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You know that moment when you meet the best thing in your life, and your brain, body, and emotions kind of just explode all over the place? Well, that sentiment should come with a greeting card that reads, "Congratulations; you've now been introduced to author Sherrilyn Kenyon!" Said introduction comes with book-one of the Dark-Hunter series, and it is one seriously kick-ass experience. And, this mind-blowingly awesome super-duper I-Can't-Believe-It's-Not-Butter ride starts with Kyrian of Thrace.
Okay, to be fair, this series actually starts with a prequel novel, Fantasy Lover. But, shhh, never mind all that. What you need to know is that this wonderful joy-ride begins with Kyrian, and let's just go ahead and put it out there that he is probably one of the most adorably lovable fictional men you have ever met in your entire fictional-reading life. Kyrian's got all of the necessary requirements that invite All Of The Hugs; he's broken, he's strong, he's ancient, he's young, he's unloved, and he's smexy. Did I mention he's smexy? Suffice to say he prompts all of the fan-girling imaginable.
Yep! I'm objectifying a fictional male, and I don't even care. Why don't I care? Well, because, to be honest Kyrian of Thrace is so well written you can't help but fall in love with him, dashing looks, charming personality and all. The emotions this character brings to the page pretty much demand all of your attention. His back story is heart-wrenching, and his modern reality makes you crave his HEA, which, of course, brings us to Amanda Devereux. Amanda, frankly, can be encapsulated by just a single, solitary word.
Here is a heroine that embodies all of the awesome. She's basically the woman that I want to clone out of fiction and turn into reality because, c'mon, I need this girl as my BFF. Hell, humanity needs this girl as its BFF. Like Kyrian, Amanda is written in such an elegant contradiction, for while she is strong, her strength is quite, and as such far more believable. She knows when to fight, and when to shut the hell up because, hello, she's not an idiot. She's neither Wonder Woman, nor is she a delicate wilting flower, which rocks because such makes her realistic as a woman. Her personality and humor are subtle, and as such she's a sheer joy to read. Hell, given half the chance, would I freakin' date her? Well...
Duh. I adore Amanda, almost as much as I adore Kyrian, still almost as much as I adore the world building that takes place within this novel. As the first book in a series, Night Pleasures gets tons of I-heart-your-face-so-much from me for many reasons, but predominately because it does such a hardcore awesome-sauce job at setting up a world I totally buy into one hundred percent. I've read a shit-ton of books in my time, and very rarely do they achieve the standard of realism set by Night Pleasures.
Put simply, this book is smart; hell, this series is smart. The monsters and bad-guys, the good-guys and paranormal characters all are grounded in a believable explanation, one that impresses the hell out of me. Any author that can reinvent vampires utilizing ancient Greek mythology to create characters that are grounded in that reality, being characters from the distant past who live in the modern present that are dynamic and fascinating, is whoa. All kinds of whoa.
The emotions that Sherrilyn Kenyon is capable of taking you to in this book basically boggle the mind. I mean, in one novel we go from the unimaginable betrayal and several pages of a gruesome, I'm-gonna-vomit torture scene to the hero wearing a loin cloth made from whipped cream. Yeah. The plot and writing quality featured in this book will run the gamut and back again. Without question a reader will discover every possible emotional chord in this book, and if they fail in this endeavor, then I'm seriously questioning their well being. No judgement or anything, but OMG.
Yes, I've reread this book going on seven times now, and yes, it still kicks as much literary ass as it did when I first read it in 2004. Rarely does a book simultaneously rock both the character development and emotional interaction, as well as the action packed external conflict element. Accomplishing this is all kinds of rare, but damned if Sherrilyn Kenyon doesn't do both awesome feats extraordinarily well. Yes, I'm a fan-girl, yes this is a reread, and yes I'm biased, but even knowing all that, it is my solemn promise to you, good reader, that upon completing this novel you shall experience the following.
Welcome to the madness.