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Devil May Cry explodes into action with the former Sumerian god Sin stalking and slaying the ancient gallu demons out to convert mankind into mindless killing machines. It’s a dirty job, but he’s the last of his breed capable of stopping them. And with the ancient countdown to annihilation coming, he knows he has to do something fast or all is lost and the old payback his family put in place to end the world in the event their pantheon ever fell will destroy everyone and everything. Really, things can’t get worse.
Oh, wait. It’s a Kenyon novel. Of course they can. Enter the Greek goddess Artemis’s paranoia. And who can blame her? Centuries ago, she stole Sin’s powers by treachery, and left him high-and-dry and basically mortal. It wasn’t pretty. If not for Acheron making him a Dark-Hunter and allowing him to join their brotherhood of immortal warriors, Sin would have been in even worse shape. And that was what led to the beginning of the end of the Sumerian pantheon. Another thing Sin holds against her.
Artemis knows she can’t trust anyone. Let’s face it, she’s not a people person and most of us want to slap her hard. There’s really only one person alive who loves her. And that’s her daughter, Katra. Although, after Artie traded Kat’s services to Apollymi like a Pokemon card, Kat isn’t all that fond of her mother at present, either. But she doesn’t want her to die, so she agrees to watch Sin and see what he’s planning (Artie actually wants her to kill Sin, but Kat refuses to be an assassin).
Yet when she sees him brutally murder what she thinks is a human and then burn the body, she begins to think that Mom might be on to something. And that mankind would definitely be better off without Sin in the world. However when she moves in for the attack, Kat seriously underestimates his fighting abilities. What he lacks in missing god powers, he more than makes up for in battle skills. But then thousands of years of combat training tends to make an impression on someone.
When Sin first sees Kat, he instantly thinks it’s Artemis with a new hair color, playing another trick on him. Furious, he vows to see her dead. But not until he gets his powers back.
Unfortunately, he quickly realizes the mistake and that it isn’t Artie he holds. It’s her daughter. And it doesn’t take him long to deduce her father. Something that makes neither Kat nor her mother very happy, and adds another reason Artie wants Sin dead.
But there’s an Apocalypse coming and Sin is the only one who can stop it. Led by the gallu demon Kessar, the Sumerian demons are planning on freeing the Dimme demons and raining down a biblical-sized form of vengeance. Worse? They’ve been preying on Sin’s twin brother and draining off his god powers and using them for centuries. While Sin knows he should kill Zakar, he can’t bring himself to do it. Not after he spent his entire childhood and most of his godhood protecting him.
If there’s a chance to save his brother, he’s going to take it. That is if Kat doesn’t kill him first. And Kat still can’t decide if she should trust Sin or end him. For one thing, she holds a secret she knows he will kill her over should he ever learn it. And that terrifies her. For another, he is an ex-god who will stop at nothing to kill her mother and regardless of what other people think of Artemis, Kat loves her and she will not allow harm to come to her.
I won’t spoil the ending, but it’s a doozie and there is a lot of classic one-liners that kept me laughing out loud all the way through, even while biting my nails at what would happen next. I’ve read the book I don’t know how many times now and I still chuckle at various parts. Usually with Simi and Kish. And Sin’s acerbic personality and Kat’s quips that are only rivaled by Nick’s.
While the setting is away from New Orleans, I did like the change and really found the Sumerian mythology intriguing and fresh. It sets up a lot of the future books, while giving us new characters to hate and cheer for. We learn a lot about Acheron and Artie and it was a perfect lead into Ash’s and Stryker’s books that follow.Favorite Quote
“You know the incredible thing about hearts is their unbelievable capacity for forgiveness. You’d be amazed what people will overlook when they love someone.” (Acheron)
“Kat laughed. ‘Who wants to live forever?’
Kish put his hand up. ‘For the record, I do.’
Sin scowled at him. ‘Then why do you irritate me so often?’
‘Suicidal tendencies are inherent in my species?’”
“Trust me, baby. Everyone wants someone they can hold and love. Someone who will be there to help pick up the pieces when everything falls apart. Sin is no different from anyone else. If you have any care for Sin at all, don’t leave him in the darkness. It’s not fair to show someone the sun and then banish him from it. Even the devil may cry when looks around hell and realizes that he’s there alone.” (Acheron)
“I’ll take him outside and beat him for making my girl cry.” (Acheron)
“Absolutely. Forget medieval, I’ll break Atlantean on his ass, and you’ve seen what a ticked-off Atlantean god can do. Makes Hannibal Lecter look like a crybaby.” (Acheron)
“My father is the harbinger of death and destruction. My grandmother the Great Destroyer. My mother is the goddess of the hunt. I think I’ll be okay.” (Kat)
“Yeah, you do have the history of absolute terror and cruelty in your veins.” (Sin)
“Remember that if you ever come between me and my chocolate bar.” (Kat)
“It’s a responsibility that I take most seriously, so excuse me for banning you from killing them because you have reverse PMS.” (Acheron)
“Reverse PMS?” (Artemis)
“Yeah, unlike a normal woman, you’re cranky twenty-eight days out of the month.” (Acheron)
“Strength through adversity. The strongest steel is forged by the fires of hell. It is pounded and struck repeatedly before it’s plunged back into the molten fire. The fire gives it power and flexibility, and the blows give it strength. Those two things make the metal pliable and able to withstand every battle it’s called upon to fight.” (Savitar)
“Oh, you’re going to die all right. All of you. And for what you’ve done to my brother you will suffer unimaginably!” (Kessar)
“Yada, yada, yada. Am I the only one who gets sick of the bad-guy monologue? ‘Ooo, I’m the big evil. I’m going to kill you all. Just wait while I bore you to tears with my egomaniacal bullshit. I’m just a demon windbag who likes to hear himself speak and I’m trying to intimidate you.” (Kat)
Conclusion For more about the story behind Devil May Cry, visit Sherrilyn Kenyon's site for The Story Behind the Story, Bloopers, Book Benies and more! Discussion Questions
1: Would you rather be attacked by a Daimon, gallu or Dimme? And why?
2: Kat gives some rare insights to a side of Artie never before seen. You can actually picture Artemis as a loving mother. What is your favorite memory from childhood?
3: Xirena and Simi are particularly hilarious. If you had a pair of Charonte, how do you think you’d keep them fed?
4: Through Kish, Damien, Xypher and Kish, you learn one of Sin’s quirks. Though he lives as a slayer, he prefers to save as many lives as he can, even when they’re bound to demons. In fact, Sherri does that in a lot of books to make the characters seem real. They all have quirks like real people that are rooted from something that happened in their past. What is something weird you do that other people think is out of character for you?
5. In the end, after all the centuries Sin has plotted and planned for Artie’s murder, he finds the best revenge of all. A far worse torture than anything he could have ever devised. He plans to make her a grandmother and have his children call her Grandma. What is your best suggestion for killing someone with kindness?
6. We get to see Hades at work in this novel for the first time. If you could be any ancient god, who would you be and why? What do you think you’d like to do with your powers?
7. If you had to be one kind of immortal bad guy, would you rather be a gallu, Charonte or Daimon? Why?
8. If you were a Dream-Hunter, would you rather be an Oneroi or a Skoti? Which do you think would be more fun?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.