Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Description: “Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago.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: When I learned that the new arc in the Dark-Hunter Series was going to be dragons, I was a little upset. These series has so many amazing books and such a detailed plot line. However, after 20 or so books, I was hoping we’d get to some major heroes. Like Savitar. Or Jaden. Or Jared. Or Thorn, especially after Son of No One! (I totally ship Thorn and one of the Devereaux sisters, though I can’t remember which one ) While Max-the-dragon-in-the-attic was intriguing, I want Savitar and a huge battle against the Gallu demons and Noir and Azura. In this book, I did some battles with gallu demons but just enough to prick my interest for more!
This book went into detail about the origins of Were-Hunters and how they were created. Most of the Were-Hunter books have a brief explanation of an ancient king who tried to thwart the Apollite’s curse by splicing his sons with animals such as wolves, bears, and dragons.. However, Dragonbane offered a first hand account of the creation of Were-Hunters, and the beginning of the Were-Hunter council, and why Savitar, cough, moderates it.
This seems to be my week for reunion stories. Two of the previous books I read, Thrill Me and Back To You, featured couples who had previously had a relationship, although their time apart wasn’t nearly as long as the thousands of years that separated Max and his mate, Seraphina. This is a true reunion story and what drove the split between Max and Seraphina was hard to read. Despite the torment Max went through in the hands of Seraphina’s Amazonian tribe, I did enjoy the flashbacks and insight into Amazonian life. It made me want to reread No Mercy, Dev and Samia’s book! The reunion between Max and Seraphina mostly focused on what she had done wrong in the past. Despite not liking her at first, I do think Seraphina was redeemed throughout the book and, what can I say, I’m a fan of tough heroines. Most of the Dark-Hunter books feature at least one ‘reunion scene’ where previous characters show up, usually to go into battle and this book was no exception! It’s always nice to visit old characters and I smile a little every time Acheron or Styxx appears.
This book made me want to reread other Sherrilyn Kenyon books! Max’s brother Blaise and the mentions of Avalon make me want to reread the Lords of Avalon series. I’ve been meaning to ever since I read Son of No One but keep forgetting. And once I finished Dragonbane, I made the worst mistake ever: I stared to reread Styxx. Not the entire book though, just from when he meets Urian and onward. Of course, 3 hours passed my bedtime, red eyes, and an whole box of tissues later (can a person get dehydrated from sobbing too much?) I acknowledged this was a bad idea.
This book was not on the level of Acheron or Styxx. But it did interest me in the dragon arc which I hope will be merging with the overall arc of Noir, the gallu demons, Apollo, and finally, with the Chronicles of Nick series. The plot with gallu demons is progressing and leading up to a giant battle which will hopefully happen soon. Elements are coming together, such as the Hell-Chasers and Thorn, attacks on Olympus and Noir and Azura searching for Braith (who I have some theories about) . While I will, of course, read the next two books in the dragon arc when they are released, I want a heavy-hitting book, like Savitar’s or Jaden’s, soon, to tie together some loose ends. I don’t like waiting.
Rating: 4 out of 5!