Book Review – Dark Serpent by Kylie Chan

Dark Serpent
Dark Serpent by Kylie Chan

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Sent to Wales to investigate what’s happening in the Western Celestial Plane, Emma begins to discover more about her past, only to find she’s not at all welcome in her ancestral homeland.

John is determined to keep Emma safe and fulfil the prophecy to find, raise and marry her, but the Demon King has other plans, and a definite advantage.

When I first picked up this book, I was pleased to see it was the first in a trilogy, assuming that I wouldn’t need any back-story to get into it. I was wrong – it seems like it directly follows a previous series. There’s a whole world of celestial mythology and sentient PDA stones which didn’t make much sense at all to me, leaving the first third of the book a bit of a muddle.

Then the plot started to take over, but it seemed rather convoluted at first with aspects that made no sense to me and didn’t seem to fit the overall story arc, but presumably would to people who’ve read the prior books. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the last half of the book – it was well written and well paced, although several of the characters seemed a bit similar to me at times.

If you’ve read previous books in this series, and enjoyed them, then this is probably a welcome read, but I’d definitely not recommend this book as an introduction to the series!


Disclaimer: Whilst I read this as a judge for the 2013 Aurealis Awards, this review is my personal opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging co-ordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team.

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