Review: Dragonmark (Dark-Hunter #25) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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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 really loved.

Now he has a chance to regain what’s been lost— to have the one thing he covets most. But only if he gives up his brothers and forsakes the oaths he holds most dear. Yet what terrifies him most isn’t the cost his happiness might incur, it’s the fact that there is just enough human in his dragon’s heart that he might actually be willing to pay it and betray everything and everyone– to see the entire world burn...

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Illarion is a dragon shifter.  He is invited to take the princess as his mate, yet has no desire to have one.  He sneaks into the castle in human form.  In fact, Edilyn helps get him past the guards that refuse to let him in at first viewing him as a homeless vagrant.
Edilyn has her own agenda.  She wants to prove herself competent as a warrior.  Illarion finds her interesting and is drawn to her.  He rescues her as things get crazy.  Unfortunately she has a brother with issues with Morgana.  His dragonstone is stolen and Edilyn is forced to choose between her dragon and her family.  Illarion refuses to make her choose and decides to help her instead.  They grow closer and even go through the mating process until their enemies catch up with them.  They are sent into another realm where the magic negates their mating marks.  They live and fight together until Illarion loses her.  His life is forever changed as he loses his will to live.  He is later found by Cagedan and Thorn and brought back to his brother Max.  He is thrust into another war with Apollo.  He must make the ultimate sacrifice to save the one thing he loves most.
I love this series.  Illarion is such a tortured soul.  The dragons have had a difficult time in their lives. It is nice to see them thrive.  Illarion finally finds happiness only to lose it.  The reader sees his decline after his heart is completely broken.  His reunion with his family is bitter sweet.  He is happy to see them but still lost without Edilyn.
The author brings you into the middle of Max’s story but tells the same events according to Illarion’s point of view. I liked how he supports Max until Edilyn enters the picture.  However I felt the author just plucked her in the story.  I didn’t understand where she came from and how Apollo got her.  It was a bit confusing.  I felt the author didn’t give enough information considering what she built through the rest of the story. I felt the ending was a bit rushed.

It was nice to learn his story.  You see him in Max’s story but not much is revealed about him.  Now after his story is told, you understand more about what he does.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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