Reviewed by: Candace
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
The one thing he could feel was the heartbeat of the world that thrummed like a solid hum under his feet. It vibrated through him as the constellations aligned and the gateways were weakened.
Evil was coming and it wasn’t going to take prisoners.
Let the war begin…
Acheron, Mencheres, Zarek, Zsadist and Lothaire no longer are alone at the monthly support group of tortured immortals. Ren Waya can easily join this group and perhaps horrify them with his tales of being kicked by life.
Sherrilyn Kenyon has, at this point, more than 20 books into the Dark-Hunter world. It takes a lot of work to keep interest that far into a series. She has done it. She takes two characters, each tied to others we already know, and weaves their destinies together. She makes you want happiness for Ren and Kateri and that, my dear Dark-Hunter lovers, is pretty hard to come by.
Ren’s got more issues than all of the magazine phone sale offices in the U.S. combined. His age places him at carbon-dating level. He was there when Apollymi unleashed a mother’s fury on the planet for the death of her son. The sad part about it is that the vengeance of a goddess isn’t the worst thing that Ren has been through in his life, both human and otherwise. It takes one hell of a woman to get this Dark-Hunter past his reservations.
Enter Kateri Avani, former scientist extraordinaire. She’s a scientist, a logical thinker and not one prone to give any heed to the stories her grandmother raised her with. This poor girl wants nothing more than to reset the famed Mayan clock, as is her destiny to do so, and to experience a happily ever after with Ren. Let’s not mention her visions, which have told her that maybe, just maybe, that isn’t the smartest idea.
So, we have a Dark-Hunter that predates Dark-Hunters, a woman with deities in her bloodline and it’s up to them to make sure that evil isn’t unleashed on the world. Can they do it? Sure they can. Can they be together at the end? Well, you’ll have to read to find out.
My problem with this book, and it may or may not be the same for you, is all the pantheon/shifter information. Who is a wolf, a coyote, a thunderbird? Does Ash need to build a zoo? Maybe he could rent some space from the Peltier’s and build a zoo large enough to encompass all of these creatures, plus the ones we have grown to know and love in the past books. There is almost an overabundance of new information. At times, it was too much. What makes a difference here is that Ren is the kind of character that melts your heart. I put his human life suffering and Dark-Hunter life dealings almost on the same scale as Ash. The desire to see him happy, with Kateri, is more important than the sheer magnitude of facts you’re supposed to get through in their pasts.
Case in point, this quote.
Pulling on his own clothes, Ren knew they should hurry, but he didn’t want this to end. He’d had so few perfect moments in his life. He could count them on one hand. And none of them came close to this.
Dark-Hunter fans, your loyalty will be paid off with this book. Go get it (and a box of tissues) and read. Oh, and a side note to Ms. Kenyon: You raised my interest in Sasha, so I respectfully ask/beg/plead for a book for Sasha and Savitar.
Sexual content: Sex