Four strangers. A shared moment long forgotten. A bond forged in desperation.On the first day of the Festival of Counting, the beginning of the royal census that takes place every ten years, the royal city is filled to overflowing. Everyone is happy, excited, and proud to be counted amongst those who live in the glorious kingdom of Orhanis.Then a demon strikes, killing thousands in mere seconds and leveling the city. As the royal castle burns, only four men remain to drive the demon awayand in their desperation, accidentally bind themselves together in a legendary Oath, unable to part ways until they find and kill the demon once and for all.Mahzan, the King's Jester, an orphan who clawed his way to the top and hides a fearsome magic Sule, the notorious North Captain, who sacrificed everything to live as a strong, capable, highly respected man Cemal, a priest who traveled the continent bent on revenge and now lives lost and Binhadi, the mercurial shadow mage with a dark history and bloody ties to the throne Four men used to standing apart, standing alone, who must learn to stand together if they hope to save themselves and all of Orhanis....
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Dragon Magic Reviews
Gosh, this is very slow build but once we get there (to all the smexy), it is hot! It is heavy! And there's four of us all to negotiate with the feelings, and the touching.
But because Derr does such a good job of setting up the characters and the relationships, there are lots of connection already established.
I liked that initially the mystery, the politics, the characters took centre stage, so we got to know all the four protagonists' fears and insecurities as well as their strengths and loyal ...more
3.5* rounded up.
I love Megan Derr's book, but this one wasn't quite as cup of tea as usual.
The book has interesting plot and several truly surprising plot twist (at least one which left me with my mouth open), but I had troubles connecting to characters sometimes.
There is lot of joking around in the book about Mahzan, one of the main heroes, being annoying and... well, he really felt annoying. Some parts of the book were great but in some parts I was close to shouting "if you would just act li ...more
I have been looking forward to this book since I read the snippet from Ms. Derr's blog. It certainly was an interesting story with interesting flash back and story.
I do like how the MC, Mahzan, was Jester. I do like how Ms. Derr wrote him and his acts, even if there wasn't much of the acts to be written about before disaster strikes. Cemal was an interesting character. Sule was irritating at time. And Binhadi was kinda typical noble character...
I kinda thought from the get go that the assumptio ...more
3,5 en realidad
Not one of my favourite Derr books, because it was too slow moving at the beginning and had some lengths inbetween (the constant bickering and Mahzan's grumpiness got on my nerves after some time!), but all in all it was complex and good! And beware: not all is what it seems ;-) The end/epilogue seemed rushed, though - it came abruptly and looked like a mere afterthought, as if the author added a conclusion that was not initially meant to be there ... I am actually a bit torn: Derr's short stori ...more
I’ve long been fan of Megan Derr’s writing and this book is another to my collection of my favorites. I admit I was curious how she’ll handle four protagonists all falling in love, but it was magical.
The story was compelling, with it’s seemingly simple goal that took twists and turns. It felt like I was playing an RPG and I loved it, even if I saw some of the plot twists coming, I still enjoyed the ride immensely.
I adored all four of the protagonists, always looking forward to the next chapter a ...more
Worth every minute. One of Derr's best novels. It's a mix of fantasy, romance, and adventure quest novel rolled up in one. . The novel is well written with an ending you'd never expect. if you are looking for friendship, love, tragedy or treachery , you'll find them all in Dragon Magic.
I loved this book! I really did. The middle did drag a little bit. However, the ending more than made up for it. I was so sad when Binhadi (poor grumpy baby) (view spoiler)[realized that he had been duped. I was even sadder when the Oathbound saw that the city was truly lost. She has to write a sequel because I need this revolution to happen.
I can see why everyone loves Mahzan, but Cemal is my favorite. I would meticulously plan a vengeful murder and spend years to execute that plan. Then when ...more