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Aug 2 2011 10:00am

Welcome to the Dark World of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunters, Part 2

Sins of the Night by Sherrilyn KenyonIn Part 1, Tori Benson introduced books 1-7 of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series; now, in Part 2, she rounds out the primer with books 8-20 in anticipation of Retribution, in stores today!

Sins of the Night. Book 8. As Acheron’s “squire,” Alexion stands between Ash and those who would do him harm. When rumors surface that the Dark-Hunters are planning to mutiny, Alexion heads to Mississippi to act as judge, jury, and executioner against all those who decide to abandon the code. Dangereuse St. Richards is a female Dark-Hunter who knows exactly who and what Alexion is. She is the key to saving the Dark-Hunters and mankind; but can Alexion sacrifice the one person who holds his heart and soul?

“A flower can’t grow without rain.” —Alexion
“Too much rain and it drowns.” —Danger 
And yet the most beautiful of the lotus flowers are the ones that grow in the deepest mud.” —Alexion

Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn KenyonUnleash the Night. Book 9. Wren Tigarian and Marguerite D‘Aubert Goudeau. Were-hunter and human.

Dark Side of the Moon. Book 10. Ravyn Kontis and Susan Michaels. Were-hunter and human.

The Dream Hunter. Book 11. Megeara Kafieri and Arikos Oneroi Skotos. Human and Dream hunter. 

Fear the Darkness. Book 12. Nick Gaulter. Human. 

Devil May Cry. Book 13. Sin of Sumeria is an ex Sumerian god turned Dark-Hunter. He swears to kill the woman who stole everything from him. When lethal demons from his Pantheon rise to wreak havoc on the humans, Sin must push aside his revenge in order to save mankind. Katra has a secret that could destroy her and those she loves. When she joins with Sin to save mankind, she learns that secrets have a way of revealing themselves and only when you lose everything are you finally free.

“I was the Sumerian god of fertility. You know what that means, don’t you?” —Sin
“You have a lot of penis envy over the other fertility gods? Don’t worry. I won’t tell the other gods about your small penis problem.” —Kat

Upon the Midnight Clear. Book 14. Aidan O’Conner and Leta Oeneros. Human and dream hunter. 

Acheron by Sherrilyn KenyonAcheron. Book 15. Acheron has fought to keep his past life a secret from his friends and enemies for thousands of years. No one knows the pain and indignities he has suffered at the hands of his family and those who were supposed to love and protect him. When he meets a young professor who holds the key that threatens his very existence, Ash has to decide what is more important...his pride or her life. 

One of the most important and emotional books in the series. Here we finally find out who and what Achreon (Ash) is and how he came to be leader of the Dark-Hunters. A tragic, horrific, heartbreaking story that reveals itself in two parts, his past and present. I admit, I cried my eyes out during this story and while I’ve reread part two of the book I have never reread part one. A major arc advancing storyline that shows the intricate ties that bind many of the players we have met so far together. 

“What else can I do to piss you off?” —Acheron
“You can leave me.” —Tory 
“I would never do that, Tory. No one can live without their heart and that’s what you are to me.” —Acheron 

One Silent Night. Book 16. Stryker is amassing his daimon forces to once and for all destroy the Dark-Hunters in retaliation for his sister’s death. Artemis is tired of Stryker’s interference and calls upon her fiercest handmaiden to take Stryker out of the game once and for all. Zephrya has an old score to settle with her ex-husband: He abandoned her and their daughter to the fury of the Gods. Now the battle lines are drawn as hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. 

Swear it on your life.” —Zephyra 
“That I can never do.” —Stryker 
“Why can’t you?” —Zephyra 
“Because you are my life, and I can’t live another day without you.” —Stryker

Dream Warrior. Book 17.  One of the Titans, Cratus was death to any who crossed him. Until the day he was exiled and vowed never to fight again. Now an ancient evil has come back to unleash a nightmare upon the dreams of mankind and Cratus is our only hope, but Cratus has been betrayed by everyone and isn’t too keen on helping. Delphine is a dream hunter who is charged with convincing Cratus to come to our aid. Should Delphine fail, mankind and the world we know will end. 

“Why would you do that?” —Delphine 
“Why do you think?” —Jericho 
“Because I’m a bossy hag and you’d rather be enslaved to a man you hate than deal with me.” —Delphine
“You know…you’re not funny.” —Jericho 
“I think I’m hysterical.” —Delphine

Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn KenyonBad Moon Rising. Book 18. Fang Kattalakis is caught in the middle of a life altering war between the lycanthropes. Old enemies and new allies join forces when the woman he loves is accused of betrayal and Fang must betray his people and own family in order to save her. 

We are introduced to a new player in the war against good and evil who walks a bladed edge between the two sides, and it remains to be seen which he will embrace in the end. 

“I accept you as you are, and I will always hold you close in my heart. I will walk beside you forever.” —Fang

No Mercy. Book 19. Dev Peliter and Samia. Were-hunter and Dark-Hunter.

The next book in the series is Retribution. A Dark-Hunter book that gives us Jessup’s background story, his reasons for his immortality, and the enemy who may prove to be his biggest allie. Retribution is out today, August 2, 2011.

Ms. Kenyon has not given us a specific book number or time frame of the duration of this series, but she has let us know that there are four major parts to this series. The first part was Acheron, which is book #15 in the Dark-Hunter section, but story #25 overall. The next three parts will be Jaden, Savitar (fangirl squeee), and a character we haven’t even met yet. Below is a list, in chronological order, of all the novels and novellas in her Dark-Hunter series, including her youth series, Chronicles of Nick.

1. Fantasy Lover, 2002
2. The Beginning, 2002
3. “Dragonswan,” in the anthology Tapestry, 2002 
4. Night Pleasures, 2002
5. Night Embrace, 2003
6. “Phantom Lover,” in the anthology Midnight Pleasures, 2003
7. Dance with the Devil, 2003
8.  A Dark-Hunter Christmas, 2003
9. Kiss of the Night, 2004
10. Night Play, 2004
11. “Winter Born,” in the anthology Stroke of Midnight, 2004 
12. Seize the Night, 2005
13. Sins of the Night, 2005
14. “Second Chances,” in Exclusive Dark-Hunter Collectible Booklet, 2005
15. Unleash the Night, 2005
16. Dark Side of the Moon, 2006
17. “A Hard Day’s Night-Searcher,” in the anthology My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, 2006
18. “Until Death We Do Part,” in the anthology Love At First Bite, 2006
19. Fear the Darkness, 2007
20. The Dream-Hunter, 2007
21. Devil May Cry, 2007
22. Upon the Midnight Clear, 2007
23. The Dark-Hunter Companion, co-author Alethea Kontis, 2007
24. Dream Chaser, 2008
25. Acheron, 2008
26. One Silent Night, 2008
27. “Shadow of the Moon,” in the anthology Dead After Dark, 2008
28. Dream Warrior, 2009
29. Bad Moon Rising, 2009
30. Infinity: Chronicles of Nick, 2010
31. No Mercy, 2010 
32. Invincible: Chronicles of Nick, 2011
33. Retribution (8/2011)
34. The Guardian (11/2/2011)

(Want more? Visit our Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Collection for more great stuff, including an exclusive bonus scene, “Redemption,” from the latest novel in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dream-Hunter series, The Guardian.)


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4 comments
Grace S
1. Grace S
Savitar! OMG! Squee indeed!!!
Grace S
2. anna-lissa
I couldn't read the first part of Ash's book more than once. Heartwrenching!
Marcela Fandino
3. BookaholicCat
OMG! Archeron book was one of the most emotional books I have ever read.
And about Savitar's book, I agree with Grace S. *squee*. I can't wait to read his story.
Cynthia Curry
4. Reillys Mom
I loved this series at the begining but it went off the boil and rarely comes back to good. I did a brief review of each book and out of the 18 I've read 6 were good or better, some were ok and other woeful. Do you agree with my listings? 1. ok 2.Good 3. ok 4. Great 5. ok 6. Great 7. Great 8. On no it starts going wrong 9. Great 10. ok 11. Oh no, it's gone off again 12. Don't even remember it 13. ok 14. ok 15 Superb - looks like SK was saving up her talent for this one 16. Oh no - it goes off even worse 17. I didn't even bother reading this one from the library! 18. Oh no 19. Oh no, no no, the dialogue was dreadful, lazy and atrocious SK Just my opinion but I love the world she's created, the characters especially Ash and buy them in the hope she returns to form. Please do, beacuse this is my favourite series.
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