Book Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Book Series: Dark-Hunter Universe #27
Released: 8/2/2016 by St. Marin’s Press
Pages: 344 Price: $14.99 e-book
Buy the Book: Amazon Dragonmark: A Dark-Hunter Novel (Dark-Hunter Novels)
Source: I own a copy of this book
Centuries ago, Illarion was betrayed– a dragon made human against his will, then forced to serve humanity as a dragonmount in their army, and to fight for them in barbaric wars, even while he hated everything about them. Enslaved and separated from everyone he knew and from his own dragon brothers, he was forced into exile in a fey realm where he lost the only thing he ever really loved.
Now he has a chance to regain what’s been lost— to have the one thing he covets most. But only if he gives up his brothers and forsakes the oaths he holds most dear. Yet what terrifies him most isn’t the cost his happiness might incur, it’s the fact that there is just enough human in his dragon’s heart that he might actually be willing to pay it and betray everything and everyone– to see the entire world burn…
I have put off reading this book for an entire year. I purchased it the week, if not day, it released but needed to finish a review book or two before diving in. Then I saw the reviews on Goodreads… A lot of one and two-star ratings. Crap. This is my favorite author and my favorite series and it looked like and a lot of people were not happy with the book. I don’t actually read reviews ahead of time but I do take a poll of star ratings. I didn’t know exactly what people were complaining about but I knew they were not happy. So I decided to put the book off. I almost picked it up several times over the year but the ratings always held me back, I didn’t want to be disappointed.
A year passed and the next book in the series hit the shelves and I once again picked it up release week and decided I had put off this title long enough. I dove in not knowing what I would find.
I get it now. I get why all the low ratings. I also agree with the reason behind them and while I’m not going to go as far as leaving one or two stars I am going to deduct two stars because quite frankly I’m disappointed too. Ms. Kenyon, I love you. You are my favorite author but you are so much better than this.
The problem with the book, in case you don’t know is that only about one-third of it is a new plot. Two-thirds of it is pulled directly from the previous books. I would have to go back and double-check but it didn’t feel like it was even updated and parts of this story were not told from Illarion’s point of view and Edilyn disappears completely for much of the book. Now I understand that these three book’s action takes place at the same time but there had to be a better way to handle this. How about some interesting new perspective? Or we get a glimpse of what is happening elsewhere in the universe in those moments? I know you can’t rewrite a scene that has already taken place but instead of plotting with past characters how about a peek at what is going on with Edilyn? I’ve noticed that this rehashing of storyline is becoming pretty common in Kenyon’s other series The League. It almost makes me wonder if it is time for the author to take a break and pursue other projects for a couple of years and then come back.
For the one-third of fresh storyline, it was amazing and everything I love about Ms. Kenyon. lllarion and Edilyn were great characters that got jipped from having their story be the focus of their book. I loved how they came together and when they were separated it broke my heart. When the book brought us back to their plot I cheered to see how they ended up together. I sincerely wish we had more time with these two they had such integrity and honor that they deserved better. Most likely we will get more of their tale. I think that Edilyn’s brother who plays a “bad” guy in this book might end up redeemed in his own book it is something this author loves to do.
While disappointed this doesn’t turn me off of the series I’m in it for the long haul. I just hope the next book is better or at least more focused on the main characters.
My Rating: 3 Stars