For me, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s latest foray into the Dark Hunter world was uninspiring. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the snarky dialogue. I enjoyed getting to see how old characters were getting on in their lives but Maxis and Seraphina story was underbaked.
It felt and read like it was a bridging book, moving from one story arc to another, but without an internal reason for Dragonbane to be written. The world building is incredibly complex and this book is one of the more confusing of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books. Without a solid understanding of the mythology of this world, (and a working knowledge of real Mythology) it would be easy for a reader get lost. The world of the Hunters has been so very deeply developed that to keep up with this story a reader will need to be committed to the entire work of Kenyon. While I enjoy the books, I’m not an avid devotee of the world.
Maxis as a character is standard, cookie cutter male Kenyon character. Abused, stoic, on the edge of society (and honestly there are so many people on the ‘edge of society’ in Kenyon’s books they can create their own society) and feeling completely anti-social.
Seraphina is atypical of Kenyon’s heroines because she is unlikeable at the beginning. I feel that the character of Seraphina is actually where this book falls down. While the transition from unlikeable to likeable character can and does happen (hey Styxx) this book is too short to make the change believable.
Overall, the book is exactly what you’d expect from Sherrilyn Kenyon. Snarky conversations, twisted abused hero and a heroine that kisses it makes it all better. But to me, it is not the best of Kenyon’s work and seems to have been written more to set up the next story arc rather than because Maxis and Sera needed their own story.