May 4, 2011

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Review: Sins of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark-Hunter #7)

Paranormal Romance
June 28 2005
Mass Market Paperback
384 pages
St. Martin’s Press

Yummy Man – Alexion
Kick Ass Chick – Dangereuse St. Richards

From Author’s Website
In the realm of the Dark-Hunters there is a code of honor that even immortal bad boys must follow: Harm no human. Drink no blood. Never fall in love.

But every now and again a Dark-Hunter thinks himself above the Code. He mistakenly believes that he has the power of life and death over humans.
That’s when I’m summoned. Who am I? I’m the one thing the fearless fear. Step over the line and it’s my wrath you will face. Nothing can touch me. Nothing can sway me. I am relentless and unfeeling.

Or so I thought until I met a female Dark-Hunter who goes by the name of Danger–it’s not just her name, it’s how she lives her life. She doesn’t trust me at all. And who could blame her? She alone knows that I’m here to be judge, jury and most likely executioner of her friends. Yet she is my key to saving some of them. Without her, they all will die.

Dangereuse St. Richard is a deadly distraction. Something about her is reawkening a heart I thought was long dead. With every day, I am learning to care about the people I might have to kill.

Most of all, I’m learning to care for her. How can I be attracted to her when the oldest force on earth is out to see us all dead? It’s a race against evil, and the only hope mankind has is that I do my duty. But how can I do my duty when it means that I will have to sacrifice the only woman I’ve ever loved?

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When I first read that Sins of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon was about Alexion, I thought “who?”  Thanks to my ‘Book Brain Fart Syndrome’, I couldn’t place him right away.  But once I started reading it I thought “Oooooh, that guy!”  I must say that at first, I found it a little odd that this next Dark-Hunter book was about Acheron’s assassin/savior dude.  I mean, with all those Dark-Hunters that we’ve only just met, there were so many other possibilities.  But as I read on I got quite excited because a book about Ash’s assassin/savior dude meant that we were going to get quite the insight into Ash himself.  And that is something I am all for.

Before getting into Acheron and what we learn about him, let’s talk about Alexion and Danger.  Alexion is a wonderful character who really managed to pull on my heart strings.  His human story is tragic, don’t get me wrong, but many of the other books feature far worst back stories.  It’s his current situation that has me feeling blue.  Acheron may have saved him from a tortured eternity thousands of years ago, but it wasn’t without consequences.  I loved how Alexion feels about Simi (love!) and even how loyal Alexion is to Ash.  All in all, he’s a good solid character befitting of this series.

Danger is a Dark-Huntress.  This is the first time we really meet a Huntress.  She loves what she is and she loves what she does.  She does miss her family from when she was human and finds her existence to be quite lonely, but I liked her overall attitude.  She was tough but not overly so.  She still has heart even though she could totally kick butt.

Danger and Alexion were both screwed over by their spouses back when they were human.  I liked that they had that in common but really not much else.  But they worked well together.  They were a sweet couple.

The villain is not new but his new twists and tricks are.  Styker.  Man I hate that guy.  Not as much as I hate Artemis, but he’s still a piece of work.  Dark-Hunter book #16 is about Stryker and I’m actually a little curious about him.  He’ll forever be a jerk, but I’m still curious about him.

Speaking of curious, let’s talk about the curious-est one of them all:  Acheron.  I love this character.  And with every book, I love him even more.  He’s not in this book a whole lot, but we learn a lot about him thanks to Alexion and the stories he tells Danger about Ash.  Does it clarify things about him?  Not really.  But it brings a couple things to light and it makes me want to know more more more.  Actually, at the end of every book I want to know more more more.  But alas, I still have seven more books before I get to his book.  *sigh*

Overall, as usual, I found Sins of the Night to be a good book and a good addition to this series.  I am truly enjoying these books.  Each time I close one, I want to immediately open another.  Each time I crack open the cover for the next installment, I feel a little giddy and a huge smile lands on my face because I know I’m about to read a book that I will undoubtedly enjoy.

4 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“I got a lunatic in my house sent to me by Ash.  Thank you, Ash.  Any other loones you want to offload on me?  And I thought my aunt Morganette was insane.  As least she only thought her cat was Uncle Etienne who she kept dressed in breeches and knee coat.”
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“Keller was totally bemused.  ‘What’s wrong with him?’

‘He’s hearing a voice in his head.’

‘Is it like the one I never listen to because it’s usually telling me that getting naked with women I don’t know is a bad thing?’

  1. I’m glad you are enjoying this series. It’s one of the first PNR series that I read. Ash is just great, isn’t he? I have to admit though, that I forgot all about Alexion.

  2. I read this book eons ago and I can’t even remember who Alexion and Danger are *shame face*. OMG have you read Bride and Vlane (sp?) book? My fav!

  3. …I really should get back to this series, I think I read about that Irish hunter and then stopped

  4. Buckeye – Even though I enjoyed him, I can see how he would be one of the more forgettable characters. Like Wulf.

    KC – Bride & Vane were awesome, but my faves to date are Zarek & Astird and Valerius & Tabitha. Loved them!

    Blodeuedd – You didn’t get too far then. I know I’m really liking these books…as you can tell. lol

  5. I really enjoy this series too! You know, if you came down to NOLA, we could run amok in the French Quarter looking for Dark Hunters 🙂

  6. OMG… Back when the series was less complicated and full of lust and smex! I love this series, but it’s gotten so full of crazy mythology… Thanks for the great review and “walk down memory lane.”

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