Reviewed by Carissa
TITLE: Dragon’s Eye
SERIES: Sumeria’s Sons #5
AUTHOR: Lexi Ander
PUBLISHER: Less Than Three Press
LENGTH: 334 pages
In the wake of birth and betrayal, Ushna takes the God Ashur to Tristan in a last desperate bid to save Tristan’s life—and is helpless to do anything but watch as Ashur instead buries him in a grave. Though he has no desire to go on living, having now lost Brian and Tristan, Ushna has no choice. Not only do their children need him, the mysterious Simurgh has come out of hiding and forces him to continue on—for there is much to do and little time to do it, especially with treachery and danger closing in on them from every side.
Dear gods, how to sum up this book…
It kinda does a rewind, in the first bit of this story. Tristan is dead (but not really), and Ushna is left with the triplets and a whole lot of grief. While he can occasionally feel the pull of his lover, he does not want to put too much hope in that. But he cannot just sit around and mourn. There is an army at his gates, a spy in their midst, and without Tristan the throne has fallen to their infant sons.
To say that things were a mess would be an understatement. But even when Tristan returns from his little jaunt with the gods, things only get worse. And a whole lot more complicated. Tristan, his consort, and his people mush prepare for battle all the while trying to solve the puzzle of Daniel and his meddling goddess.
Wow, ok. Yeah, this has to be my favorite of the series so far…and not just because Ushna, Tristan, and Brian are finally all together in one place.
There are dragons. Fucking dragons (well, not actually fucking dragons, but you know what I mean). I was so happy to see what has become of these guys. And dragons are awesome, so you can’t beat that.
Except you can. Because Lexi Ander pulls a few switch-a-roos in this book, and you never can know now who you can trust. Which made for a really great read. Even if I wanted to punch a certain person in their “I know best” face. But for all that some things come out of left-field, a lot of it has been building for some time. We finally get a few answers to questions plaguing us for several book. Not that everything gets solved, but it was enough that the unsaid made me long for book six (whenever the hell that is coming out), not grumble over all the cliff-hangery aspects of this series.
And this one was actually less of a cliff hanger than normal. It has a decent wrap up, and while there is certainly enough there to make you want to come back, it also doesn’t leave you handing by the tippity tips of your fingers.
Like normal, there is lots of action in this book. Lots of tense moments where you are not quite sure if someone is going to die (and after the last few books, I honestly don’t know if Lexi Ander wouldn’t do that just to mess with us). With everything finally slotting into place for the grand finale, the book keeps ramping up the action and the tension. There are some pretty big pay-outs though, so the tension is well worth it.
I grow more in love with this series as it goes on. It is definitely one that you have to read from the beginning, though. And if you get the chance, I would just marathon read the whole series at once, since I always have the ‘who the fuck is this god’ moments when I pick up the new book after so many months away from the world. I will say that this book did a much better job of handling the myth aspects this time ’round. I was confused a significantly less amount.
Now I am just impatiently waiting for the yet unnamed book six to come along.