Review: Devil May Cry by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark Hunter #11)
August 7 2007
Mass Market Paperback
St. Martin’s Press
Yummy Man – Sin
Kick Ass Chick – Katra
From Goodreads –
As an ancient Sumerian god, Sin was one of the most powerful among his pantheon. . . Until the night Artemis brutally stole his godhood and left him for dead. For millennia, this ex-god turned Dark-Hunter has dreamed only of regaining his powers and seeking revenge on Artemis. If only life were that simple.
Unfortunately he has bigger fish–or in Sin’s case–demons, to fry. The lethal gallu that were buried by his pantheon are now stirring and they are hungry for human flesh. Their goal is to destroy mankind and anyone else who gets in their way. Sin is the only one who can stop them–that is if a certain woman doesn’t kill him first. Unfortunately, Sin discovers that now he must rely on her or witness an annihilation of biblical proportions.
Enemies have always made strange bedfellows, but never more so than when the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Now a man who knows only betrayal must trust the one person most likely to hand him to the demons. Artemis may have stolen his godhood, but this one has stolen his heart. The only question is will she keep it or feed it to the ones who want him dead?
Devil May Cry is book twelve in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. Those who follow my blog know that last week I reviewed book fourteen in the series. If you look at the series reading order, Acheron should be the next read after book fourteen but since I accidentally messed up the reading order, I asked my GR friends if there is a book I should go back to read before cracking open book fifteen. I was told by one of my GR friends that it was sort of important to read Devil May Cry before getting into Acheron so I decided to do just that.
Makes sense. Devil May Cry is about Katra and how Ash finds out that she is in fact his daughter.
Katra was born thousands upon thousands of years ago but was kept from Acheron. Artemis (*cough*bitch) gave a half assed try once after Katra was born to tell Ash that Katra was his daughter but Ash didn’t understand what Artemis was truly telling him (don’t blame him there) so he went on never knowing he had a daughter.
Of course, he does find out in Devil May Cry and let me tell you…the first time Ash meets Katra after knowing she is his daughter…that scene…well it’s just beautiful. I had tears in my eyes.
Katra was awesome. All of the qualities I like in a heroine were there. She was also funnier than I expected, being raised by Artemis and all that. And like her father, she has a soft spot for humans, even though she is a goddess. And that’s where the main part of the story comes from and why she meets Sin.
Sin is a god from a pantheon that no longer exists. He also lost most of his powers…thanks to Artemis. He is thought to be mad but really, he’s just a loner and is trying to make sure no one gets hurts by the beings he fights. He is not really a Dark-Hunter so he doesn’t fight Daimons. He fights demons. Creepy gruesome demons. He knows that the end of the world is coming, at the hands of said demons, and is determined to stop it.
Katra is actually sent to Sin by Artemis to kill him. Artemis (*cough*bitch) is convinced that Sin is getting ready to kill her in a very unpleasant way so he could have his powers back. But once Katra she meets him, she sees that his cause is bigger than getting his powers and offers to help. Well, she tells him she’s staying.
Sin was a very good character. He has become one of my favorite heroes in this series. Sin hasn’t had it easy but I love how he seems to be all cranky and bad but really, he’s not. But honestly, was there any doubt? Sherrilyn’s heroes often come across as hard-assed arse-holes but really, deep inside, they are all mushy and sweet. Katra saw right through Sin’s attitude and knew what he really needed. The two of them together are great. Just great.
Simi is in this one quite a bit and man do I love her. Her sister is in this one too and to see Simi as the most ‘controlled’ of the two is quite funny. Simi always makes me laugh.
The deal Xypher made that carries into his book, it happens in this one. Now I totally understand his book and I also see how important it is to read this series in order.
And even though I can’t stand Artemis (*cough*bitch), I want to talk of her a bit. I really think she is a horrible person. Just horrible. About as horrible as they come. But I have to say that in this book, there were moments – one or two – where I saw a new side to her and actually sort of liked her. I sympathized with her…a teeny tiny bit. But then you learn something else and that new tidbit of information would immediately take all the warm and fuzzies away and blew it to smithereens. Then I went back to wanting to poke Artemis with something sharp and on fire. It proves that Sherrilyn knows how to write great characters because so many of them, especially Ash and Artemis, bring out such passion from her readers.
Overall, I really enjoyed Devil May Cry and I am very happy that I went back to read it. Up next is the book I have been dying to read since the very first book in the series. That’s right ladies and gentlemen. Next I will be reading Acheron. And I can’t freaking wait.
Fans of Paranormal Romance books really have to read this series.
Giggle worthy quote –
‘Wondering what could be wrong with her, he took her to his bedroom and helped her into bed. ‘Is that any better?’
‘No. I feel really sick.’
He grabbed the plastic trash can from the floor and held it up for her.
Kat groaned when she saw it. ‘You know, nothing says love like a man holding a bucket, waiting for you to hurl into it.’
‘No offense, you start hurling and I’m going to be needed immediately downstairs in the casino…I guarantee it.’
She glared at him with only herone eye open. ‘That’s not very romantic.’
He scoffed at her exaggerated tone. ‘Excuse-me? Did I miss something? What has ever been romantic about vomit?’
‘A man standing by your side when you’re sick. Holding your hair back from your face…that’s romantic.’
‘In what alternate universe to you live? Here in a place I like to call reality, that’s disgusting.’”