Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Dragonswan by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The third instalment in the Dark Hunter series after Fantasy Lover and The Beginning.

Praised for novels that are "fun, sexy, wild, and fantastically different from anything else" (Romance Readers at Heart), New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon now delivers a special collector's-edition tale of unexpected passion woven from the mysteries of a celebrated ancient tapestry.

Beautiful scholar Channon MacRea has spent years studying the legendary Dragon Tapestry, devoting days and nights to deciphering the impenetrable Old English symbolism. Then one evening the unnaturally handsome Sebastian appears. He claims to hold the key to solving the tapestry's mysteries. Bearing magnificently taut and tanned flesh marked by intriguing scars of battle, he also claims to be a dragon slayer trapped between two worlds.

For Channon there's only one way to finally uncover the secrets of the intricate embroidery-by following the seductive stranger into a fantastic alternate world of magic, danger, and erotic adventure.

This is a rereleased novella, similar in fashion to one I reviewed not long ago by Karen Marie Moning called Into the Dreaming. In fact, both of these stories were originally in the same anthology called Tapestry that also featured novellas by Lynn Kurland and Madeline Hunter. Maybe I should see if their stories have also been rereleased so that I can say I have read the whole anthology!

Channon has been studying the legendary Dragon Tapestry for years, and one night she is studying it when Sebastian appears. His intention is to take the tapestry, as it is required to be the ransom to save his brother's life. He does have a few hours before he has to return to his own time, and so he spends it basically seducing Channon, who is portrayed as a somewhat scatterbrained academic. However just as he is about to leave Channon behind, he finds out that the Fates have decided that she is his one and only true mate. For his people, they have one shot and one shot only at love. If he leaves Channon behind he will never love again, but he can't take her against her will.

What follows is Channon's dream come true! She gets to spend time in a true medieval village, as she is taken back in time, but Sebastian still needs to protect her from his enemies.

This story was just okay for me. I had read a story about an inner beast that wants the girl not too long ago (JR Ward's Lover Eternal). I think I just need to get into the series proper.

One other comment to make though - it does tend to throw me out of a story when the author puts the couple into anatomically impossible sexual positions. I mean, in this book, the only way I could see one of the positions working was if she had three legs...and there was no mention anywhere else in the book to suggest that that was the case! If I have to think about how the position would work, chances are I am not that immersed in the book.

Rating: 2.5/5


  1. ***I mean, in this book, the only way I could see one of the positions working was if she had three legs...and there was no mention anywhere else in the book to suggest that that was the case!***
    Marg OMG! LMBO! Authors do tend to go a little bit overboard in this area don't they?! 3

  2. I had read this after I had read most of the DH books. I agree, it's just eh. It isn't a bad way to spend an hour reading (it is very short) but it just didn't do anything for me. The series, is truly much better. Nothing at all really, like this or Fantasy Lover. I think I liked FL just because Julian (right?) is in the first DH book. I think you'll like those.

    I just finished reading her next Lords of Avalon book, and I really liked it. I just love the world she creates in her books.

  3. Marg, I've been thinking of finally getting into this series, too. I read Fantasy Lover a while back, but I never did start with the others, though I do have them. So if you're planning to keep reading, we'll probably be reading them simultaneously!