One Silent Night – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Welcome back all, I feel like we’re getting toward the end of the series. But at the same time I think we’re only about half way through! I gota admit, I love this series but at the same time I know it’s a bit of a commitment to read the whole thing in one go. So I totally get it if you chose to break it up, or only read the one’s that grab your attention.

Anyway, this one is the first one where we see love happening on the “evil” side. And by “evil” I mean Stryker. Literally the guy who has it in for Dark Hunters, has been trying to eradicate them for like, ever, and yet considers himself to be the son of Acheron’s mother. Not that he knows she’s Acheron’s mother. All he knows is that she lost her son aeon’s ago and has forbidden him to physically harm Acheron.

Anyway, because of Styker’s antics Zephyra is sent in to kill him. She is dedicated to Artemis and is completely loyal to her since she saved her and her daughter from death by taking them in. When these two reconnect it’s when Zephyra drops into Styker’s home and starts attacking him.

Because she’s an ancient warrior she’s obviously pretty skilled and manages to kill a few of Styker’s men before going full blast at him. Since he left her when she was pregnant and only young (like think pre-teen level of young) because his dad told him to she’s understandby pissed. And is FINALLY getting the chance to take it out on him. And boy is she taking the opportunity to humiliate him in front of his men! It was a GREAT “you go girl!” kind of moment! She had suffered quite a bit after he left her and because of that had a LOT of rage to let out.

It’s hard enough being a single mother when the guy walks out in this day and age. But imagine how hard it would have been back then when men ruled and women were just “possessions”. She had no way to earn money other than to prostitute herself, was pregnant and her family had turned their backs on her. So I commend her for continuing on and finding a way to live after everything Stryker put her through.

And Styker being the type of guy he is decides it’s the best time to win her back. How crazy is that?

Cue the rollercoaster of a ride these two take us on as they figure out if they even still LIKE each other let alone love each other after all that time. SPOILER ALERT! Because this is a romance series they obviously work it out and life “happily” (as much as someone in their position can) ever after.

O, also Zephyra told Stryker how he can ensure his Daimons can live forever without having to worry about feeding off of human souls anymore. Making it a lot easier for them as they don’t need to worry about finding a new victim when the old soul starts to die. O and a side affect from this new form of life? They can now walk in daylight. Who new huh?

So not only does Sherrilyn take us on a crazy roller coaster ride emotionally as these two figure their shit out. She now sets a whole new precedent of torment the Daimons can inflict on the human population, and the Dark Hunter’s as well. I think the first time I read this book I sat there for like a good 10 minutes thinking through this implication and the changes this will make to the Dark Hunter’s.

And I gota admit. I don’t think they have much of a chance if the Daimons can day walk. It was fairly even footing up until now. But this changes things. This means, while the Dark Hunters would die horribly if they enter day light, their prey can prowl, hunt and torture while they can’t do anything to stop it. And that is one pretty scary thought.

It also made me wonder how Sherrilyn can continue this series if the Daimons have such a HUGE upper hand of the Dark Hunters. But I guess you’ll either need to read the books for yourselves or wait until my review next week to see what else she comes up with!

See you next week!

Acheron – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Welcome back to another week and another book in the Dark Hunter series. I’m gona start this one off by letting you know that this one spends almost as much time focused on the past as it does the present. So Acheron’s life and love stories are played out in full for us.

Firstly, let’s recap a few thing’s we’ve learnt about Acheron up to this point:

  • he’s enslaved to Artemis
  • he’s a god
  • he’s Atlantean
  • he has a shady past he won’t share with anyone
  • he has a twin brother who’s immortal like he is
  • he has a demon daughter
  • he can bring ppl back from the dead
  • he’s a god killer
  • his word is final (remember what happened to Nick?)
  • he’s super kind, caring and hates to hurt people

So we go into this book thinking we know what we need to know about Acheron only to learn that we know NOTHING about the poor guy. The first thing we learn about him is that he was born the oldest son of an ancient Greek king. But in actual fact he is the son of god’s but placed in the womb of a queen to ensure that he  is raised as well as he possibly can. Except because of his eye colour he is not recognised by his “father” and his mother drinks herself to death as a result.

Due to the colour of his eye’s his “father” gives him to his “uncle” who takes him to Atlantis and sells him as a whore to make money off of him. After a significant amount of time his sister tries to save him but fails and he get’s sent back. Then when his uncle dies he pisses off his father who throws him out to the streets. As a result he ends up back in his home city as a whore and eventually his father finds out and as a result gets locked into a dungeon. His father only cares what happens down there when Styx his twin almost dies because Acheron is trying to kill himself via starvation.

In the end he’s able to find a way to live some kind of “life” by bribing his guards with sex to let him out. And that’s how he runs into Artemis. At the same time as his sister is being sold to Apollo Acheron ties himself to Artemis. After a lot of pain and anger and on the night Acheron comes into his godly powers Artemis drugs him to the point where he can’t save his sister and her son. As a result he is killed in the morning and Acheron’s mum’s favourite demon dies while trying to save him.

Reading the tragedy of all of this really makes me feel for him. After everything humanity and the gods did to him how can he still be sane? How can he possibly WANT to save humanity from Daimons? O and did I mention Daimons came into creation because of his sister? She was the mistress that was killed at the age of 27 that Apollo loved above all others. If only Artemis hadn’t been so selfish and hadn’t drugged him maybe Daimons wouldn’t have been created in the first place.

Fast forward a millennia and we come across Soteria who believes she’s found the location of Atlantis. The one place that holds secrets that could expose Acheron’s past that he doesn’t want anyone to know. So even though Acheron doesn’t like how close Soteria is he needs to save her life from those trying to kill her. And in the mean time discovers that lemonade make’s him drunk. I found this part hilarious! I mean how did he go THAT LONG without trying lemonade to discover that it made him drunk?! And to make it even funnier, while drunk he gets into an argument with his demon because he wants to take Soteria back to Atlantis for real but Simi manages to convince him to only make a 3D image of it that Acheron can take Soteria on a tour through.

I mean, since when did the demon with impulse control issues become the more reasonable one? And Soteria’s comment about “thank god I returned to normal size when you passed out” was pretty good too.

All the banter between Soteria and Acheron is great because it shows that no matter how all powerful, kind etc you are there will always be someone who doesn’t like you and will do things just to spite/ piss you off. And for Acheron, that’s Soteria. During this journey we also discover that Acheron plays with a young boy on Saturday morning’s on PS3 every week, referees kids basketball and also builds houses for the homeless.

Like how do those traits marry up with our fearless warrior (who only seems brought down by lemonade), and then also the abused boy who couldn’t do anything without offending his family. This book was one full of contradictions and inaccuracies between people. And every time I read this I’m reminded that we only know the parts of people that they are willing to share.

And I know I for one am very closed off about sharing who I am. So how could I possibly expect others to be any more open? I mean you would be lucky to get me to say hi to someone I don’t know in a social way without having had a few glasses of alcohol. And even then I’ll be slow to start off, I won’t initiate the conversation and will find it hard to respond to the person trying to talk to me.

Anyway, I think that’s enough rambling from me. I will let you go for this week and I will see you next week for the next instalment!

Dream Chaser – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hi all, welcome back to another week of Dark Hunter books. I think we’re roughly halfway through the series (or what I will be reviewing anyway) at the moment.

I really liked this book even though I didn’t really feel that it fell under the “Dark Hunter” title as neither of the characters are Dark Hunter’s. At least with some of the previous books they’ve been either Were-Hunter’s or Dream Hunter’s so it makes sense. I mean I know Xypher is TECHNICALLY a Dream Hunter. But come on, he was killed and tortured in Tarturus until he managed to weasel a deal where he gets one month of Earth. Which he plans to use to track down and kill the one responsible for his demise.

In that silly “I like bad boys” kinda way I kinda liked Xypher from when we met him previously. But his plan to track down and kill people isn’t exactly warming me up to him again. Instead we have Simone who is human as, apart from the fact that she can see ghosts, who is thrown into Xypher’s way and ends up with them not being able to go more than a short distance from each other.

I mean, I did enjoy reading about how Xypher finds his humanity again, but I’m not convinced that would happen in real life. Like it’s one thing for someone who is ready to settle down to open up to those kind of emotions and feelings. But for someone like Xypher who is ready to die again rather than live, I can’t see him all of a sudden changing his mind. Even if it is even after 1 month of living 24/7 with Simone pretty much by his side.

The one thing I really enjoyed about this book was Jesse, the ghost. He had one hell of a sense of humor! And he was really able to help break up the awkwardness and savageness between Xypher and Simone whenever it flared up.

But the cool thing about this book is that we really start to learn more about demons. We learn that there are different classes of demons, that each pantheon has their own set of demons within each class. And that there’s a pecking order even amongst demons. Even that most are enslaved by either other demons or “higher” beings. And then on top of that, that some demons were specifically created to fight a demon class from another pantheon.

So to learn all of this really made me feel like Sherrilyn had been holding out on us. But I also appreciated the fact that she set up the Dark Hunter, then Were-Hunter then the Dream Hunter worlds while weaving in the gods political battles before introducing another element that will turn the world on it’s head. Literally, this book sets up the rest of the series as we will come to know it.

And if you haven’t read the series yet, then you’re in for one hell of a treat! Yes some of the past books I’ve reviewed in this series are pretty great, and I love going back to read them. But the books to come are at a whole nother level! Inter-species, inter-pantheon and inter-whatever you can come up with and that’s what this book sets us up for!

I can’t wait to bring you reviews for the rest of the series. So I look forward to seeing you next week!

Upon the Midnight Clear – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hi All, welcome back to another week with another review of the Dark Hunter world. As we get further and further into this world I realise how complex it is. Just like moving out of home for the first time you realise how freeing it it, and then you start to learn about one thing after another that you have to pay for now that you’re living on your own.

I feel like that’s how this series works. As soon as I feel like I can really understand, comprehend and add value (in the form of my own thoughts, feels and assumptions) the story we need to add another layer that takes time for me to comprehend. Given that I first read this series when I was like 20 I felt like it took a few reads to really get the full meaning out of a lot of these stories.

In a lot of ways I feel like this one was a filler book. Just a book Sherrilyn needed to finish to full-fill a contract, I can see looking back at the series as a whole how this added value. Just like with Game Of Thrones when you have an episode totally about the politics how that’s needed to make the massive battle coming in future episodes make sense. You need this book to really grasp the importance of coming books.

So, if you’re a fan of reading books in their intended reading order. No matter how boring a book may seem. Or how unlike the rest of the series they may seem. Make sure you read this one.

I felt like when I got to a later book (I will reveal which one in it’s review) I really understood where it was coming from and how it interacted with the story and the characters as a whole. Not just the ones mentioned in this book.

By pure chance this book is set in Christmas time and I read it during my first Christmas away from my family. So although I felt really sad about this book while reading it, I also really felt for them. And I instantly fell in love with the main guy’s friends when they made an effort to ensure he enjoyed Christmas. Even locked up on his mountain cabin fighting demons.

I left this book with a much more profound impact on my personality than I did on the story itself. I left this really appreciating the time I have to spend with my family. So I make it a habit of calling my dad/ sister to speak to me nieces on their birthday, I try my best to go to all family outings (although I gota admit, with working being as hard as it is and my family constantly doing stuff on laundry day this is really hard sometimes!) to make sure I make the most of my family. Because who knows when that will end.

I don’t know if it’s because of when I first read this book or because of the family feel Sherrilyn gives this book. But I always walk away from this book missing my family. As crazy and annoying as they can be. They are family and I’d like them around me for important occasions.

Even starting this blog, I thought I’d do this just for fun and for me. But thanks to all the support I’ve gotten from family and friends. And of course the authors! I feel like I’ve reached a much wider audience and I appreciate this every day.

Going from the kid who spent my 2 most important summers in full length leg casts and then working full time the next 2 summers. Family and friends support mean A LOT to me. So knowing I have found a new family in a winder community means heaps to me.

So  a special thankyou to you, my readers. I really appreciate you. And I wouldn’t be as excited to bring you new reviews each week if it wasn’t for your enthusiasm that I see through your likes, comments and shares. So please keep this up!

For those of you reading this in your email, I hope you’ll take the time to visit the page so I can see that you’ve read it as I’m always interested to see how far my blog has travelled. Trust me, my partner wishes I’d shut up about the reach of the internet!

Until next time! I hope you enjoyed this review and I’ll see you next week.

Devil May Cry – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Welcome back everyone, I’m writing this post a little last minute as I’ve been a bit distracted by work which then makes me want to just come home and kill stuff on a computer game to de-stress. Normally I’d pick a book for that but I’ve been so tired I needed something my partner could kick me off of when it was time for bed!

Anyway, this one is one of my favourites. I just LOVE the drama in this one! Normally I hate drama, but the way Sherrilyn has written this one has me laughing quite a bit. So we start this one off with Artemis having a bit of a tantrum to Acheron (what’s new with that scene?) trying to get him to kill Sin. Only problem is, Acheron is siding with Sin which is pissing Artemis off even more.

Cue Artemis acting like the spoiled brat that she is, she goes to her daughter, spreads some lies and sends her after Sin to kill him. Only problem is Katra (I’ll call her Kat from now on) isn’t 100% sold on killing Sin since she’s not 100% sure she can trust her mum, so she tries to do some recon. “Try” being the operative word there since he knocked her out and abducted her back to his apartment and wrapped her in one of her mother’s nets.

Needless to say Kat wasn’t happy and they had a bit of a fight when she came to. Luckily she managed to talk some sense into him before he killed her thinking she was Artemis. During their fight they shared a bit of sarcastic banter and that kind of banter continues throughout the book. Being a bit of a fan of this kind of banter I really enjoyed reading this in use.

The best parts of this book for me though are where Sin and Artemis come face to face, when Acheron finds out he has a daughter (this isn’t funny but it’s really sweet), pretty much every line Kish has and finally the Charonte’s! Specially Sin’s fear of them. They are classic. Whenever the Charonte’s come out it’s hilarious.

And of course having Sin save Kat’s life, banding together to save the world and then having a kid are pretty good too. But the way Sherrilyn writes this one manages to get me suckered in as if something is going to change since the last time I read it. I like knowing I’m not the only one with a dysfunctional family. I love the adrenaline rush I get every time I read this one. And I love how lighthearted the humour is while bringing in a whole new pantheon of gods, myths, legends and history.

Before reading this book I never really considered Sin’s pantheon as one to research about. Like I’m pretty sure we all know about the Greek, Egyptian, Norse and the current day gods. But to then also consider the Sumerian gods, and to learn about the disagreements and inter-pantheon politics that went on way back in ancient times. After reading this book it spurred me on to learn more about his pantheon which I really liked. I love learning new things and being challenged and this book really did it for me. Plus history is something I’ve always been interested in so reading a different take on ancient events always peaks my interest.

Anyway, I apologise if this one sounds a bit rushed because it kinda is. I’m hoping while I’m on holiday’s I can take my time writing these like I normally can. So I hope you enjoyed this one and I will see you again next week!

The Dream-Hunter – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Welcome back everyone, this week I am reviewing the first book to really talk about Dream Hunter’s. The third and final type of “Hunter” in this world. These guys are a bit different from the other type of hunter’s and have very little to do with the human world anymore.

The most memorable thing for me about how this book opens is that Dr Megeara Kafieri is standing on a cliff mourning the loss of her last family immediate member. Her dad. He was ridiculed by many in the historical world for being “crazy” and for chasing down something that everyone believed to be a fairy tale.

And then she was given a pouch containing the reason for her fathers continued belief, even after the death of so many family members. And this is the moment Megeara feels awful for insulting her father for his blind faith. She realises in that moment that he was right. Atlantis does exist. And she is now holding the proof she needed to continue his quest and really believe in it. If only she could get a good nights sleep so she could concentrate and pull this off in the name of her father.

And along comes Arikos who is impossibly Greek, apparently can’t swim until AFTER he’s rescued by Megeara from almost drowning and seems to have connections that get Megeara all she wants from life. Knowing why Arikos has tracked Megeara down really didn’t endear him to me. He has done it for selfish reasons without considering the consequences. And those consequences are Megeara’s life. Literally her life.

What kind of person would willingly trade the life of another just so they can enjoy emotions they haven’t experienced before? O that’s right. Arikos doesn’t have any emotions! We are reminded again of how horrible the Greek gods can be. Just because of some profocy they didn’t like and therefore the actions of one person they destroyed any half-Dream-Hunter-half-human children and to then torture and strip the Dream Hunters of any and all emotions they then had.

As is expected, Arikos learns a little bit about what it’s like to be human and starts to learn about consequences. Because of this he starts to regret his choices and starts to plan out what he can do make it up to Megeara. Which is especially hard to do since she has no idea what he’s done and still doesn’t really trust him. Especially since he keeps trying to get her naked and have sex with him. And this is where the emotional intelligence comes into play. Reading how Arikos develops his emotional intelligence really gave me hope for myself.

I hear from people that I don’t really have any EQ, so reading about how Arikos is able to develop his EQ gave me hope for myself. But I can also see that he has the support system needed to go about developing this. With all of these people understanding that he needs to develop his EQ, I feel like he has an easier time building up his EQ than I do. And that makes me envious of him.

In the end he manages to come through with the goods. But not without a lot of help, effort and potential loss of lives. But Arikos isn’t the only one to learn some valuable lessons during this book. And it’s not limited to just Megeara either. Although some of these we don’t learn about until future books. So just keep those thoughts in line for when you read the rest of the series!

I hope you enjoyed this weeks review and look forward to next weeks. Thankyou for your likes and please continue to like and comment on these reviews if you’re enjoying my thoughts on these books.

Dark Side of the Moon – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Welcome back everyone, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my thoughts on this series so far. We’re not yet halfway through the series so there is plenty more to come! This weeks book has moved to a new location and for good reason. This book is set not long after Katrina hit New Orleans, effectively making the city a ghost town. For me, I read these novels in 2009/2010 for the first time so I was a bit confused about the change of location initially until I was reminded that Katrina had occurred just before this book was set.

Anyway, onto the story! We’re located in Seattle for this story and we’re following Susan and Ravyn. Susan is a disgraced reporter who hates her deadbeat job and is desperate to get back into the REAL world of journalism again and will do just about anything to get back into that world that she loves. Ravyn on the other hand is an outcast in the Dark Hunter world kinda like Zarek was but not quite AS bad as Zarek.

In this story Susan is unexpectedly forced into taking Ravyn home by a friend even though she’s allergic to him. Ravyn on the other hand was pretty damned happy to get out of the pound that he’s stuck in. That’s right, you read that correctly. Ravyn is stuck in a pound when Susan takes him home. Ravyn being a typical male get caught in cat form (did I mention he’s a Were Hunter turned Dark Hunter who’s kept his shape-shifting ability? And alternate form is a cat?) after being caught in daylight because he was perving up some girls skirt. Whenever I read this I wonder how oblivious to his surroundings he must be to be caught in such a silly way. I mean, he’s meant to be some kind of super warrior trained since birth to fight. So how could he let his guard down enough to get caught KNOWING that he’s a high risk target?

Anyway, poor Susan is allergic to cats and as such can’t be near Ravyn’s hair without her nose getting all clogged up, sneezing etc. When Ravyn makes it safely back to Susan’s house he mistakenly gets the impression that Susan is a Squire (human servants paid handsomely to work for the Dark Hunters) because she says she works for Leo Kirby. Who coincidentally also runs the entire Squire network in Seattle. So Ravyn starts talking to her as if she knows everything about his world and then thinks she’s new since she has no idea what he’s talking about. Only to get into trouble when they get back to Leo and finds out she isn’t a Squire.

Leo however sees the use of having someone like Susan involved in the Squire’s world and takes her under his wing and approves her becoming a Squire. Anyway, shit hit’s the fan. Lots of supernatural people are after Susan and Ravyn (and others) to the point where Savitar (big scary dick head on a GOOD day) comes in and puts things kinda back into rights. The Daimons are still free to hunt whoever they want however they are not allowed to break Savitar’s sanctuary laws unless they want to die a painful death.

Out of all the books I really didn’t feel the romance side of this book and can’t say I read this particular book for the romance. But I definitely love the action in this one. You have people coming back from the dead, you have technology being messed with, you have your sacred places being illegally infiltrated, you have family drama spiking out of control between supernatural beings only to have a human show up the “big smart know it all” Were Hunter leader. Among plenty of fighting scenes. I feel like the action in this book took what has happened in previous books, doped it up with steroids and then pumped it full of performance enhancing drugs.

And I loved every minute of the action! I can’t say I’m normally a fan of a lot of action in books. But there’s something about the way that Sherrilyn writes that really allows me to picture the scene playing out in my mind as if it was a TV show or a movie. Normally when I read books with action scenes I feel like I’m watching a really badly choreographed fight scene in a C grade movie filmed through a potato. However Sherrilyn’s writing feels like I’m watching it in 3D HD 4K whatever quality where I can really feel like totally immersed in it. My breathing stops. I can feel the adrenaline pumping through my body. I shift to subconsciously match what’s happening in the book. And I breathe a sigh of relief when they make it out alive.

So even though the normal balance between romance and action makes it exciting, this is on a whole new level. And I think if it was any other writer I wouldn’t enjoy it as much. But Sherrilyn draws you into her world in such a way that I love it. And there’s just enough sappy romance stuff to still keep it listed as a romance.

Since the action is the main part of this novel and I’m not very good at describing how that affects me since it’s more a physical reaction rather than an emotional one I will end this review there. If you like action then you will really enjoy this one. But even if you’re not a huge fan, there’s still enough sappy romance stuff happening that you will be satisfied.

Thankyou for all your likes and I look forward to bringing you another review next week!

Unleash the Night – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Welcome back to another week of our Dark Hunter series! This week we are exploring the story of another Were-Hunter.

This particular book is following Wren, who up until now has only been seen as a quiet, anti-social tiger-were, who no one seems to know anything about other than he turned up some time ago with a monkey in tow. Our other main character is Maggie, the daughter of a prominent US. Senator and is completely human.

When Maggie goes to Sanctuary to celebrate Nick’s life with her other uni friends Wren happens to see her and is instantly drawn to her. Since he never talks to anyone, let alone a human, it’s amazing that he says anything to Maggie at all. She leaves her purse behind accidentally after her friends pick a fight with Wren which triggers him to find her the following day to return her purse. At this stage I was wondering why he was interested in Maggie since according to what I knew already about Were-Hunters he could never be able to have kids with Maggie. And more importantly, a Senators daughter is not someone that should be introduced to the Were-Hunter world.

After a few more altercations and a hunt being called on fro Wren’s life Maggie and Wren run to the past. Specifically to days before Wren is orphaned. While there Maggie learns that Wren is half white tiger and half snow leopard therefore allowing him to have 4 forms rather than the typical 2 forms a Were-Hunter has. At this stage I couldn’t believe Maggie was still around. Not only had she discovered this in the worst way possible when he passed out and turned into a giant half white tiger and half snow leopard on her living room floor. Only to then get dragged into his man hunt.

Because of this he is a half breed he is much more powerful than most Were-Hunters, and something his dad had realised. Unfortunately he realised it too late to communicate this to Wren before he died. Good thing is he was working to try and fix this at the time of his death, and although he wasn’t able to fix this at the time. He certainly made up for it when Wren came back.

Good news is, thanks to some timely reminiscing Wren’s dad realises what happened the night Wren was orphaned and orchestrated the continuity of his family. Even though he mistakenly kinda ruined Maggie’s life (in some people’s opinion) he was able to save both their lives and make sure Wren was voted a free man once he returned to his own time.

Savitar, the omniscient being who overseas the Were-Hunters, gifts Maggie and Wren with the ability to mate and have children if they so chose. Which we find out is courtesy of Nick who was one of Wren’s few friends, and one of Maggie’s few TRUE friends.

The things that I really love about this book is how Wren really comes out of his shell and allows himself to be himself despite what everyone thinks about him. How he doesn’t let their opinions get him down or get in his way to become the man he wants to be. I also love the fact that even with Wren pushing everyone away in his time in need they refuse to listen to him and keep on helping despite his best efforts. One such thing was when Vane sent him back in time where his attackers couldn’t follow until the full moon (something that is explained in Vane’s book) to ensure they could get some time to try and figure out how to prove Wren’s innocence.

Even Maggie, who barely knows Wren sticks by him and refuses to be shoved out just because of who her father is. I love the fact that this book is all about feeling comfortable in your own skin, sticking by those people who are important to you and really pushing yourself to accept others for who they are. And not for who you want them to be. This is something that a lot of people don’t really do, and it’s something that I personally have really struggled to feel. And that is accepted by those around for me who I am not who they think I should be. It’s definitely gotten better with age, but I think that’s also from being exposed to more people and opening up to them a bit more about myself which I never used to do.

Anyway. Enough about me!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review and I will be back next week to explore a brand new style of Dark Hunter books.

Sins of the Night – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Welcome back to our Dark Hunter series. This book is the first one that really challenges the history that we know and our perceptions of the characters we have already formed. Yes, the previous book Seize the Night reminded us that not everything is as it seems when you only have a part of the story. However we start this one off with a mutiny against Acheron, the Dark Hunter leader. According to this book this happens every few hundred years when the Dark Hunters get bored.

However the main difference between this one and previous ones is who is leading the mutiny. This difference is that Marco is one of the oldest Dark Hunters. Literally Acheron found out about the Dark Hunters after one had already died, however Marco was there when Acheron went to them and firs met what we now know of as Dark Hunters. So to have him rebel against Acheron and the Dark Hunter organisation really puts Acheron in a bad position.

Alexion is then to Earth during these uprisings to determine the level of mutiny and to kill all those that don’t accept Acheron’s rule. Since the survivors memories are wiped at the end of the interaction there is no fear of any of them remembering Alexion and passing on knowledge of him to any other Dark Hunters. So when Marco is able to describe Alexion pretty much to a tee to Danger, she freaks out understandably and tries to get her Squire out of her house and to safety.

Danger and Alexion have a bit of a clash of the wills, especially when Danger tries to kill Alexion by stabbing him in the chest and he dissapears. Only to reappear seconds later. Which obviously scares Danger even more since she can’t get rid of him or kill him and yet from what Marco said he was there to kill her.

Luckily cooler heads prevail and after a lot of Daimon killing, sex and demon taming (trust me you’ll find that part funny) Danger and Alexion are a veritable couple. Until the night to confront Marco dawns (or sun sets?) at which point Alexion is able to truly confront the face of the current rebellion. And Marco soon backs down when he hears Alexion’s tale of what REALLY happened to him the night Acheron arrived and a little bit about his life since.

Bloody Stryker (you will remember him from previous books) turns up and starts killing them all making it a bloodbath of dead Dark Hunters. Including Danger.

At this point in time I was really worried. How could this book end without a happy ending?! Let’s just say I COULD NOT put this book down until I figured out how it ended happily! And I was not let dissapointed either.

It definitely wasn’t the typical ending that I’d come to expect, but neither was it a sad ending. Simi found she had a sister she didn’t know even existed (and the sister was way happier about this than Simi), Danger and Alexion ended up “together” as much as 2 dead people can be. And Acheron’s identity is kept safe and secret for another day.

I can’t say that this is a book I look forward to reading. However it does make a few pieces fall together that I didn’t really understand previously. Personally I feel that this book is more of a wider character development book than a great stand alone book like many of the others. And I feel that this is true more so because it wasn’t until Danger died that I really felt myself getting involved, which is right near the end of the book. If I was going to get involved and really love the book it needed to happen earlier than the end.

Yes, there are some great comical moments which I loved. But overall it felt more like a filler book compared to some of the others in the series.

Next week’s book is one of my favourites so I’m really looking forward to writing that one for you!

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