Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark Hunters Series #26
Date: August 04, 2015
Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago.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
It’s finally that time of the month! First, a little introduction, shall we?
Today’s main dish is a recent release by Bestselling Author Sherrilyn Kenyon!
Dragonbane is the most recent installment (#26) of one of my favorite Romance series, The Dark Hunters. I love, love, love these books and have read them all, some of them several times over. The Dark Hunters is a Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance series that incorporates elements of classic mythology (gods, demigods, demons, etc.) and uses them with a mastery and knowledge of the field that it’s quite remarkable. As a mythology junkie myself, I must say I am very pleased with what the author has accomplished in this series. Sure, she takes some literary liberties (don’t we all?), but even so, she manages to keep true to the legends and accepted historical facts quite well.
Also, the characters are just superb, and the world-building skills that this author displays are definitely top of the line.
More information, visit the author’s website: sherrilynkenyon.com
So, let’s get to it! ———-
First, let me say that I’ve been waiting for Dragonbane for an entire year. After a couple or so-so books within the series, Kenyon released “Styxx“ two years ago, which was as much a masterpiece as it gets.
And after that “Son of No One” which was also quite good. So I was really excited for Dragonbane, not only due to the precedents, but also because it featured a rather elusive character that readers had seen on and off throughout the whole saga: The Dragon Maxis Drago.
So I actually entered this endeavor with high spirits!
The main characters in this novel are Maxis and Seraphina, a dragon and his wife (not spoilers, all of this is in the SK page!).
As I said before, Maxis I already knew. He always had a mysterious air to him and he developed quite nicely in his own book. He is a good Romance Hero. Strong, protective, a little dominant, but also kind and forgiving. He gets into quite the deal of troubles but he manages to get out of them elegantly enough. I wouldn’t call him an easy-go-lucky kind of guy, but I’d say that overall he has a rather mellow personality, which is refreshing in a genre that can quite easily cause a testosterone overload problem. I didn’t have an issue with him.
He was quite well-crafted in his image of the tired warrior that now only wants peace. And hopefully, someone to share that peace with.
Seraphina on the other hand was a little harder to cope with. Here we have a character who, supposedly, due to her unconsciousness, fear and inability to compromise, caused her husband to be deeply hurt. She has a trail of “youthful mistakes” that already ruined her marriage once, and that you are supposed to believe, even though there are quite the number of holes in the theory. For instance, even though she claims to love her husband, she doesn’t hesitate to punish him cruelly for whatever mistake she thinks he’s committed, and she justifies her actions by saying that she “didn’t mean for it to be so bad”.
That wouldn’t be a problem, though if her arc of change was clearly visible to the reader. Readers are forgiving. If let’s say, she was a completely different person at the end than the one at the beginning of the relationship, then the readers could separate the “immature” version of the “mature” version. However, when we meet her at the beginning of the book, she is basically the exact same person from the flashbacks. Under this circumstances, her sudden willingness to compromise and work for the relationship with his husband is not believable.
I was actually disappointed in their interactions, because they didn’t feel real to me. Seraphina’s personality is not very defined, and as such, the pairing doesn’t quite work.
I won’t get into plot this time because, since this book is part of a series, there are several things involved in the plot development. I’ll only say that, although it’s a little bit complicated, is fairly easy to follow compared to some of the previous books. Also, the plot is quite unobtrusive towards the main relationship, which I always value in a Romance novel, although in this particular time, since the couple didn’t work for me, I don’t really care for it.
“One of Many”
Not a book I particularly loved or hated. But not one I’m likely to come back to in the future either.