Dragonsworn by Sherrilyn Kenyon – a Review

Dragonsworn by Sherrilyn Kenyon – a Review

 

Dragonsworn
Dark-Hunter series – Book #21
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Release Date: August 1, 2017

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Description:
There is nothing in the universe the cursed dragon, Falcyn, hates more than humanity . . . and in particular, Greek humans. In a war he wanted no part of, they systematically destroyed everything he’d ever cared for. Now he lies in seclusion, away from the world and waits for the day when evolution will finally rid him of the human vermin.

Medea was born the granddaughter of the Greek god Apollo, and among the first of his people that he cursed to die. But she will not let anyone rule her life. Not even her notorious grandfather. And when Apollo sends a new plague to destroy what remains of her people, she refuses to standby and watch him take everything she loves from her again.

This time, she knows of a secret weapon that can stop the ancient god and his army of demons. Once and for all. However, said device is in the hands of a dragon who wants nothing to do with politics, the gods, humanity, demons or Greek Apollites. And especially not her. He is the immovable object.

My enemy’s enemy . . .

When Apollo makes a strategic move that backfires, he forces Falcyn back into play. Now Medea either has the weapon she needs to save her people, or she’s unleashed total Armageddon. If she can’t find some way to control the dragon before it’s too late, Falcyn will be an even worse plague on the world than the one Apollo has set loose. But how can anyone control a demonic dragon whose sole birthright is total destruction? 

 

 

Review;

Dragonsworn by Sherrilyn Kenyon pleasantly surprised me.  I wasn’t sure how I felt about Medea getting a storyline as I’m not a Stryker/Daimon fan, but I really enjoyed her character. She was a strong female lead; feisty, funny, smart, badass with a sword, loyal to those she holds dear, and turned out to be the perfect mate for Falcyn.  Falcyn has been a mystery to me so far and really intrigued me, so I was very eager to get my hands on his story and see what makes this dragon tick.  Let me just say, Falcyn did not disappoint me in anyway.  He is everything you would expect from a dragon shifter; strong, arrogant, cunning, smart, charming, funny and sexy as hell.  No wonder Medea was instantly attracted to him, one would have to be comatose not to.  The two hit it off immediately with their personalities, witty banter, and past demons both are trying to bury.  They wind up realizing just how much they have in common over what’s been done to them over the years, and have an understanding for what the other has been through. For me they are two characters who just clicked from their first scene and ran away with their story.  There was no shortage of witty banter, off the charts sexual chemistry or heart warming moments between Falcyn and Medea.  

The cast of secondary characters of Urian, Blaise, Brevalaer, Brogan, Simi, and a host of other characters we meet along the way, along with Sherrilyn’s unique humour just added something more to the story.  Lets just say there was no shortage of off the wall shenanigans, or sarcastic comments to be found.  Even in the most dire of situations our dysfunctional group manages to bring the humour and turn a dark moment into a funny one.  I don’t know how many times I LoL at one of their comments or actions.  I swear this group of misfits had to be one of the funnier groups for me to read about in a Kenyon book, and she has no shortage of funny off beat characters.  There was just something special and unique about this crew.  Maybe because they couldn’t be more different from each other, and the fact they are all from different species, etc, but they just made the story fly by and keep me entertained.  They just fit for some reason. 

Along with finding out more about Falcyn, the relation between him, Maddor and Blaise, why Medea needs his dragonstone to save her race, and the sizzling romance between Falcyn and Medea Ms. Kenyon continues to drop hints about other characters, storylines and strengthening the ties between the DH and CON series.  We learn more about the first Malachai, Monakribos and the prophecy surrounding him that is linked to none other then Apollymi!!  We learn some very interesting details regarding her and a past life, that also affects not only Ash, but Styxx and his son Urian.  In true Kenyon fashion we are left hanging as to what’s going to happen next with Urian and his HEA who I won’t say a word about because it’s such a major spoiler.  I never saw it coming and was shocked when I read who it is. I for one can’t wait to read his book and see just where Ms. Kenyon will take us, and just how Apollo plans to use Urian to bring down Ash once and for all.  Can I just say Apollo needs to go, I say sick Simi and her sister on him and let them feast.  I now hate Apollo more then his sister the Heifer Goddess.

So much happens in Dragonsworn that I’d be here forever reviewing it.  So instead I tried to give you as much as I could without dropping too many spoilers.  If you aren’t up to speed on the series you will be confused and a little lost as to all that is happening.  If you are up to speed then you will hopefully understand all that is going one and where it’s leading us.  Dragonsworn was fast paced, action packed and filled with sexual chemistry thanks in part to the lead couple of Falcyn and Medea. The cast of secondary characters helped to further the plot and add some fun along the way.  The new reveals about characters, past, present and future storylines will have your head spinning as is par for the course with Kenyon.  Dragonsworn leaves you wanting more and eagerly anticipating Urian’s book Battle Born. 

Until next time, happy reading my fellow Menyons!! 

Reviewed by Marcie

 

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Dragonmark by Sherrilyn Kenyon – a Review

Dragonmark by Sherrilyn Kenyon – a Review

 

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Description:
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 and the Were-Hunter clans fall– to sacrifice his own brothers– for his own selfish desire.

Long ago, Edilyn saved Illarion’s life and almost tamed the feral beast. Now she must stop him from fulfilling the Dragonmark prophecy or do what she was trained to do. Slay the dragon who spared her life to save the rest of humanity. Something that should be easy for a dragonslayer of her skills, yet nothing is ever as simple as it seems. And sometimes, just sometimes, the key to salvation lies not in the hands of your most trusted friends, but in those of your worst enemies.

 

Review;

First off, before I say anything about the book, here’s an explanation from Sherrilyn that was posted on her FB page as to why she wrote Dragonmark the way she did.

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSherrilynKenyon/posts/10153765866416444

I’ve added this link for anyone who is wondering why Sherrilyn wrote Illarion’s book with many ‘redundant’ scenes from Son of No One and Dragonbane. I was one of those fans, and at first didn’t catch on about the little difference in those scenes until I read Sherrilyn’s post, then it clicked.  These redundant scenes have been tweaked to give us Illarion’s point of view in each of these scenes in regards to his feelings and predicament. Am I happy this book was written this way?  Yes and no, and this is the first time in history where I can actually admit I was expecting more from a Kenyon book.  Did I enjoy Illarion and Edilyn’s story, yes, but I wanted more of them and less of the ‘redundant’ scenes.  I felt a little cheated out of a proper love story for our couple.  The beginning and last sections of the story where we see Edilyn and Illarion are well written and give us perspective into their views regarding the other’s species.  We also get to see how they fell in love and the lengths Illarion goes to, to make sure Edilyn stays his mate.  We get to see just how fierce and protective dragons are when it comes to what they treasure and hold dear. She’s a wonderful heroine, brave, spunky and well suited to be Illarion’s mate.  She teaches Illarion there is more to a dragon’s solitary life of just existing.  Watching Edilyn bring out another side of Illarion, a fun, light-hearted side where he actually doesn’t mind humans is charming and just downright sweet.  Edilyn and Illarion do steal the show when they are together.  Apart, Illarion is just miserable, pretty much hates life, and finds it hard to be around others who are happy.  You can’t help but feel bad for him and have your heart break for him.

Even though Kenyon does use many scenes from her previous two books in this series there are a few new fun facts that we learn in Dragonmark. For one, the term Dragonmark is significant, not just a fun title for a book.  Like Dragonbane has a specific meaning, so to does Dragonmark.  When Edilyn tries to prevent Illarion from fulfilling the Dragonmark prophecy we finally learn what the prophecy is and what the Dragonmark is.  What is it you ask?  Sorry if you want to know, you’ll have to read the book.  I will say that we learn Illarion and his sister Sarraxyn or Xyn for short are the last of their kind to have it and must be pretty important for Apollo to covet it so much.  On top of it being pretty important, it’s also a blessing for Illarion thanks to Edilyn but I can’t say how or I’ll ruin a good portion of the ending.  We also learn of Illarion’s parents and how it can be beneficial in their fight against Kessar and compamy, remember he’s a Gallu demon.  Aside from all the new info we learn about Illarion and the Dragonmark prophecy, we also learn that Sarraxyn, has been MIA for a long time now, so Illarion may just be the last of his kind.  Another tidbit I found interesting was during one of those repeat scenes with Karma and Thorn; Illarion makes mention about the looks that keep passing between the two.  Now I’m wondering if there’s some history there we don’t know about yet. 

One thing I will say that I found positive about these redundant scenes was the fact that it helped to refresh my memory and help me tie all these events and new characters together.  As well, it sets the groundwork for the next two books in the Dragon’s Rising Trilogy.  We get to see more of Falcyn from Illarion’s point of view and it’s left me salivating for his story to be told.  He’s one intriguing dragon and I can’t wait to see what Kenyon has in store for him and Medea.  Remember Medea, Stryker and Zephyra’s daughter.  Can I just say, a Falycn and Medea pairing will bring dysfunctional family to a whole new level.  LOL!!!  Bring on the fun of that storyline!! One last thing I have to say about Dragonmark is how much I enjoyed the repeat scene from Dragonbane where they are on Olympus with Ash and crew and Artemis is being Artemis and screwing up the English language and Thorn being his sarcastic best. LOL!!!  As much as I hate to agree with the ol’heifer goddess, Apollo needs to die and his powers absorbed.  When she actually yells at Ash and Styxx about this and the fact they’re both Chthonian’s had me ROFL!!!  Even though I still dislike Artie, she does make me laugh at times. 

For any Kenyon fan Dragonmark is a welcome addition to the Dark Hunter universe whether you agree with the way it was written or not. 

Until next time my fellow Menyons, happy reading!!

Reviewed by Marcie

 

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Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon – a Review

Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon – a Review

 

Dragonbane
Dark-Hunter / Were-Hunter series
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Release Date: August 4, 2015

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Description:
Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it’s hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty-foot wingspan.

Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded. But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames.

 

Review:

I absolutely loved Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Book 26, I can’t believe it, 26 books in this series and it hasn’t dulled once, nor is showing any signs of slowing down. There’s just something about Kenyon’s writing, storytelling ability and imagination that makes each of her books fresh and exciting. This one had everything but the kitchen sink thrown in, oh wait I think a sink could have come flying from the kitchen in one the battles in Santuary in this one, LOL!!! Just kidding, I don’t recall an airborne sink in any scene. 😉

Dragonbane picks up where Son of No One ends. Maxis’ brother Illarion is now living at Santuary with him and adjusting to life outside of the Fey realm. We are also introduced to their other brothers; Blaise who is also part Mandrake and lives in Avalon, and Falcyn, I wouldn’t want to get on his bad side, just saying, he’s one ornery dragon. Along with meeting Maxis’ other brothers, we also learn he has a wife, who happens to be an Arcadian dragon and Amazonian dragon slayer. She comes to town to ask for his help in rescuing their children, twin dragonets Haydn and Edena. Since Maxis walked away from Seraphina centuries ago, thanks to her tribe, he never knew she was pregnant and that she gave birth to twins. Now thanks to her leader Nala who’s in league with the gallu demon Kessar, yes he’s back and wanting revenge in the worst way against everyone who’s wronged him, they must find a way to mend fences and work together. Easier said then done in Maxis case thanks to everything he’s suffered at the hands of Seraphina and her Amazonian sisters.

Throughout the story we are bombarded with tons of information about the Dragon race, how Werer-Hunters came to be, who the first one’s were, the cause of the hatred between the Arcadian and Katagaria, the creation of the Omegrion and how Savitar came to be it’s leader. There was so much information in this one at times I felt like my head was spinning and I was on information overload, but in a good way. It helped to keep everything in perspective and helps to answer any unanswered questions us as the reader may have still had regarding the Were-Hunters. We are also privy to flashbacks of Max and Sera’s life together in her Amazon tribe, what happened to him at her sisters hands and why he left her. His story is rather heartbreaking at times and I did shed a few tears for him. There wasn’t a single thing about Max I didn’t like, Seraphina however had a lot of groveling and making up to do in my books. By the end of the book I approved of her as Maxis’ mate.

Along with all the information we learned in this one, it was also fast paced and non- stop action when the battles ensued. Nothing like a Kenyon battle scene to get the blood pumping and nail biting happening. There was also plenty of Kenyon humour and sarcasm flying about throughout the story that had me laughing out loud and snorting many times. What can I say, Dev, Fang, Fury, Thorn and Styxx have to be the best at letting the sarcasm fly and use it at the most inappropriate times possible. Love it. Heck Fang was even rubbing off on Seraphina at one point when she tells her Amazon sisters to ‘arm up bitches’, then turns to Max and says; “You left me in Fangs company too long.” LoL!!! We also get to see many of our faves from Santuary and New Orleans come together to help Max, and due battle against Kessar, Apollo and company on Olympus. There’s also a new little tidbit about Savitar that we learn, and get to see some intriguing interaction between him and Apollymi, and a very touching scene with her and Styxx. I think one of my fave scenes has to be when Thorn drops in on the Omegrion council to inform everyone about what’s going down on Mount Olympus. It was perfect Thorn, he hit all the sarcastic high-notes and no other character could have pulled that scene off. That’s one of the things I love about Kenyon’s characters. No two are remotely the same, or have similar personalities. Each one has their own distinct nuances that make each unique to the story and keep me coming back for more.

For anyone who’s a fan of Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series this one is a must read, and won’t disappoint. All I can say is I can’t wait for Dragonmark. If the way this one ended is any indication of what’s to come, then in the words of Seraphina; “arm of bitches” cause there’s going to be hell to pay for Apollo, Kessar and company. Man I hate waiting……..is it August 2016 yet????

Until next time, happy reading my fellow Menyons!

Reviewed by Marcie

 

 

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Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon – a Review

Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon – a Review

 

Son of No One
Dark-Hunter (Hellchasers #6) series – Book # 24
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Release Date: September 2, 2014

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It’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when something truly evil is released into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.

From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his age.

Centuries ago, Cadegan was viciously betrayed into an immortal prison by the only person he’d ever trusted. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him. Something he can’t seem to fight and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him everything.

He knows he has to stay away from her, but the unleashed demon is hell bent on consuming her soul. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?

The Story Behind The Story
This is one of those books that had to be written. I’d just finished Styxx and was walking around trying to decide between Max, Remi and a thousand other characters. I toyed with a few ideas that just wouldn’t cement. Then, as I was working on Born of Fury…

Cadegan came and blew my mind. I scrapped the old ideas I’d been nurturing and immediately sat down and had to start gathering info on him. Everything he tells me, fascinates me more and the same for Josie. She’s hilarious. I had no idea… I love when I have no control over my people 🙂

 

Review;

Okay fellow Menyons and even non-Menyon’s if the synopsis and the tidbit about the story from Ms. Kenyon herself doesn’t make you want to read this latest installment to her DH series I don’t know what will. Well, maybe I can help you out with my review of Son of No One. 😉

I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy,..(bowing down to Ms. Kenyon). I don’t know how she does it, but once again Ms. Kenyon has managed to blow me away with another fantastical and imaginative story in Son of No One. In this one she introduces two completely new characters for our main couple, along with a host of new characters and creatures and a new realm. This new realm where our hero is imprisoned is part of her Avalon series, which had me a little worried since I haven’t read that series yet. However, have no fear, Ms. Kenyon seamlessly weaves the DH universe into that of the Avalon universe without breaking a sweat. It’s like the two series were always intertwined and no one is the wiser. Ms. Kenyon truly is a master at her craft and we see it here once again in Son of No One.

Our two new characters Cadegan and Josette are tossed together in this new realm and let me say I can plainly see just why Kenyon had to write their story. Cadegan is a wonderful character, totally swoon-worthy and a welcome addition to the DH family. Even though he’s a demon in his true form, and can pretty much end things as we know it, our Josette brings out the best in him and I couldn’t be happier. I loved everything about Cadegan, especially his Welsh accent and olden day speech that had my toes curling every time he spoke. What a sweet-heart he is with Josette, but word to the wise, don’t get on his bad side, he’s a rather scary demon. 😉 Josette, what can I say but another well rounded female heroine who had me laughing out loud many times, and applauding her heroism and never give up attitude. The way she would tease Cadegan about his age, and baffling him with her modern day lingo was just priceless, but she truly does love her demon and makes him want to be the man she deserves. I loved how she was able face his demon form, accept him for who and what he is, and won’t give up on him no matter what. What makes her believing in Cadegan all the more special, is the fact that she’s friends with Amanda Devereaux and company and always thought them to be paranormal wackos. She never believed in the paranormal, but once she met Cadegan, she had no choice and she dove right in head first(literally as she falls into a magical mirror) and never looked back. I loved the scenes with Cadegan, Josette and all her friends, some of my favourite scenes in the story.

Along with the new characters and realm, we also get the chance to see some of our old favourites; Ash, Styxx, Simi, Kyrian, Talon, Fang etc. Seeing some of my faves back again to help, and watching them interact and carry on had me laughing out loud. Kenyon brings her classic humour to these scenes which helps to lighten the mood and the severity of the problem at hand, even if it’s just for a few seconds. Styxx particularly had me howling with laughter as he’s talking with the group about living in this day and age and how it hasn’t driven him to go running through the streets naked yet. LOL!!! I’m still LOL’ing over that scene as I type this review. As our group of past favourites try to figure out a way to help Cadegan and Jossette, Kenyon continues to reveal little bits of information regarding the evil that’s coming, which was mentioned in Styxx’s book, along with making reveals about Thorn(never saw this one coming) and Max the dragon who lives in the attic at Sanctuary. Which as you know I’m not telling cause I don’t like to play the spoil sport. If you want to know this ‘didn’t see that one coming’ reveal, then you will just have to read the book for yourselves. ;-p Keep in mind that the publicity surrounding this book has been dubbed; The Dragons will Rise in 2015, so maybe I’ve given a little hint regarding one of the reveals in Son of No One. 😉

Now in proper Kenyon fashion she of course does answer questions that she left us hanging with in previous books, but now thanks to the addition of Cadegan and Jossette, the two reveals(Max and Thorn), new realms and the return of our favourite Gallu demon Kessar to stir up yet more trouble, we are left with more questions and head scratching. I swear I’m going to either go completely white or bald from reading this series thanks to Ms. Kenyon and her trickery and mastery in storytelling. Just when I think I’ve figured something out, I turn the page and bam, my jaw drops over some other tidbit she’s revealed. I swear I never get tired of reading the DH series and I know I never will. If Ms. Kenyon continues to write and create worlds, characters, humour and action scenes like the ones in Son of No One I will forever keep coming back for more. I for one can’t wait till next year when Dragonbane, the next installment in this arc comes out.

Until next time my fellow Menyons, happy reading!!  

Reviewed by Marcie

 

 

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Sherrilyn Kenyon -Dark Hunter News

SHERRILYN KENYON NEWS

SHERRILYN KENYON NEWS
About the Book

Original Publication Date: November 05, 2012

The fans asked for it…

All in one volume, all of the short stories that Sherri has written for St. Martin’s Press. Best of all, it will feature Fear the Darkness (first time in print) and a new short story with Acheron as the lead and updates on other fave characters as well as a sneak peek of Simi’s new love

Provided by Vickie

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