the old dragon has seen him. He breaks down his rifle and leaves. He goes down the elevator to the garage. Time is of the essence, the loop on the security camera will not last forever. The elevator stops short of the garage and a light flashes in his eyes. He reaches out to grab the camera phone. Lois King, a reporter covering the Governor's charity gala, tries retrieve her phone. After deleting the picture Lois takes another, then realizes he is the assassin trying to kill Whittaker. With Whittaker and his dragonkin on their tail Xan, Lois and her ferret hit the road to find the proof she wants and for Xan to plan his next, hopefully successful attack on Whittaker. Can Xan get Whittaker or will he get them?
"1303: Dragonslayer" is book 3 in Christine Rains 13th floor series. It’s a delightful and fast moving series the draws you into the hidden world of creatures that live among us. Take care before you get your neighbor mad at you next time. He could be a dragon, a demon or even death himself. This action packed series will keep you glued to your chair as you read each and every one and then read them again just to be sure you did not miss anything. There is not much bad to say other than to say that I wished the series was not about to close. But with a hidden floor Ms. Rains can return to Carmine apartment building with the hidden floor of apartments inhabited by persons that are not quite human. In some instances some are not even living.
Each book in this series can stand alone, but if you want the full view from all points of view I would recommend you start with book 1 "1301 The Marquis" and read them in order. Each book deals with a different paranormal being so you will get a variety to enjoy. Ms. Rains almost makes me wish I lived near Carmine. I am not brave enough to live in the actual town although it sounds so quaint and charming with a few worn edges.
On the rooftop of neighboring building, dragonslayer Xanthus Ehrensvard fires at his target, Governor Whittaker. How he missed the shot, he doesn't know, but fleeing the scene, he picks up an unwanted passenger. Gorgeous reporter Lois King saw Xan's face, and she believes it's the story to make her career. Except he can't let her walk away knowing what he looks like. Xan has to show her the Governor is a bigger threat to the world than he is.
Xan knows dragons never went extinct. They evolved with human society, taking on mortal forms, and slithered their way into positions of great influence and power, just like the Governor. But it's no easy chore proving to someone that dragons still exist, and even more so, they're disguised as famous people. Xan must convince Lois or find another way to silence her. An option, as he gets to know her, he likes less and less.
After all, dragonslayers are no longer celebrated heroes but outlaws. Just as the dragons wish it. But this outlaw must make a plan to slay the dragon or risk its retribution.