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Dragonmark (Hardback)


Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: Piatkus
RRP: £20.00
ISBN: 978 0 349 41323 5
Publication Date: 02 August 2016

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...

So when does a sub plot become a novel? When Sherrilyn Kenyon rehashes a lot of plot lines with only a small amount of story added to bump up the page count.

Dargonmark (2016. 344 pages) is part of the Hunter World series which stands at an astonishing twenty-five novels, Kenyon certainly provides quantity, but from the experience of this novel quality has severely suffered.

One of the things that you notice in reading the novel is the paucity of either world building or character development, this is pulp fantasy of the worst, lazy kind aimed at a less discerning young adult audience, which is actually an insult to the YA audience.

Given that so much of the story is just a repeat of previous novels I’m guessing that her fan base are going to balk at handing over twenty quid for very little new material, especially as it doesn’t even satisfy the desire to read more about Illarion .

Not really sure what constitutes a rip off, but this comes disastrously close.


Charles Packer

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