Dark Side of the Moon Re-read
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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.

For you newbies, welcome to your new life because with the Dark-Hunters, it’s more than a series, it’s a world.

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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)

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“It actually dawned on me that I don’t fight. I just kill whatever annoys me, and it’s over.” (Savitar)

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“No one should have to pay for love in flesh or blood.” (Acheron)

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“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)

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“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)

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“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)

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“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)

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“You know, if my life was a horse, I’d shoot it.” (Susan)

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“When a cow lives with the butcher, sooner or later he gets eaten unless he helps the other cows off to their slaughter.”(Nick)

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“I’m assuming those are Daimons.” (Susan)
“No, they’re Avon ladies.” (Ravyn)

Conclusion For more about the story behind Dark Side of the Moon, visit Sherrilyn Kenyon's site for The Story Behind the Story, Bloopers, Book Benies and more! Discussion Questions

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?

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Dark Side of the Moon Re-read

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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.

  1. Siblings can hurt you in a million different ways but they are still your siblings, i’ll always forgive them family is family. He has no grounds for the grudge he holds and frankly needs to get over himself a grudge will only hurt you in the long run of things; making you bitter and angry.

  2. 1. I would adapt. What is love without a little struggle?
    2. Squire assigned to a dark hunter of course.
    3. I do not think it would be possible to get past it. Which is sad but true.
    4. For myself, I would expire as peacefully as possible. For my child I would kill the world.
    5. I would side with his viewpoint!
    6. Not sure.
    7. Yes. I could/can carry a grudge forever. Yes.

  3. 1. Benadryl, here I come. I would definitely try.
    2. I would go with either the patrons front or personal goffer.
    3. Love is a funny thing. You aren’t sure until you are faced with it.
    4. Personally not sure. I know that darkness is in us all but I would like to think I would only hurt the criminals.
    5. It’s hard to side with Stryker on anything but he had a good point.
    6. I probably would done the same thing.
    7. People make mistakes, and i can carry a grudge with the best of them but for only so long. Phoenix still has the rest of his family while Ravyn is literally dead with only nuts like Leo to ease the pain. So he should have let it go.

  4. 1. Allergy medicine.
    2. I’d want to be squired to a DH. It sounds entertaining.
    3.Not sure. Maybe?
    4. I’d elogate my life by draining a demon. Or a human that was better off dead. I just don’t think I’d be able to handle the injustice of dying over someone else’s crime.
    5. I actually think I’m with Stryker on this one. He stabbed his right hand man in the back…who wouldn’t be pissed?
    6. I honestly don’t know.
    7. I don’t believe I’d be able to carry a grudge for that long. I’d be angerier than hell at first, but in the end…it wouldn’t have been my brothers fault. I think I’d want him back after losing so much. Honestly, every time my siblings hurt me, it was because they were going through their own hell at the time that I wasn’t privy to. At that point, I just can’t be mad.

  5. 1. Yes, I would just wear loads and loads of protection all the time 😀

    2. I would prefer being assigned to a DH. I think you would see a lot more action and it would be a lot more fun.

    3. I hope so, but I never know until I’m in that situation.

    4. I can’t even hurt a fly so I don’t think I would be able to take a human life to prolong my life. But my kids are another story. If I knew I was gonna die then, I would make sure my kids are protected even if it’s not from me.

    5. I would side with Stryker, no matter how bad that sounds.

    6. Yes, I think I would have. If I were in that love, I would think about the other person more than me and try to protect them above myself.

    7. I think he’s justified a little bit, because Ravyn didn’t do it purposefully, but Pheonix lost his mate, so his hatred makes sense. But he should learn to forgive at least a bit because it was the human who killed all those people. I like to think I would be more forgiving, but losing my other half might change my view on that. Nah, we never let it get that far.

  6. 1. of course i would stay with my spouse, there are always ups and downs in a relationship.
    2. I would probably like to be one on one with a hunter. Be there for them when they need the most help.
    3. Not sure on this, you never know until you meet that special person to call your own.
    4. with out having to live through this how would your ever know exactly how strong you really are. you can say yes or no but until it happens to you you cant’ be 100% sure.
    5. I do beleave that Stryker believes in the old code of conduct. I think he was true to form and shouldn’t let people like Satara influence hi,.
    6. I would have made the same choice she did, but would try to find an alternative way to live from that day on.
    7. I think Phoenix is an ass and i applaude Ravyn for forgiving him even though he caused my death. He needs to get over it, Ravyn deserved love just as much as anyone else. He can’t help the woman was a product of her time,

  7. 1. If you found yourself allergic to your spouse or significant other, do you think you could continue a relationship with them?

    Answer: I could, that’s what allergy shots and medications are for.

    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?

    Answer: I’d rather have a roll like Adams, or Eliza, where I can help out. I feel I’d get in the way as a squire.

    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?

    Answer: I am not sure, I think I’d be able to see past their job, but never bring him home to meet the parents.

    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?

    Answer: I don’t think I could take a life, but no one is sure what they will do when they are desperate. Mentally you know you wont be able to do it, but when your desperate morals sometimes take a low ground. Killing to protect my children I know I’d do.

    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?

    Answer: I understand his viewpoint, he was betrayed by them once, they’d probably betray him again. he takes it to an extreme though.

    6. Had you been Amaranda, would you have made the same choices she made, or would you have allowed Cael to die?

    Answer: She did what she thought she had to do, I don’t think i’d let him die, but I am sure I may of done a few things differently.

    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?

    Answer: I think Phoenix was trying to justify his hatred for his brother, by blaming him for something he was to cowardly to do. also knowing their curse he should of had a better understanding for ravyn. So I don’t think it was justified. I think to him he tried to shift the blame to someone else so he wouldn’t feel guilty. again only child so no a sibling has never really hurt me.

  8. 1. If you found yourself allergic to your spouse or significant other, do you think you could continue a relationship with them?
    *I would. There are always ways to stop allergies but not true love.

    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?
    *I would like to have my own business. That way I could see things from different perspectives.

    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?
    *If true love brought us together then bring it on!! I would love to snuggle up with a handsome, dark, protective man!!

    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?
    *I wouldn’t kill anyone. If that was destiny then my children would understand. After all your not suppose to question death, the Fates or God.

    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?
    *He had every right to kill Paul. I am glad he had the heart to spare Susan and Rayvn. It was the honorable thing to do.

    6. Had you been Amaranda, would you have made the same choices she made, or would you have allowed Cael to die?
    *Amaranda is a strong woman that loves her husband. When I read this part of the book tears formed. She saved the man she loved at all cost. If I was in her position I would have done the same.

    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?
    *I don’t see that Ravyn was entirely in the wrong. He loved a woman. I would be more forgiving. After all Phoenix killed Ravyn. The hatred should have been reversed but Ravyn showed the stronger side and forgave. Forgiveness gives us a release for not only them but can set our mind at ease.

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