The latest Dark-Hunters heart-twister pits two apparent incompatibles. Beautiful Josette Landry regards herself as life's own personal joke and views the rest of the world skeptically. Cadegan, on the other hand, keeps his distance because he harbors dark and dangerous secrets, including a new one: He knows that his attraction to sexy Josette could catapult both of them into unimaginable misery. An engulfing, full-bodied new romance from an author whose writing has been praised by the Boston Globe as "brisk, iron and relentlessly imaginative. These are not your mother's vampire novels."
Son of No One (Dark-Hunter Series #18)by Sherrilyn Kenyon
In Son of No One, next in the blockbuster The Dark-Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, it's not easy being life's own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they're even crazier than she is. The/i>/i>
In Son of No One, next in the blockbuster The Dark-Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, it's not easy being life's own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they're even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted-out hoopty running. But when something truly evil is released into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcements.
From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn't quite right. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his age.
Centuries ago, Cadegan was viciously betrayed into an immortal prison by the only person he'd ever trusted and was cast into an immortal prison. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him. Something he can't seem to fight and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him everything.
He knows he has to stay away from her, but the unleashed demon is hell-bent on consuming her soul. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?
Centuries ago, Cadegan sold his soul for vengeance; now he's struggling to protect Josette Landry, camerawoman for a paranormal group that has inadvertently unleashed evil on the world. Next in the "Dark-Hunter" series.
Kenyon's sixth Hellchaser novel (after Time Untime) pairs up Josette, a photographer whose luck always seems to fail her, and a demon named Cadegan, who has spent the last 1000 years or so being tortured in exile. When Jo falls through a mirror and into Cadegan's prison, he's immediately drawn to her, and the two of them almost immediately fall into bed. From there, the story meanders, with escape attempts from the prison realm, run-ins with various mystical creatures, attempts to rescue other prisoners, and a drawn-out ending that seems to wander past the climax and keep going. While those who are already fans of the series might enjoy reconnecting with dozens of side characters, those new to the world will find themselves overwhelmed by the number of side characters and their familial and mystical connections. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media Group. (Sept.)
“[A] publishing phenomenon . . . [Sherrilyn Kenyon is] the reigning queen of the wildly successful paranormal scene . . . Just one example of arguably the most in-demand and prolific authors in America these days.” Publishers Weekly
“Kenyon's writing is brisk, ironic and relentless imaginative. These are not your mother's vampire novels.” Boston Globe
“[An] engaging read.” Entertainment Weekly
When skeptical Josette Landry is hired to do camerawork for a paranormal reality TV show, she's forced to reassess her idea of reality.Jo has spent her life following the rules, but it hasn't done much for her: Divorcing her cheating husband wiped out her savings, she just lost her job, and her house is in foreclosure. So when her beloved but batty cousin offers her a job filming a haunted New Orleans mansion, she jumps at the chance. Jo knows all her family's supernatural craziness is ridiculous. Apparently, though, not believing in the paranormal doesn't make it untrue, since Jo doesn't even have time to set up her equipment before she's sucked into a gloomy otherworld where creepy malevolent creatures attack her. Convinced she's met her doom, she's stunned when a medieval Welsh knight comes to her rescue, fighting off the monsters then whisking her off to his oddly cozy lair in the otherwise eerie realm. Cadegan has been trapped in a preternatural prison for a thousand years, betrayed by the one person he thought he could trust and banished from human connection. Still, when Jo falls into his cursed domain, he will do everything he can to keep her safe and send her back home, even if it means an eternity of misery. When Jo refuses to leave without him, he begins to hope for a bright future, if he can bring himself to trust the woman he's falling for and who could destroy him forever. Paranormal romance novelist Kenyon continues her Dark-Hunters series, pairing Jo, a courageous modern woman, with Cadegan, an ancient wounded warrior. Engaging and creative, the story unfolds through Kenyon's fast-paced narration and quirky characters, though it's handled with a light gloss that might disappoint readers looking for more depth. A diverting paranormal romance that's less edgy than it seems to want to be.
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Son of No One
By Sherrilyn Kenyon
St. Martin's PressCopyright © 2014 Sherrilyn Kenyon
All rights reserved.
New Orleans, Louisiana
September 18, 2014
“You know, Selena, there’s a fine line between important to me, and dead to me. And you’re currently stomping all over it.”
Standing in the hallway, next to a stack of boxes, Selena Laurens laughed at her cousin’s surly tone. “That’s all right, Jo-Jo. Just remember with our Cajun-Romani blood, even if I’m dead to you, in either realm, you’ll still be able to hear me. I will haunt you forever.”
Josette Landry cringed at a childhood nickname that had always made her feel like a yappy Pomeranian. Normally, she’d correct Selena’s usage, but at this point, she was too tired and soul-sick to bother. “Look, the only thing I want to summon right now is a trip to Baskin-Robbins. So unless you’ve got a quart of creamy goodness in your purse, stop talking and start driving.” Jo gently tugged Selena toward the door and ignored the bells that jingled from the hem of Selena’s silver and purple broomstick skirt. A self-proclaimed fortune-teller, her cousin bought into the weirdness of their gypsy heritage lock, stock, and both flaming barrels.
Jo paused as she swept a glance from the top of Selena’s long, curly brown hair, white peasant blouse, and loud, statement moon necklace to her Birkenstock sandals.
Take that back. Selena didn’t buy into it, she rolled around in the bad stereotype like a happy piglet in a mud factory.
Selena snorted. “Drowning your problems in Rock ’n Pop Swirl sherbet isn’t going to solve anything.”
“Forget sherbet. This day calls for Strawberry Cheesecake with fudge sauce … triple scoops. Now mush!”
“You’ll hate yourself in the morning.”
“I hate myself right now. At least let me hate my life with the happy memory of yummy, frozen happiness in my bulging belly.”
“Fine,” Selena groused. “I’ll even pay for it.”
“Of course you will.” Jo pulled her tattered messenger bag over her shoulder. “I’m broke.”
Selena snorted again as she dug her huge, fluffy key ring out of her hippie wicker handbag. “You’re not right, are you?”
“I’m genetically linked to your branch of the family. Of course I’m not all right. I’ll never be all right.”
Shaking her head, Selena waited while Jo locked her apartment door, though why she bothered, she had no idea. The only thing of value was her three dogs. And if the burglars were toting Beggin’ Strips, they’d happily abandon her without a fight. Evil drooling canine snots.
Jo caught a glimpse of the boxes she’d been packing through the window and winced. If her lifelong run of bad luck didn’t change soon, she would be out on the street and she’d be forced to turn her beloved dogs over to a shelter.
Or worse, her older sister.
How could it have come to this? This was not supposed to be her life. She’d never been irresponsible. While other kids went out drinking and partying, she’d stayed home and studied hard. Graduated at the top of her class. She’d scrimped and saved, and had lost her entire nest egg on lawyer fees when she’d divorced her husband for refusing to work. The reason being that if Barry Riggio was working, he wouldn’t have time to screw other women in their bed, while Jo slaved away at two jobs to support them!
Yeah. She’d never felt more betrayed or hurt. I won’t ever trust another man again.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, corporate downsizing had cost her her day job, and she’d lost her night job six weeks ago after the factory had burned down from a freak electrical fire.
Overwhelmed by the failure of her life and ambitions, Jo turned toward the street and headed for the curb where Selena’s Jeep was parked. If only Selena’s husband and his law firm handled divorces, it might have saved her something. But Bill’s specialty was corporate and criminal law, not family law. And while his attorney friend had given her a discounted rate, it’d still taken every dime of her savings to offload the cheating freeloader.
“What am I going to do, Lainie?”
Selena opened the car door for her. “Breathe, honey. This too shall pass. In the meantime I can—”
“I will not take a loan from you. Ever!”
“Will you take a job?”
Jo waited until Selena got into the Jeep on the other side before she responded. “I can’t read tea leaves or palms. And if you put me in your store, be warned, I’m not sure I can leash my sarcasm.”
“Yeah, I know you and retail are a bad combination. Your uncle Jacob is still railing at family get-togethers about the one day you spent working in his garage.”
“Don’t be so melodramatic … I only worked there for two hours before Aunt Paulina gave me the heave-ho.”
Selena burst out laughing. “My point exactly. Anyway, as I value my customer base and respect them highly, I have no intention of putting you behind a counter where you’ll single-handedly drive my business into the gutter. What I have for you, Ms. Snark ’Ems, is to do what you do best. Work as a camerawoman.”
Jo perked up immediately. “Oh? Really?”
Selena nodded as she navigated through traffic. “There’s only one small catch.”
“Ah, gah, I knew it! It’s for a porn site, isn’t it?”
“No!” Selena screwed her face up, then appeared to consider it. “Although, knowing you, you’d probably prefer the porn over this assignment.”
A sick feeling settled in Jo’s stomach as she realized it had to be something paranormal, and dumber than dumb’s widow’s doorknob. “What?”
“I have some friends…”
“No! I’ve met your friends. I’d rather work at Tabitha’s triple-X-rated store, sorting glittered pasties and edible thongs.”
“I can arrange that, too. Just remember, you have to learn the difference between K-Y and—”
“Stop! Right there! I don’t want to know about your sister’s depravity. I’m still scarred from the story she told of finding someone’s dentures in the back thong drawer.”
“You’re such a prude.”
“Me and Amanda. The sole bastions of nonlunacy in a long line of certifiable nutsos.”
Selena paused at a light to glare at her. “Do you want me to tell you about the job or not?”
“Fine,” Jo conceded reluctantly. “I’ll listen, and at least I can jump out of the car from here and walk back.”
Selena snorted. “My friends are trying to get their own cable show.”
Jo suddenly regretted her snottiness. “That actually sounds promising. What kind of show?”
“Hell’s Calling. The Women of Demonology and Possession.”
“Hello, detour back to the No-way-in-hell-will-I-do-this exit ramp.”
“Fine.” Selena turned left. “Just out of curiosity, I know it’s been almost five months, but have you told your parents yet about the divorce, and your foreclosure notice?”
“I hate you, Selena.”
“No, you don’t. You love me with the passion of a thousand paparazzi after an Emma Stone exclusive.”
Jo blew her cousin a raspberry. “You keep believing those lies.”
“Not lies. I’m psychic. I know.”
Amused and disgusted, Jo rolled her eyes. As much as she hated to admit it, Selena was right. She loved and adored her quacky older cousin more than anything. Lunacy and all. “How much does this job pay? And when would they want me to start?”
“If they could find a reliable, unflappable cameraperson, they’d start tomorrow. But everyone they’ve brought onsite has fled screaming in fifteen minutes or less.”
Wow, that was impressive. Even for Selena’s group of special weirdos. “Are they that hard to work with?”
“No. They’re actually quite lovely.… The place they’re investigating is that haunted.”
This time, Jo gave in and burst out laughing. “You’re not serious?”
“And where are they investigating? The LaLaurie mansion?”
Selena shook her head. “Karma’s house.”
It figured. In their long familial line of peculiar characters and those willing to believe in flying fairies, alien possessions, and Santa Claus, Karma Devereaux was Queen Lunatica … the woman had even nicknamed her own son E.T. and the kid’s real name was Ian.
“Lainie, if I roll my eyes any farther back in my head, I’ll probably swallow them.”
Selena reached over and playfully Gibbs-slapped her.
“You needed it. Besides, that cynicism will serve us well. We need someone who doesn’t spook onsite with the camera.”
“Yes, well, having survived many a sleepover and family reunion with you bunch of loons, I’m immune to most anything. Aunt Xilla not included.”
“Good. I’ll call everyone and tell them to be at Karma’s by eleven tomorrow. Will that work for you?”
“Maybe.” Jo narrowed her gaze on Selena as she pulled up to Baskin-Robbins. “You still haven’t told me how much I’ll make for this misbegotten journey to the Armpit of Hades, AKA Karma’s.”
“Three hundred and fifty a day, plus meals.”
Jo gaped. “You’re joshing me.”
“Nope. That’s what we’ve had to go up to, to entice anyone to the job. But we have yet to pay anyone more than twenty bucks for their fifteen-minute appearance, and most have told us to keep our money because they’re afraid it’s cursed or haunted, too.”
Jo scoffed at the paranoia. “What a bunch of superstitious pansies.…” But that might be a good thing for her. “You think I can get four hundred a day?”
“At this point? Probably.” Selena reached for her phone. “I’ll text Mama Lisa and find out.”
“All right. You get me that, and you have a fearless photographer, camerawoman, gofer, janitor … whatever.”
“Would you be willing to spend the night there, too?”
“No,” Jo said emphatically.
Selena looked up from the phone with an arched brow. “I thought you weren’t afraid.”
“Not afraid of ghosts or demons. I’m terrified of Karma. No offense, your sister’s crazy.”
“Yes, she is. Honestly, she scares me, too.” Selena’s smile widened. “Mama Lisa agrees to your price. She said that if you’ll actually make it through three days of filming, there’s a thousand-dollar bonus for you.”
Jo was almost ecstatic. Until the reality fairy came and slapped her. Suddenly terrified, she started searching the sky above them.
“What’s that look mean?” Selena asked as she, too, searched the heavens.
“Things are going too good.” She slid her gaze back to her cousin. “I’m waiting for lightning to strike me.”
“Don’t be ridiculous. It’s a perfectly sunny day.”
“Yeah, and hell’s just a hot tub. I’m telling you, Lainie, something real bad’s going to happen. I know it.”
’Cause from the moment of her first breath, she’d been cursed. And nothing ever worked out for her.
* * *
Karma Devereaux sighed heavily as she heard her son’s call from the hallway upstairs. She stepped out of her living room to look up at the landing. “I’m a little busy, Boo. What do you need?”
As her twelve-year-old leaned over the balustrade to look down at her, his dark curls were a mess around his head as if he’d been out in a wind. Something strange, since it’d been a warm day with little breeze. “You know this freaky-creepy weird vase up here that has that moon rune writing on it? The one you told me to never touch?”
The blood left her face. “You didn’t touch it, did you?”
“Nope. But Rug made another break for freedom and when I cornered him in the room I’m not supposed to be in, I saw it on the floor, broken. And I swear to all that is holy, neither me nor the hamster did it. It looks like it’s been done.”
Terrified for her son, Karma ran up the stairs as fast as she could. “Did you touch anything?”
E.T. held up the hamster cuddled in his hands. “Just Rug.”
“Put him in his cage.” She waited for her son to leave before she entered the room cautiously. Dread consumed her, and as soon as she saw the broken vase, she knew why. That hadn’t fallen on the floor and broken by accident.
Something had caused it to shatter.
And that explained why there’d been so much activity in her house lately. Why everyone new ran screaming for the door.
One of the oldest, deadliest beings in the universe had been set loose.
Sick to her stomach, she pulled her phone from her pocket and dialed the number of last resort.
Zeke answered on the first ring. “Pest Control by Zeke Jacobson. What’s eating your soul today?”
“You’re really not funny.”
He ignored her droll tone. “Karma? That you?”
“Yeah. We got a problem, buddy, and I need the cavalry.”
“What’d you do now?”
“I swear I didn’t do this. I’m really not sure how this happened, but … Valac escaped.”
“Please tell me that when you say that, you mean he’s slamming at your doors and wants out to play. Not that he’s out, out, as in out.”
“He gone. High-tailed. Skedaddled. I didn’t even know he’d broken loose. No idea when he took off.”
“Was he summoned?”
She toed at the vase. “Yeah,” she breathed. “But how did they get to him past my protection?”
“No idea. But they had to be strong and fierce in their own right. Given that, I’ve got to call out the heavy artillery.”
“You are the heavy artillery, Zeke. Isn’t that the whole point of a Necrodemian? You kill the big evil.”
“Yes and no. There are roughly one hundred known demons who are beyond our abilities to battle and kill. Those who have origins so powerful and old that they have been sealed away and are supposed to stay there. For this level of demon, we need nuclear-devastation capabilities. Only one of his ilk can battle him and put him back in his bottle without dying in the process.”
“Wait. You’re not proposing we summon a stronger, more evil demon to capture him?”
Zeke was about to draw Thorn into a horrific mess. More than anyone, Karma knew what a bad idea that was. The last thing Thorn needed was temptation. Everyday, he was slipping toward the realm of his father, she could feel it every time they talked. But Zeke was right. What choice did they have?
“Yeah, we don’t call the Hellchasers out often. They’re like rabid dogs, and we’re usually fighting them as well as the gruesomes. However, it’s the only option in this case. Unless you want Valac free to roam, and I don’t think that’s a good idea, especially with Halloween coming. Just hang tight, and I’ll be there as soon as I can.”
Karma hung up the phone as she scanned the room where she warehoused and cleansed some of the scariest relics and items in the paranormal realm. She’d never wanted to keep Valac, but when her sister Tiyana had died, she’d inherited his guardianship. Tiyana had made her promise that should anything happen to her, Karma wouldn’t entrust his container to anyone else. Not for any reason.
Please don’t let this be the worst mistake of my life.
Copyright © 2014 by Sherrilyn Kenyon
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New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a regular in the #1 spot. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre in which she writes. With more than 60 million copies of her books in print in more than one hundred countries, her current series include The Dark-Hunters, The League, and Chronicles of Nick. Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter series are soon to be major motion pictures.
New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a regular in the #1 spot. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre in which she writes, including manga and graphic novels. More than 70 million copies of her books are in print in more than one hundred countries. Her current series include The Dark-Hunters, The League, Deadman's Cross, Chronicles of Nick, Hellchasers, Mikrochasers, and The Lords of Avalon. Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter series are soon to be major motion pictures.
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I was extremely heart-warmed to see Ash and Styxx getting along so well and truly behaving like loving brothers. Theirs were one of the most memorable moments in the book. I think one of the most anticipated aspects about this series are the hints, clues and information given regarding the multitude of intriguing, mysterious and compelling characters introduced. They are the ones you want to know more about, but Kenyon keeps a tight grip on every piece of itty bitty info and I predict she will eternally keep you craving for more, because the amount of such characters she creates isn’t exactly small and at least in every book there is a new addition to this elite secretive club of hunks. At times it annoys me, but the joy of finding out something new always compensates for the frustration. Also, in this installment, we get a lot, but not nearly enough regarding one of the members of this elusive club: Thorn. The tidbits were intriguing to say the least, especially the one in the very end before the epilogue.I liked Cadegan, he was sympathetic, kickass and tortured, but not in an overdoing kind of way. Despite everything, he was a nice guy not some bitter and hateful bad-ass. That was a pleasant surprise and kind of refreshing. I enjoyed this book so much. Can't wait for the next book. I have heard that the next two books will have dragons too! I don't mind that the book was under 240 pages. If the story is good, who cares? I recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed her previous work.
I am sorry but this book was slapped together and awful. I have never been dissappointed by a SK book before but I feel cheated out of my $25. I could not have cared less about these two people and still don't. Why are we getting these books with characters we have never heard of, never been mentioned before when we have been waiting forever for books on people we really love? Like Remi, Urian, Jaden, Jared, Ethon, Keegan and where is Nick. This book jumped all over, and explained nothing. And why didn't Jo tell Thorn what really happened the night Cade killed those men? It barely held my interest but I read it all afraid I'd miss something about a character I liked. This book was like The Guardian, came out of nowhere with main characters we never heard of. I sure hope the next one is better and makes sense. If felt like Sherrilyn didn't even want to write this book. Just awful.
$12.99 for 200 pages of complete drivel and cheesey dialogue. Not worth the time and money I wasted on this garbage. The names were confusing, so many plot holes, and the main female character was annoying and could be easily classified as a Mary Sue. Lately, Kenyon's writing has sucked, ignoring plot and story development while focusing on torture and repetetive, gratuitus sex scenes. This book was dumb and makes me want to not read her stuff again. Don't waste your money people...get it at the library or read it in store. Sherilyn Kenyon: either get your storytelling back in shape or give me my money back & don't expect me to buy your next book.
its a lot of money for less than 240 pages, because the story doesn't start at page 1, I waited forever for this book, enjoyed reading it but not worth money
I read some negative reviews before purchasing, but I cannot skip a book from Sherrilyn Kenyon. I feel this book had to introduce new pieces to the puzzle that started with Nick's death and transformation. Sherrilyn Kenyon weaves for us a tangled web. We are not meant to understand all of this book yet. If you are not reading the Nick Chronicles, you are probably even more lost. Everything that happens and every character that we are introduced to has a purpose. I love it overall. I only wish the relationships/convserations withsome of our old friends had been expanded.
Although this is one of my favorite series and this book had great potential, it didn't quite hold up. For $12.99, I was a little upset it was only 242 pages, but really pissed when it actually only turned out to be 200. I wasn't ready for the story to end, there needed to be more character development. It was definitely thrown together. It doesn't make me give up on Kenyon like I did with Feehan but I expect better from her. Atleast the League series is still holding true.
Mixed feelings. Things I loved: This is in my favorite series ever and I love getting to see the characters come back and how there lives progressed. I am not going to lie this story was CHEESY and silly and wonderfully fun. It is a fantasy world with demons and gods and love and honor. Was it the best in the series nope. But I smiled through out the read. I was completely entertained and I will continue to purchase the Dark Hunter series.
3.5 Stars ~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Son of No one was a good read; unfortunately, it did not wow me. It could be that I’m still reeling over Styxx that at this moment I’m expecting a read at similar caliber. Alas, this book was not. Let me tell you why I liked it. Kenyon has a knack for writing tortured heroes and Cadegan is one of them. Just like Styxx, he was banished and had to survive in a very harsh world, poor guy. Kenyon paired him up with Josette, a mere human and cousins to the Devereaux sisters. She was a total trooper having to accept that the paranormal world is indeed real and not as crazy as she always thought. I liked her; I thought she was a strong woman and good enough to be Cade’s match. As far as the “Dark Hunter world”… well, Kenyon can never go wrong with that. Seeing and reading about the past characters are always a treat. I love that they all still play a major roles in each other’s lives; from the DH to the Katagari family, Devereaux sisters, Ash and Stxx, Simi, etc. There are some characters that I’ve completely forgotten about that I had to look up…yes, because I could not recall who they were. There will be a twist in Thorn’s character, and the Malachai have yet to show it’s wrath upon the DH but the hint of trouble is there. There was a good set up for Illarion and Thorn which I thought would be the next book but when I looked it up, it will actually going to be about Max. Looks like Kenyon fans will get their dose of shifters in the next DH novel. And for the cons of the book, there are a few things that did not sit right with me. I will attempt not to give too much info, but there are a few scenes that just made me question and reread the page. There is a hint of the movie “Big” or “Freaky Friday” that to me was a bit disturbing (If you really want to know this, please message me, and I will tell you). Another thing is that Cadegan and Jo had an insta-love I just couldn’t over look. There were too many scenes that happened quick and accepted even quicker. Last, the addition of Lords of the Avalon, King Arthur and the memory of the past confused me a bit. Though I enjoyed the merging of the books, it took me while to adjust. There is just so much going on in this world that it’s hard to remember every detail. Unfortunately, the recap was not as clear as I would like it. Perhaps a reread would be a good idea before reading this installment. Overall, Son of No One was still a good read. I can’t wait for Max’s Book. I’m sure it’ll be full of Sanctuary’s usual characters which I know will be a treat for most. *ARC provided by publisher
I have to say that this is one of the most confusing books I’ve ever read. The Dark Hunter universe has been expanded over several books and includes several pantheons and a plethora of characters. And many of these paranormal beings are literally thousands of years old. And some of them have had several names over the centuries, including many of the characters in this story. The author referred to several characters by a few different names and it was a little difficult to keep up with who was who. I also had a difficult time with the insta-love aspect of the story. I could feel chemistry but I thought the confession of love was too soon and the romance didn’t develop naturally. Something felt off with the story. I couldn’t put my finger on it but the story seemed incomplete somehow and the book ended too soon. This felt more like a transition book to me; the backstory or groundwork being laid in order to prepare us for some apocalyptic changes in the storylines. I thought it was great watching the appearances of older characters such as Talon, Acheron, Styxx, Simi, Grace, Selena and a few others. We also got to see more of Karma, one of the Devereaux sisters and briefly meet her son. Cade and Jo were okay characters but their “love” story sounds a lot like Seth and Lydia’s in the book, THE GUARDIAN. I hate to say it but I was sadly disappointed in the story. To top it all off, the author confused me even further by adding a bonus scene at the end of the book totally negating the parentage of Cade that was mentioned in story. So…I’m really confused. Was everything we learned in the story about Cade’s father a lie or is this just some kind of crazy subterfuge? I’m not sure but I’m really not excited about the next book. I love Sherrilyn Kenyon and her books, but this one was a miss for me. I’m torn in my feelings and found it difficult to put them into words so I apologize if my review sounds a little disjointed because that’s how the book left me feeling.
OK. So, while this wasn't my favorite DH book, I did find it an enjoyable read and good addition to the series. I enjoy it when Kenyon brings other pantheons and such into the mix. I know as long as she is bringing in new characters, the series isn't going to end anytime soon. For those that are angry over cost, length, etc. of the book, this would be my take. They all cannot be lengthy like Styxx or Acheron. Most is this series have been between 200 and 300 pages. As for cost, when you are buying a title from a best-selling author, you will pay more for it. As for those angry over a new plot line thrown in? I like the new blood. Kenyon is always making the storyline evolve. I think this is the start of a three-book series within the series. She has done this before and I liked it then. Lastly, to address the "why hasn't she written about so-and-so's story yet" people. Please be patient. If you haven't figured it out after 18 books, let me spell it out for you. Kenyon has a plan for EVERY ONE of her characters. Your favorite character's story will come out eventullay. It is in bringing out these new story lines that she will be able to continue the series and bring true love to all of our faves. If you are not familiar with this series, I would not suggest starting here, though I guess you could. My feeling is that a new reader would be completely lost in the DH world. That being said, I adore this series and would recommend to anyone that likes their romances with a little paranormal and a lot of hot and heavy. Seriously about the hot and heavy - completely NOT appropriate for young readers. I have been reading the DH series for years and I still get giddy when a new one comes out. For the people curious about Nick, my suggestion would be to pick up the chronicles of Nick series. I know it is an off-shoot of this series geared toward teens, but it will give an idea as to how she will bring him back into the series. I have really enjoyed that series also. Kenyon has a way of weaving a story together that I just love. Her heroes are always big massive hunky tortured souls that are always just in need of a good woman to mend their broken selves. I haven't come across a Hunter I have not liked, but like all DH fans, I do have my faves. Thanx Ms. Kenyon for another great read! Can't wait to see where you take us next! -- SPeeD
Sadly, her worst ever.
I bought this book and I finished it in one day. Like all of Sherrilyn Kenyons books it leaves you craving for more. I cannot wait for her next book. I love all her books
This books builds a bridge from her lords of Avalon series to the dark hunter world.
I don't usually write these. I have to agree with some of the other reviewers. This is an awful book and has nothing really to do with the Dark Hunter series except to name drop.
Undeveloped characters, book didnt stand alone. First book i read in series (thought it sounded interesting) but painful to finish...would NOT recommed.
Couldn't finish it was so bad. Thrown together badly. Short story of $12+ e-book is bad in this economy. The puplisher is shafting us and SK.
Loved this book and all the other short stories of our favorite characters in between. What an amazing author! Keep doing what you do Ms. Kenyon, I am NOT disappointed. FYI Ms. Kenyon has explained numerously on her website and even on FB, the introduction of this story and their characters and if you are a true Kenyon fan, then you would know that this story isn't so new and that you have definitely meet some of these people before. If she kept doing the same thing, it would get boring real fast. Don't lose faith!!!!
Surely it couldn't be Ms. Kenyon. This book is awful. The slap stick humor is just too much. It feels forced and it is pure cheese. Why does every other paragraph have to be a joke? The story doesn't flow. It feels disjointed and half hazard. The whole body switch is ridiculous. This does not feel like a Dark Hunter book at all. I could go on but will sum it up by saying that this book is disappointing. I really hope the next one is up to her usual standards. What a bummer.
Lovely story of Cadegan and Josette! Tied in wonderfully to the Devereaux sisters, not what I was expecting but a great surprise to see his ties to Thorn! Have already recommended book to several friends!
So Disappointed, I have all of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter books and was so disappointed in this book. First of all I have never been so confused by names and could not pronounce half of them which made for a difficult read. This book was not at all like her other Dark Hunter books. It was silly tp start with and I kept waiting for the Dark Hunters to enter the picture. I was actually embarrassed for Archeon to even be in the book. By the way if you have not read Archeon, read it today. I have worn the cover off of my book from reading it so many times. Anyway don't waste your money on this book. It definitely was worth the $11.04 I paid.
I am really surprised to see some low ratimgs. I enjoyed the book and story line. SK did not disappoint and I look foward to reading more from DH.
I really enjoyed this book even though it took me alittle while to understand what was going on. It has been awhile since I have been reading this series so it took awhile to catch up. I saw that this book had some poor reviews but don't be dicouraged by them. I feel this book was well written & the characters had depth. I can't wait to see where the author takes the story line from here.
Its an okay book with an interesting storyline. I definetly liked Styxx a lot more than Son Of No One.