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An elite forces officer with a dreadful reputation. A bookish paleontologist with a love for mysteries. An ancient stronghold full of secrets that will take both of them to unearth.

Professor Lilah Zirkander (yes, she's related to the famous pilot, and no, she can't get him to autograph your undergarments) is looking forward to a summer in the paleontology lab, researching and cataloging new fossils. But that summer takes an unexpected turn when the king sends her into the Ice Blades to a secret mine where ancient dragon bones have been discovered. Rumor has it that they're cursed and dangerous, but Lilah is more concerned about dealing with the outpost commander, a fierce officer with the temperament of a crabby badger.

As punishment for irking the king, Colonel Vann Therrik is overseeing the hardened criminals working in the remote Magroth Crystal Mines. He would like a chance to redeem himself - and escape the loathsome duty station - but nothing is going his way. Cursed fossils have delayed production, miners are trying to escape, and now a scientist has shown up, making demands on his time. Worse, she's the cousin of his nemesis General Zirkander. As if one Zirkander in his world wasn't bad enough.

Investigating the fossils leads Lilah and Vann into the depths of Magroth Mountain where centuries-old secrets lurk, and a long-forgotten threat stalks the passages. To have any chance at survival, they'll have to work together and perhaps learn that neither is what the other expected.

Shattered Past is a stand-alone novel set in the author's Dragon Blood world.

©2018 Podium Publishing; 2016 Lindsay Buroker

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Lindsey buroker can give you the feels for anyone!

I never thought I could catch feels for Van - previously known as the unlikeable and thoroughly prickly colonel Theric- but Lindsey buroker is clearly a sorceress with powers rivalling Sardells specialising in making you fall in love with even the most (seemingly) unlikeable characters!!!

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loved every bit

such a beautiful love story, great characters and an amazing adventure loved it thoroughly

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  • Tonie J.R. B
  • 09-04-2021

l want to read more about these characters!

I love what these two characters have in common and what their differences invoke in their thoughts! Great offshoot of the main dragon blood series! If you write more I'll read more!

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  • QueenOfSheba
  • 09-03-2018

Finally on audio!

I'm so excited that that this title finally made it to audio! Buroker's Dragon Blood series just isn't complete without the story of Colonel Therrick's redemption. I loved the entire series in print, and I think Caitlin Davies does a terrific job of the narration.

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  • L. J. Campbell
  • 27-10-2021

Narrator is unpleasant to listen to.

I need to remember to avoid any audible book narrated by Caitlin Davies! I had heard her previously, but had forgotten! She has a nasal snide-sounding voice that rises up and down in a regular rhythm, with no detectable relationship to the character speaking, or the situation in the scene. There is no change in her voice, nor pause, to indicate when the book changes from character 1 to character 5 speaking. Her narrating style makes me seriously dislike even the extremely likable characters in a book,… Which I double checked by going to the Kindle version of this book, and reading it myself.
I enjoy Lindsay Burokers books, and I’m glad to have a return visit to this ancient lost civilization in the Ice Blade mountains.

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  • Elmarie
  • 19-10-2021

Narrator, ugh!

I love Lindsay Buroker's books, and although this shorter story clarified some background, I struggled through it. Too much romance and feelings and not enough plot.
The main problem, however, is the terrible narrator. I felt physically seasick from listening to her rising and falling tones. Up and down, up and down with little regard to the actual text. Nauseating!

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  • max384
  • 19-09-2021

A romance novel, and not much more

I've loved the series so far, but I definitely could've skipped this one. It was a romance novel with very little action or storyline. I'm hoping the last book in the series is better...

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  • Rock and Roll
  • 03-08-2021

This one can be skipped.

As much fun as the others in this series are, this one is not. Unless you’re into dimestore romance stories about difficult to like characters and and their nauseating conversations.

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  • Joey
  • 15-04-2021

Unnecessary addition to the series

I am not generally a fan of XX.5 books. I get an author wanting to write a side story about a non-main character, but in my opinion it's better done as either part of a larger book focused on the main characters or as a book that is not numbered as part of the series at all. In an 8, not terribly long, book series, two "half" books seems excessive, plus there have been problems with both of them. I won't go into book 5.5 here other than to say that despite the problems, I still enjoyed that book and felt it fit into the series. This one misses the mark. It's about Zirkander's cousin, who we've never met before and didn't need to meet, and Therrik, a character from previous books who I really didn't care to learn more about. Not everyone needs a backstory/redemption story/romance. It's okay to have support characters. On top of feeling somewhat unnecessary, this book is much more of a "romance" book than an adventure story. The plot seems contrived and there are large numbers of bad double-entendres (archeologist joking about boners, Therrik asking if anything else is sticking up after someone removes something stuck in his hair). For the first time in the series I was just hoping to get through the book and on to the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-12-2021

New favorite couple

Loved getting to know Therrik and Lilah on a more personal level and through the narration of Caitlin Davies. another well written novel by Lindsay Buroker. my only disappointment is that there is only 1 book left in the series. I'm going to miss this story.

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  • mindovermatter65
  • 28-11-2021

Typical romance format

What I really loved about this series is that it did not follow the typical story line writers fall into in some series. The one where each book is a separate story of 2 people falling for each other. This series started out that way and half way thru the 2nd book the author brought back the 1st 2 main characters. She made the ongoing series about several people that you followed throughout this series. This book was mostly a romance with a hint of the original characters and the romance seemed forced, with a lot of cliché back and forth innuendos from the get go. Hoping the last book is better and the end of the series actually wraps up nice and tidy. I always hate the end of a series. I love getting to know all the characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-11-2021

Fantastic book

Fantastic book highly recommend if you’re into this type book .
Book has a great storyline and the narrator does a wonderful job.

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  • Mrs Terry Perry
  • 05-07-2021

Loved it

Great insight into colonel Therricks background tis the books together nicely great to see he can have a love interest to

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  • Mary peppard
  • 06-10-2019

Next book to come

As all the rest I loved it I have bought the next book can't wait to listen to it so bye until my next review

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  • KLG
  • 25-08-2019

A Good Addition to the Series

Another excellent though shorter story to the Dragon Blood series. Enjoyed getting to know Van a little better and thought the new characters fit in well with the continuing plot. Catlin Davies does an excellent narration job as with all the previous books.

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  • Hazel
  • 14-01-2019

could not stop listening

not a dull moment well narrated good storyline great characters enjoyed it from beginning to end

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  • Sarah Curran
  • 13-01-2019

Therik and Lilah

I loved this book, it was great to hear about Therick's past and also meet more of Zirkanders family. Also discover more of what happened 300 years ago.

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  • Stu
  • 05-11-2018

Amazing!

What more can I say, yet another amazing book. loved every second of it. Can't wait to listen to the next one!

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  • Babs King
  • 01-08-2018

book 7.5

I am throughly enjoying these books I was worried that this one wouldn't fit but again lindsay had done a brilliant job

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