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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Book Review: Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon
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Dark-Hunter #26
Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Publication.Date:August 4, 2015
Pages:335 (paperback)
Published By:  St. Martin's Press
Website:Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago.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.


Max shrugged. "What can I say? Absence does indeed make the hear grow fonder, and the guilt of having him locked away in a hell realm for a thousand years means I have to tolerate any annoying habit Illation possesses with utmost patience."

She popped Dev in the stomach.

"See how great dragons are? You should be taking notes." "Fine. Lock Etienne and Remi in a hell realm for a thousand years and I promise I'll be nice to the them when they get out."
Edena shrieked and danced toward her brother as the object came to rest near her and turned out to be a disembodied human head.

An instant later, a huge, spiny dragon poked his head out from between the curtains to offer a lopsided grin. "Sorry, love. Didn't realize anyone was here."
"I don't give up family." He paused. "Well, they could have Fury. I'm not that attached to him. But they'd only keep him till he opened his mouth, then launch his ass back to me with a catapult. He's like a bad boomerang that way."

Two weeks ago my review for Sherrilyn's Son of No One was posted here on Bookish Lifestyle. And while I liked it, I didn't love it and I knew Sherrilyn is capable of doing better. Ladies and gentlemen, HERE IS BETTER! I was so nervous about this series after reading So of No One, but I should have known better than to doubt the Author Goddess.

Dragonbane is the epitome of my love for Sherrilyn and her books. We have a familiar character as our main man and are constantly in contact with old favorites. After I finished Dragonbane, I understood why Sherrilyn needed to tell Son of No One. The way her stories connect and interact and feed off one another is nothing short of genius - there's a reason we Menyons call her "Author Goddess" and books like Dragonbane are a prime example!

If you're familiar with her novels, you know Maxius is the dragon Were-Hunter that lives in the attic  of Sanctuary. Not much is known about him other than he's a dragon, he lives in the attic, and he never sets foot outside of Sanctuary. Immediately we are introduced to Seraphina, a fierce Amazon warrior and fellow dragon Were-Hunter. Seraphina comes from a Amazon tribe of humans who can turn into dragons (verse Maxis who is a dragon that can turn human) and take pride in hunting and killing his kind. Not the best start to a relationship, but some of Sherrilyn's OTPs have been through worse.

The wonderful thing about Sherrilyn's books is that she has some bad ass female characters. They're not sitting and waiting to be saved, they're out there fighting just as hard (and sometimes harder) than some of the male counterparts. Seraphina is no exception - especially coming from an ancient tribe of Amazon warriors. She is from a society where women are above men in all things, but comes to love Maxis as an equal, not someone she needs to constantly take care of.

Full of snark, beloved characters, and a hot and steamy romance Dragonbane will you keep turning pages until late hours of the night (or early hours of the morning really). You'll love getting to know Maxis, especially those of us who first met him in Night Play, and delving deeper into the most intricate and mind blowing world I've ever read.

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