Time Untime (Dark-Hunter Series #16)

Time Untime (Dark-Hunter Series #16)

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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ISBN-13: 9780312550004
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Series: Dark-Hunter Series
Pages: 374
Sales rank: 96,006
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

In the past three years, New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon has claimed the #1 spot sixteen times. This extraordinary powerhouse continues to top every genre in which she writes. With more than 25 million copies of her books in print in more than 100 countries, her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, Chronicles of Nick, and Belador.

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December 10, 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada

“The feathers are forming in the heavens and the Cold Moon is almost upon us. Soon Father Snake will open his eyes, and with them, the seven gates.”
Ren tilted his head down as he heard Choo Co La Tah’s deep proper British accent disturbing the solemn darkness where he sat, listening to the silence around him. Those feathers were the crown on the head of the Snake constellation that ruled their ancient calendar. When the feathers were in full plumage and the winter solstice aligned, the gates between this world and others would open. And into this world would spill all the evil that had been driven out by not only his people, but those from the other six continents as well.
Eleven days.
12/21/12. 11:11 A.M. At that precise instant the heart of the universe would cross through the tree of life. The head, heart, and body would be aligned for the first time in centuries.
How perfect was that? If anyone had ever doubted the balance and cycles of the universe, that should be proof enough to convince them that while everything might seem random, it wasn’t. No one, except the Great Creator, could have timed this so perfectly.
Eleven days to the Reset.
Ren could hear the clock ticking. Every heartbeat brought them closer to the inevitable. Closer to all hell busting loose.
Be a good time to call in sick to work.
If only. But such luxuries belonged to humans, not to immortals such as he. For creatures like him, there was never a sick day or even a lazy one. Win, lose, or draw, they would fight to the bitterest end and take as many of their enemies with them as they could.
United we stand.
United we die.
And for an immortal, death was much scarier than it was for a human. When you died without a soul, it was utter agony for all eternity.
Hell had nothing on the existence that would become his should he fall.
Ren inclined his head respectfully to Choo Co La Tah. “I’ve been watching the signs.” During which he’d had a vision that still haunted him. Even with his eyes wide open, he saw her clearly. Felt her presence as if she were here, right now.
But he had no idea who she was. A mere slip of a woman with the courage of the cliff ogre, she’d come to him through the darkness. Dressed in yellow buckskin, she’d twisted up her dark brown hair and laced it with white feathers. Like the goddess who’d taken his soul, she’d knelt by his side while he lay wounded on the ground. Her sweet voice had soothed him as she sang in a language he hadn’t heard a woman speak in over two thousand years.
Death had held him tight until she’d laid her tiny hand to his bloody cheek. Leaning forward, she’d continued to sing, her breath falling against his skin. Her kind touch and soothing voice had driven away his pain until he felt nothing except the heat of her flesh against his. Her gaze had held his as she brushed a kiss to his lips. One so light, it felt like the wings of a hummingbird.
“I’m here for you,” she’d whispered an instant before she stabbed him straight through his heart. As the pain seared him, she’d laughed, then left him there to die alone.
He’d barely finished that vision before Choo Co La Tah had appeared in his backyard. For the last half hour, he’d been in solemn observance of the sky above, watching for something to belie what he knew was coming for them.
No one can stop a train. The best they could do was bleed on the cattle scoop and tracks.
Ren stood up slowly in the middle of his backyard, then turned to face the ancient immortal. Centuries ago, they had been in the same clan together. Choo Co La Tah had once been his brother’s most trusted friend and advisor.
But things changed. And so did people. Too often you woke up to find that the person you were the closest to was the one you knew the least about. And as Ren had learned firsthand, the friend saturated with evil was the one thing to fear the most. While enemies could wound your body, an evil friend wounded the heart and mind—two things that could prove fatal.
“There’s no sign of the Keeper.” Choo Co La Tah glanced up at the Pleiades above them to where the first gate lay. The same stars Ren had been focused on. And the ones that held a special place in his heart. “What if she’s dead already?”
“A good friend once told me not to dread the future. One way or another, it would come. The trick was to meet it with open arms so that when it ran me over, it wouldn’t break anything.”
Choo smiled. “I was much younger and far more flexible in those days.”
Ren laughed at the ancient who physically appeared to be a well-muscled man in his early thirties. Dressed in a tan buckskin coat and jeans, Choo wore his long black hair braided down his back—the same style as Ren’s. And each of his eight fingers bore a silver ring that protected a sacred stone. Like him, Choo had once been the best of their clan’s warriors. They had gone to war together and they had fought against each other. Ironically, Ren had been the only one to ever defeat Choo Co La Tah.
Something he’d cheated to do.
Luckily, Choo didn’t hold a grudge.
Ren crossed his arms over his chest as he noticed how cool the night air had become. While he’d been meditating, he hadn’t paid attention to the dropping temperature. Now, the cold desert wind made itself known. “Besides, it’s not her death we should fear as much as the possibility that her stone is now in the hands of something it shouldn’t be.”
Choo Co La Tah nodded in agreement. “And that is what I fear most. The ghighau should have contacted me by now. Since she hasn’t…” His frustration was tangible. “I don’t even know who she is in this life.”
Neither did Ren. In order to protect her from all the predators who would kill her if they could, the Spirits had never allowed the Guardians to know her identity until it was a necessity. Where the Guardians were immortal, the Keeper wasn’t. A human child, she passed her sacred stone from mother to daughter, along with the story of their most sacred duty. Whenever the time came for the Reset, the Keeper always sent a dream to Choo Co La Tah to let him know who she was.
With two of the four Guardians slain, Choo and Ren’s brother Coyote, were the only ones left who could assist her in resetting their calendar and keeping the gates closed.
One Guardian who would protect her.
His brother who would kill her.
Ren, who had been a Guardian until his brother had stolen his position, now lay between the two. While he intended to stand and fight with Choo Co La Tah to the best of his abilities, he wasn’t sure what he would do against his brother. A part of him still hated Coyote with a vengeance that left him bitter. But beneath that was a guilt so profound that he wasn’t even angry that Coyote had tortured him last year when he had taken Ren captive.
How could he be when he’d done far more harm to Coyote?
Betrayals were never easy. When they came from a stranger, they were hateful. When they came from a friend, they were hurtful, and when they came from family …
They were vitriolic.
He clapped Choo Co La Tah on the back. “Look on the bright side. At least no one’s uncapped the Anikutani.”
“Yet, my dear boy. But remember, we still have eleven days to go. One ‘oh shit’ moment can undo all of our best efforts to protect this world, and there’s nothing more dangerous in this existence than a moron on a mission.”
Ren snorted at his optimism. “Sure there is, Choo.”
“And that would be?”
“One with an Internet connection and a six-pack of Red Bull.” But all joking aside, Choo Co La Tah was right. If anyone were to uncap the stone seal that kept Ren’s brethren imprisoned during the Time Untime …
He really was going to call in sick to work.
And find a hole to hide in.
At the mere thought of their return, his stomach tightened and chills ran up his arms as if his unconscious was trying to warn him that it was already too late to contemplate running. It felt as if the seal had been broken.
Stop. It’s the wind.
That he had no doubt about. But the question was, did that wind come from the desert?
Or from the Anikutani being released?

Copyright © 2012 by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really want to enjoy Sherrilyn Kenyon's latest Dark Hunter installment because I have been following her series for so long. She did warn us that she has been facinated with Native American mythology lately...but I didn't realize her writing style and phrasing would change so dramatically as a result. This book reads like a school assignment that I will be tested on, "Those dolls had been burned to ashes on that day and then their remains scattered in the garden to feed the new crop of corn-the cycle of birth, renewal, death, and rebirth". I miss the fun dialogue and relationship building. I miss Acheron and Simi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Sherrilyn kenyon and the DH series to the point that my house shuts down for the 24 to 48 hours it takes for me finish one of her books when they come out. Much to the dismay of my family,( thank goodness for pizza and chicken nuggets). That being said, Time Untime took me four days. It also took some paper a pen and my laptop. There is ALOT of information in this book. An entire mythos cramed into 250 pages along with a half hearted attempt at romance and just a pinch of the Greek/Atlantian flavoring that connects the DH series. And this information is not spoon fed or even particulary well seasoned as it has been in the past with Mrs. Kenyon's novels, it is funneled and I feel like I never really got a good taste. I really wanted to love Ren and envy Kateri her luck and joy of him, but I was far to busy trying to figure out where they were,why they were there, and who or what exactly was threatening them (this is where paper, pen and goggle became helpful). Ash does make an apperance along with some old friends but, again, it is only more of an information dump, though there was the usual (and only) humor involved with their visits. At the end of the day (4 days) I left feeling disappointed and with a headache. Could the book have been longer, as my hubby suggested when I got particulary whiney about the whole thing? Maybe, that might have helped the flow of the story seem less forced, made the doomsday scenario a little less abrupt, and let me get to know the characters a little better. But I think the only thing that could have helped me with this storyline would have been if it had been treated as it seems to have been written a seperate series with its own location, mythos, characters both good and bad, and spread over several books that would keep me coming back for more and I would have. I miss New Orleans, I miss the weres and the back story I spent ten years getting to know but I understand the need for change to keep things flowing and fresh I just wish Mrs. Kenyon would slow it down, and let me ejoy it a little more. I appreciate the looming doomsday deadline that may or may not exist in reality, but then the beautiy of fiction, and writing in general is that the only deadline your answerable to is your publishers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to love this but I didnt really like it at all. The story felt rushed and thrown together. Even with all the loose ends I hope she gets back to the New Orleans crew soon. I love the series but the last couple of books have really let me down.
jansanAZ More than 1 year ago
boring boring boring no attention to detail very short book for the money 250 pages disjointed and confusing as hell in some parts never emotionally attached to the characters as in the earlier books her writing seems rushed and the endings less then stellar in her last two books in this series maybe time to move on to other things
ReadinFeind More than 1 year ago
I was just so disappointed with this book it's ridiculous. I am a huge fan of this series, but this is by far the worse I've ever read from her. I couldn't wait to finish it, just so I could be done with it. I always look forward to anything new she puts out, but this was a big let down. I really want my $12.99 back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It just wasn't what I was hoping for. Wish I could return it.
AngelaCarr More than 1 year ago
Another fabulous read from the Dark Hunter series and the feel of the story reminds me of Kenyon’s earlier DH books. Yes, the tortured hero and heroine strong enough to heal him, the Dark Hunters camaraderie, sarcastic humor, the funny banter, action, battle between good and evil, and a sigh inducing romance. But this book differs from the rest as the Atlantean and Greek mythology background is now combined with the Mayan mythology. It is full of background information and can be a bit overwhelming but it did not hinder what I felt for the book. I loved every bit of it. Renegade Waya (Makah’alay Omawaya in his previous life) or Ren was the Guardian but lost his position to his conniving brother, Cayote. Mentally and physically abused by his father and brother, he became a loner and detached. Even as a Dark Hunter, he just never trusted anyone. Whereas Kateri is just out in the open, honest and more than willing to put herself out there. And when she got to know Ren her loving side was able to soften him up to trust again. I may have made her sound like a girly girl but let me assure you, she can hold her own in battle. Ren and Kateri are perfect of each other. They’re journey to their HEA was a rough journey but damn they totally pull it off. The intimate scenes were not as hot but I felt thier romance grow to love within a timely manner. In fact, their love story made me cry. Kenyon was good to put these two together. She also does a wonderful job with recap and while doing so, we get the chance see other Dark Hunters. Such as Talon, Sunshine, Sasha, Urian, Alexion and I'm sure I'm not alone when I say my heart skips a beat when Ash and Nick's name is mention on the page. Nick really had softened up a bit in this book and Ash has a new look I’m not sure I like. But as he and Tory said “it will grow back”. I’ve really missed him. I’m sure we’ll get a good amount of him in the next book, “Stixx” released August 6, 2013. And my prediction is that it will be as impressive as Acheron's book. I mean, almost as impressive. =) *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
to me,it was like someone else wrote it, not sherrilyn kenyon. and i have read all her books. eqbrooklyn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another great installment to this series. While it will not go down as a favorite of mine in this series, it was still a great read. I will admit that it was a lot of new information to take in, but it was still a great Kenyon love story full of hot steamy romance and tear-jerking love. She has introduced a new spin on the series with this one and it will be interesting to see where she goes with it. I do miss the old gang, but I understand that to keep the series going we need to see new characters introduced. I will also add (without a plot spoiler) that we learn a little more about the Ash/Nick thing and what is going on with that. I absolutely cannot wait for Styxx to come out. Thanx for another great read (and another sleepless night) Ms. Kenyon. Love this series! Please keep them coming!!!!! -- SPeeD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can understand some of the comments about being confused and taking notes but i am on last 30 pages and have really enjoyed this installment to the series. It is a little different but tied in very well. I found it refreshing to have it changed up a little bit but not so much that I didnt recognize the writing style. Its alway risky for an author to mix up the typical formula but well done in this case! I am only sorry thatdue to the negative reviews I waited so long to read it. I have yet to be less than fully satisfied with any novel from this series! (Sorry, broke my own rule and got a bit too chatty)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot,more then I thought I would since she is branching into a new group of gods. I like the atlantian tales much more however. It was worth the purchase. But let me warn you there is a lot of background information both to the charcters and plot put forward in this book and if you haven't read the series much of it will be confusing or missed. Actually I had to go back and reread "retribution" to refresh. Worth a read, just read the rest of the series first so you know what's going on. And the rest of the series is great and you won't regret it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eh. I'm beginning to not like Sherrilyn Kenyon's writing style. I started to feel that way reading the Nick Chronicles. This might sound weird, but it's almost like there's too much dialogue. Her characters just stand around and do nothing for page after page, going on and on in their monologues, about all of these life lessons and diatribes and... ugh. It's too much. Too preachy, too much trying to be inspirational all the time. I don't know. I'm just not feelin' it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have every book she has written, this one all I can say is what happen and who wrote this one it sucks.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One thing I love about SK's books is that no matter how far in the series you get the DH books always leave you wanting more. This book is no different. Even 16 books into the series it is still fresh, exciting, and spellbinding as always. A must read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend Sherrilyn Kenyon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story . Very hot
60TEXCYN More than 1 year ago
Can't live without my Dark-Hunters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Ren, his story was dynamic and tragic. He deserved Kateri and her love. There were highs and lows and the increasing intensity with the plot of the series as a whole is continuing to intensify. Love the series and was very happy with the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual S.K. has put out another great one!
LadyUni More than 1 year ago
I have a feeling the NOOK version of this book was ABRIDGED!!!! the hard cover has over 700 pages and over 20 chapters yet the nook version had only 13 chapters and about 250 pages. what a waste of money!!! the story in this version left ALOT to be desired. when it comes out in paper back I plan on getting it to get the WHOLE story. if you are going to sell and ABRIDGED version you need to post as such and not disappoint readers. shame on whom ever idea THIS was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series and I'm sad reading the reviews.. if your going to start a series make sure you start from the beginning which is fantasy lover, other wise yes you will be confused by the plot! :)
ET70 More than 1 year ago
Another great story with characters bigger than life. Looking forward to Styxx.
imadilley More than 1 year ago
loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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