A Dark-Hunter Novel
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 in Dragonmark, the next blockbuster Dark-Hunter novel by #1 New York Timesbestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series continues with this somewhat grim but nonetheless delightful 27th installment. The dragons have been around since before humans kept recorded history. Illarion is one of them. He has lived through being tortured and having his voice stolen by the humans he's come to hate. He is quite content to live in solitude, venturing only occasionally among humans, until he meets Edilyn, the only person who ever showed him kindness. Their bond is strong and quick to develop, but a betrayal by someone close to Edilyn sets in motion a series of events that may tear them apart. Any installment in a long-running series will be burdened with history and relationships that cannot be condensed into a few pages, and new readers will be lost. However, the well-developed interactions between Edilyn and Illarion add a layer of enjoyment for longtime fans. The story takes an abrupt and rather confusing turn halfway through, but the subsequent action and adventure more than make up for the incongruity. The novel stands on its own merits, but it's clear this is a transition piece, leading much deeper into the larger plot arc.
Illarion was locked in another realm for centuries with nothing to do but fight the ones who had taken everything from him. He was rescued in the book Son of No One. He has hated humanity since he was a young dragon who was attacked and held against his will, until he meets Edilyn. Edilyn has no hope of ever escaping the drudgery of her life. She wants nothing to do with dragons, but things with Illarion are different. Will they be able to get past their differences to forge a future together? I enjoyed this book but I wish it would have had more of their lives in the present.
Not her best
The first half of the book seemed to be written by someone else, still not sure about the middle of the book and what it had to do with the storyline, and the last part was mediocre Kenyon at best. I'm a big fan and have read all her books more than once, but the last few offerings weren't very good and I won't continue to pay premium prices for shoddy work.
Is it plagiarism when you copy your own work? One half of this book was copy paste from the previous 2 books. I LOVE the DH books, but this has left a sour taste.