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- Print Length: 245 pages
- Publication Date: March 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XG1CDRP
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,964 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Sentinel's Dagger (D'Vaire, Book 2) Kindle Edition
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When I’d first read the first book in this series, I enjoyed it quite a bit; I loved the characters and the world building and pretty much liked the story the entire way through. So, when I‘d found there was a sequel out, I was excited to get back into the series. In the previous book, Sentinels were mentioned briefly but it was pretty well acknowledged that not much is known about them besides some very generalized information. In Sentinel’s Dagger, you get the chance to learn more about these elusive members of magic kind while wrapping up one of the major loose ends from the previous novel.
So, there was a lot I liked about this one. Like I said, not much was known about the Sentinels and I really relished the chance to see their ‘race’ expanded upon here. Gavrael and Gedeon were a great addition to the D’Vaire family; there were really polar opposites of each other in most ways but that also made them kind of perfect for each other. I loved Gavrael; he was the one character I was rooting for the entire book and I really liked seeing as he opened up and started to relax around the other members of the household. Things were also resolved with that #$*&! from the last book also and I liked the closure that finally gave to Dra’Kaedan.
On the downside of things, however, I found myself with a few problems regarding Gavrael and Gedeon’s relationship. It just felt totally one sided to me and I didn’t care for that at all. Gavrael did everything he could think of to make Gedeon happy, brought him food, cleaned up after him etc but I didn’t see that reciprocated and, after a while, Gedeon kind of seemed to be a bit of a selfish prat to me after a while. Also, the fact that all the characters let that stupid #$*&! pull of one last ridiculous stunt at the end instead of just hogtieing her immediately upon discovery just irked me something terrible. I mean, come on guys; you know she’s an evil witch and yet you still turn your backs to her. *shakes head*
Overall, despite my nit picking, I liked the story and enjoyed my foray back into the world the author has created. If you enjoy fantasy and are looking for something between high fantasy and urban fantasy, this could be one you’ll enjoy. I’d recommend reading the first book, however, as the events that take place in it directly affect things that happen in this one.
This book is about two necromancer sentinels what are summoned for the first time by two mated necromancers Blodwen and Trystan (a male/female couple). The two sentinels discover they are also fate bonded mates, but there is a dilemma. Gavrael is a quite introverted and has a pretty big issue with self esteem and self depreciation. His mate Gedeon is outgoing and social. Before being summoned, and when not needed in their duties, sentinels live in a magical compound where they are basically prisoners unless their necromancer invites them to live with them permanently as Blodwen and Trystan have done. Gavreal is having issues adjusting to the world outside of his small grey room at the compound and he doesnt feel he is worthy of Gedeon. It takes the two quite some time to work this out. In the mean time, Latarain, the Witch from book 1 is up to no good and is plotting to try to kill her former familiar Ayden. This secondary plot is pretty good.
My only complaint in this book is how long the angst between Gavreal and Gedeon is drawn out. It was just too long and frustrating. This is similar to the discord that was preventing Ayden and Brogan from bonding in book 1. I was worried this would become a reoccurring theme in the rest of the series, but as I have just finished book 4 I can say that it is not, so I was glad I just plowed through and kept reading. So now here is an overall summary of the series.
This series involves an alternate reality in which magic kind has a presence in the world that we all know. There is a not a friendly relationship between humans and magic kind, but it is indicated that humans are aware of the existence of the magic world and seem to tolerate it. This alternate world of magic includes Dragons as shape shifters, Warlocks, Witches, Sorcerers, Familiars, Elves, Demons, Necromancers, and 2 legions of resurrected beings called the Sentinels, and the Order of the Fallen Knights. Sentinels are summoned by necromancers and are assassins and body guards, and the Fallen Knights are previous beings of magic kind that died for what ever reason and are resurrected and tasked with the duty of providing a sort of police force. In this series, Fate bonds 2 people together in a mate bond and these books are the stories of how several different male/male couples become fated mates. What I like is that these couples do not just meet and declare their undying love to each other like I have read in some other fate bonded mate stories. These couples are bound by fate, but they must still build the relationship and chose to undergo the mating ceremony in which they share blood and bind their souls. If you like fantasy and magical fiction as well as romance, you will love these books.