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Urban Fantasy Review: Dark Serpent by Kylie Chan

Dark Serpent by Kylie Chan (Celestial Battle #1)

Egalley thanks to Harper Voyager

Synopsis from Goodreads
John and Emma head to Wales to try and work out who — or what — Emma is. But rather than providing a clear path to their long hoped-for marriage the answer could tear them apart forever. Emma will be forced to betray either John, her beloved Xuan Wu, or her past and birthright. To make matters worse, John’s celestial home at Wudangshan is under attack from the Demon King. Can John find the Emma he knows and love, and save Wudangshan from demonic destruction?
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 I honestly think this series is losing its steam, and it makes me quite upset. 

Kylie Chan writes in trilogies, but don't get confused, - this is a 3rd trilogy in the same series about the same characters. Why can't it be the same series book #7, I wonder? Anyway, first three books were brilliant, absolutely brilliant. With the second three I was suffering from withdrawal from the first three and I read them in one go. Good but not as good as the beginning. Dark Serpent was read after a long wait and I was struggling all the way through.

It's pointless to try to explain what's going on to someone who hasn't read Kylie Chan before, but if you read even one book you know the schematics of the plot, because in a nutshell nothing bloody changes!

John is still missing parts of himself and is not to his full strength. Emma is still human Mary Sue. Their love conquers all. Demon King wants to rule the world. He attacks, they defend. He hides new laboratories, they find them eventually and destroy them. Emma is always in danger, and one or the other keeps getting kidnapped and saved. It goes on and on and on...

Dark Serpent unfortunately got buried under the minute details. Under all the descriptions of who visits whom and who does what research, the personal interactions between the characters I fell in love with became perfunctory. John, Emma, Leo and Simone - they were going through the motions but I wasn't feeling it.

To be fair, second half of the book picked up and became livelier with Celtic Heavens and Western mythology in the mix, but I still don't think I'll be reading more books in this series. In my opinion, it should have ended by book #6 at the latest. 

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Честно говоря, серия превратилась из интереснейшего азиатского городского фэнтэзи в какую-то трясину, засасывающую в свои глубины беспомощных читателей. А всё потому, что автор её жутко растягивает. По моему мнению, не хрен было писать больше 6 книг про тех же самых главных героев ибо читатель в каждой из трилогий постоянно обламывается.

В общем, первая трилогия была крутая до невозможности. Вторую я читала взахлёб, находясь в состоянии ломки после первой, всё ожидая, что Джон и Эмма наконец-то найдут свой хэппи-энд. Ан-нет, дамы и господа.

После пары лет ожидания началась третья трилогия с Тёмного Змея, и читала я её скрипя зубами. Ибо в сюжете ну ничего не поменялось! Джон всё-также слаб, так как не все его сущности воссоединены. Эмма - всё также обычный человек с непонятным происхождением и кучей талантов. Демонический Король всё-также хочет править миром, строит козни и открывает новые генетические лаборатории, которые команда Джона постоянно находит и уничтожает. То Джона, то Эмму то и дело похищают и пытают, пока тот или другой своего партнёра не спасает вперемежку с защитой от нападения демонов на Поднебесную... Всё это повторяется до тошноты. 

В Тёмном Змее ситуация была ещё хуже, так как персонажи, которые мне полюбились, - Джон, Эмма, Симон и Лео превратились в какие-то бледные тени самих себя и лишились всяческой индивидуальности, так что никакой искорки и тепла между ними я не чувствовала. Единственное, что не могу не упомянуть, так это то, что вторая часть книги читалась гораздо живее, так как Джон и Эмма находились в Уэльсе, и переход к кельтской мифологии был интересным.

А так, не рекомендую и не думаю, что буду читать продолжение серии.
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