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(Dark-Hunter #25)

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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 ...more
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Published August 2nd 2016 by St. Martin's Press
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Sharon Cochran Very disappointing 75% of this book is a word for word paste and copy of the previous 2 books
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Jan 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
Why is this book even a full novel? I've just reread the previous 2 books, Son Of No One and Dragonbane in anticipation of this book and refreshing my mind of the series plot and what do I find? Practically half of this book is rewritten from the previous 2 books.

You may call it rehashing, I call it being lazy.

Was there no way of condensing and summarising that part of the plot? Instead we're given a word by word replay of the previous books. The only difference is that it's sort of
Sophia Triad
Illarion(Katagaria Drakos) and Edilyn(Half human and half kikimora)

Ahh... True love and TRUE DRAGONS!
So, yes I love Illarion and Edilyn's story naturally.

But let's break down the actual book:

Chapter 1 to Chapter 13: Illarion and Edilyn and in the end as we already know....For the dragon lived on without his heart
Chapter 14 to Chapter 21: Cadegan and Josette and copy paste from the Son of No One
Chapter 22 to Chapter 26: Max and Seraphina and copy paste from the Dragonbane
Chapter 27 to
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Aug 18, 2015 marked it as to-be-continued  ·  review of another edition
I knew it would be Illarion, I just knew it. And I'm kind of happy it isn't yet another new guy. But... but I wanted Savitar!!!!

Still... Bring it!


Lords Of Avalon?? What the hell is Lords of Avalon? As if Dark-Hunter, Dream-Hunter, Were-Hunter, Hellchaser, Chronicles of Nick and whatever-the-hell-else belongs in the Dark-Hunterverse wasn't already too much, now I actually have to know what this Lords Of Avalon is? I think Sherrilyn Kenyon serves waaaay more than her readers can chew
Aug 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of the Dark-Hunters since Night Pleasures came out, have spent countless hours discussing the series, have recommended it high and low to lovers of both romance and fantasy. And I have never, ever been more disappointed both in a book and in an author.

Dragonmark was a $14.99 ebook. Over 75% of the story is sections (not even sections with Illarion!) straight up copy/pasted from Son of No One and Dragonbane. Styxx was a wonderful story that showed a parallel perspective on
Cheryl Mclaws
Aug 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Confused. And a little bit mad that Illarion got cheated out of having his story told. His story wasn't told. Everyone else's stories were RE-told. The bits with Illarion and Edilyn was all of about 5 chapters worth of this book. Really, his story could have been added to Max's book as a sub-story line...since that's what happened anyway with all the word for word re-telling that happened in this book...or released as a novella or short story telling his and Edilyn's SHORT story. The rehashing ...more
Scholar inArmor

"I am pleased when she maddens me when she makes me stand with open mouth, staring. And I am pleased when she laughs at me or makes a fool of me to my face, or my back... For after this bad, the good will come very quickly, if such is her pleasure."

This book, IMO, is the second book of the duology with Dragonbane being its first. With this book, the "War on The Olympus" storyline, which started at the end of Dragonbane, is finished. The "War of the
Jan 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book. It's a novella. A short story. Something in the middle. But definitely not a book.
You can't write a book about Illarion and then spend 50% of the book talking about Cadegan and Max... and not even in Illarion's point of view! We have entire paragraphs and chapters that are in Cadegan PoV, like when Josette goes to the rescue when he was Addanc.
This is Illarion's book. You want to show that scene because Illarion was present? That's fine! But at least have the decency to write
Alex is The Romance Fox
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What is going on with this series?????
Dragonmark, 26th book in the Dark-Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, is in my honest opinion, a total rip-off ---in many ways!!!
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Most of the story is a rehash of some of the previous books!!! This was supposed to be the story of Illarion and Edilyn..........really!!!! Wow, 2 or 3 chapters with these two and we get their story!!!!

Repeat....Repeat....Repeat!! And more Rehash....Rehash....Rehash!!!
Why bother making this a full-length was more like
Epifania Taylor
Aug 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-hunter
I am sick of this mess. I mean, I am completely disgusted. I started and finished this book in less than three hours. This woman is the LAZIEST writer I have ever foolishly given my time. This last book takes the cake. Over 60% was repeated WORD FOR WORD from other books. Don't waste your money and buy this mess. Wait until someone leaks it online; otherwise, you are going to pay good money for 40% original content.

Kenyon lifted whole entire chapters from her other books, Son of No One and
I feel a little ripped off. This book cost 14.99 and half of it was from the previous two books!
Chapter 14 though chapter 27 were all from the last two books.... I really don't care if it was from Illy's "sorta" POV because we already read that stuff and knew it. There was so much she could have written about these two people that would have been new and entertaining. I feel a little betrayed by this author who up to now has been fantastic. If she wanted to catch everyone up on events that
Sarah ♥ dog crazy ♥
This book was so bad.

She hates dragons. She hates them so much.
He hates humans. He hates them so much.

They meet and within HOURS!!! HOURS!!! they fuck, are madly in love. And dragon babies... Hey, no problem for the chick who hated dragons soooo much a day ago.

Then her brother does something stupid. The chick and the dragon have some unnecessary drama. They reconcile and want to bond their life forces. Oh, but they can't. But guess what, Sav can help. Because everything has to be perfect.

Let me put a warning here first, before I write the review of this book:
If you really want to enjoy the book, DON'T read Son of No One and Dragonbane beforehand to refresh your memory!!!!! That will spoil everything!

The book of gods, the book of Dragons, the book of copy and paste....

I don't know what to think of this book. It wasn't really bad but it was definitely not good either.
I really liked the beginning, the story how Illarion and Edilyn met and fell in love. And I fell in love with
Here are some of my thoughts:
Edilyn, the female protagonist, is a bit of a footnote. Thats disappointing because it makes it difficult to feasibly invest in the romance between her and Illarion. She is gone for a great chunk of it. And when she is there (usually in the beginning-middle), she is not great. Not terrible. Just nothing particularly fetching that will make me love her. I do, however, appreciate how she turns out ultimately. This book would be a lot better if she is not gone for a
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
only going to give this a 4 out of 5 because of the big chunk of story line that retells other books but other than that it is a good book as always by sherrilyn Kenyon
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarybooks
Illarion is a dragon (who is the son of the God of War Ares) who was forced to splice with a human when he was younger and had his vocal cords messed up only allowing him to speak telepathically to others loses his new dragonswan Edilyn after her stupid Kikimora brother steals one of his dragon healing stones to give to his worst enemy Morgen Le Fey. Can Illarion find the love of his life again and save the world from evil and finally get a happy ending for himself? Read and find out for ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
The break between reading Ms Kenyon's books really worked for me. I loved this one and hiw it, hopefully, advanced the overall plot.
Aug 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So, before I start, I want to preface this review by saying I'm a huge fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon. She's one of my favorite authors and has been for years. But recently? Her writing has been lazy. I would happily forgo a new book every year if it meant they were better written. These last few books have been lazy, sloppy, and frankly, uninteresting. There are a dozen characters of the top of my head whose stories we'd rather have than these bit players like Maxis and Illarian. Yes, their history is ...more
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Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dragonmark tells Illarion and Edilyns story. It goes over Illarion's background up to present day. This dragon shifter story was sweet and it was a quick read.

Ill just jump right into it. I know that there have been complains about the overlapping of this book with Dragonbane and Son Of No One. While some complaints have merit, I have to say that with Kenyons large series that interconnect, I sort of not surprised. I have read and followed this series for some time and with this book being
Molly Mortensen
I started this book not understanding all of the negative reviews. I mean, sure, they fell for each other a little fast but that happens sometimes in paranormal romance.

Then I get about halfway through and DragonMark starts rehashing what happened in previous books. According to my Kindle it filled up 40% of the book!

Much of it wasn't even in Illarion's point of view, just a copy and paste from her other books. She didn't even correct it for continuity!
And it isn't for new readers, because she
Belongs to the following series: Dark-Hunter, #26; Dark-Hunter: Dragon's Rising Trilogy #1; The Entire Dark-Hunterverse #33; Dark-Hunterverse #27; Lords of Avalon #5. Illarion is a dragon that was abused by the humans and has no love for them but when one shows a kindness...

Started out great but then we revisited scenes from previous books. And then when our couple finally get back together there wasn't much to it. Sadly a disappointment but not all bad. This is a series that really needs to be
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to agree with most reviews I'm reading. If I wanted to reread a book, I will reread the damn book. I dont want a NEW book that is 60 to 70% books I have already read. That being said, the remaining small percentage I did enjoy. The ending did seem rushed, I still love this world. And on a side note. I also love Immortals After Dark. While I know its two different authors I want Nix and Savitar to get together. Come on crossover book.
I am very disappointed. 80% of the book is word for word copy of two previous books, Dragonbane and Son of No One. The publishing company should be ashamed of themselves.

Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Illarion is a dragon who can assume human shape. Edilyn is half human and half kikimora. Illarion wants nothing to do with humans. Edilyn wants nothing to do with dragons. When a beggar is denied entrance to the festivities, Edilyn is the one to grant him enter and serves him a meal. It is not until they are attacked, that the beggar transforms into Illarion, the dragon.

I feel this book was confusing, but that could be because I have read the books out of order. I should have read Dragonbane
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Frankly, this "book" was just flat out lazy. The bulk of it was made up of cut-and-paste scenes from Son of No One and Dragonbane. To retell a story from another character's viewpoint is one thing, but this wasn't even that--they were literally the exact same text. The amount of original content might qualify as a novella, but it's certainly not worthy of its own book. And what was there was flat out ridiculous in many cases. Illarion knows Edilyn for one day and he's running to Savitar to ask ...more
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Seriously disappointed in this one. There was almost nothing new in it. Over half of the book (I'd say about 3/4) was literally copied and pasted from the previous 2 books. I really wish I'd looked at the reviews before buying this one. it wasn't even rewritten from another characters point of view. IT WAS WORD FOR WORD! I can't even begin to express how disappointed I was in this. I mean seriously we wait a year for a new book in the series and get maybe a hundred pages of new material while ...more

Actual Rating 1.5 Stars

I enjoyed reading about Illarion and Edilyn and I wish there was more of it. I wish the author just sticked with their story because it was amazing, she could have focused the story on those two but she did not. She had the whole Kikimora storyline to explore but no.

I was really disappointed with this one and I can't help but feel that the author is getting lazy and taking for granted her readers. I love Ms Kenyon and her works but I can't help but feel slighted.

Jen  ~The dreamer~
I am so glad I requested this book from the library and didn't buy it. Chapters 1-16 are about Illarion and Edilyn, chapters 17-26 are chapters taken from Max and Cade's books, then chapters 27-28 we finish up Illarion's story. So in essence, their story was a novella.
The story was okay but I found myself thinking about other things as I was reading. Then when I hit the middle of the book, I freaked out because deja vu hit and I kept thinking, I've read this before, I just know it. And yep. Sure
This book had great potential in the beginning, but about halfway through the book it all went down hill for me :(Last half of the book seemed rushed and a good portion of the book was repeated scenes from Son of No One and Dragon Bane word to word. Overall realy disappointed that Sherrilyn made us wait a year for this she could have easily tied it in with Dragon Bane or made a short story.
Lyn *NomadicWorlds

From the moment I read Dragonbane, I wanted to know Illarions story, what had happened to him to make him so bitter at the world, why he made the choices he did. I thought Dragonmark would start where Dragonbane left off but Dragonmark gave us Illarions story from the beginning.

I liked seeing Illarions first meeting with his mate, Edilyn. It was nice to see their start. At first, I liked Edilyn a lot. She saw Illarions heart where others saw a terrible beast. But she had to go and ruin things.
I never thought I would rate one of Kenyon's books below three stars. While this wasn't horrible, it just wasn't what I expect from her.

In all, or most, of the dark hunter books there has been great character development. I really felt as if the characters could have been real living people. Not this one. There was a lack of passion, personality, and individuality that this author normally aces in every book. The humor that these characters normally have was missing too.

The world that these
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