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Iona Kyle Series
Book 1: Dark Equinox
Book 2: Here Be Dragons

HERE BE DRAGONS
Iona Kyle Series Book 2
Ian Jarvis
ISBN#: 9781629292380
April 2015
Damnation Books
www.damnationbooks.com
E-book
$6.95
210 Pages
Urban Fantasy
Rating: 3 Cups

Iona Kyle is a therapist who trained to be a psychiatrist. However, she is in hiding from her grandmother, older sister, and a group called the Sorority who practice dark magic. She too used to practice dark magic but has turned over a new leaf and now only practices white magic while she tries to use her gifts to help others.

Julian King is one of Iona’s old professors and someone she slept with years before when she was his student and still practicing dark magic. He asks Iona to help him and a group of people he represents.

When Julian approaches Iona after not having seen her for years, Iona is less than enthused with being rediscovered by her old professor. She has been in hiding for years, even going so far as to use another name. She does not trust him or his motives. He seems to think she is the same person, and when he discovers she is not, he will use every underhanded trick in the book to get her to do what he and the group he represents want. Despite her distrust, Iona decides to accept the invitation to visit the village of Craggen on the Northumbrian coast. It does not mean she is going to go along with whatever Julian and his peers want, but she feels she must go there to at least hear what they have to say. However, as the bodies begin piling up Iona discovers that Craggen is holding far more of a secret than even she realized, and she may be the only one who can stop the horrors being perpetuated.

I have to say that I was initially excited to get this book to review, it looked interesting and fun. Unfortunately, I ended up being disappointed, not because the story is not a well written one for the type of story it is, but because the publisher put it in the wrong genre in my opinion which can be deceptive to readers such as myself. I don’t like it when publishers do this because it makes it appear that the book is one thing when it is another. The book is classified as urban fantasy, but I think it is more appropriately put into the horror genre. There is a good amount of gore, horror and death in this book, enough that it was not enjoyable for me. The story reads very much like many of the horror flicks that are so popular today, such as Craft for example, and while these can be enjoyable if you like that sort of thing, they are not my favorite. This is certainly nothing against the author who is clearly a good writer and storyteller. I did like the fact that the ending was a satisfying one that had a decent conclusion, and I liked the character of Iona Kyle, I just could have done without all the very descriptive gore. If you enjoy horror and a lot of darkness in your stories then you will probably enjoy Here Be Dragons, very much. It just was not my cup of tea.

Regina
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