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A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.
I absolutely loved the first book in this series When the Heavens Fall, I instantly fell in love with the complexed characters and vast universe they are set in. It took me a while to finally read the book after sitting in my TBR pile for ever it seemed, but when I did I was impressed. So I immediately started reading Dragon Hunters hungry for more. I was not disappointed, another outstanding book. Actually, I take that back, I was a little disappointed. I have to admit I did not like this book as well. Hard to pinpoint but I did not like this new cast of characters and setting as well as in the first book. Like I said still a fantastic read, just not as good as the first in my opinion.
In conclusion I highly recommend this book, and series. I have very high hopes for the next book as I have heard it keeps getting better. I have seen where this series is a throw back to 80’s – 90’s Fantasy and even compared to Malazan! I can see both points but this book was unique in it’s own right even with these favorable comparisons. I can’t wait to read and review the next book of this series. Marc Turner has provided a stunning new fantasy series, and I am a big fan.
As you know if you have read my reviews before I am not about long reviews with synopsis and spoilers. I just give my opinion on my experience with this book and you can take it from there. Now on to the next book.
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Dragon Hunters, the sequel to Marc Turner’s When the Heavens Fall features gritty characters, deadly magic, and meddlesome gods
Once a year on Dragon Day the fabled Dragon Gate is raised to let a sea dragon pass from the Southern Wastes 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. Alas, this year someone forgot to tell the dragon which is the hunter and which the hunted.
Emira Imerle Polivar is coming to the end of her tenure as leader of the Storm Lords. She has no intention of standing down graciously. She instructs an order of priests called the Chameleons to infiltrate a citadel housing the mechanism that controls the Dragon Gate to prevent the gate from being lowered after it has been raised on Dragon Day. Imerle hopes the dozens of dragons thus unleashed on the Sabian Sea will eliminate her rivals while she launches an attack on the Storm Lord capital, Olaire, to secure her grip on power.
But Imerle is not the only one intent on destroying the Storm Lord dynasty. As the Storm Lords assemble in Olaire in answer to a mysterious summons, they become the targets of assassins working for an unknown enemy. When Imerle initiates her coup, that enemy makes use of the chaos created to show its hand.
Marc Turner was born in Toronto, Canada, but grew up in England. He graduated from Lincoln College, Oxford University, in 1996 with a BA (Hons) in law, and subsequently joined a top ten law firm in the City of London. After realising that working there did not mix well with simple pleasures such as having a life, he fled north first to Leeds and then to Durham in search of a better work-life balance. Unfortunately it proved elusive, and so in 2007, rather than take the next step and move to Scotland, he began working part time so he could devote more time to his writing. Following the sale of his debut epic fantasy novel, When the Heavens Fall, he started writing full time.
Why writing? Because it is the only work he knows where daydreaming isn’t frowned upon, and because he has learned from bitter experience that he cannot not write. The authors whose work has most influenced him are Steven Erikson and Joe Abercrombie. Consequently he writes fast-paced, multi-threaded novels with a liberal sprinkling of humour; novels written on a panoramic scale, peopled by characters that stay in the memory. Or at least that’s the theory . . .
He lives in Durham, England, with his wife and son.