Sunday, February 13, 2011
Review: No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Live fast, fight hard and if you have to die then take as many of your enemies with you as you can. That is the Amazon credo and it was one Samia lived and died by. Now in contemporary New Orleans, the immortal Amazon warrior is about to learn that there’s a worse evil coming to slaughter mankind than she’s ever faced before.
Shapeshifter Dev Peltier has stood guard at the front of Sanctuary for almost two hundred years and in that time, he’s seen it all. Or so he thought. Now their enemies have discovered a new source of power- one that makes a mockery of anything faced to date.
The war is on and Dev and Sam are guarding ground zero. But in order to win, they will have to break the most cardinal of all rules and pray it doesn’t unravel the universe as we know it.
Review with minimal spoilers:
This was another superb effort from Sherrilyn Kenyon and any fears that the Dark Hunter universe might be played out have proven groundless. Every new installment continues to keep me guessing and I wouldn't have it any other way. Yeah, I know, they usually end up in some sort of eternally-ever-after, but I never know how they will end up together. Some struggle more with the concept of falling in love, some fight the past or internal demons, and others simply fight. In the DH world it is all about the journey. As per the norm, for every question answered several more pop up, and since Nick shows up quite a bit that means the reader is given many new and exciting plot twists to ponder.
Dev has always been a favorite secondary character, as are most of the Peltier clan. Their sense of family and loyalty dominates their personalities, although each has a defined individuality. All the bears are fierce, strong, dominating, and Dev is no exception. I love his smartass mouth and oddly enough, his optimistic disposition. You would think that after all the heartache and loss that Dev has witnessed that he might be jaded but he is a glass half full kind of guy. He even tells Sam that things can always get better. Even in the worst of circumstances he finds humor.
Sam is part of the machiskyli, the Dogs of War, a tough as nails group that has been tasked to train and protect Nick. She possesses the rare talent of psychometry, the ability to feel the memories and emotions of others. Her talent is so strong that Ash has to make her clothes and shoes special and she usually wears gloves so that she doesn't accidentally touch something. In fact, Sam's psychometry is so strong that she rarely eats because she gets memories from the animals. Of course, Dev is like a dead zone for her so she relishes being able to freely touch and to some degree Dev can shield her.
I thought Dev and Sam were given a brilliant story and I loved every minute of them together. The inclusion of favorite characters like Ash, Nick, and Stryker made the story even better. Since I am committed to having very few spoilers in my reviews (it's killing me to keep quiet about some stuff) I will just say that the DH universe is going to get more complicated before it gets better.
*Want to know more about the Dark Hunters? Sherrilyn Kenyon has a fantastic and very involved website that lists information for all her books, characters and everything else you can think of. Check it out!
*This book was sent by Get Red PR for review purposes.
*Reviewed by Anna Dougherty for Bite Club