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In the war against vampires, mankind has only one hope: The Dark-Hunters. Ancient warriors who died of brutal betrayal, the Dark-Hunters have sworn themselves into the service of the goddess Artemis to protect us.

It’s a pact with pretty good perks. Immortality, power, psychic abilities, wealth and a cool wardrobe. But it comes with a few drawbacks: fatal sun poisoning and
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 26th 2009)
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When I first heard that the Dark-Hunter books were being retold and retooled in manga, I wasn’t sure if I was excited about it. When I heard that the Dabel Brothers would be involved, I perked up. I’ve enjoyed their treatment of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time novel, New Spring, and knew that the art would be excellent (though I notice their name isn’t on volume two, so… at least their initial involvement eased my worries).

I was a slacker fan and didn’t pick
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Nicole
An original English-language manga apparently based on a series of novels by Kenyon (the Dark Hunter series). Very interesting story - I particularly liked how the tales of Roman Gods and lore is melded with modern vampire lore. And the vampire lore has a lot of twists and turns that I've never read before. In this volume, we're focused on the folks that oppose the vampires and daimons. We have sexy, 2000+ year-old dark hunter (Kyrian) and a young woman with special abilities (Amanda). The two a ...more
Emmy
This was an interesting read, fast-paced, and intriguing, but on the whole, it was not the most impressive. It was simply life breathed into a shallow, over-used theme in literature (woman comes in contact with sexy vampire with dark past--or even just sexy man with dark past--and bad things happen). But, not bad. I'm going to have to consider if I want to keep reading, but that's only because the ending left me wondering what will happen next.

I will say, I loved the art style (especially Kyrian
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Kenya Wright
Ths graphic novel was excellent!

Granted this is the first one I've read on my nifty new Kindle Fire so... I may be praising it more than usual since I was just loveing my Kindle Fire.

The story wasn't original at all, but I enjoyed it anyway. IT was a decent paranormal romance. The graphics were great.

Nothing else I can say really.
Benita Vehnom  Ruiz
Love this!!! This is the graphic novel to Night Pleasures and I love it!!! I was astonished at how well this manga was written. I love Kenyon's Dark Hunter series of novels and they did an amazing job capturing the series. On to Volume TWO!!!!!
Rachel
Amanda was born into a family entangled in the paranormal, but all she wants is a normal life. Kyrian was a Greek general, born 2000 years ago, until one day his wife betrayed him and he became a dark-hunter (a vampire that hunts vampires). When these two cross paths, their fates change.

Both Amanda and Kyrian constantly talk while they try to escape, and eventually hunt down a powerful vampire. This has the unfortunate affect of information getting revealed at an unnatural pace and in an unnatu
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Sammy, Recovering Monster Sex Addict
This was the graphic novel to Night Pleasures and I absolutely enjoyed it!
Heather C
I have no idea why I gave this 4 stars. Will have to reread soon!
heather
omfg i loved loved it its a must read!
Jonathan Currinn
Enjoyed it. This is probably my first proper graphic novel, and I don't know if I like them or not, they are quite different, and not what I'm used to, but it's like it's own little adventure, I need to work it out and read a lot more of them to wonder which side of the fence I'm on.

I liked the pictures and the storyline, as I read the back I saw the "13+", and I was shocked that that was the minimum age for this, since "Night Pleasures" had a lot of images, and I wondered how they would get aro
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Amy Jacobs
Let me say that I am in no way a huge Manga fan. My daughter reads Manga and she is constantly trying to get me to try them. I on the other hand, would rather have a book rich in words than a book rich in illustrations. Call it the bookworm in me, but books are made to be read, not to enjoy an illustration with dialogue like a comic book. So after constant nagging from my daughter, I caved into to reading a Manga novel. I did have one requirement -- it has to be a Manga based on a book by an aut ...more
Jackie (Literary Escapism)
Overall, very good book. I’ll be honest, this was my first manga, so reading the book from right to left threw me for a bit at first. However, Kenyon easily captured my mind and I soon forgot how I was reading it. It ended up seeming really natural and it was really easy to fly through it. Seriously, if you’re a fan of the Dark-Hunters, then you really should pick up the Dark-Hunters Vol. 1. If you’re still one of the few who is sitting on the fence regarding this series (why may I ask?), then s ...more
Christine
I have been reading graphic novels for a couple of years now, but reading this book was my first time reading manga. It's still sequential art, so essentially the same literary form of graphic novels, except that manga is read from the 'back' of the book to the 'front' and right to left across the page. This took a little getting used to, but really wasn't that big of a deal. Don't let it dissuade you from picking up this series.. it's a super fun way to revisit an all time favorite paranormal r ...more
Cathy  Keaton
Jun 25, 2011 Cathy Keaton rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: vampire geeks, Greek god geeks
I'll just say that I think Amanda is funny and there's more to her than meets the eye. She has a good reason for choosing to lead a normal, dull life. And, at first, I thought Hunter/Kyrian was just a bit too annoying as he tried to act so cool, saying “babe” every other page, but he seemed to stop that about halfway through the volume, thank goodness. In fact, he becomes far more likable in the second half when his past is revealed as to what drove him to become a Dark-Hunter.

There is a lot of
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Mojca
This one truly took me back in time. In more than one way. Back a few years when I read manga more often (City Hunter, Cat’s Eye, Sailor Moon etc.) and back a few years to the beginning of the Dark-Hunter series. Though my imagination provided quite a movie with Kyrian’s book, it was cool seeing it all in black-and-white manga.

The artwork was great (loved the trademark manga expressions), and though it’s rated as 13+, so the usual Kenyon steam is nonexistent (I loved the love scenes in Kyrian’s
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Chibineko
I'm a big fan of Kenyon's work, so when I saw this I wanted to grab it immediately. However I also remember a similar attempt to manga-ize one of Christine Feehan's books- an attempt that failed miserably because it was neither drawn well nor captured the emotions of her work. Luckily for you & I, this manga is both well drawn & captures the fun of Kenyon's first DH novel.

This volume contains the first half of one of Kenyon's first DH books, Night Pleasures. The story follows Kyrian, a D
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Kristi
From what I can gather, and perhaps I should have done a little more research on this, but I believe this is based on Kenyon's Dark Hunter series of paranormal romance. Normally I wouldn't review a paranormal romance here, but the book specifically says that the intended audience is 13+. Once I read the book, I'd agree with the age suggestion.

This is the first manga style book that I've read, and I totally underestimated the appeal and addiction! The artwork was beautifully depicted! And it only
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Jaime
WOW - I have to say I was astonished at how well done this manga is. I love Kenyon's Dark Hunter series of novels, and I was excited but hesitant about the prospect of them being adapted as manga (and not comics as many other bestselling series are, such as Anita Blake). Thought I love the full-color that comics come in, the black and white manga seems to flow better and allow the story to be equal to the art.

First, this was an excellent adapatation. I had only intended to glance through it whe
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Nick
This graphic novel, arranged manga-style both in format and in its right-to-left reading, was good but with flaws. At times, its almost perky art style conflicted with the grim tone of the story, one of age-old evil and the fights against it, lost souls, vampires, immortal undead created to fight vampires, and various other dark things.
In the Dark-Hunters series, Kenyon has created a universe in which mankind is being protected from demons and vampires by men who were so tormented that they gave
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Vonze (Yvonne)
I really enjoyed this "sort-of" vampire graphic novel. I haven't read any of Sherrilyn Kenyon's novels prior to this, so from what I gather, her vampires are actually the soul-less servants of a Greek goddess? Four stars because the explanations of the vampire creation/backstory/mechanics was a little confusing for me as a first time Dark-Hunter reader. However, it probably doesn't help that I'm not big into Greek and Roman mythology. Someone who has read or studied a lot of mythology might unde ...more
Kris at Book Wishes
Jul 15, 2012 Kris at Book Wishes rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Age 13 and up
Shelves: young-adult
I liked this manga book better than ones I have read so far, because its about vampires, the graphics where better than any other manga that I have read. In this book The Dark Hunter is a vampire that protects humans against the Daimons. Daimons are a vampire on steriods, just meant to attack the human race and feed. Amanda (a witch by birth and vampire hunter) was mistakenly kidnapped and handcuffed to The Dark Hunter, then she quickly learns he is a vampire.Although Amanda has not joined the f ...more
Ashley
This was a curious book. The name "Sherrilyn Kenyon" drew me to it. I've never read any of her novels, but she seems to be well-known in the paranormal romance genre. I'm not sure if this story is a adaptation of one of her Dark-Hunter novels, but from what I can see, it ties into the same universe. I thought the idea of telling a paranormal romance written by a non-Japanese author through the medium of Japanese-style manga was pretty intriguing, so I decided to read it.

The artwork is great. The
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Jessica
Joshua Hale Fialkov’s adaptation of Sherrilyn’s story works beautifully with Claudia Campos’ art, and once I remembered the right-to-left reading style of Japanese manga—it’s been a while, alright?—reading and seeing the story unfold was a pleasure. My fear of this style of art making these dreamy beefcake male characters too effeminate was unrealized; though Kyrian is very, very pretty he’s still the manly man, and seeing him as an ancient Greek general is no stretch. Acheron is the perfectly m ...more
Tanya
I have been following Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series for a little while now, so when I saw there was a manga adaptation I was thrilled ... because I am a giant mangaphile.

Then I got this ... and was sorely dissapointed. Not as much because of the story (though that IS a bit watered down and I wish they'd just put the graphic content in and marked it as such), but because of the artwork. It was just very amateurish. The backgrounds were practically non-existent ... and what was there was a
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Bry
I have only read the first book in the dark hunter series Fantasy Lover, which is technically book zero in the series but whatever, so I didn't really quite understand all that was happening at the beginning but the story did a good job of explaining it all. Though sadly this was sometimes done in super text heavy info dumps.

Still the plot was enjoyable, the characters well thought out, the romance was rushed but that was expected considering the books this was based off of, and the art was gre
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
I heard of the series but haven't read any of the books. So I finally got around to reading this volume and the premise, lore was interesting. The art was good to okay. And couldn't help but laugh at some of the expressions. Not saying the art is bad. It wasn't. Anyway, interesting is how I'd describe this volume. A lot of exposition going on but still good. I don't know if its the hair or the way he's drawn, but does Hunter remind anyone of Claude from Vampire Kisses Blood Relatives? Just me... ...more
Carla Victor-rawson
I'm not if I could give this a fair review as I picked this up because of pure curiousity because I love Sherrilyn Kenyon and LOVED "Night Pleasures " which is 2nd in the Dark Hunters series. This is Night pleasures made into a graphic novel.....to me it wasn't worth the price I paid for it, between the left to right reading the zig zagging back and forth the cartoons with the bubbles over their heads....it was all distracting to me.this also was not the complete book as there will be several mo ...more
Sundus
I am not an avid manga reader, having only read a few before and I'm not sure if my rating is a result of that.

At times I enjoyed this book, it was funny towards the beginning, deliberately ridiculous in places, and the artwork was interesting. However, the story moves so quickly that the storyline seems contrived, but this may be due to the amount of space and time the book has to develop the story, characters, and background.

The premise is interesting with the mythological explanations and cl
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Methos
ho sempre adorato i manga! se poi ci si aggiunge anche la serie dei Dark Hunters della Kenyon, si va sul sicuro!
le tavole seguono la trama originale, cosa che non si può non apprezzare. l'unico difetto è la mancanza delle scene un pò hot...
i tratti tipici del manga giapponese sono ben riusciti e in alcune espressioni facciali anche divertenti.
concordo con chi sostiene che i personaggi sono graficamente simili e hanno i tratti fanciulleschi...ma è un manga; infondo è giusto che sia così! -__^
i va
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Wendy
Awesome! I've always wanted to dive into this series, but the almost 20 total titles and all (and counting) has kept me from actually buying the novels. It would be fairly tough to find them locally and the $$ spent would be outrageous! (Maybe I'll try to search for them at a local library??) Anyways, when I discovered that there was a graphic novel series for it I was super excited, especially since I have a love for novel-to-graphic novel adaptations.

My overall thoughts; loved it! Very funny a
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