Darkest Flame

Donna Grant

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GENRE

ROMANCE ACTION FANTASY DRAMA

    Core Theme

    LOVE, GOOD VS EVIL

    TIME PERIOD

    2000s,Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    TWILIGHT

    CHARACTER LIST

    • DENAE LACROIX: 29. MI5 AGENT. STRONG & PASSIONATE.

    • KELLAN: IMMORTAL. DRAGON KING & LOVE INTEREST

    • CONSTANTINE: IMMORTAL. DRAGON KING OF KINGS.

    • TARAETH: UNK. ANTAGONIST. DARK FAE LEADER.

    • RHI: UNK. LIGHT FAE. FRIEND OF DRAGONS.

    Logline

    Dragons hiding in plain sight protect the humans from supernatural forces.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Female Leaning

    Setting

    Highlands of Scotland

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: St. Martin's Press

    Year Published: 2009

    Starting Description

    MI5 infiltrates Dreagan Industries, the home of the Dragon Kings and meets a man who changes her life forever.

    Ending Description

    Denae and Kellan find the love of a lifetime.

    Group Specific

    Highlands of Scotland

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    978-1250041364

    Mature Audience Themes

    Nudity, Language/Profanity,Extreme Violence

    Plot - Other Elements

    Happy Ending

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Denae

    Age: 29

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Confident,Sexy,Heroic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Kellan

    Age: Immortal

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Sexy,Masculine,Aggressive,Complex,Decisive,Secretive,Heartthrob,Heroic,Honorable

    Additional Character Details

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    Additional Character Details

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    Development Pitch

    Since this is series in the romance genre, I would see this as a TV series versus a movie to go into more depth. In a time when people wish to escape reality, there's no better form than in my Dark Kings (aka Dragon Kings) series with dragons who have been around since the beginning of time and who can shift into human form, make their own scotch whisky, fight good and evil, and protect humanity and the earth from all supernatural elements while finding the strong women who can stand by their side.

    Genre

    ACTION, THRILLER, MATURE AUDIENCE, ROMANCE, WAR, FANTASY

    Brief

    Denae is an MI5 spy investigating the mysterious Draegan industries. She is betrayed by her organization and left for dead before she is rescued by Kellan, a powerful dragon with the ability to shapeshift into a human. Denae begins a romance with Kellan and the two work to figure out the plot brewing with the MI5 and the mysterious race of Fae working behind the scenes. Together, the two uncover the plot and save humanity, and Kellan gains a new compassion for humans previously not held.

    Overall Rating

    FAIR

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: FAIR

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: GOOD

    Franchise Potential: GOOD

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: FAIR

    Structure: FAIR

    Theme: FAIR

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The book profile accurately reflects the book.

    Draw of Story

    The writer does a good job of dropping the reader in an action packed scene featuring the protagonist being betrayed by her colleague. The opening scene sets the tone for the rest of the story and creates intrigue moving forward.

    Possible Drawbacks

    There was nothing in particular that urged me to put the book down, however, at times the general trajectory of the plot was predictable.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The espionage/political intrigue mixed with fantasy/romance is an interesting hybrid genre that when done right can be entertaining.

    Fanbase Potential

    I could see this show garnering a large fanbase if adapted. The success of garnering this fanbase hinges on good execution of the plot and actors with good chemistry to play the leads.

    Awards Potential

    I don't see this story garnering awards/acclaim because the story is very plot focused with the exception of the romance between the leads. Also, there isn't resonant thematic ideas presented in the story.

    Envisioned Budget

    LARGE BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    SHOWS AND FILMS SUCH AS "THE VAMPIRE DIARIES", "TEEN WOLF", "HOMELAND", AND "TWILIGHT" ARE SIMILAR TO THE STORY. THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THESE EXAMPLES AND THE STORY INCLUDE ELEMENTS INVOLVING THE PROTAGONIST, THE TONE, THE SETTING, AND PLOT SIMILARITIES WERE A HUMAN IS THRUST INTO A MAGICAL WORLD THROUGH ROMANCE.

    What’s New About the Story

    The only thing that stands out as unique in the story is the incorporation of a "dragon-human" race that replaces the (werewolves, vampires, etc.) of similar stories. Taking a different approach to the plot then the trope of "insert race" vs humans in a secret ancient war would help in distinguishing it from similar fantasy romance stories.

    Lead Characters

    Nothing in particular stands out about the lead characters.

    Uniqueness of Story

    This is not a rare gem, however, this story has potential as being marketable to a rather broad audience. It can serve as an entertaining variation on the successful fantasy romance genre, which has seen success in shows like "True Blood", "Teen Wolf", and "The Vampire Diaries".

    Possible Formats

    TV Series - Network, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Streaming

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    While the premise ultimately sounds familiar with a slight twist. The story delivers on what it offers: romance, action, and intrigue/suspense. While, it probably won't garner critical acclaim/awards there is definitely a market and audience for this type of story that can't be ignored.

    Brief

    Dragons hiding in plain sight protect the humans from supernatural forces.

    What We Liked

    - This story follows Denae as she navigates a new world hiding in plain sight. On her journey we meet plenty of interesting characters and watch her newfound romance blossom. Fantastical elements include dragons, characters both good and bad from other realms, and a world filled with love, betrayal, and hope.
    - Film: The author has clearly set up a franchise storyline with this piece. Fantasy elements reminiscent of Lord of the Rings.
    - TV: This could work as an episodic series. Plenty of great cliffhanger moments and new characters introduced throughout. Character arcs to follow and good vs evil tropes.
    - Key points: Shape shifting dragons; Story of romance at its core; Interesting characters; Big action sequence potential; Could appeal to audiences across several demographics.

    Synopsis

    In the middle of the night, a beautiful young woman runs through a heavy forest in complete darkness toward her objective. Given nothing more than a GPS coordinate, Denae Lacroix, 29, reaches a small pool of water with her partner Matt. They know what to do, as both strip off their clothing revealing wetsuits and quickly dive in. In an instant, everything goes terribly wrong and her life is forever changed. She is a highly skilled operative working in the UK for the elite spy agency MI5. She’s an up-and-coming agent and a real go-getter but she is about to be double-crossed. Once in the water, while navigating an underground tunnel, her partner cuts away her air supply with a blade and begins shooting at her. Amazingly she avoids the bullets and comes up for air in a cave inside a mountain. Her mission details were vague and unclear and she finds out why. Matt tells her that he was given orders to kill her because the agency planned to use her as bait. However, she proves to be tough as nails, and with a blade to the heart, she kills Matt instead.

    Denae blacks out from her injuries, but unbeknownst to her someone else is in the cave witnessing the entire incident. His name is Kellan, he is immortal, handsome, and he had been asleep in the cave for many centuries. He also happens to be a shape-shifting dragon king. Shifting to his human form, Kellan calls to Constantine (the Dragon King of Kings) to inform him of the security breach and then takes her lifeless body to their manor for questioning. With the betrayal fresh on her mind, Denae cooperates and gives the little information that she has about her mission. She was to follow the coordinates, cross the border into Dreagan, and infiltrate the cave reporting back any information found on the ground.

    Despite the unconventional introduction, Denae and Kellan both feel an undeniable mutual attraction for each other, even if Kellan despises all humans. In the past, dragons were meant to protect humans but just like Denae, they were also double-crossed and were forced to go into hiding. Constantine instructs Kellan to get close to Denae by any means to squeeze out further information she must be hiding. Suddenly, Rhi, a friend of the dragon warns that “something” is closing in fast on Dreagan and Denae needs to be moved to safety. Ultimately she is correct when on their way they are ambushed. After barely managing to escape capture, they learn MI5 agents have joined forces with bad actors from another realm called the Dark Fae or Dark Ones.

    With all the conflict, imminent danger, and not to mention sexual tension, emotions are running high and Kellan and Denae give in to their instincts and make love. The bliss doesn’t last long as another attempt is made and this time they are both captured by the Dark Ones. Once again, Denae wakes up in an unfamiliar situation. Kellan is in chains and they are locked in a holding cell underneath a castle in Ireland. Taraeth, leader of the Dark Fae, tortures both of them using Denae as leverage to pry information out of Kellan. When Taraeth steps out, Rhi appears and is able to help Denae escape who in turn breaks Kellan’s restraints. He is enraged and a massive battle ensues between the dragons and the dark army. Taraeth manages to escape but with one less arm, thanks to Denae’s sword. The team safely retreats back to Dreagan with a lot of unanswered questions still remaining.

    Denae returns to her childhood home in Texas where Kellan makes an unexpected appearance to confess his love, promising her an eternal partner if she accepts his hand in marriage. Denae returns to Dreagan to wed and becomes his mate and dragon queen.

    About The Author

    New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her "totally addictive" and "unique and sensual" stories. Her latest acclaimed series, Dark Kings, features a thrilling combination of dragons, Fae, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible.