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Monday, December 3, 2007

Review: Dragon Lord of Kells

Dragon Lord of Kells
by Brenda J. Weaver

In the mists of the dark forest of Muir, Rowan of Locks Glen stumbles into a trap. He is the last of his kind, a fierce and mighty Dragon Lord. As Rowan is fighting for his life, he is suddenly, desperately aware that he should have taken a wife, thereby ensuring the lineage of his blood. A throng of arrows whip through his body as everything turns black.

Kira, a healer from an ancient clan of elves, finds Rowan’s prone body. She recognizes him as the protector of her people, hides him and takes him to her cottage where, she hopes, he’ll be safe. While there, Rowan asks her to be his life mate. She refuses at first, for she feels unworthy, but she was born to protect this mighty Dragon Lord. What better way to protect him than to be constantly by his side?
Dragon Lord of Kells is the first book in The Empowered Spirit Series. It sets what I assume will be the backstory for the forthcoming books in the series. Due to the great length that the author fills in the backstory it takes the reader awhile to figure out who the book is about. Overall, however the plot is well developed and paced. While the backstory is lengthy, it is well written and interesting.

Kira is a well developed heroine. While the jumps Ms. Weaver makes in giving the reader glimpses into Kira's childhood are choppy and sometimes hard to follow, a good overall understanding of the heroine is achieved. The hero, Rowan of Locks Glen, isn't introduced until Kira's character is fully developed. This leave Rowan more of a two dimensional character, instead of the three dimensional alpha hero he could have been. Rowan is the last Dragon Lord and is at war with his half brother. Again, Ms. Weaver reveals the full backstory so the reader is fully informed and there is no question as to why what is happening is happening.

While Rowan may lack slightly as a hero, The Dragon Lord of Kells is rich in secondary characters. Ms. Weaver does an awesome job in the development of all her secondary characters but the 'evil' ones are really outstanding. Harper is the greedy half-brother that Ms. Weaver does a wonderful job developing. The fact he is insane is fully understood by the reader and he may give some faint hearted readers nightmares. The wizard Talyn is another secondary character that will draw the reader in. The redemption of one of these characters (trying not to include a spoiler;) is well written and very believable. Many authors try to redeem an evil character in the end but most fail, here Ms. Weaver's talent was truly displayed. The redemption is believable and leads wonderfully into the next book. Meeka, Kira's grandmother, was yet another wonderful secondary character. As was both Harper's and Rowan's sidekicks, Griffin and Angus.

The relationships in the book were deep and meaningful. The one between Rowan and his childhood friend, Angus, truly added to Rowan. The romance between Rowan and Kira is quick to developed but because of the depth of the backstory, it is believable. Kira also has a wonderful childhood friend, Jarin. Jarin appears several times to aide Kira and Rowan, making it clear to Rowan that is for Kira he is there. The way Rowan deals with Jarin makes him a true hero.

The one negative part of this book is a graphic rape/torture scene. While I understand it was included to give the reader added insight, I found it overly descriptive. In my personal opinion the scene could have contained a lot less sexual description and would have been equally, if not more, effective.

This scene aside, Ms. Weaver creates a world that will draw the reader in and enchant them.

Review by Magnolia