Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Sentinel’s Dagger
SERIES: D’Vaire #2
AUTHOR: Jessamyn Kingley
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 277 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 28, 2017
Sentinels are as dangerous as they are mysterious. Not satisfied with the rumors that abound, the two necromancers at the Dragon Court of D’Vaire make the courageous decision to summon their soul bound assassins only to discover the two are mates. Ripped from isolation, Gavrael and Gedeon were never taught about matebonds. They quickly realize their old lives have ill-prepared them to understand the complexity of their new connection. Before the pair can grapple with the concept of loving, an old foe returns intent on settling the score against Grand Warlock Dra’Kaedan and the D’Vaire family. Gavrael and Gedeon soon discover it takes more than their trusty daggers to finally lay the past to rest.
When I’d first read the first book in this series, I enjoyed it quite a bit; I loved the characters and the world building and pretty much liked the story the entire way through. So, when I‘d found there was a sequel out, I was excited to get back into the series. In the previous book, Sentinels were mentioned briefly but it was pretty well acknowledged that not much is known about them besides some very generalized information. In Sentinel’s Dagger, you get the chance to learn more about these elusive members of magic kind while wrapping up one of the major loose ends from the previous novel.
So, there was a lot I liked about this one. Like I said, not much was known about the Sentinels and I really relished the chance to see their ‘race’ expanded upon here. Gavrael and Gedeon were a great addition to the D’Vaire family; there were really polar opposites of each other in most ways but that also made them kind of perfect for each other. I loved Gavrael; he was the one character I was rooting for the entire book and I really liked seeing as he opened up and started to relax around the other members of the household. Things were also resolved with that #$*&! from the last book also and I liked the closure that finally gave to Dra’Kaedan.
On the downside of things, however, I found myself with a few problems regarding Gavrael and Gedeon’s relationship. It just felt totally one sided to me and I didn’t care for that at all. Gavrael did everything he could think of to make Gedeon happy, brought him food, cleaned up after him etc but I didn’t see that reciprocated and, after a while, Gedeon kind of seemed to be a bit of a selfish prat to me after a while. Also, the fact that all the characters let that stupid #$*&! pull of one last ridiculous stunt at the end instead of just hogtieing her immediately upon discovery just irked me something terrible. I mean, come on guys; you know she’s an evil witch and yet you still turn your backs to her. *shakes head*
Overall, despite my nit picking, I liked the story and enjoyed my foray back into the world the author has created. If you enjoy fantasy and are looking for something between high fantasy and urban fantasy, this could be one you’ll enjoy. I’d recommend reading the first book, however, as the events that take place in it directly affect things that happen in this one.