Gosh, I fell in love all over again with the Were-Hunters rereading this story. Granted, it was short, but incredibly sweet and a great introduction iGosh, I fell in love all over again with the Were-Hunters rereading this story. Granted, it was short, but incredibly sweet and a great introduction into the series (that went slightly downhill lately, but that's just my opinion)....more
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.) anThis 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 book), I found myself not missing it, which says quite a lot.
The only problem I encountered was the depiction of Julian and Talon. They looked much too young and Julian didn’t look like a Greek demigod and ex-sex slave. I expected drool material and got someone fresh out of puberty. *sigh* Another thing. I know it’s been a while since I read Fantasy Lover, but wasn’t Grace supposed to be smaller than him?
Oh, well. Waiting for the next installment, hoping they won’t make me wait as long as for Volume 1, and looking forward to seeing Ash in manga....more
Another great installment in the Dark-/Dream-/Were-Hunter saga!
The story of Aimee, Fang and their impossible love has been long in the making, from thAnother great installment in the Dark-/Dream-/Were-Hunter saga!
The story of Aimee, Fang and their impossible love has been long in the making, from the almost very beginning of the series, but it's been definitely worth the wait.
As much as this was mostly a solid paranormal romance, Kenyon-style, of course, I loved the fact she decided to delve a little deeper than the usual Daimon/Dark-Hunter/Were-Hunter dealings. We've wondered if it was at all possible for two different species of Weres to "mingle", and though we had proof in Wren, we never got the true feeling of it. It was always considered a taboo in their universe, and with this story Ms. Kenyon succeeded in grasping and portraying all the anxiety, the indecision and fear of such an union. Fang and Aimee both knew their love could lead nowhere, that they were doomed, yet the heart wants what the heart wants and it doesn't want to be denied.
Their story, as it grew from tender friendship to something more, through dangers, perils, misunderstandings, anger, and joy was a truly wonderful thing to read.
This book was also a great example of how a change in perspective can make someone rethink what they thought they knew and reevaluate everything. I've always been a big fan of Vane's, loved his book and his love story with Bride. Loved the wolf, period. Yet, seen from Fang's point of view, seen through Fang's story, I found myself not liking the guy so much. But he redeemed himself in the end, so I forgive him. After all, they're men, we can't expect them to know any better.
This story spanned the entire series, so it was wonderful to see the familiar scenes through new eyes, experience them from a different perspective, see characters I came to cherish and love anew. Okay, I admit it, it was wonderful to see Acheron's bad-ass persona again. I missed him.
And there are some new bad boys in town I can't wait to see more of - Thorn and Varyk. Hope to see more of them in the future. The final twist left me gaping, such uprooting was a bold move (and hopefully not a damning one) and waiting for more.
I was thinking of abandoning this series, but Ms. Kenyon returned with a bang, introducing us to more branches of her twisted little universe, and yummy new meat, and Fang and Aimee's love story was so beautifully and tastefully written, I'm firmly sticking with the Dark-Hunter wagon.
I was mesmerized by the Ichidian universe when I read the short story Fire and Ice in the Man of My Dreams anthology and when I realized Born of NightI was mesmerized by the Ichidian universe when I read the short story Fire and Ice in the Man of My Dreams anthology and when I realized Born of Night was about Adron’s parents I was instantly curious…And in the end disappointed.
For starters, it was 200 pages too long, giving Ms. Kenyon the opportunity to transform Kiara from a whiny, and slightly annoying heroine into an obnoxious, selfish, spoiled, judgmental brat. One of those heroine you wish for someone to rape, strangle, stab, and dismember in the first few chapters for a completely different, and hero-worthy, woman to take her place.
Second, I saw too many similarities with Acheron for my taste. I know the two stories were written two decades apart, so this could be filed as a “rough draft”, but they were simply too similar for me to actually enjoy this story after reading Acheron. There’s a hero wrongly thrust into a life of pain and betrayal, that hardened him and made him suppress all emotions, there’s a woman who lightens his day, although he knows he’s too “dirty” to touch her, since she is the day and he belongs to the night…Yadda, yadda, yadda. The only major differences were in the setting, the fact the reader is “spared” the most gory details of the hero’s past, and a tantrum-prone, obnoxious, and mercurial heroine .
All in all a solid book, but a pale copy of Acheron and a heroine who will make you wish for a maniacal serial killer roaming the Ichidian universe....more
He will be born when the moon swallows the sun and Atlantis is bathed in total darkness.
Eleven thousand years ago a new god was born. Cursed into theHe will be born when the moon swallows the sun and Atlantis is bathed in total darkness.
Eleven thousand years ago a new god was born. Cursed into the body of a human to escape death, Acheron spent a lifetime of abuse and humiliation. His human death almost destroyed the Earth and plunged the once thriving civilization back into the Stone Age. Brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind.
For millennia he fought for our survival alone and hidden a past so horrendous he is prepared to do anything to keep it concealed.
Now, a determined young woman threatens all he’s become. She refuses to be intimidated by him, she refuses to listen to reason, and she is prepared to do anything to find the lost kingdom of Atlantis.
In this most anticipated Dark-Hunter novel to date we will learn the true story of the Dark-Hunter leader, Acheron Parthenopaeus. The truth about his human life, and the life of the god he has become.
He was made human in order to escape death, but in death he was reborn a god...
R/N: There are not many spoilers in here, but if you haven’t read the book, you might not want to read from this point on. There is just so much you can say about any book without revealing at least a little bit. I’ve been waiting for this since the series started and have read it in one sitting (I’m still bleary eyed because of it), so I hope you’ll excuse me if I go into a little (not too much) detail. _______
The first part of the book, the longest part, focuses on Acheron’s human life. It starts just before his human birth and ends with the birth of the first Dark-Hunters.
Reading it chilled me to the bones. Although Sherrilyn Kenyon did write a short Author’s Note at the beginning warning us this wasn’t a DH novel we were used to (at least the first part), it was still hard to swallow.
The gruesome details of his life were softened a little, since the beginning, the most chilling humiliation of his childhood is told through his sister Ryssa’s journal. Through her eyes, the eyes of a pampered princess, the reader is spared some of the more detailed descriptions, but feels the torture and shame even more because of the words she uses to shield us.
It gives true insight into what makes Acheron tick, if you pardon my expression. I’m one of the may who’s been criticizing his actions and behavior in the last few books, yet the first part of his story explains just why he does what he does, why he acts like he acts, what makes Acheron Acheron.
The second part is an exemplary specimen of the DH novel we love and adore. Fast-paced, witty dialogue, the incessant banter. The AG even brought back characters from all of her previous novels for one hell of a reunion.
I do have a bone to pick on the second part though. It looked like at least a hundred pages were missing from the beginning of it. If they were cut – shame, if she didn’t write them – maybe she should have.
No offence, but for an eleven plus thousand-year-old god who’s been known to scoff at love (“Gods save me from love”), has big trust issues (read the first part to know why), and ***spoiler alert*** doesn’t think sex is all that great [gasp:]***end spoiler alert*** (again, read the first part to know why – who would blame him, really), he’s a little too quick to fall for the charms of a measly human, that compared to his age is an embryo (or so he claims).
Also, Soteria is even quicker to forgive him for the humiliation in Nashville. It made me grit my teeth. I know he’s a god and all and I know he’s prepared to do anything to prevent Atlantis to be found, but destroy a scholar’s reputation because of it... I think I’d hurl more than just a hammer. Anyway, she’s quick to make friends when she learns he can read the journal she’s found. And he does make a sweet apology. ;)
The whole tortured hero thing started to get old after a while. I know he’d gone thorough hell, only to be brought back to go through hell again, but still, at times it made me roll my eyes. He’s a freaking god, for crying out loud, he should’ve stopped moping, gotten himself together, and made them pay. As a god he was a little too selfless for my tastes, although I did understand his motivations... He does stop moping, get himself together, and make (some of) them pay. Eventually.
But every tortured hero is bound to get his salvation (usually in the form of a woman), and Soteria is his absolute salvation. She sees him for what he is, not what he’d been, she doesn’t even blink when she learns the truth about him except to keep the tears at bay. And what is most important to him, she holds him as if he matters and she doesn’t shy away from him in public... or at the view of his eyes.
She is the one to finally banish all his demons, even a certain redheaded problem, because despite her scholarly ways, she’s like a mother cub, not afraid to fight a goddess for the man she loves. And she is also the one that makes Ash embrace who and what he really is…
“I am the god Apostolos. The Harbinger of Telikos. The Final Fate of all. Beloved son of Apollymi the Great Destroyer. My will makes the will of the universe.”
... not only the Harbinger for his mother, but also for the one woman he’s ever loved. For her he’s prepared to do anything, even destroying the world. Or suffering the worst humiliation ever for her to be able to restore her father’s reputation.
Apollymi has become one of my favorite characters. Despite being the goddess of death, the Great Destroyer, she’s still like any other mother. She would die for her son and she would give anything for him to be happy. Even part with a few of her powers to create a strong protector for her beloved Apostolos. The protector that would finally teach the ‘heifer-goddess’ a long-overdue lesson (I would have been happy to lay a helping hand).
The ending was just perfect, down to the dress, despite the ominous threat heard in the rumbling of the thunder.
P.S. I loved the drunk-on-Sprite scene, by the way. “You’re a cuddly drunk. And a real chatterbox.”
P.P.S. There were some objections to Tory and her erratic behavior in the Kenyon Minions group, and I have to agree to some part that Tory isn't exactly the mate I'd have for Ash, but rereading this book made me consider a different approach. Tory is rash and impulsive, do-first-think-later kind of gal (example A: the hammer incident), but that's the beauty of her, compared to Ash and what, at least in my opinion, makes her perfect for her. Acheron is, in fact, a man who always thinks things through, life's taught him that every act has minor or major consequences (example B: Nick Gautier), so Tory's impulsiveness nicely balances him out. At least they'd never get bored.
P.P.P.S. This third re-read really made me appreciate all those little nuances I somehow missed the first two times....more
Nothing to write home about, that's for sure. There were a couple of good stories in here, but were unfortunate to share space with other not-so-goodNothing to write home about, that's for sure. There were a couple of good stories in here, but were unfortunate to share space with other not-so-good stories, and so seemed rushed and not long enough. The potential was there, though.
The Good: Paranormal Romance Blues by Kelley Armstrong (good humor) Taking Hold by Anya Bast (wanted to read more about Mac and Lily) How To Date a SuperheroJean Johnson (it promised, but didn't show the "big scene") Trinity Blue by Eve Silver (again, wanted to read more) Grace of Small Magics by Ilona Andrews (the absolute best in the bunch) Night Vision by Maria V. Snyder (interesting premise, too little space) Pack by Jeaniene Frost (what's not to love about werewolves, especially hunky ones, although the heroine was the most annoying one of the bunch) The Dream Catcher by Allyson James (definitely not long enough)
My "initial" rating was confirmed in this reread. It's Sherrilyn Kenyon's contribution that shines in this anthology. Though quite similar to her novelMy "initial" rating was confirmed in this reread. It's Sherrilyn Kenyon's contribution that shines in this anthology. Though quite similar to her novella in Dead After Dark - the hero loves the heroine, but she's a real bitch and doesn't want anything to do with him - Retta quickly learns the error of her ways and in the end it's Velkan's turn to suffer from "cold feet". I wouldn't mind keeping him warm though. ;) This is a love story for the ages, literally lasting through the ages. Loved the prologue and the two of them together. And I couldn't help but notice the separation did the two of them a world of good, especially Esperetta. It gave her the much needed opportunity to grow and mature to be able to take a man (and what a man!) like Velkan on.
The other three were "meh" at best, the middle two completely out there, while Ronda Thompson's contribution didn't vary much from the other stories in her Wild Wulfs of London series. Unfortunately. Also, the heroine really got on my nerves from the first moment I read about her in Jackson's story. I just wanted to slap her....more
Each time I read this it's almost like the first time. This is a great Christmas-season-y anthology with two awesome stories by Sherrilyn Kenyon and KaEach time I read this it's almost like the first time. This is a great Christmas-season-y anthology with two awesome stories by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Kathryn Smith (love the poem-riddle) and two great stories by Carly Phillips and Patricia Ryan.
Usually there's always one or two blah items in such anthologies. Well, this one is a welcome exception that never fails to deliver its message.
Since I'm starting on Ronda Thompson's Wild Wulfs of London series, I had to reread this anthology, since it hosts the story of the youngest brother,Since I'm starting on Ronda Thompson's Wild Wulfs of London series, I had to reread this anthology, since it hosts the story of the youngest brother, Sterling. The story, the last in the book, was nothing extraordinary, even a little boring at times, and created a completely different lycan mythology that we know. Apparently for the Wulf boys to change into the furry howlers, the moon factor comes in second. It's the love that sets the beast free, which I found rather peculiar, since the love is supposed to set everything right, heal all wounds etc. I wasn't convinced and I really hope the three full-length novels will fare better.
Amanda Ashley's contribution was, at least for me, the weakest of the bunch. The characters and the supposedly historical language put me off big time. Not to mention a few unanswered questions, like what happened to Darkfest's adversity to light, his sudden hunger for blood (Was he turning into a vampire? Did she save him from that fate?) and what was supposed to happen after the story ended. We learned that Darkfest has lived for more than three centuries so was immortal (or had an incredibly long life-span), but Channa Leigh was, for all I know, a simple mortal woman. Did she became immortal when she married him? Did he become mortal when he married her? All these unknowns!
It is Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dream-Hunter novella that earned this anthology its three star rating. So it wasn't as edgy as her latest work, but it's always nice to travel back in time and read something a little lighter from under her pen. It was a pretty straightforward SK story with the hero that turns out to be the initial bad-guy, but the love for a woman makes him a good-guy, which ends in suffering and torment, until the love of the previously mentioned woman sets him free and they all live happily ever after. Sappy maybe, but boy did I like it.
Maggie Shayne's story held much potential at the beginning, with the strange and potent attraction between the two leading characters offering all sorts of possibilities. But the end result with the cuckoo warlock ghost visiting his son from the grave to get his gorgeously tight, hot, young body, hit my enthusiasm with the force of a truck, pulverizing it in an instant....more
Zarek of Moesia, the baddest badass among the Dark Hunters, a bit crazy, a bit faking it so people would leave him alone, is one of the most complex cZarek of Moesia, the baddest badass among the Dark Hunters, a bit crazy, a bit faking it so people would leave him alone, is one of the most complex characters in this series. His past is heartbreaking, his present cold and bleak, his future uncertain. It all comes down to one woman, make that goddess, that is sent to Zarek’s place of banishment and cold torment, also known as Alaska, to determine whether the baddass, lip-curling, illegitimate son of a Roman general, is also a ruthless killer gone completely bananas over the years, and not caring whether he exposes the Dark Hunters to the world or not.
The goddess falls hard for the badass, the badass goes a little soft around the edges (but don’t tell that to anyone or he’ll have to kill you and hide your body so no one can find it), a little conspiracy is revealed, the soul retrieval is pointless, and all live happily ever after.
It sounds easy and simple, but it’s not. Ms. Kenyon truly succeeded in creating a superb story for this complex characters and immerse the reader even more into the world of her Dark Hunters. And I have to say (yet again), the first books in this series were a lot better than her few newer works. I guess the universe itself got a bit too big for comfort and ease of track....more