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Intro

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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Recap

“Wulf Tryggvason was only one thing in life. He was a barbarian.”  photo image_zpsgckudrya.jpg

Kiss of the Night brings us to Minnesota where Wulf Tryggvason (Trig-vay-son) carries out his Dark-Hunter duties with deadly skills honed as sharp as his favorite battle axe. A Viking warrior who, centuries ago, was tricked into becoming Artemis’ servant and cursed at the same time so that no human not of his bloodline would ever remember him, he’s surly, lonely and bored. That is, until he crosses paths with Cassandra Peters during a routine Daimon ass-kicking.

“Her teddy bear is a six-inch retractable knife and a snub-nosed .38 Special.”  photo image_zps1e78yq1f.jpg

Cassandra Peters’ does what any student does when a deadline is looming, she hits the bar. Too bad the night only serves to drive home the fact that her time is nearly up. She turns 27 in a matter of months and, as an Apollite, she will perish slowly and painfully on that day. But when she’s attacked by a group of Daimons who want to break the curse they suffer under by killing the last living member of Apollo’s bloodline, she doesn’t plan on going down easy. Well, actually, thanks to Wulf it really was easy… to survive.

After thanking Wulf with a kiss, she walks away and forgets all about him, just like nearly every other human on the planet. But the thing is, she’s only half human so when Wulf shows up in her dreams she has no problem remembering every sexy detail, like the Nordic pattern of the tattoo on his arm.

For his part, Wulf is even more cantankerous as he’s haunted by the dreams of a woman he will never be able to have. He stalks around his mansion in Minnetonka, and is an over-bearing hen towards Chris, the only remaining member of his bloodline and coincidentally, the only human alive who can remember him for more than five minutes. Chris is sarcastic and witty and the banter between the two of them provides comic relief as Wulf’s existence is thrown into chaos when Cassandra manages to track him down.

After Wulf has his ass handed to him by Stryker and a new breed of Daimon called Spathi, he proceeds to get knocked off his feet. It’s not that the beautiful strawberry-blonde from his dreams turns out to be his worst enemy, an Apollite, it’s the fact that he still wants her that throws him for a loop.

Given the order from Acheron to protect Cassandra, Wulf takes her home. After some more chuckle-worthy zingers between Chris and Wulf, we learn that Cassandra’s best friend Kat, who was actually sent by Artemis to protect her, now has a new job; protecting the baby elskling (darling) that is now growing in her womb. Unfortunately, for every protector there is a destroyer and they are soon under attack by Stryker and a horde of the goddess Apollymi’s Daimons.

The story takes yet another unexpected twist when they are saved by an unlikely suspect who sends them to an Apollite commune for protection. Wulf and Cassandra spend their remaining time together preparing for the birth of their son.

Living among the Apollites, falling in love with an Apollite and becoming a father to an Apollite son has a profound effect on Wulf. There’s a tear-inducing death scene and a beautiful wedding, complete with Nordic lattice patterned rings.

But things are not so easy and death looms ever near, including the question of whether or not Cassandra will live past her birthday and if Stryker and crew will find her and Wulf and destroy them, and the world of man by ending Apollo’s curse.

Favorite Quote

“Have you ever noticed that salvation, much like your car keys, is usually found where and when you least expect it?”

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“Yeah, well, I don’t let anyone screw me until they kiss me, and since there’s not even a snowball’s chance in hell of me kissing that bastard, we’re not screwed.”

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“Thank you for saving me again when I know it must burn every part that you did so.” His look softened. “It doesn’t burn every part of me, Cassandra. Only you do that.”

Conclusion

Kiss of the Night moves the overall story arc forward very nicely. There are a lot of surprises and twists and turns, intricately adding even more depth to Kenyon’s Dark Hunter world. Most particularly the concept that Daimons and Apollites are not inherently good, yet neither are they inherently evil. This story was very much about learning humility and tolerance. Wulf lived his life around the motto “Kill them all and let Hades sort them out”. Despite having killed himself as a Viking warrior and Dark Hunter, Wulf failed to open himself up to the possibility that Daimons too could be worthy of life and love in spite of their choices. What better way to teach Wulf a lesson than to alleviate his loneliness and his heartache in the arms of an Apollite. The lesson of the story can be summed up with one of my favorite scenes:

“You’re an Apollite,” he said forcefully.
“I’m a woman, Wulf,” she said simply, her voice filled with emotion. “I cry and I mourn. I laugh and I love. Just like my mother did. I don’t see a difference between me and anyone else on this planet.”

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For more about the story behind Kiss of the Night, visit Sherrilyn Kenyon's site for The Story Behind the Story, Bloopers, Book Benies and more! Discussion Questions
  1. With this story Kenyon introduces the concept of Daimons and Apollites being worthy of life and love, which she continues throughout the series. How do you feel about villains being given souls?
  2. If you’ve ever had the privilege of hearing Sherrilyn Kenyon speak or have read her personal story, you know that family is very important to her. In what ways, scenes, quotes does this show in <em>Kiss of the Night</em>?
  3. In this novel we learn a little more about Acheron and his powers, including his ability to foretell the future and actually change the outcome. Why do you think he makes the choice his enemy’s son that he does?
  4. One of the things the story makes a point of is that the Apollites are cursed to dying at age 27 over something that their ancient ancestors did. If you were so cursed, could you go Daimon and take the life of an innocent to keep living or would you be like the Apollites in the commune and choose to die, painfully, on your birthday, surrounded by your family?
Contributor Bio
Kiss of the Night Re-read

Gyn Hobbs is a guest reviewer with The Blogger Girls. She lives in Pennsylvania in a house that’s overflowing with animals, kids and books. Not a single day goes by that she doesn’t read at least a chapter of her latest novel, even if it means sacrificing things like laundry, cooking or her lunch hour. She enjoys traveling to book conventions and author signings around the country and has met Sherrilyn Kenyon twice.

  1. With this story Kenyon introduces the concept of Daimons and Apollites being worthy of life and love, which she continues throughout the series. How do you feel about villains being given souls?

    Answer: I Think its awsome that she’s given us a more intimiate look on the “Antagonists” Of the series, and realizing that the daimons and appolites arnt that bad, and everything really stems down to Apollo being the real enemy they cant really fight.

    If you’ve ever had the privilege of hearing Sherrilyn Kenyon speak or have read her personal story, you know that family is very important to her. In what ways, scenes, quotes does this show in Kiss of the Night?

    Answer: It shows with Wulf’s relationship with his family through the years, and ultimately chris, Cassandra and her relationship with her sister, and even after everything Cas’s sister risks it all to help her sister out dispite supposed to be “Dead” .
    and her dad being there for her wedding.

    In this novel we learn a little more about Acheron and his powers, including his ability to foretell the future and actually change the outcome. Why do you think he makes the choice his enemy’s son that he does?

    Answer: I think in a way. Acheron felt bad for him, also even though at the time he didn’t know it, but he probably felt a pull to save him, and by doing so he got a big advantage on finding out what the daimons do, to get a bit of a step ahead thing.

    One of the things the story makes a point of is that the Apollites are cursed to dying at age 27 over something that their ancient ancestors did. If you were so cursed, could you go Daimon and take the life of an innocent to keep living or would you be like the Apollites in the commune and choose to die, painfully, on your birthday, surrounded by your family?

    Answer: Its a hard choice. no one knows what theyd’ do when in that much pain. Perferably i’d prefer to dy surrounded by family, and freinds. than alone in an alley by sun or dark-hunters.

  2. Thanks for joining me in re-reading one of the best series out there! I personally love that Kenyon makes you look at the villains differently in this book. When an author can make me love the bad guys and want their HEA, that’s some skill! Also, I would totally become a Daimon and live off souls. I need all the time I can get to read more books! What about you all??

  3. 1. Well, technically a Daimon no longer has a soul, lol, but I like the fact that we begin to see the Apollites and Daimons in a new, sympathetic light beginning with this book, especially since we learn more about Apollo and his mistress in later books.

  4. 1. Everyone… good and bad deserves a soul.
    2. Wulf keeps those he loves close, even when they forget or annoy him.
    3. Fate changes but an outcome that is more desirable than others is what dictates his actions.
    4. I would like to think that I would die surrounded by my family but when facing death I do not know how I will really react. It is something that scares me… not death but what I am capable of.

  5. This is an awesome book. I think as long as beings haven’t turned pure evil, then they deserve love and friendship. Wulf is one of my favorite Dark Hunters.

  6. I absolutely LOVE this book. The fact that it introduces the other side of the story, and serves to prove that not everything is black and white. This continues throughout the series, and gets heavy in stryker’s book. I love wulf’s story, it had me on the edge of my seat. I would have went mad with depression if I were in his shoes, where no one could remember me.

  7. I looved this book. But I felt so sorry for Wulf. It’s seemed so sad that no one could ever remember him. I think I would have gone insane over time.

  8. Question 1:
    First off, I dont see most of the Damions and Apollites as villians, I see them as victems. Like humans they are capable of extreme good and evil, and I like how Mrs. Kenyon shows us the selflessness of the Apollite community.
    Question 2:
    I haven’t had the privilege to hear Mrs. Kenyon speak, but I hear her love for her in the scenes where Wulf and Cassandra start to fall in love. As well as when Wilf fusses over a pregnant Cassandra.
    Question 3:
    I believe that Archeron brings Urian back because he sees the good in him and knows that he is far from redemption.
    Question 4:
    I have never stared death in the face, so I can’t honestly say what I would do.I know that death could take me tomorrow, but I cant imagine having a set time frame for when he would be coming for me. I would like to believe that I would chose to die, but I think that in situations like this that most words are cheap. However if I did go daimon, I know that I would be a Angelkos.

  9. I really love how nothing is black and white in this series. Daimons and Apollites are people too, they are worthy of life and love. I love that. It shows that everyone has a story, even the “villains”.

  10. Discussion Questions
    With this story Kenyon introduces the concept of Daimons and Apollites being worthy of life and love, which she continues throughout the series. How do you feel about villains being given souls?

    -I feel that it adds a depth to the series that you don’t often see in most books.

    If you’ve ever had the privilege of hearing Sherrilyn Kenyon speak or have read her personal story, you know that family is very important to her. In what ways, scenes, quotes does this show in Kiss of the Night?

    -I think this is most prevalent in that Wulf tries so hard to keep his familial line going.

    In this novel we learn a little more about Acheron and his powers, including his ability to foretell the future and actually change the outcome. Why do you think he makes the choice his enemy’s son that he does?

    -because he is Acheron. The End.

    One of the things the story makes a point of is that the Apollites are cursed to dying at age 27 over something that their ancient ancestors did. If you were so cursed, could you go Daimon and take the life of an innocent to keep living or would you be like the Apollites in the commune and choose to die, painfully, on your birthday, surrounded by your family?

    -I think that the answer to this question is so complex. It’s not just about morals. The better question would be: “If it was your child, what decision would you want them to make?”

  11. This was the first book of her series I read by her and to think, I grabbed it by mistake and boy was it an awesome mistake!

  12. one of my favorite quotes from the book, “Have you ever noticed that salvation, much like your car keys, is usually found where and when you least expect it? (Acheron)”

  13. I think it is great that there are good damions and bad damions, this makes the species more real. This is the way of all species good and bad. Even though Ash can tell the future he also sees the inside of the person, as he says we do have free will. Choosing life or death is a very hard decision for anyone, but unless you are in that stituation you can’t really say which way you will go only what you beleave at the moment you are in. I have loved every story to this series, some more than others. This one did make me cry a few times. I feel sorry for Urian and hope one day he has his own story. I am glad that Cassandra gets to remember Wulf, they are so made for each other. She makes him think outside the box. Once again another great book.

  14. This wasn’t one of my most favorite books in the series. It was very good by itself but it was made better because of the cameo of other characters and new characters like Urian and Pheobe. This book was amazing because it showed how apollites and daimons were just like normal people. They deserved a second chance just like everyone else. This was a heartbreaking novel that was had many turns that left me curious for the nex novel.

    1. You can’t consider the Daimons and Apollites villains in this story. Yes they kill people but they do this to survive. I know many people who preach peace but are willing to sacrifice others to save themselves. It basic humanity to do everything in your power to survive, even if it means killing yourself. It isn’t good that people are dying so that the Daimons and apollotes can survive one more day. Both Daimons and Apollites are capable or good and evil and they should all be given a chance to survive. This also gives another look on who the real antagonist is for this series. Apollo.

    2. It is shown whenever you see Wulf with his family. He stays alongside his family and protects them to an almost obscene degree even though he knows that they will eventually die. It can also be seen with Cassandra and the baby. She loves the baby already and is willing to die for it even though she has never met her child. She treat it as if it’s already born. Finally you can see this when Pheobe and Urian put themselves in danger to protect Cassandra and Wulf. Especially Pheobe because she knows the dangers of helping the two and she does die in the end because of her part.

  15. *May contain spoilers*

    3. I think because at that point he could see the future or Urian and saw something that was worth saving. Also, he saw something familiar, whether it saw because he’s related to Styxx or Urian kind of looked liked Ash himself could have played a part. It could also be because Ash knew what the Apollites and Daimons were on the inside and knew their struggles so he would try and save everyone that he could. Finally, it may have been because Ash felt bad because Urian didn’t deserve to die because he chose to marry the enemy.

    4. I wouldn’t take someone’s life. Me being a vegetarian and not being able to kill even insects, I wouldn’t be able to kill anyone. Especially since they will be begging for their lives and may actually have regret in their lives. Even if the person was a raper or murder, I wouldn’t be able to take a life, I would never knew if that person could have been give a second chance. I would choose to die but I wouldn’t wait it out. I’m not the best at pain and I would try to last as long as I would but I wouldn’t be able to survive all the way. I would want to die quicker or get someone else to kill me so I wouldn’t feel so much pain.

  16. I think this book really added more depth to this series. Things aren’t just good and evil, and I like that this series shows that.

  17. I like that Sherrilyn shows that it is not all black and white. The Apollites were given a raw deal and each handles it based on their beliefs and moral code accepting the consequences of their actions either way.

  18. Favorite quotes from Kiss of the Night.

    “Life is a tapestry woven by the decisions we make.”

    “Like black, do you? (Cassandra)
    It serves its purpose. It’s hard to look intimidating in pastels. (Wulf)”

    “(Looking at their son on ultrasound.)
    He looks like an angel. (Cassandra)
    I don’t know. I think he looks like a frog or something. (Wulf)”

    “Dear Son,
    I would call you by name, but I’m waiting for your mother to decide. I only hope she is joking when she calls you Albert Dalbert.
    For weeks now I have watched your mother zealously gather her tokens for this box. She’s so afraid of you not knowing anything about her, and it bothers me greatly that you’ll never know her strength firsthand. I’m sure by the time you read this, you’ll know everything I do about her.
    But you’ll never know her for yourself and that pains me most of all. I wish you could see the look on her face whenever she talks to you. The sadness she tries so hard to hide. Every time I see it, it cuts through me.
    She love you so much. You’re all she talks about. I have so many orders from her for you. I’m not allowed to make you crazy the way I do your Uncle Chris. I’m not allowed to call the doctors every time you sneeze and you are to be allowed to tussle with your friends without me having a conniption that someone might bruise you.
    Nor am I to bully you about getting married or having kids. Ever.
    Most of all, you are allowed to pick your own car at sixteen. I’m not supposed to put you in a tank. We’ll see about that one. I refuse to promise her this last item until I know more about you. Not to mention, I’ve seen how other people drive on the roads. So if you have a tank, sorry. There’s only so much changing man my age can do.
    I don’t know what our futures will hold. I only hope that when all is said and done, you are more like your mother than you are like me. She’s a good woman. A kind woman. Full of love and compassion even though her life has been hard and full of grief. She bears her scars with a grace, dignity, and humor that I lack.
    Most of all, she has courage the likes of which I haven’t witnessed in centuries. I hope with every part of me that you inherit all her best traits and none of my bad ones.
    I don’t really know what more to say. I just thought you should have something of me in here too.
    Love,
    Your father (Wulf)”

    “Guys, we’re so screwed. The women know we didn’t go hunting. (Kyrian)
    You think? What idiot came up with that lie? (Zarek)
    I’m not an idiot. And it’s not like I lied. I just omitted what exactly we were hunting and where we were doing it. (Talon)
    Like your wives wouldn’t know better? When was the last time Mr. Armani hunted something that didn’t have a price tag on it? Oh, and the loafers and trousers are perfect camouflage. (Zarek)”

    “Look at his hair. He looks like his father. (Cassandra)
    He has your lungs. (Wulf)
    Oh, please! (Cassandra)
    Trust me. Every Apollite here knows that my parents were unmarried at my birth, and that if you survive the night, you plan on making me a eunuch. (Wulf)”

    “No, see the slide’s too high. He could fall and get a concussion. (Wulf)
    Forget that. He could rack himself on the teeter-totter. (Chris)
    Teeter-totter nothing. The swings are a choking hazard. Whose idea was it for him to have this? (Urian)”

    “It’s a sun lamp. I thought you might be tired of your pasty-pale complexion. (Chris)
    Christopher, I happen to be a Viking in the middle of winter in Minnesota. Lack of a deep tan goes with the whole Nordic territory. Why do you think we raided Europe anyway? (Wulf)
    Because it was there? (Chris)
    No, we wanted to thaw out. (Wulf)”

    “You love her. (Shanus)
    I barely know her. (Wulf)
    Time has no meaning to the heart. (Shanus)”

  19. 1. The real villain is Apollo. He cursed his own people and humanity because of his vanity and lust. The Apollites and Daimons are just doing whatever they can to survive just like many of us would do as well. They are capable of both good and evil and because of this they are not the villains of the story.

    2. Wulf takes care of all his family members even though he knows that their going to die. He even takes care of Erik though he annoys him a lot. It can also be seen with Cassandra and the baby. She loves the baby already and is willing to die for it even though she has never met her child. Finally you see this with Pheobe because she is willing to die to protect Cassandra and the baby. And Urian because he is willing to risk his and her life to protect Cassandra.

  20. 3. It could be because he saw something good or useful in Urian. Or he saw the family connection or some sort of recognition. And because Ash knew that Urian didn’t deserve to die just beaus he fell in love.

    4. I’m not sure. I have never been put into that situation and the only thing that I could kill are bugs. I don’t think I would be able to do this if their begging for their lives. But I neccessary wouldn’t be able to kill myself either. So I guess I would just wait through the pain.

  21. “No, see the slide’s too high. He could fall and get a concussion. (Wulf)
    Forget that. He could rack himself on the teeter-totter. (Chris)
    Teeter-totter nothing. The swings are a choking hazard. Whose idea was it for him to have this? (Urian)”

    I really hope to see more of Urian after his loss.

  22. 1.With this story Kenyon introduces the concept of Daimons and Apollites being worthy of life and love, which she continues throughout the series. How do you feel about villains being given souls?
    Everyone deserves a chance at happiness and having souls.
    2.If you’ve ever had the privilege of hearing Sherrilyn Kenyon speak or have read her personal story, you know that family is very important to her. In what ways, scenes, quotes does this show in Kiss of the Night?
    Wulf is very protective of his family.
    3.In this novel we learn a little more about Acheron and his powers, including his ability to foretell the future and actually change the outcome. Why do you think he makes the choice his enemy’s son that he does?
    He is kind hearted and didn’t want something unjust befall on someone who didn’t deserve it.
    4.One of the things the story makes a point of is that the Apollites are cursed to dying at age 27 over something that their ancient ancestors did. If you were so cursed, could you go Daimon and take the life of an innocent to keep living or would you be like the Apollites in the commune and choose to die, painfully, on your birthday, surrounded by your family?
    I have no idea what I would choose honestly. i probably would try to keep living but only take those souls of the evil people. . .

  23. 1. One of the things the story makes a point of is that the Apollites are cursed to dying at age 27 over something that their ancient ancestors did. If you were so cursed, could you go Daimon and take the life of an innocent to keep living or would you be like the Apollites in the commune and choose to die, painfully, on your birthday, surrounded by your family? I would die, just like family would.

  24. I enjoy reading this one. A lot of us know the feeling of not being noticed or invisible this book was very relatable

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