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“Wulf Tryggvason was only one thing in life. He was a barbarian.”
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.”
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?”
“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.”
“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.”
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
- 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?
- 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>?
- 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?
- 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?
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.