Dragon Hunters (The Chronicles of the Exile book 2).
5 stars out of 5.
The book blurb:
Once a year 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. There s just one problem: that will require them to infiltrate an impregnable citadel that houses the gate’s mechanism a feat that has never been accomplished before. But Imerle is not the only one intent on destroying the Storm Lord dynasty. As the Storm Lords assemble in answer to a mysterious summons, they become the targets of assassins working for an unknown enemy. And when Imerle sets her scheme in motion, that enemy uses the ensuing chaos to play its hand.
Dragon Hunters is the second book in Marc Turner’s The Chronicles Of The Exile series following on from the excellent When The Heavens Fall.
While it’s set in the same world with the same mythology and lore as When The Heavens Fall, Dragon Hunters is set in a completely different location, meaning you get a new set of characters, a new location and a new storyline. This means that although it’s actually the second book in the series, you can easily pick the book up and read it as a standalone without needing to have first read WTHF as both have separate, self contained story’s.
As an avid fantasy reader, I do however have to write that your doing yourself an injustice if you haven’t yet read When The Heavens Fall as it’s a great book that I’d definitely recommend, though it does have a slightly more old school fantasy feel to it than Dragon Hunters.
Here’s a link to my review of WTHF.
Onto Dragon Hunters itself, it has all the main elements of a traditional epic fantasy book, mages, magic, assassins, priests, intrigue, politics, greed, corruption and of course, you guessed it from the books title, Dragons. Though, these aren’t your run of the mill Game Of Thrones inspired Dragon clones, no, these are Sea Dragons! Now, for a book called Dragon Hunters it takes quite a while before the Dragons actually play a part in the story, their mentioned but are mainly kept in the background and your a fair way into the book before you really get to see them in action. However it’s worth the wait and the slow build (the story itself isn’t slow) until you finally get to see them unleashed as when you do, they jump off the page and come to life.
Good pacing alongside strong storytelling makes the book flow well and as you get to know the characters and become pulled into the story you find the pages just fly by! The author is great at adding humour into the book, often you will find yourself smiling at something that’s been written on a page. It’s a well written, character driven read with a large cast of engaging main and secondary characters added together with world building of a high quality and a great story it makes for a complex engrossing book that pulled me in right from the first page all the way up until it’s climactic conclusion.
On a side note, I really like the aesthetics of the covers (UK editions) in this series, for When The Heavens Fall and Dragon Hunters, they both really standout and the artist has gone in a great direction with them creating a quality look and fantasy feel to them.
I read a lot of fantasy, it’s my favourite genre and this is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, thoroughly enjoyable, a top quality, highly recommended read for any fantasy fan out there!!!