Before there was Edward
Cullen... And HBO hadn't yet decided that
what wasn't TV didn't include undead who weren't gorgeous... There was a time when vampires' names still
were mostly void of extraneous consonants.
That's when Sherrilyn Kenyon began writing a series of singularly clever novels about "Dark Hunter" (DH) vampires, heroes and heroines who upon death become immortals sworn to protect humanity from a race of blood- and soul-stealing vampires called Daimons. Outrageously attractive in human-like bodies, Dark Hunters wear cool clothes and use slick moves and weaponry to poof the Daimons to dust before those bad guys can suck the human race dry.
Soon, the Dark Hunter world Kenyon built - and the mythology she created from weaving whole cloth with the Greek canon - included other paranormal beings including a QVC bling-obsessed demon and bands of shapeshifting animals.
The place 2B for most of the
Dark Hunter action? Why, N'awlins, chere.
Which is "were" most everything goes
down in "Bad Moon Rising (Dark-Hunter Series) " (BMR), the hot new Dark Hunter shapeshifter novel
released this week. It features fave
wolf and bear clans Kenyon fans've come to know and love/love not so much
throughout several DH reads, and tells the star-crossed-lovers tale of Fang and
Kenyon says she, like readers, has been expecting their hook up for awhile. "[W]e've been working up to and it continues what was set up in ‘One Silent Night (Dark-Hunter Series #17) ,' ‘Dream Warrior (Dream-Hunter Novels Series #4) ' and Shadow of the Moon .' As for Fang and Aimee's story, it's what I knew would happen from the moment they first met."
as so often is the case in Kenyon's aggressive and action-packed novels, the
meeting in DMR happens when Fang saves the
Aimee at Sanctuary, the bar her folks own and a kind of neutral territory for
warring shapeshifting factions.
Turns out Aimee'll have her chances to scrape Fang's furry self off'a some walls he gets backed against later. But their families' mistrust of each others' ‘breed,' as well as each lover's responsibility to familial duty, will have Fang and Aimee off their Daimon-fighting games - and in that gorgeous, sensually tense kind of angst that makes for delicious story on the way to HEA.
Kenyon's a phenomenal, one-of-a-kind storyteller. Her down-to-earth dialogue and wickedly keen ability to develop threads that tease and torment until they're introduced, expanded and wrapped up in future novels is maddeningly addictive - and the reason she's a fave of millions worldwide. Plus, she's one of the most accessible authors around.
What do you love about Sherrilyn Kenyon's novels? Why are shapeshifters hot? What are your fave vampire mythologies?
Check out my Exclusive interview with Sherrilyn at "Unabashedly Bookish!"
For more on "untamed" characters, this time, wild-at-heart heroes, click here for Eloisa James' BN Review column, "Alpha Allure!"