Thursday, August 6, 2009

Review: Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: Bad Moon Rising
Series: Dark-Hunters, Were-Hunters, Hellchaser
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Read copy: Paperback
Published: August 4, 2009
Publisher: Piatkus Books
ISBN: 0749909226
ISBN-13: 9780749909222

Prepare to enter a world full of richly imagined mythology — a world where dark and dangerous heroes fight to protect us.

Prepare to enter an endless battle.
Prepare to lose yourself...

Fang Kattalakis isn't just a wolf. He is the brother of two of the most powerful members of the Omegrion: the ruling council that enforces the laws of the Were-Hunters. And when war erupts among the lycanthropes, sides must be chosen. Enemies are forced into shaky alliances.

When Aimee, the woman Fang loves, is accused of betraying her people, her only hope is that Fang believes in her. Yet in order to save her, Fang must break the law of his people and the faith of his brothers. The breech could very well spell the end of both their races and change their world for ever.

The war is one and time is running out...

My rating:

Another great installment in the Dark-/Dream-/Were-Hunter saga!

The story of Aimee, Fang and their impossible love has been long in the making, from the almost very beginning of the series, but it's been definitely worth the wait.

As much as this was mostly a solid paranormal romance, Kenyon-style, of course, I loved the fact she decided to delve a little deeper than the usual Daimon/Dark-Hunter/Were-Hunter dealings.
We've wondered if it was at all possible for two different species of Weres to "mingle", and though we had proof in Wren, we never got the true feeling of it. It was always considered a taboo in their universe, and with this story Ms. Kenyon succeeded in grasping and portraying all the anxiety, the indecision and fear of such an union.
Fang and Aimee both knew their love could lead nowhere, that they were doomed, yet the heart wants what the heart wants and it doesn't want to be denied.

Their story, as it grew from tender friendship to something more, through dangers, perils, misunderstandings, anger, and joy was a truly wonderful thing to read.

This book was also a great example of how a change in perspective can make someone rethink what they thought they knew and reevaluate everything. I've always been a big fan of Vane's, loved his book and his love story with Bride. Loved the wolf, period. Yet, seen from Fang's point of view, seen through Fang's story, I found myself not liking the guy so much. But he redeemed himself in the end, so I forgive him.
After all, they're men, we can't expect them to know any better.

This story spanned the entire series, so it was wonderful to see the familiar scenes through new eyes, experience them from a different perspective, see characters I came to cherish and love anew. Okay, I admit it, it was wonderful to see Acheron's bad-ass persona again. I missed him.

And there are some new bad boys in town I can't wait to see more of - Thorn and Varyk. Hope to see more of them in the future.
The final twist left me gaping, such uprooting was a bold move (and hopefully not a damning one) and waiting for more.

I was thinking of abandoning this series, but Ms. Kenyon returned with a bang, introducing us to more branches of her twisted little universe, and yummy new meat, and Fang and Aimee's love story was so beautifully and tastefully written, I'm firmly sticking with the Dark-Hunter wagon.

Highly recommended to new and old fans.


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