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Jan 31 2012 9:30am

Chronicle Nick Gautier’s Young Adulthood in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Chronicles of Nick

Infinity by Sherrilyn KenyonThe world of the Dark-Hunters is unlike anything you’ve every seen before. It’s dark. It’s gritty. It’s dangerous...

And it’s a whole lot of fun and a lot of laughs.

My name is Nick Gautier and this is the story of my life.

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series is one of the best-selling paranormal romance series to date, combining elements of Greek mythology and religion to create its own unique world. Though each character has a heavy following, one character that has had fans begging for more with each new installment is Nick Gautier. Nick’s a smoking hot, super sexy, dark-haired, beautiful-to-look-at Cajun, first introduced in Night Pleasures as a twenty-four year old man. He has been with Kyrian for over ten years as his squire. Throughout the series we have all fallen in love with Nick as we watch him live, love, and lose everything that ever mattered to him.

The Chronicles of Nick is Ms. Kenyon’s response to the begging and pleading of her fans—everyone wanted to know hows and whys that swept up Nick and deposited him in to the Dark-Hunter world. And there is a VERY interesting story here, which Kenyon has turned into a hilarious and addictive youth adult series.

A series that, in reality, gives us twice the amount Dark-Hunter deliciousness.

Published in 2010, the first book, Infinity, offers an intimate view of Nick Gautier’s life starting at age fourteen, when he is first introduced to the Dark-Hunter world. He is a young, bored, and bound for trouble. His mom works in a strip club and his father, a severely violent man, is serving yet another stretch in prison. When Nick has a run in with some bad friends, a Dark-Hunter, Kyrian of Thrace, saves his life and offers him a job.

Invincible by Sherrilyn KenyonWe get to see all our favorite characters from the first few Dark-Hunter novels and get to know some others who weren’t featured so prominently. One popular opinion of the series is that the all encompassing love Nick has for his family and friends is what makes it so unique. Nick has had a hard life and doesn’t catch a lot of breaks, but when he is inadvertently caught up in this supernatural world where he realizes that the bogeyman is real and he may be one of them, he never stops trying to do the right thing.

There are three books to the series so far, with the third having its release in in March. Rumors have circulated that there will be a total of twelve in all, though that’s unconfirmed.

Infinity:

At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.

As if starting high school isn’t hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?

“Far be it from me to ever let my common sense get in the way of my stupidity. I say we press on.” —Nick

Invincible, book 2, was published in 2011:

Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul.

His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.

But more than that, he’s being groomed by the darkest of powers and if he doesn’t learn how to raise the dead by the end of the week, he will become one of them...

"You don’t mock my mother. You don’t speak of her in anything but the most reverent of tones. I don’t care if you are Death, I will open a can of Cajun whup-ass all over you, boy.”  —Nick

Infamous by Sherrilyn KenyonInfamous, book three, releases March 13, 2012

Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That’s the mandate for most kids. But Nick Gautier isn’t the average teenager. He’s a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him.

He’s learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive and keep a girlfriend so dang hard? But that isn’t the primary skill he has to master. Survival is.

And in order to survive, his next lesson makes all the others pale in comparison. He is on the brink of becoming either the greatest hero mankind has ever known.

Or he’ll be the one who ends the world. With enemies new and old gathering forces, he will have to call on every part of himself to fight or he’ll lose everyone he cares about.

Even himself.

Though The Chronicles of Nick is a prequel to the adult Dark-Hunters series, you can read this at anytime. I personally feel that impact of this series is more prevalent if you have already read the adult series.

Would you like to see more series that show how our favorite heroes got to be the men they are? Are you a fan of Nick?


 

Tori Benson, Smexybooks and at Twitter.

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12 comments
Helyce
1. Helyce
Tori, this is a great article! I've only read the first so far! Must read book two before March! I love that we get more insight into the Dark Hunter world. And I especially love that we get more Ash, who has been basically MIA in the adult series since his book. I was surprised that Kenyon started this series, but so glad she did!
Synde Korman
2. SyndeKorman
haven't read these yet Tori, but you are so making me want to.. Poor Nick.. I do love him
Helyce
3. adoore1
I am a big fan of the series we know they are connected with the Dark-Hunter series and with the future. I love reading the glimpse we get in the future and about all the questions it arises. Love reading about Ash before his HEA, we see the Ash we all came to love. I want to read more about Artie's relationship with Ambrose. Awesome series I though ten books had been confirmed with the tenth being Nick's main book right before the beginning of the Dark-Hunter series?
Helyce
4. Venician
I love how the newest book release is on my boyfriends birthday... Heh, he might not be the one getting a present xD
Tori Benson
5.
Helyce-Seeing Ash like we did in the first few Dark Hunter books is a rare treat.

Synde-You should start. They are delightful as Nick is so much more open in here.

adoore1-Ambrose & Artie. What a match. LOL I've heard both rumors of 10 and 12 but can find nothing to substantiate which one.

Venician- I love giving and getting presents on someone elses bday. LOL
Helyce
6. DM Roberto
I absolutly adore this series and the Dark Hunters. My daughter loves Nick's series and devours the new books in Nick's YA series before I do. :-)
Pamela Webb-Elliott
7. Spaz
Great post, Tori! I've only read the first one, so I'm a bit behind. Really cheesed off they are hardcover, you know, and I'm still bitter she did it this way - 12 books or some shit before you get to his adult Dark-Hunter book. All that being said, I'm reading the rest of them.. eventually!
Helyce
8. Karin Shah
I love the Dark Hunter books, but I want to slap Nick on his bow and arrow mark for how he's been treating Ash. so I'm waiting to read the Chronicles until he is redeemed and makes up with Acheron.

It is getting hard though, since the books sound so good... :-)
Amanda Kube
10. Mrs.kube01
I could be mistaken but savitar made it sound like that I forget which book it was tho I read them all already :)
Helyce
11. AlexGirl
I love this series. I have read all of the books including the newest one Illusion . I got it the day it came out!! I love Sherrilyn Kenyon!!
Helyce
12. chrissym818
I read that too about ash that there was only two on earth leta and tabby... OMG!! I can't wait to read the other I hope Nick is able to change his outcome. That would not be a good ending huh!!! Love her books I can't get enough of them. My husband makes me laugh by saying I am cheating on him with my books!!! LOL! I so love Sherrilyn Kenyon's books can't get enough
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