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 mysterious Sebastian appears. He claims to hold the key to solving the tapestry’s mysteries… 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 this stranger into a fantastic alternate world of magic, danger, and adventure.
Dragonswan can be read as a stand-alone story, but contains references to the basic mythology of the Dark Hunter Universe series.
It explains not only the origins and the roots of the conflict between the Arcadians and the Katagaria, but provides a very coherent myth behind it.
The characteristics, specialities of Arcadians and Katagaria are very interesting and logical.
Sebastian is a typical alpha hero with the appearance of a Greek god, a pinch of remorse, and some extras, such as shape-shifting and time-traveler abilities, and almost immortal life.
The romance between Sebastian and Channon is simplified, so are the action line, and the frame story of Sebastian’s current aim and deeds. The time frame is not clear. The reader doesn’t know what time they arrive back in the past (sometime in the Anglo-Saxon period), and when the tragedy happened earlier that eventually lead Sebastian to the future.
The writing is full of repetitions. Not only words, but whole expressions return. Furthermore, I miss the moving and heart-wrenching emotionality that is usual from Sherrilyn Kenyon.
All in all
If you want to read it for pleasure, keep in mind that its style is mediocre, and the storytelling has some flaws.
If the root of the conflict between the Arcadians and the Katagaria is not clear for you, it is worth reading it. The reading order of Dark Hunter Universe indicates this novella as the third, but as I read some following books of the series earlier, I think reading Dragonswan is absolutely irrelevant at this point of the series.
If you are a devoted Dark Hunter fan, you should definitely read it, but you have to know in advance that no Dark Hunter appears in the story! 🙂
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