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 Aimee.

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."

 

And as so often is the case in Kenyon's aggressive and action-packed novels, the meeting in DMR happens when Fang saves the able-to-take-care-of-herself-‘cept-when-a-stinky-jackal's-got-a-knife-to-her-jugular 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!"

Message Edited by Michelle_Buonfiglio on 08-14-2009 11:59 AM
Comments
by Author SuzanneWelsh on ‎08-05-2009 10:50 AM

Morning, Michelle! I've been waiting months for Sherrilyn's newest book.  Will be buying it on payday this week. :smileyhappy:

 

What do I love about Sherrilyn's books? The big tough tortured men who find the one woman who can heal their souls and hearts. Mmmmmmmm Mama!

 

And my favorite book was still Vane's story, so I've been waiting for Fang's story for quite some time. Wolfs and Bears? I'm wondering exactly how she'd going to pull this off! OH, and while we're talking shape shifters, when are the Quads going to get their stories? I mean have you seen the pictures of these guys?

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎08-05-2009 11:47 AM
Sherrilyn was one of the first authors I read when I discovered paranormals.  Now she's always on my "must read" list!
by amyskf on ‎08-05-2009 04:06 PM
I've been thinking about  vampire mythologies and I think I like all of them, isn't that funny? I like the traditional, must be bitten, hates garlic, no daylight, can only drink blood. But I am so open to any well thought out mythology, I have no problem holding all of them in my suspension of disbelief!
by Moderator dhaupt on ‎08-06-2009 10:56 AM

Oh noo!! Another author to add to my pile, pretty soon it's gonna look like Beckes. Oh well. 

Hmm why are shapeshifters hot, well in my humble opinion they're hot because of the improbability of their race, the elusive not quite real persona that all paranormal creatures have. And that we wish some nights we could look out the window and see a dragon/selkie/tiger or what ever the shape happens to be, looking back in on us knowing that we're in the field of vision and that the hunger in their eyes isn't because we're food, but because they want us. 

Deb

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