Review: Kiss of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark-Hunter #4)
April 4 2004
Mass Market Paperback
St. Martin’s Press
Yummy Man – Wulf Tryggvasen
Kick Ass Chick – Cassandra Peters
“Wulf is an ancient Viking warrior with a useful but extremely aggravating power-amnesia. No one who meets him in person can remember him 5 minutes later. It makes it easy to have one-night stands, but hard to have a meaningful relationship, and without true love he can never regain his soul.
When he finally meets Cassandra, the one woman who can remember him, she turns out to be the princess of the cursed race he’s sworn to hunt-and forbidden to him. The two of them must face ancient curses, prophecies, and the direct meddling of the Greek gods to find true happiness at last.”
“Kiss of the Night” is the fourth installment in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series. This series is unlike any other vampire series out there. The Dark Hunters are vampires but they don’t drink blood. Their ‘enemies’ the Daimons drink blood and kill the humans they drink from in order to steal their soul. Daimons were once Apollites. They too drink blood but they don’t kill. Apollites are cursed with a short, 27 year life span. They die a slow and painful death on their 27th birthday. The only way they could survive longer is by taking a human soul. But once is not enough. They need to keep killing and keep replenishing these souls. And, once you take a soul, it blends with your own so you eventually lose who you are. Dark Hunters are immortal warriors who protect the human race by hunting and killing the Daimons. The world that Sherrilyn has created it based on Greek mythology and different cultural histories as well. It’s fascinating to read all the thought and detail behind each of the characters. And the world also includes shape shifters for those of you who like a bit of a mix to your stories.
“Kiss of the Night” starts off right after book one but continues through the events of book three. It tells the story of the Viking Dark Hunter Wulf Tryggvasen, a Dark Hunter who has been cursed. People who are not of a direct descending line or who are not Dark Hunters don’t remember him just moments after having met him. It’s also the story of the half-Apollite Cassandra Peters. She is the last of her bloodline and if she dies, so does the World. (Cassandra is unaware of this little tidbit) The issue is, as an Apollite, she is going to die at the age of 27. So what to do, what to do? Well, step one would be for Acheron (*swoon*) to tell Wulf that he has be protect Cassandra to make sure she doesn’t die before her time. After believing that most Apollites are not much better than their Daimon cousins, Wulf is not too happy with his newest assignment. But he ends up learning more than he ever imagined and the whole truth about those he was always lead to hate.
In the previous Dark Hunter books, it’s the hero of the book that steals your heart and replaces it with gut-wrenching emotion! This time around, it’s Cassandra’s story that brought me to tears. Can you imagine living and knowing full-well that you were going to die on your 27th birthday? She has been hunted her entire life because of a prophecy that claims that if she dies then the Daimons will be freed from their curse. So she’s constantly on the run. Cassandra wishes her fate were different but is strong in accepting it. She refuses to let anyone get too close to her to prevent them the heart ache they would suffer once she dies.
Wulf is a strong Alpha character who is terrified that he will no longer have any living relatives. That would mean that other than other Dark Hunters, there would be no one who remembered him. Therefore he is a little over-protective of his Squire, Chris. Dark Hunters may not be your typical vampires, but they do have the inconvenience of frying in the sun. So many have Squires, human servants of sort, that help them out during the day. Chris is not just Wulf’s Squire but he’s also his last living descendant. I love Chris. He is a funny, funny guy. In fact, I’ve really enjoyed all of the Squires in this series so far. They are often used as comic relief, and believe me, in these stories, you need a little relief.
The love story between Wulf and Cassandra is heart-breaking since you know she’s going to die in a few months, but it’s also tender and sweet. There are many *swoon* and *sigh* worthy moments in this book.
Acheron (Ash) is still present in this book, as is Artemis (whom I HATE), but they kind of take a back seat in this installment. I really enjoy how you still get to see the Dark Hunters from the previous books since they do end up creeping into your heart while you read about them. I don’t know how Sherrilyn has a dry eye as she’s coming up with the ideas for these character’s pasts. I’m assuming there is much wine involved. Wine and possibly chocolate.
You meet a fun new character that you are going to re-visit in future installments. I really like Kat, Cassandra’s bodyguard and I’m glad that she is going to be the heroine in book 12. (Yup, book 12)
I can’t get over how much I am enjoying this series! Now I completely understand why when I finish one of these books, I get a ton of comments on Goodreads – which I think is so much fun! The love for these characters and these stories that people feel is infectious and is well warranted. And “Kiss of the Night” is a great fit into this spellbinding series.
Giggle worthy quotes
“He really was scrumptious, for an ass.”
“’Christopher, I happen to be a Viking in the middle of winter in Minnesota. Lack of a deep tan goes with the whole Nordic territory. Why do you think we raided Europe anyway?’
‘Because it was there?’
‘No, we wanted to thaw out.’”
Swoon worthy quote
“’Thank you for saving me again when I know it must burn every part that you did so.’
His look softened. ‘It doesn’t burn every part of me, Cassandra. Only you do that.’”