Sunday, April 13, 2014

No Mercy, Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: No Mercy
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark Hunter/Were Hunter/Dream Hunter/Hellchaser


Live fast, fight hard and if you have to die then take as many of your enemies with you as you can. That is the Amazon credo and it was one Samia lived and died by. Now in contemporary New Orleans, the immortal Amazon warrior is about to learn that there’s a worse evil coming to slaughter mankind than she’s ever faced before.

Shapeshifter Dev Peltier has stood guard at the front of Sanctuary for almost two hundred years and in that time, he’s seen it all. Or so he thought. Now their enemies have discovered a new source of power- one that makes a mockery of anything faced to date.

The war is on and Dev and Sam are guarding ground zero. But in order to win, they will have to break the most cardinal of all rules and pray it doesn’t unravel the universe as we know it.

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Author Bio

New York Times and international bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans known as Menyons (thousands of whom proudly sport tattoos from her series and who travel from all over the world to attend her appearances), her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on store shelves. Since 2004, she had placed more than 65 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Her current series are: Dark-Hunter, Chronicles of Nick and The League, and her books are available in over 100 countries where eager fans impatiently wait for the next release. Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter series are soon to be major motion pictures while Dark-Hunter is also being developed as a television series.

Other books in the series:

Night Pleasures #1
Night Embrace #2
Dance With the Devil #3
Kiss of the Night #4
Night Play #5
Seize the Night #6
Sins of the Night #7
Unleash the Night #8
Dark Side of the Moon #9
The Dream Hunter #10
Devil May Cry #11
Upon the Midnight Clear #12
Dream Chaser #13
Acheron #14
One Silent Night #15
Dream Warrior #16
Bad Moon Rising #17
No Mercy #18
Retribution #19
The Guardian #20
Time Untime #21
Styxx #22
Son of No One #23 --- Coming September 2nd 2014


"You can take my life, but you'll never break me.
So bring me your worst...
And I will definitely give you mine."

"Come in peace.
Or leave in pieces." 

Greek mythology + New Orleans's French Quarter + immortal warriors = Dark-Hunter world. Because it's a world, one you enter and you'll never want to leave. It's a world where everything and anything can and will surely happen but no matter what, good trumps evil's ass. 

The series, as a whole, is one major storyline divided into a few subplots, hence why the books are not only Dark-Hunter but others, as well. Dream-Hunter, Were-Hunter and Hellchaser. But they are all connected, in a way, and different characters meet and greet all the time. 

Add in the many Ancient civilizations and mythologies and you have the recipe for one of the best paranormal series out there. 

This particular book is about a Were-bear, Dev Peltier, one of the many sons of Nicolette and Aubert Peltier, the founders of the supernatural-friendly bar entitled Sanctuary. It's a safe haven where, no matter what you are, you are to be protected.

But certain things have happened in the previous Were-Hunter related book, Bad Moon Rising, and Sanctuary has lost its license, thus losing its safety. After the tragedy of the Peltiers losing their parents and license, it was every Were for himself.

But family was important, so Dev, no matter how much he wanted to leave, how much he yearned to just go, stayed. He stayed for his little sister, mainly. And good thing he did, because that's how he met Samia Savage, an Amazon warrior-turned-Dark-Hunter. From the get-go, they connect and things go further, thanks to the fact that Samia's gift/curse, pyrokinesis, doesn't work on him. No fun getting constantly distracted by thoughts and events connected to a person or object.

Dev may have not wanted to find his mate or fall in love but the Fates are nasty bitches and well, there is that saying that you can't really escape what you're afraid of.

I've loved Dev from the very first time I've read about him. He may be sarcastic and a goof, sometimes but he's one hell of a loyal brother and fighter. He knows his priorities and he's not selfish, always putting others and their well-being above his.

The twists and turns of the story, the things we find out because, as I said, they are all connected and interwoven, are very important in the big picture. Plus, I loved how Ms. Kenyon places the Ancient Greek myths and legends into the 21st century. Namely, when Dev has to get Hippolyte's Girdle and Sam ends up fighting a fellow Amazonian, her grandmother's right hand, to be precise. This part of the story alludes to Herakles's labor. It also shows the lengths one would go to in order to keep their loved ones safe and, most importantly, alive.

Besides all I've mentioned above? It has sarcastic characters, who despite going through hell and back and not making it out entirely sane, they keep on going. Both Dev and Sam had known pain and loss but they find in each other what they were missing. 

I give this book, this series and this author five stars. Ten. I highly recommend it. Yes, there are quite a few books in it and it is a complex one and one must pay attention because every detail counts but it is so worth it! The journey one has while reading them is not something you come across every day and not at every book you read. 

Just some of my fave quotes:

He [Dev] tsked at her [Sam]. "Ah baby, don't you know I'm the only thing wicked here?"

(...) he [Dev] never let anyone know his emotions. He hid them behind wisecracks and sarcasm.
It was safer that way.

"(...) Gird you loins, people, joins the fight." He [Nick] vanished.
Dev sighed irritably. "That's not what I wanted to do with my loins right now."
Sam laughed. "Don't worry, baby. I'll take care of your loins later. Right now, we fight."

Both of them are fighters and survivors and they make the best couple. 
Read these books if you're a fan of the paranormal. Things that go bump [and grind] in the night are out to play and more in the Dark-Hunter world. 

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