My name is Nick Gautier and this is the story of my life. First off, get the name right. It’s pronounced Go-shay not Go-tee-ay or Goat-chay (that has an extra H in it and as my mom says we’re so poor we couldn’t afford the extra letter). I’m not some fancy French fashion designer. I’m just a regular kid…well, as regular as someone with a stripper for a mother and a career felon for a father can be.
But as my mom so often says friends are what God gives us to make up for the families we’re born into. And my mother, in spite of her occupation is a lady and I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise. Consider this your notice. You respect Cherise Gautier or I’ll learn you better. My kingdom is the French Quarter and here I reign as prince...
Sherrilyn Kenyon's unique twist on the supernatural world in her Dark-Hunters series, which combines a variety of mythologies and religions, is a genre all its own. Though each character in the Dark-Hunters series has a heavy following, one character that garnered particular accolades is Nick Gautier. We first meet Nick as an adult in Night Pleasures. Throughout the series we have all fallen in love with Nick as we watch him live, love, and eventually lose everything that ever mattered to him.
Infinity: Chronicles of Nick is Kenyon's YA debut looking at Nick Gautier's teen years. Nick is first introduced to the Dark-Hunters world at age 14, which is when the book starts. Told from his point of view, we see a young teenager, bored and bound for trouble. His mom works in a strip club and his father, a troubled violent man, is serving a long stretch in prison. When Nick has a run-in with some bad friends, the Dark-Hunter Kyrian of Thrace saves his life and offers him a job. This opens a whole new world and a whole lot of trouble for Nick.
The Chronicles of Nick blends with the Dark-Hunters series up to a certain point. According to Kenyon, the series will continue until it intersects with Night Pleasures, the first Dark-Hunters book. At that point, Nick will be an adult (24 years old) and receive his very own Dark-Hunters novel. There will be a total of fourteen books in this YA series.
In this spin-off, we learn more about Nick's father, his powers, and his destiny. We get answers to certain previously unexplained things from various Dark-Hunter novels. We learn more about Jared, Jaden, Nick’s mother, and Nick’s utter hatred for Acheron, who at other times, was Nick’s best friend in the world. We get to see a lot of our favorite characters from the Dark-Hunter series, and get to know others who only have a part of Nick’s childhood. Long held secrets are revealed that will leave you stunned. As with all of Kenyon’s books, she has long maintained that there are always three sides to every story: yours, theirs, and the truth. Lots of snark, laughter, and high octane action keeps the series a must-read for fans.
What makes this series so unique is the unconditional love Nick has for his family and friends. Nick has had a hard life and hasn’t caught a lot of breaks, but when he is inadvertently caught up in this supernatural world where he realizes that the monsters that go bump in the night are real and he may be one of them, he never stops trying to do the right thing.
There are four books to the series so far, with Inferno being released in April. A cute way to keep up with Nick’s life in between books is to visit his blog.
Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, Book 1)
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.
“It would have really cramped my future plans had I died."
Invincible (Book 2)
Just when he thought things couldn’t get any worse...
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...
“It’s never the enemy without who brings you down. It’s always the enemy within.”
Infamous (Book 3)
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 such a difficulty? But that isn’t the primary skill he has to master. Survival is.
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.
“Whoever had said that the hand rocked the cradle ruled the world must have has a Southern born and bred mother.”
Inferno (Book 4) (Releases April 9, 2013)
The heat is on, and a new threat to humanity has risen…
Nick has his driver’s license and he’s not afraid to use it. But turning sixteen isn’t what he thought it would be. While other boys his age are worried about prom dates and applying for college, Nick is neck deep in enemies out to stop him from living another day. No longer sure if he can trust anyone, his only ally seems to be the one person he’s been told will ultimately kill him.
But life spent serving the undead is anything except ordinary. And those out to get him have summoned an ancient force so powerful even the gods fear it. As Nick learns to command and control the elements, the one he must master in order to combat his latest foe is the one most likely to destroy him. As the old proverb goes, fire knows nothing of mercy, and if Nick is to survive this latest round, he will have to sacrifice a part of himself. However, the best sacrifice is seldom the sanest move. Sometimes it’s the one that leaves your enemies confused, and you even more so.
And sometimes, you have to trust your enemy to save your friends. But what do you do when that enemy is you?
Though The Chronicles of Nick are viewed by some as a prequel to the adult Dark-Hunters series, they are actually a YA spin off and can be read as stand alones. I personally recommend reading the Dark Hunter series at least up to Acheron's book in order to fully appreciate what happens in this series.