Series: Dark-Hunters, Were-Hunters
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: November 28, 2006
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Susan Michaels was once the hottest reporter on the Beltway Beat until a major scandal ruined her life and left her writing stories about alien babies and Elvis sightings. Life as she once knew it is over, or so she thinks, but then she gets a lead on a story that could salvage her extinct career. She heads to the local animal shelter, expecting a hot news tip, which she gets in the form of a major police cover-up ... for a ring of soul-sucking vampires out to take over Seattle. So much for saving her credibility.
And if that isn't bad enough, she gets talked into adopting a cat and finds she's allergic to it. A cat that turns out to be a shapeshifter who claims to be an immortal vampire slayer on the prowl for the same corrupt cops. her first thought: seek professional help.
But as Susan's drawn into Ravyn's dark and dangerous world, she comes to realize that there's a lot more at stake than just her defunct career. Now it's no longer a question of bringing the truth to her readers; it's a matter of saving their very lives and souls.
Ravyn's life was shattered over four hundred years ago, when he mistakenly trusted the wrong human with the truth of his existence. He lost his family, his honor, and his life. Now, in order to save the people of Seattle, he's forced to confront that nightmare all over again, and to trust another woman with the secret that could destroy him.
In the world of the Dark-Hunters, life is always dangerous. But never more so than now, when a very human woman can shatter their entire world with just one story. The only question is ... will she?
Susan Michaels, once hot reporter with a ruined reputation, is forced to work for a small Seattle trash-paper. Her latest scoop is an article about killer moths that certainly will not be running for Pulitzer.
Just when she thinks her life couldn't get worse, she's on an express train for Craptown: her friend practically forces her to adopt a stray cat, she actually does it (despite her allergies), her friend's husband warns her about an imminent vampire invasion on the town, and her new pet suddenly turns into a man in the middle of her living room.
Ryvan Kontis, half Dark-Hunter, half Were-Hunter, had been betrayed by his loved ones. His own brother was the one who killed him, leading to Ravyn's Act of Vengeance and (eternal) fealty to Artemis. Ravyn had spend the last couple of hundred years battling the Daimons and staying the hell away from his family.
When he meets Susan, everything he's tried to bury, comes bursting to the surface. She makes him feel again. Yet, with the ultimate battle underfoot, she could also be his eternal damnation.
I tried really hard to love this book, I really did. And I admit it had its bright points. There is no denying, Ravyn is another stellar example of Ms. Kenyon's ultimate suffering hero that redeems himself through the love he feels for a woman.
Cael and Amaranda's Romeo-and-Juliet-like romance was also one of the heights of this story that's also suffered Katrina's impact, obviously, since the setting has moved from the usual New Orleans are into Seattle.
Susan was the character that killed the fun for me. Her sarcastic remarks, though uttered as some sort of protection, lost their charm pretty soon, and crammed her character into a one-dimensional gumbo of one-liners, surprising (and partly unbelievable) sword-wielding skills, and allergy to her leading man.
Ash continued with his lap-dog attitude toward Artemis, Savitar made a dripping appearance to deliver a threat that fell short of scary, and hotheaded, arrogant Nick Gautier made another mistake in the already legendary string of bad decisions.