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Welcome to the Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark-Hunter Re-Read. From the first time Simi used barbeque sauce… to listening to the Howlers play Sanctuary …to Ash (need we say more?!), this is where you can re-live the great moments of the series. Delve into posts written by DH experts and super fans picked by Sherrilyn, talk to your fellow Menyons, and earn points with the Kenyon Rewards Program all while enjoying a walk down memory lane, Dark-Hunter Style.
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Attention Kenyon Reward Program users: if you share this page, you'll receive an extra 150 points! And for even more points, visit the Dark Side of the Moon book page to read the excerpt and earn a badge! Commenting below will also get you points, but those points will be added weekly, not instantaneously like the others!Recap Things are shaking in Seattle. Susan Michaels, a former investigative journalist with a stellar career, has fallen on hard times and is forced to take a charity job with an old college friend for a paper that makes the National Inquirer look like CNN. Every time she attempts to turn in a legitimate news story, her boss turns it into the cheesiest headline that leaves her dignity in the gutter, alongside her former reputation and Peabody Award. So when Leo assigns her the job of hunting down the Catman of Seattle who keeps terrorizing a local college student with his shapeshifting hotness, she decides she’s pretty much ready to put her head in a blender. Enter Ravyn Kontis. The Catman of Seattle. He’s not terrorizing college students, but he is the bane of the Daimons living there who are preying on human souls. Because of that, they’ve taken out a bounty on his head and have managed to capture him and have him locked in his alternate cat form and stashed in a local animal shelter where the plan is to hold him until his head explodes. Fate intervenes when Susan gets a frantic call from her best friend’s husband, a police detective, who wants to meet her at the animal clinic where his wife works. There he tells Susan an unbelievable story about the police department hiding murders. Torn between wanting to believe Jimmy’s story, and terrified of being wrong again and losing what little reputation she has, she leaves, but not before Angie insists she takes home a “cat” to keep up appearances. Something Susan is extremely allergic to. Less than thrilled, Susan makes Angie promise that she’ll come get the cat later and heads out with Ravyn in tow. But when she gets home and her cat turns into a man in her living room, she begins to suspect that she might have finally lost her mind. But Susan isn’t crazy. Instead, she’s drawn into a world where she learns that the Daily Inquisitor she works for is actually a front providing cover for the preternatural creatures who call Seattle home. Leo is one of many Squires who aids and abets the Dark-Hunters, the immortal warriors who protect humanity from the Daimons and demons out to make meals off us. And what a world it is. She learns that one of the clubs favored by college students is run and owned by a family of Apollites; the race cursed by Apollo to live off the blood of other Apollites and to die horribly at age twenty-seven. That one of them is actually married to a Dark-Hunter who is supposed to be guarding humanity from the Daimons who are Apollites who’ve started feeding off human souls to elongate their lives. One of her favorite delis is a Squire-owned business that caters to the Dark-Hunters. And that the Serengeti Club is owned by a family of shapeshifting leopards who are related to Ravyn and who want him dead. And when her friends, Angie and Jimmy, are murdered and she and Ravyn are framed for it, she learns just how true Jimmy’s words were. Now she and Ravyn must clear their names, steer clear of the Daimons, the police, his family and one pissed off Nick Gautier who has finally reemerged from his isolation and who wants revenge for what happened the night his mother was murdered. Numerous surprises and an insight into another Were-Hunter branch that highlights the Arcadians for the very first time make this story a must read. Up until now, the only time an Arcadian patria has been in the forefront of a novel was in the short story Dragonswan. This is the first time the Arcadians and their family units have played a major part. It gives the reader a real feel for how different they are from the Katagaria cousins. And again shows that each branch has its own way of doing things. Customs, views and morals. As a reader, I like how lifelike it makes the series and realistic each branch is portrayed as its own entity and not a carbon copy of all the others, just in a different animal skin. Sherrilyn really uses their “animal” nature to show how it would translate and mix with the human genes to make a unique character and culture, and how that would play out historically and in modern times. Dark Side of the Moon also delves more deeply into the world and duties of the Squires, and for the first time shows a multi generational Squire family and how they interact with each other. Leo is hilarious and fans of the CON books will love the insight into the Adamses, and visiting with them in a more current timeline. Honestly, I’d forgotten how hysterical this book was. It’s riddled with some of the best lines of the series. It also threw the zinger in with Cael and Amaranda and set up their future incredibly well. So while it isn’t set among New Orleans, it’s still familiar and keeps everything fresh and original. Favorite Quote
“You know when people say fine, it generally means ‘leave me the hell alone because I don’t want to talk about what’s really bothering me.” (Susan)
“It actually dawned on me that I don’t fight. I just kill whatever annoys me, and it’s over.” (Savitar)
“No one should have to pay for love in flesh or blood.” (Acheron)
“Ever notice most people are major pains in the ass? I’d rather save myself the trouble of dealing with them and just avoid being around them to begin with.” (Ravyn)
“I can’t believe I’m mated to someone who’s allergic to me.” (Ravyn)
You? I’m the one who should be having a hissy. How do I introduce you to people? Hi, this is my…what? Significant other? Mate? Pet?” (Susan)
“Screw reality. It don’t feed my dog. It don’t make my Porsche payments. It don’t get me laid. Bullshit does that…and I like it that way.” (Leo)
“You know the legend. Stab them in the heart and they’ll die.” (Ravyn)
“Call me Buffy. I’m even blond, but don’t ask me to wear a halter top. Or corset.” (Susan)
“You know, if my life was a horse, I’d shoot it.” (Susan)
“When a cow lives with the butcher, sooner or later he gets eaten unless he helps the other cows off to their slaughter.”(Nick)
“I’m assuming those are Daimons.” (Susan)
“No, they’re Avon ladies.” (Ravyn)
1. If you found yourself allergic to your spouse or significant other, do you think you could continue a relationship with them?
2. In this book, you see a lot more of how Squires interact with each other. Which Squire role would you prefer? The one like Leo where you have your own business and cover for the DH or the Adams where the DH are your patrons or would you rather be the Squire assigned to a DH?
3. If you were an Apollite, do you think you could ever date a Dark-Hunter? Would you be able to see past their job, never mind bring them home to your mother?
4. What would you do if you learned you were destined to die at age twenty-seven over a curse that had nothing to do with you, but something your great ancestor did eleven thousand years ago? Do you think you could take a human life to elongate yours? Would you be able to kill to keep your children alive?
5. Stryker makes the comment that he’s not good with torturing a noble enemy/worthy opponent, and he shows his true warrior code of honor that doesn’t allow his to suffer betrayal with mercy. Do you side with his viewpoint, or would you have spared them all?
6. Had you been Amaranda, would you have made the same choices she made, or would you have allowed Cael to die?
7. Do you think Phoenix is justified in his hatred for Ravyn? Would you be able to carry a grudge that long or would you be more forgiving? Have you ever had a sibling really hurt you?Contributor Bio
Carl is the intrepid sole male moderator on the SK Facebook site that many fans mistakenly think is female. Something that often baffles him. Behind the scenes, he works with several other guys on the Mighty Barnacle/SK web site where he tries to solve nerve-shattering crises whenever the pages go down and fans panic. Usually, this occurs in the middle of the night, on weekends. Or whenever he tries to go out of town. Personally, he thinks it’s a grudge Artemis bears him for working with Sherri. At least that’s the story he’s sticking to. He has a lifelong addiction to all things SF and Fantasy, and has watched way too many episodes of Firefly and Stargate.