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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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Badass takes on a whole new form as Stryker returns madder and meaner than ever. One of my favorite things about a Kenyon novel is how Sherri can take a character you love to hate and then make you see their side of things. When I first heard she was doing a book for the head villain, I have to admit, I was skeptical, especially since I figured she'd do the typical author thing and turn him into a good guy.
I should have known better. Kenyon never does things like other writers which is why I love her stuff. So Stryker picks up where Acheron leaves off. Alone and pissed, Stryker is jonesing for some serious payback. Like any good villain, he goes straight for the napalm. He descends into Hades and unleashes War. No, not Cratus. Polemus. And not just the god of war, but the whole swarm of the Machae. For those not well-versed in ancient Greek myth, they're the running buddies of Ares who used to wreak havoc on battlefields. They make Patton look like a soccer mom.
At this point, there's nothing that can stop Stryker or distract him from his suicide run.
Or is there?
Enter the ex-wife he thought was dead. And have her bring in the gorgeous daughter he didn't know about on top of it. And neither is happy to see him again. In fact, they're on assignment from Artemis to end his reign and bring his heart home to Olympus, without the rest of him. Something Zephyra is definitely up for since Stryker kicked her to the curb eons ago because Apollo (his father) made him leave her so that Stryker could marry one of Apollo's priestesses and start the race of Apollites that would eventually get all of them cursed to die horribly on their twenty-seventh birthday.
But the sad fact is, Zephyra is the one who got away and Stryker never got over her. While she wants to carve his heart out, he's willing to give it to her. But the world around them is exploding as Nick learns that he is the Malachai and that he has powers inside him that rival Acheron's. More than that, Stryker learns it, too. And in a clever game of cat and mouse, the plot unfolds as War manipulates everyone against each other and heightens the stakes with the fate of the world and humanity hanging in the balance.
And for the first time, we meet Jared who squares off against his rival Malachai. Scarred by his own sins, all he wants is to kill Nick and put them both out of their shared miseries.
Kessar also steps forward with his own agenda as he vies for power. Something that turns out to be a mistake when he goes head to head with Stryker and they corner the Daimons and force them into a corner. With a Hail Mary Pass, Zephyra delivers to Stryker and his Daimons something they've been seeking for centuries. I won't tell you what because I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't read it, but it's a doozie.
But things are far from quiet as everything heats up even more and the escalating tensions force the most unlikely alliance of all. For one night, Acheron, Stryker and Nick must work together to save the world or they will lose everything.
Can they do it?
One Silent Night is truly a stellar book and my favorite Christmas read. Not the typical Christmas miracle story, but hey, it's a Kenyon novel. That's why we love her. What I think I like most and this is a bit of a spoiler is that fact that yes, Stryker is still evil in the end. While we do understand him better and feel for the guy, he is never "redeemed." He continues on in the series as a villain. Both he and Zephyra. And in a weird way, I still route for and against them. Let's face it, the guy got a raw deal. I'd be pretty ticked off too. I doubt I'd try to end the world, but then I'm not a demigod who has to eat human souls to artificially elongate my life either.
The book is chock full of old favorites. Menyara explains a lot about Nick's past and Cherise. Jared and Jaden have some important interaction. We meet Medea and Nim. Urian makes a comeback. And as always, there are some great one-liners and snappy comebacks that will leave you laughing out loud.Favorite Quote
“You’re in a foul mood. Someone piss in your blood?”
“Should I warm the oven and bake you a batch of hero cookies?”
“Hate you today. Will hate you tomorrow. What say we don’t waste any time? Give me the sword and let me have your throat now. You told me once that you’d die for me. How about you keep that one promise?”
“So are we going to continue glaring angrily at each other while we pose in our tough stances? Or use our time to work out a plan that hopefully doesn’t end with our mutual deaths?”
“Like a viper nursing eggs.”
“For the ones we love, today we’re allies. Tomorrow we resume our natural order of mortal enemies. Gentlemen, and I use that term loosely for all of us, have we an accord?”
1. Do you think Menyara had a right to shield Nick and Cherise from the truth?
2. If you were Nick, would you have rather known you were the Malachai or grown up completely ignorant of it?
3. What do you think the relationship is between Jared and Jaden?
4. Sherri has often said that Simi’s future husband makes an appearance in this book. Which character do you think it is? Why?
5. Do you think you could ever work with your enemies even to save the world?
6. If you were an Apollite, do you think you could take a human life to live? Even an evil one?
7. Could you have betrayed your own like Jared did? What do you think could have motivated him to do that for Jaden?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.