Jul 8 2011 12:45pm

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Heroes and Heroines

Acheron by Sherrilyn KenyonSherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series is still my favorite series of all time, so what better way to share my love than to do my top six Dark-Hunter heroes and heroines? August is just so far away. Come on, Retribution. I’m in withdrawal,  I tell you!

We are Darkness. We are Shadow.

We are the Rulers of the Night. We, alone, stand between mankind and those who would see mankind destroyed. We are the Guardians. The Soulless Keepers. Our souls were cast out so that we would not forewarn the Daimons we pursue. By the time they see us coming, it’s too late.

Acheron (Ash) - Though he is destined to bring about the end of the world, Ash is the force behind the Dark-Hunters. Ash is the first Dark-Hunter ever created, and he takes his role as leader seriously. What can I say about Ash that already hasn’t been said? He was created as the perfect specimen of man. Isn’t that enough? Really, I can’t say enough about how great of a character Ash is…so I’ll stop now.

“There are always three sides to every memory…yours, theirs, and the truth, which lies somewhere in between the two”

First Seen in: Night Pleasures (Book 1)

Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn KenyonXianara (Simi) – Simi, which means “baby demon” in Charonte, is Ash’s demon companion. She can manifest herself as a demon, human, or as a tattoo on Ash’s body, but is most often found with a credit card and BBQ Sauce watching QVC for new shinys to buy. Yes, she’s a demon, but the Simi is on the good side because she fights the good fight….with BBQ sauce.

“The Simi has needs. Lots of needs. I need Akri’s plastic card, for one thing. It very nice. People give me lots of stuff when I hand it to them. Ooo, I really like the new plastic card he gave me with my own name on it. It’s blue and all sparkly and it says Simi Parthenopaeus. Doesn’t that have a nice ring to it? I have to say it again. Simi Parthenopaeus. I like that a lot. It even has my picture in the corner and I am a very attractive demon if I do say so myself. Akri says it, too. ‘Simi, you are beautiful.’ I like it when he tells me that.

First Seen In: Dance With the Devil (Book 3)

Nicholas Ambrosius (Nick) – Nick straddles the line between good and bad, hopefully he’ll settle on the good side, but you can never tell with him. In the early days, Nick worked for Kyrian as a Squire, and was Ash’s best friend. Nowadays, Nick is at odds with Ash because he went and slept with Simi, and Ash went a bit nutty. In Nick’s defense, he didn’t know what Simi meant to Ash, but it was too late and Ash cursed him.

Nick ended up taking his own life to become a Dark-Hunter to get his vengeance for the death of his mother. But that’s not the way of the Dark-Hunter, so he was turned over to Ash…yeah, that went well. Nick has since turned to the dark side, but I believe there is hope for him yet!

“Nick, fetch my car, fetch my clothes, sweep the chimney, make my bed, watch my psychopath, fetch my slippers.’ Yeah, I’ll fetch those slippers and stick them someplace real uncomfortable. I swear, my mother should have named me Fido.”

First Seen In: Night Pleasures (Book 1)

Sins of the Night by Sherrilyn KenyonSavitar (Sav) – Savitar is a mystery, even more so then Ash. Gods won’t speak his name because they fear him and no one knows what he really is. He is covered in tattoos and is one hell of a surfer—I know, weird, huh? The only thing that is for sure is that Sav will do anything for those he considers worthy. Savitar oversees the Omergrion and helps out the Dark-Hunters when he can.

“Just stand there and be awed by my beauty. It’s the safest mode around me.”

First Seen In: Sins of the Night (Book 7)

Vane – Firstborn of the Kattalakis kids, all six of them, Vane is a Were-Hunter. He was born Katagaria, but changed to Arcadian at puberty. While doing a favor for the Dark-Hunters, Vane’s pregnant sister Anya was murdered, leading his father to turn against him. Vane represents the Arcadian Lykos patria at the Omegrion and through Fang (his brother) the Katagaria branch.  

“Can you take human form in daylight?” (Talon)
“Obviously so. Ever tried to answer a phone without opposable thumbs?”(Vane)

First Seen In: Night Embrace (Book 2)

Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn KenyonTabitha (Tabby) – Tabby is the eighth sister of the Devereaux family and Amanda’s twin. Tabby is a self professed vampire slayer and owns Pandora’s Box, an adult shop. Ash made her immortal so she can stick around with her equally immortal sister and husband Valerius Magnus. Prior to being an immortal, she put her life at risk, hunting every night. She doesn’t take shit from anyone—not even Ash.

“Anyone ever tell you you should be a lawyer? (Otto)
“Only Bill when we argue. Besides, I like killing bloodsuckers too much to ever be one of them. Tabitha Deveraux. Pleased to meet you.” (Tabitha)

First Seen In: Night Pleasures (Book 1)

Did I miss anyone? Should I have added Talon or left Nick to the bad guys? Who are your favorite Dark-Hunter heroes or heroines?


Natasha Carty reviews Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy on her website Wicked Little Pixie and lives in Toronto, Canada, with her cat, Seamus.

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Pamela Webb-Elliott
1. Spaz
You totally listed my favorites, the only 2 I would swap out are Vane for Valerius! Otherwise, you totally NAILED the favorites of mine!!!
2. Callysta
You left out my favorite!!!!!!!! Zarek, he is my favorite by far. Sexy bad boy! I love Ash and Simi, Sav too. I am looking forward to adult Nick`s story. Sav`s too.
Natasha Carty
3. WickedLilPixie
@Spaz - You always have to be difficult dontcha? LOL @Callysta - I can't wait for the rest of Nick's series!
4. torifl
Love this series-but I'm sure you know that. LOL
Carrie Strickler
5. DyslexicSquirrel
I had to take a break from this series, but I might be able to get back into it now lol
6. rdsangel127117
Nah, leave Nick on there. I think he'll be alright. Besides, I like him!
Here are my DH Heroes and Heroines.

1. Vane & Bride
2. Ash & Tory
3. Julian & Grace
4. Talon & Sunshine
5. Kyrian & Amanda
6. Valerius & Tabitha
7. Zarek & Astrid
8. Ravyn & Susan
8. Cassie Bailey
Where is Zarek? At least you got the main man ;P
Sonya Harrison
9. Cityhopper
I've only read three of the books. Fantasy Lover, Acheron, and the first Dream Hunter book. Ash is pretty awesome and I rather enjoyed Julian's story, but the Dream Hunter spinoff left me feeling kinda "Meh."
Kathleen Smitheram
10. Musingbookworm
I have been wracking my brain, substituting and varying my top list of DH characters and I just can't do it! I love them all for different reasons. Ash HAS to be there, and of course Tory. Sin and Kat. Can't be without Simi. But then there is the sarcasm of Dev and Zarek's bad boy awesomeness. I just can't choose!!! They are running around my head, all yelling, "don't forget me!", "remember that awesome thing I did!"  

Julian & Grace, Tabby & Val, Sunshine, Talon, Fang, Vane, Aimee, Wren.... Argggh!!! So, they are all my favourites. I love every last one!
11. SLion
There is just too many to list in this column. I would think it would be a 2 pager for something as complex as the Dark-Hunter world. I personnaly love Zarek but there is so many others. One thing is for sure, Kenyon's world is incredible and worth being a part of if you are an avid reader of the PNR genre.
12. LoriA
To figure it out properly would require a reread of the whole series, of course. ;-)
Natasha Carty
13. WickedLilPixie
I only could pick a few and trust me when I say it took me two weeks just to narrow down the list!
Camella Hunte
14. Sultryvoice940
1. Vane & Bride
2. Ash & Tory
3. Julian & Grace
4. Talon & Sunshine
5. Kyrian & Amanda
6. Valerius & Tabitha
7. Zarek & Astrid
8. Fang & Aimee
9. Wren
10. Arik
8. Ravyn & Susan
Sherry Riley
15. txsherbear
I really can't pick a favorite. They are all great in their own way. If forced to pick, I would have to say my favorite couple is Acheron and Tori because so much more has been written about them in the DarkHunters' series, though to me they are all one big family. I hope that there will be other "Dark " books as I would like to see Savitar find love and find out what happens to Nick.
16. Soul-renity
I have so waited , for more of the Dark Hunters, to come to life in black and white. The stories are so much like life.
Except we are dealing with some fantasy. But, are we really?

I mean, Life is good and bad is it not?..
17. manoulicious
i really dnt have a favorite dark-hunter i love them all sometimes i imagine myself as one of them
Kimberly Risson
18. tonkalovesash
I love them all and want all the books tocome out in hard cover. Im addicted to sherrilyn kenyon books. Hurry up August
19. weldergirl
Nicole Noffsinger
Weldergirl I agree but you see how they have hacked up True Blood-not that I don't enjoy my True Blood fix and Vampire Diaries(yeah I read the Vampire Diaries since my teenage daughter was interested in them as well as the Twilight Saga books). I think Kenyon is really holding out for her work to be interpreted in a way she can live with and stand beside. I think it will be a long time before we see a Dark Hunter or League Series movies. Still hoping though for it! I think they would be epic! Even more bigger than the Anne Rice and Underworld movies.
21. mellowen
I would love to be a fly on the wall when they did the cattle call for the dark hunters. I would have to wear a bib watching all those tall handsome guys. My daughter and I try to figure out what actors on TV would be which dark hunter.
22. nikkitrueblue
You know Melloween-that is the hardest part is picturing who we would think would be great actors for many of the characters. In an interview at a booksigning, SK was asked who she thought would be great to play Ash and it wasn't Travis Fimmel(which ladies, there had to be more than just me drooling during the 1 season we got of Tarzan) it was Kyle Schmidt from Blood Ties(another great show that Lifetime canned).
Claudine Wright
23. Claudine
I loved Ash's story! Followed extremely close by Valerius and then Ravyn...but really liked Wren too! And LOVED Sin and KAT.....actually I have enjoyed them all. Cannot wait to learn about Sav....and I really want to like Artie but I feel like she just has be alone because of how she treated Ash.
Brittany Todd
24. Brittanyka
I am in LOVE with Zarek...I really felt his story like I was in the book, myself!
25. Copper
Personally, there's aspects of all the DH's that make them so lovable. Back when I first started reading them, we were waiting on Val's book to come out and whenever I was pitching the books to anyone (friends and customers alike) it was "Julian made me gasp, Kyrian made me laugh, Talon made me go "Awwww!" Zarek, the SOCIOPATH, made me CRY, and Wulf made me BAWL." The Zarek thing was honestly what sold one lady on the books! I can't say that I have a favorite Hunter because there's aspects of all of them that just make them so lovable. And, also, if y'all haven't heard, Sherri has been approached to do TV and I think Made for TV movies of the DH and Chronicles of Nick respectively and they're doing an anime/animated series about the Weres. She announced it at ComicCon this year.
Natasha Werner
26. Natnat80
Personally, I love your list! I would only add two more to it and they would be Zarek and Wren!! I just finished reading Wren's story... again and I loved it... again!!! Sherrilyn has a way of making me feel sorry for her heros! I love that about these books!! But so far Acheron's is still the best!!!
27. nikkitrueblue
OMG Wulf and Cassie and Zarek and Astrid have to be the biggest tear jerker books in the series. I mean they all have tear moments but those two books just ...well next time you hand the book over as a gift or to loan-make sure you pack a box of kleenex. I have to say I was just a tad bit disappointed with Sin and Katra's book and Alexion and Danger's book. However, I love them all.
Sara Van Valkenburgh
28. Phoenix Dawn
Zarek will always be my favorite! I just love the bad boys ;)
31. flavs001
My Favourite is definitely Acheron... Now there is a man of your dreams... I am sure he is everything that any women could ever want in a man!!!
32. Hachi
I know this is an older post. But Styxx definatly shot to the top of my list as far as good guys goes. Hes right up their with his bro Ash. And of course their amazing ladies Bethany and Tory.
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