Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Review: Devil May Cry by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: Devil May Cry
Series: Dark-Hunters
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: April 1, 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 0312946864
ISBN-13: 9780312946869

For millennia, the ex-god turned Dark-Hunter Sin has sought to regain his powers and take revenge on Artemis. But now he has bigger fish—or in this case, demons—to fry. The lethal gallu that were buried by his pantheon are stirring, and they are hungry for human flesh. Their goal: To destroy mankind. Sin is the only one who can stop them…if a certain woman doesn’t kill him first.

Enemies have always made strange bedfellows, but never more so than when the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Now a man who only knows betrayal must trust the one person most likely to hand him to the demons. Artemis may have stolen his godhood, but this one has stolen his heart. The only question is: Will she keep it…or feed it to those who want him dead?

My rating:

Sin, ex-Sumerian god turned Dark-Hunter, will do anything to regain his powers and make Artemis, the b-i-t-c-a, pay for neutering him – figuratively speaking.

Though his plans for revenge are temporarily detained. Ancient gallu demons are stirring and Sin knows exactly what the want. To release the Dimme and destroy the world.

What else is new?

Sin, last remaining of the Sumerian pantheon that trapped the gallu and the Dimme, is the only one who can prevent that from happening, and save the world… If he stays alive long enough that is.

For Artemis has dispatched an unlikely killer to end his miserable existence. But instead of killing Sin, Kat decides to stick around and lend a helping hand in the world salvation front.

Needless to say, mayhem is on the schedule.

After a couple of books that seemed thrown there on a whim, this one succeeded in restoring a little of my faith in the series, before the “big boss” is released on August 5 [2008].

Don’t get me wrong, there is still much to be desired by this one. The plot is a little weak at times, Sin’s grudge and his internal (and external) “I-want-my-revenge” rants grow old after the first ten times, Kat quickly and quite uncharacteristically (for her genetic makeup) turns into a moon-eyed teenager, and Acheron’s quick acceptance of him having sired a child and how quickly he and Kat fall into a loving father-daughter relationship is a little too rushed to be entirely believable.

The pace finally picks up in the last few action-filled chapters, that—I’m sorry to say—were the thing that kept me awake last night to finish reading.
In my opinion, Artemis is the only character that stays true to what we’ve seen in the series so far.

I understand that when Ash gives a word he cannot break it (namely: not killing Artemis over the news), but his relatively calm reaction to the news left me quite perplexed. Where has the mysterious, sometimes scary, sex-on-a-stick I came to know in the first few novels gone? In his place we have a fluffy bunny that’s still sex-on-a-stick (mostly because Artemis commands him so), but has lost a lot of the edge that made us (female) readers fall in love with him.

I sure hope he grows a pair in his book.


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