Dragonmark by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I would give it higher marks but the majority of the book is simply a repeat of earlier books due to her not writing the books in a linear fashion and giving each character their own book. Basically you can read the first few chapters, skip the middle as it's a repeat of previous books, and then read the last few chapters.
We learn how disguised as an old man Illarion meet Edilyn, and is charmed by her kindness. Their unconventional courtship. Unfortunately Edilyn's brother (Virag) stole Illarion's Dragonstone (needed for healing) which lead to Illarion casting Edilyn out until his sister (Xyn) threatened her life, forcing Illarion to come to Edilyn's rescue. It turns out Virag stole the Dragonstone in order to make a deal with Morgen for his Mother's life. Eventually Illarion went to Savitar and asked him to make Edilyn his mate (which Savitar did) how they were transported to Glastonbury Tor - Terre Derriere le Voile (the shadowlands between Avalon and Camelot), when Illarion and Edilyn tried to rescue Edilyn's Mother. And how Illarion and Edilyn spent years in Glastonbury Tor until Edilyn supposedly fell to her death.
Then we basically rehash everything that happened in Son of No One (Hellchasers, #6; Dark-Hunter, #14) and Dragonbane (Hellchaser, #7; Dark Hunter #24)
We pick up where Dragonbane left off. It really is Edilyn, since Edilyn's Mother was a Kikimora Virag was able to save her Kikimora self and taught Edilyn to use her powers. Apollo has been keeping her prisoner but when Virag returns the Dragonstone, Edilyn unintentionally uses it to make Illarion whole. And with his full powers Illarion is able to kick Apollo's butt, but in order to protect Edilyn Illarion promises to bring Apollo the Spartoi. Of course not being terribly bright Apollo doesn't realize that when Illarion brings the Spartoi to him he intends to sic them on Apollo and his demons. Everyone on the other side gets a good laugh over that.
Nick Gautier makes a small appearance in the book. My library FINALLY got Invision in so I have a feeling a few secrets from Invision were revealed. It really should have been read first, but for some reason my library always drags it's feet getting the Chronicles of Nick books.
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My review of the first two Lords of Avalon books can be found here.