Son of No One
St. Martin's Press / September 2, 2014 / $27.99 print, $14.99 digital
**Note: This post may contain minor spoilers.**
In Son of No One, next in the blockbuster The Dark-Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, it’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when something truly evil is released into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.
From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his age.
Centuries ago, Cadegan was viciously betrayed into an immortal prison by the only person he’d ever trusted. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him. Something he can’t seem to fight and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him everything.
He knows he has to stay away from her, but the unleashed demon is hellbent on consuming her soul. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?
And so another great Sherrilyn Kenyon novel is released. Son of No One is everything that encompasses Kenyon’s signature style. Fun writing with witty banter, great plot, and descriptions that throw you right into the setting, this book is an AMAZING addition to the Dark-Hunter universe.
Cadegan and Jo are two new characters in the Dark Hunter’s realm—or are they? As she has proven in previous installments, Kenyon always has a few tricks up her sleeve. These two may seem new but they have deep-rooted connections to the previous Dark-Hunter novels. Son of No One ties in many of the different universes Kenyon has created. With many appearances from other beloved characters, their journey takes us through various dimensions.
“My powers are infinite, and right now, I can think of no better use for them than to put a smile on your lovely face.”
Jo is down on her luck—nothing seems to work out for her. A feisty cousin of the Devereaux clan, Jo signs up for a job filming at a “haunted” location. Much like her pragmatic cousin Amanda, Jo tries ignoring the paranormal activity surrounding her by living in a constant state of denial. That may be hard to believe considering she grew up with the Devereaux family, but Jo studied hard and kept her feet planted firmly on the ground. She’s agreed to take on this job only because she’s desperate for money. Fate intervenes and quite literally throws her down the rabbit hole; Jo lands in a different dimension and this is where Kenyon really shines.
This new realm with magical creatures and colorless surroundings is depicted with such vivid detail. This is a stark realm with no color or joy. This is where we find Cadegan, a Welsh half-demon with serious trust issues.
A name that proclaimed to the world that he was Cadegan Son of No One — a bastard child, as motherless as he was fatherless.
Banished by his brother, Cadegan has survived millennia in this realm by ferreting out a safe place. Cadegan’s suffering at the hands of others seems to have no end. His survival skills honed to perfection, he almost leaves Jo immediately, thinking she was sent as a trap. However, Cadegan and Jo have a chemistry that is undeniable. He can’t leave her and he rescues Jo. He’s had no human contact for so long that he hungers for more time with her and gets more than he ever thought.
Another great aspect of the story is that the foundation of their relationship is immediately laid down. While at first they’re strangers who have to depend on each other, they quickly form an unbreakable bond. Jo shows Cadegan how to trust and love again by giving of herself freely.
Without Josette, he wasn’t whole. She removed the pain inside him and filled his heart with unimaginable warmth and happiness. Against all sanity and reason, he needed her.
This is an adventure-packed novel. With countless enemies always on the horizon, Cadegan and Jo are in a relationship boot camp. Their trust keeps building with each new hurdle that is crossed. Cadegan is a hot commodity in the demon world and there is a huge bounty on his head for his immediate capture. Like other Kenyon heroes, Cadegan has a dark past. It is Jo who finally allows Cadegan to see the possibility of a life with happiness and trust, to finally learn the touch of a truly loving individual.
A new prophesy and new enemies add more elements to this epic series. While it is a new spin on things, lots of familiar characters are seen throughout the pages. Old favorites play major roles in these new developments to the Dark-Hunter universe.
“He who suffers, triumphs.”
Seamlessly switching between Jo and Cadegan’s POVs, Kenyon builds upon the series while still keeping it in her classic style. Both of these characters lead cautionary-tale lives until they stumbled upon each other. Their disappointments and heartaches, before meeting, were necessary battles they endured in order for them to appreciate and feel the great love between them. Jo and Cadegan have a lot of hurdles to overcome. At times, it may even seem impossible for them to cross over. With many twists and turns you won’t see coming, be prepared to fall in love with a new tortured hero and his story.
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