Sword Of Darkness by Kinley MacGregor

Overall: ⭐️

Sadly, this book is going to be a DNF for me. I want to say it’s not a bad book, it’s just not for me. But a big part of what I don’t like about it is the unsophisticated writing. If it weren’t for all the sex I’d peg it as a young adult book. There’s not a lot of excellent storytelling here. The writing is pretty simplistic.

Beyond that, it’s also a weird catch-all of romance, historical, fantasy, urban fantasy, time-travel and paranormal genres. It has everything: mystical beasts, magic, immortals, shape-shifter, knights, teleportation, alternate dimensions, royal lineages, gargoyles, time-travel, mind-reading, psychics, and I’m sure more if I’d gotten past 32%. It’s just too much and felt way over the top. I was telling my husband about this book yesterday and I said “If there’s a ghost in it, I’m done”. Well, lo and behold, there’s a ghost. So I’m done. LOL

All of this “stuff” made every conflict very easy to resolve. It was too convenient. They’re under attack and they can conveniently think themselves away. The heroine is about to die? No worries, the singular other character around for literally hundreds of miles, who is a shape-shifting, sometimes-blind, albino man-dragon who can read people’s auras also happened to be able to magically heal people by “summoning his powers”. Why not? He’s everything else. Good thing he was around.

Ok, so I’m being a bit harsh. For all of that, there are some great feels between the hero and heroine up to this point. I liked where Kerrigan’s development was going and Seren had some potential. There was good chemistry between them. At the same time the one love scene I did read was a little absurd. We’re talking invisible magic penis absurd.

I think of you’re an adult and like the writing style of young adult novels but want something more grown up and with sex, you’ll like this. I also think if you like the fantasy genre and writers like J.R.R. Tolkien or George R.R. Martin you might find the actual fantasy story here to be a bit of an unfocused mess.

One thing for sure though, it’s fun. We’re talking invisible magic penis fun. 😉 

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