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Dragon Hunters

(The Chronicles of the Exile #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  381 ratings  ·  65 reviews
The sequel to When the Heavens Fall features gritty characters, deadly magic, and meddlesome gods

Once a year on Dragon Day the fabled Dragon Gate is raised to let a sea dragon pass from the Southern Wastes into the Sabian Sea. There, it will be hunted by the Storm Lords, a fellowship of powerful water-mages who rule an empire called the Storm Isles. Alas, this year someone
Paperback, 559 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by Titan Books, Ltd
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Petros Triantafyllou
I will start this review with a quote from a previous review of mine, dating back to 2014.

"If you regularly follow my reviews, you must have already noticed that nine out of ten times I don't get to enjoy the next installments in a series as much as the first one (probably due to the fact that I'm already acquainted with the world & character building, as well as the magic system, so i am less impressed by the rest of the story). King of Thorns is the exception to the "rule". The one out of ten
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pssst! Reader! Yes, you! I know what you’re thinking. You’ve read the first book and liked it but expected more out of it, so now you’re wondering is it worth continuing with the series. I was in your shoes so I know the feeling but decided to continue anyway. Short story; I made the right call. Long story? Well, keep on reading.

I enjoyed When the Heavens Fall, the first novel of The Chronicles of the Exile. The structure and the flow of the story, along with the large cast of characters remind
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Dragon Hunters delivered all the elements that were missing from book one, with flare (and by flare I mean dragons). Sluggish plot progression wasn’t a problem here. I wouldn’t say Dragon Hunters was a particularly fast-paced book, but the things that happened within each perspective advanced the plot much more sufficiently than in the first book. Same with the plot-transparency – a lot of the devious plots remained shrouded in mystery until the end, which was not the case in book one (and a maj ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2016/03/08/b...

Sometimes a second book is required for me to get a feel for a series, and this is certainly one of those cases. When the Heavens Fall was a novel that gave me mixed feelings, because while it didn’t exactly sweep me off my feet, I did genuinely enjoy it for the new and refreshing sword-and-sorcery fantasy that it was. In any event, it made me curious to tackle the sequel, Dragon Hunters, to see how the chronicle will cont
Stefan Bach
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’ll be honest. The reason why I started this series in the first place was to read more about badass pirate Mazana Creed, a character from a short story in anthology Evil is a Matter of Perspective: An Anthology of Antagonists.

Now, in first book - When the Heavens Fall - her character doesn’t even make an appearance.
And to be completely honest, she wasn’t missed.

The world setting, building of magic system, discovering history and lore, as well as variety of char
Tracey the Lizard Queen
Originally reviewed here: http://thequeenofblades.blogspot.co.u...

*Copy won in a Facebook giveaway, thanks to Marc's wife*

4.25 Stars

Ah, dragons. Now I know what some of you must be thinking. 'I'm kinda sick of effing dragons'. Well let me put you at ease, this book is not, I repeat NOT, about dragons. WHAT!? Yes, there are dragons aplenty, and not the intelligent talking ones, and no, not the pet ones that love only one character either. They are wild, ferocious, dangerous, man-eaters. They will
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever read a debut novel from an author and thought to yourself, 'yeah, this writer has something special.'

Well that's how I felt when I first stumbled upon When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner. It had everything that I loved about fantasy. Sprawling landscapes and cultures, intense magical combat and action, and intelligent and fascinating characters with agency. So when I heard that Turner's next book was coming I was extremely excited. I couldn't wait to dive back into the world that
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

My rating is 3.5 stars.

Dragon Hunters is the second installment of Marc Turner’s epic The Chronicle of the Exile series, and, as promised by said author, it is a tale set in the same world as When the Heavens Fall but focused on a whole pantheon of new characters, filled with unique lands, cultures, and magic, and unveils an original story having no direct connection to its predecessor. All of which means anyone can read this book and enjoy without having
Scott  Hitchcock
Book 1: 3*
Book 2: 3.25*

The story was definitely better than the first book. Once again the writing is very good. The world and the action are both great.

The issue I have with this similar to the first is I don't connect with any of the characters. I think part of it is the author is going for the Erikson view where everybody (generalization) is the good guy from there own perspective. Erikson pulls it off and you end up liking opposing figures. Because there's no empathy build into these charac
Thomas Stacey
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. What an impressive round off to the year. Dragon Hunters is exactly how I imagine Malazan would be if written by Abercrombie: chock full of violence, dark humour, great characters and epic world building, with each strand of the story being given time to develop and flourish before converging together for one epic climax. And Sea Dragons. Sea Dragons!

I think it’s safe to say I’m definitely along for the ride and can’t wait to see where this series takes us.
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd put this aside for a while because it wasn't grabbing me, but I picked it back up in anticipation of the final book in the trilogy in September. Once the Dragon Hunt began around halfway through, though, I was thoroughly hooked.


Once a year, on Dragon Day, the Storm Lords hoist open the Dragon Gate to let one of the majestic, scaled beasts slip through into the Sabian Sea to be hunted by the water-mage Storm Lords. Emira Imerle Polivar, the current elec
Marc Turner
Jan 06, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I’m a fan of this book. Speaking impartially, of course. If you only read one book this year about Chameleon priests, dimension-hopping assassins, and sea dragons being hunted by powerful water-mages, then this is definitely the one for you.

Dragon Hunters takes place in a different part of the same story world as When the Heavens Fall, and features a new set of characters. You can therefore read it even if you haven’t already read book one in the series (shame on you).

The first c
Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway
It's been a long time since I dove into a door-stopper epic fantasy series. Let alone, jump right into next book immediately after reading the first one -of course it helps that I'd won Dragon Hunters from a Goodreads Giveaway. Still, between a severely limited reading-time, being burned by the "years-between-books phenomenon" and, developing an old man's low tolerance for tom-foolery, I've just had too hard a time dealing with the big epics. So this in itself says a lot about how much I like Th ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
No spoilers here.
Solid 3.5 stars here.
This second book was not what I expected, as the characters and locations completely changed, but at least we are in the same world.
here once a year on Dragon Day, the Dragon gate is opened to let the sea dragon pass into the Sabian Sea, and hunted by the Storm Lords. However, the dragon is having no part of it.
On another part Emira Ploivar is coming to the end as leader of the Storm Lords but does not want to step down.
This story had good character devel
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
The Chronicle continues on a different part of the continent with another excellent tale!
Seregil of Rhiminee
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Marc Turner's Dragon Hunters is the second novel in The Chronicle of the Exile series. It's a sequel to When the Heavens Fall (Titan Books/Tor Books, 2015), but it can be read as a standalone novel, because it takes place in a different part of the world.

Before I write more about Dragon Hunters, I'll mention that I haven't yet had an opportunity to read the first novel in this series. However, I will try to read it as soon as possible, because it's been a whi
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
4 Stars

Dragon Hunters is an excellent sequel to the fantastic When The Heavens Fall, which was one of my favorite fantasy books written in the last few years. Taking a page out of the Steven Erikson playbook, Turner switches things up in book two, leaving behind the characters from the first book and taking the reader to a new location filled with an entirely new cast of characters. It’s a risky move, but it worked.

The plot in the first book was very straightforward. This time things aren’t quit
James Schmidt
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review today is for:

Dragon Hunters: The Chronicle of the Exile, Book Two

by Marc Turner

A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.

I absolutely loved the first book in this series When the Heavens Fall, I instantly fell in love with the complexed characters and vast universe they are set in. It took me a while to finally read the book after sitting in my TBR pile for ever it seemed, but when I did I was impressed. So I immediately started rea
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoyed When the Heavens Fall, you'll love Dragon Hunters! A new location and characters means you can also start here easily. I love the skillful interweaving of several perspectives on this one event that kept me guessing who was really doing what. Also sea dragons are awesome even when brutally killing lots of people ;). If you like gritty fantasy that isn't quite as horrific as most grim dark but also addictively readable, this is the series for you. ...more
Jimmy Poore
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great sequel! This continues to be my favorite ongoing series. Can't wait to get a hold of Red Tide! ...more
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice sequel to first book but told from point of view of different characters in different part of the world .Appreciated the subtle mentions of events from the first book.
Laura Hughes
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Dragon Hunters' is the second instalment in Marc Turner's 'Chronicle of the Exile', a series which is rapidly shaping up to be one of my favourite fantasy series of recent years.

'Dragon Hunters' is thoughtful, exciting and hilarious (sometimes all at once), and more entertaining even than its predecessor. Mr. Turner has once again managed to demonstrate a master's grasp of the slow-build: he pulls each separate character's story arc steadily and irrevocably into the central conflict, then flin
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
So Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner, book two of the Chronicles of the Exile which is one of my favourite fantasy series being written at the moment. To start of with, I though this book was incredible, book 1 in the series When the Heavens Fall was fantastic and I has high expectations for this next book.

Dragon hunters is set in the same world as When the Heavens Fall but in a different part of the world, readers of WTHF will notice a couple of parallels running through it and hopefully realise as
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Once a year on Dragon Day the fabled Dragon Gate is raised to let a sea dragon pass into the Sabian Sea. There, it will be hunted by the Storm Lords, a fellowship of powerful water-mages who rule an empire called the Storm Isles

Emira Imerle Polivar is coming to the end of her tenure as leader of the Storm Lords, but she has no intention of standing down graciously. As part of her plot to hold on to power, she instructs an order of priests known as the Chameleons to sabotage the Dragon Gate. The
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2016
Dragon Hunters is the second book in The Chronicles of Exile coming nine months after the first book When the Heavens Fall. I’m always a little leery of starting a series “in the middle”, but I was assured that the book stood on its own and I need to have read the first book to understand this one. Also, I looked at the synopsis and at that gorgeous cover and I was sold. Because dragons… obviously. The assurances were correct; Dragon Hunters stands alone beautifully, telling a highly entertainin ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Time for some fantasy and the latest from Marc Turner. Today I’m taking a look at book two in The Chronicles of the Exile series – Dragon Hunter. Things get off to a promising start. The cover looks pretty damn awesome. There definitely appears to be a dragon and based on the direction the ship is facing the dragon in question is most definitely being hunted.

Imerle Polivar, current head of the Storm Council, is a force of nature. She has risen to the very top, and now that she is there she will
Blodeuedd Finland
Feb 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
When I first started this book I had totally forgot about the whole standalone thing I had heard, and I panicked. But later research showed me that this book yes takes place in the same world, but not in the same location, and not with the same characters. So it was indeed a standalone, and I started to read.

How to explain it then...it takes place during a short period of time. There are many players and conspiracies, all twisted around. I did feel I was thrown in too fast, it did work out, but
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spec-fic
c2016: FWFTB: Storm-Lords, Will, Guardian, Chameleons, citadel. Sadly, this book was responsible for some sleep deprived days as I found it very hard to put down. Sometimes, when a book is written with several POVs, I find that I prefer some POVs to others. Not here. Each voice was unique and the main characters were engaging. It has only been a relatively short while since I read the first in the series but nothing really rang a bell other than the Guardian and the impact/interaction with the v ...more
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A short take:

Much as I liked some of Turner's ideas--an island-based, maritime society run by magicians who control the tides and, therefore, curb pirate activity along mercantile lanes--I could not overcome the emotional remove from which I witnessed every character's story. It's hard for me to explain why I did not connect with any character, and I am disappointed this was the case. Turner is clearly enjoying himself while spinning the tale; I just had trouble jumping onto the wagon for the ri
4.5/5 Rating Review originally posted at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape

I have yet to come across a book that has given the same feeling that A Game of Thrones did when I first read it, but Dragon Hunters is closest I have found.

*Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

There are three things I look for in my epic fantasy: a deep and layered plot, multiple POV characters, and complex characters. And Dragon Hunters has a check mark in al
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Marc Turner was born in Toronto, Canada, but grew up in England. He graduated from Lincoln College, Oxford University, in 1996 with a BA (Hons) in law, and subsequently joined a top ten law firm in the City of London. After realising that working there did not mix well with simple

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