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I dare you to read a 'Kurland' story and not enjoy it. (Heartland Critiques)

Welcome to a world of chivalry, danger, legends, and love. These four original novellas bring to life all the romance and adventure of the Middle Ages, with the common thread of a rich medieval tapestry woven through each tale.

Published: Penguin Group on Aug 27, 2002
ISBN: 9781101077863
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Description:Paranormal Romance: Historian Channon MacRea meets her dream mam, Sebastian while studying an ancient tapestry. Unbeknownst to her he contains the key to unraveling the tapestries strange past and removing the emptiness in her heart. My Thoughts on the Book:Sherrilyn Kenyon wastes no time in throwing the main characters together, which is not surprising considering it's a novelette. People who go into reading it expecting alot of background information will be vastly disappointed. Those who are out for a quick enjoyable read will love it. I particularly loved the play of words between the main characters and the over all humorous writing of the story. I would have loved to get to know the characters on a deeper level but wasn't expecting that from this novelette, so I wasn't disappointed at all. I would recommend this to any that would like a small break from reality with a little bit of dragon love.read more
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"3.5 stars" I found Dragonswan to be an interesting departure from Sherrilyn Kenyon's usual writing style. I admit that I have only read a handful of her stories, but of the ones I have read to date, her style seems to be a combination of humorous and touching. Dragonswan had a little of both of these characteristics, but seemed much more serious in it's presentation of the mythological angle. It is the third book in the Dark-Hunters series, and I think that perhaps it is meant to present some extra history of that fantasy world. I'm a very detail-oriented person and consider myself to be pretty good at following complex story lines, but there were many names of characters and species that seemed to come out of left field when they were first mentioned, leaving me dazed and confused. Admittedly, a second read-through of certain passages cleared up some of my befuddlement, but I still finished the story feeling like there were gaps in the narrative and more questions yet to be answered. Perhaps some of these issues will be addressed in future Dark-Hunter installments, but I came away from this story with the feeling that they probably won't.I liked both Sebastian and Channon, but felt like their characters were not fully developed. I am usually quite accepting of the concept of paranormal creatures falling instantly in love with their soulmate, but it didn't really work for me here. I think there were several reasons for this. One is that I am simply not a big fan of the hero and heroine falling into bed with one another at the first available opportunity, unless they have some prior relationship (e.g. friends, co-workers, etc.). Another reason is the previously cited lack of character development, which made it difficult for me to grasp their love connection, especially for Channon who was human and as such still had the free will to choose. That's not to say that Sebastian wasn't appealing. He certainly was, at least on a physical level, but I just didn't feel like I had enough background on him to form a deep emotional bond with his character. Lastly, Sebastian was initially not happy when the mating mark appeared, even though he had experienced more peace and pleasure with Channon than any other woman in his very long life. I also don't recall him ever telling Channon that he loved her, which is usually a must for me. On the plus side, Sebastian and Channon's scenes together were fairly romantic and the love scenes were spicy, but just seemed to lack Ms. Kenyon's usual flair for combining steamy passion with heart-stopping tenderness. Overall, I thought that Dragonswan was a good story that I mostly enjoyed reading, but I thought that it would have been much better as a longer novella or perhaps even a full-length novel, where more details could have been added to fill in some of the blanks. Even though Dragonswan didn't quite capture my attention like the first two stories in the Dark-Hunter series, I still look forward to continuing it soon.Note: Dragonswan was previously published in the anthology, Tapestry, before being reprinted in this single-volume format.read more
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I enjoyed this story immensely. I was sad when it was over, but it really gave me a lot of insight into how Kenyon writes. I'm still not sure about the series, but have moved on to the official first book. We'll see how far I go.read more
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Description:Paranormal Romance: Historian Channon MacRea meets her dream mam, Sebastian while studying an ancient tapestry. Unbeknownst to her he contains the key to unraveling the tapestries strange past and removing the emptiness in her heart. My Thoughts on the Book:Sherrilyn Kenyon wastes no time in throwing the main characters together, which is not surprising considering it's a novelette. People who go into reading it expecting alot of background information will be vastly disappointed. Those who are out for a quick enjoyable read will love it. I particularly loved the play of words between the main characters and the over all humorous writing of the story. I would have loved to get to know the characters on a deeper level but wasn't expecting that from this novelette, so I wasn't disappointed at all. I would recommend this to any that would like a small break from reality with a little bit of dragon love.
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"3.5 stars" I found Dragonswan to be an interesting departure from Sherrilyn Kenyon's usual writing style. I admit that I have only read a handful of her stories, but of the ones I have read to date, her style seems to be a combination of humorous and touching. Dragonswan had a little of both of these characteristics, but seemed much more serious in it's presentation of the mythological angle. It is the third book in the Dark-Hunters series, and I think that perhaps it is meant to present some extra history of that fantasy world. I'm a very detail-oriented person and consider myself to be pretty good at following complex story lines, but there were many names of characters and species that seemed to come out of left field when they were first mentioned, leaving me dazed and confused. Admittedly, a second read-through of certain passages cleared up some of my befuddlement, but I still finished the story feeling like there were gaps in the narrative and more questions yet to be answered. Perhaps some of these issues will be addressed in future Dark-Hunter installments, but I came away from this story with the feeling that they probably won't.I liked both Sebastian and Channon, but felt like their characters were not fully developed. I am usually quite accepting of the concept of paranormal creatures falling instantly in love with their soulmate, but it didn't really work for me here. I think there were several reasons for this. One is that I am simply not a big fan of the hero and heroine falling into bed with one another at the first available opportunity, unless they have some prior relationship (e.g. friends, co-workers, etc.). Another reason is the previously cited lack of character development, which made it difficult for me to grasp their love connection, especially for Channon who was human and as such still had the free will to choose. That's not to say that Sebastian wasn't appealing. He certainly was, at least on a physical level, but I just didn't feel like I had enough background on him to form a deep emotional bond with his character. Lastly, Sebastian was initially not happy when the mating mark appeared, even though he had experienced more peace and pleasure with Channon than any other woman in his very long life. I also don't recall him ever telling Channon that he loved her, which is usually a must for me. On the plus side, Sebastian and Channon's scenes together were fairly romantic and the love scenes were spicy, but just seemed to lack Ms. Kenyon's usual flair for combining steamy passion with heart-stopping tenderness. Overall, I thought that Dragonswan was a good story that I mostly enjoyed reading, but I thought that it would have been much better as a longer novella or perhaps even a full-length novel, where more details could have been added to fill in some of the blanks. Even though Dragonswan didn't quite capture my attention like the first two stories in the Dark-Hunter series, I still look forward to continuing it soon.Note: Dragonswan was previously published in the anthology, Tapestry, before being reprinted in this single-volume format.
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I enjoyed this story immensely. I was sad when it was over, but it really gave me a lot of insight into how Kenyon writes. I'm still not sure about the series, but have moved on to the official first book. We'll see how far I go.
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A novella in the Dark Hunter series featuring a dragon shapeshifter, Sebastian Kattalakis, and mideval scholar Channon MacRea. Good story, but too short IMO. I like Kenyon’s longer books.
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Channon MacRea has dedicated her years to studying the legendary dragon tapestry. It has become an obsession as she spents days and nights trying to crack the Old English symbolism that is on it.Sebastian is a dragin slayer trapped between two worlds and holds the key to solving the mysteries of the tapestry.In order to uncover these mysteries Channon follows Sebastian into an alternate world. One that is filled with intrigue, magic and danger.
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Horribly lame, boring, and ridiculous. Not worth the three dollars.
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