Blood of Requiem (Song of Dragons, Book 1) by Daniel Arenson

A new epic fantasy series begins. Song of Dragons, a new fantasy series by Daniel Arenson, tells a story of blood, steel, and dragonfire. Long ago stood the kingdom of Requiem, a land of men who could grow wings and scales, breathe fire, and take flight as dragons. Requiem ruled the sky.  But Dies Irae, a tyrant leading an army of griffins, hunted Requiem's people, burned their forests, and shattered their temples. Requiem fell. This ancient land now lies in ruin, its halls crumbled, its cries silenced, its skeletons littering the burned earth. In the wilderness, a scattering of survivors lives in hiding. The griffins still hunt them, and every day promises death. Will Requiem's last children perish in exile... or once more become dragons and fly to war? 

Where to start with this book. Great story-line, superb characterization, and wonderful description. The were-dragons are done tastefully, and the world building is realistic enough for you to suspend your belief at the more whimsical scenes. Can't wait for the next in the series.

5 Skulls Epic!