Thursday, September 1, 2011

Review: Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by St. Martin's Press 
Adult Paranormal
Harm no human...

A hired gunslinger, William Jessup Brady lived his life with one foot in the grave. He believed that every life had a price. Until the day when he finally found a reason to live. In one single act of brutal betrayal, he lost everything, including his life. Brought back by a Greek goddess to be one of her Dark-Hunters, he gave his immortal soul for vengeance and swore he’d spend eternity protecting the humans he’d once considered prey.

Orphaned as a toddler, Abigail Yager was taken in by a family of vampires and raised on one belief- Dark-Hunters are the evil who prey on both their people and mankind, and they must all be destroyed. While protecting her adoptive race, she has spent her life eliminating the Dark-Hunters and training for the day when she meets the man who killed her family: Jess Brady.

A gun in the hand is worth two in the holster...

Jess has been charged with finding and terminating the creature who’s assassinating Dark-Hunters. The last thing he expects to find is a human face behind the killings, but when that face bears a striking resemblance to the one who murdered him centuries ago, he knows something evil is going on. He also knows he’s not the one who killed her parents. But Abigail refuses to believe the truth and is determined to see him dead once and for all.

Brought together by an angry god and chased by ancient enemies out to kill them both, they must find a way to overcome their mutual hatred or watch as one of the darkest of powers rises and kills both the races they’ve sworn to protect.
My Review
The down fall of being a  HUGE fan of the Dark Hunter series is that I compare all the Dark Hunter series with Acheron’s book. Which no one and I mean no one can out due. That has got to be her best book out of this whole series but it is so torturous (is that a work?) I could only read it once. I know it’s not fair to do but it’s something I can’t help. 

The great thing about being such a big fan is that each book gets you another look into the Dark Hunter world which frankly I can’t get enough of. I mean who can get tired of reading about supernatural rough tough warrior god like men who have been unforgivably wronged and betrayed by a woman (or man) that they loved and trusted. Then they find new love, passion, and devotion where they least expected. It’s a second chance at love and a wonderful life full of happiness and a new family.

So let’s start with the beginning. I think is has a strong start. An intriguing first sentence. “ They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” This sentence pulled me right in and made me curious to see what story lies ahead.

This DH book starts off a little different then most DH books by showing us right away why Jess has decided to sell his soul to the “heifer-goddess” or Artemis for those of you not yet familiar with Simi talk;) Usually we don’t get this very private view of our main character/Dark Hunter until much later in the story. I think it worked real well for this story because you understood right away what Jess’s background was and I could focus on the deeds at hand. 

In the beginning what you see of  Jess is that he is so full of hatred and bitterness from all that life has put him through. Raised by a drunken father who hated the world and betrayed by his best and only friend. As the story unfolds and he meets Abby you get to see the more tender and playful man Jess could be. Through Abby’s POV you could see both the passionate, loving, caring  man, and the fiercely savage warrior Jess is. In this book you get a view of some Native American heritage because Jess’s mother was Native American. This was a new and interesting twist to the Dark Hunter world and I hope to see more of it. Even though it was a little confusing and lengthy at time it was fascinating to see how everything connected.

Abigail’s story is just as twisted and violating as Jess’s was. Lied to and used by the people she loved and trusted the most in the world only to find out she is “sleeping with the enemy“. Well not all of them are the enemy but still it was heartbreaking to see. Before finding out the truth, Abby thinks Jess is her enemy and dedicates her life to finding him and destroying him. Well things don’t turn out the way she plans and he finds herself relying on the last person she ever thought would be a friend. 

The ending was also a little different from the other DH book and I hope we get to see how there decisions play out. I’m hoping we get a short story of them in the near future.

Over all it was a great insider to the DH world and can’t wait for more!!
OH!! How can I forget about the Bonus Scene! At the end of the book there was a bonus scene with Acheron, Tory and a new arrival. This was like the cherry on top, with nuts and whip cream. Sorry, I’m craving a Sunday. This twenty page short story is of  Acheron’s and Tory’s most precious moment and the arrival of their baby You have to read to get it.

Best line: “ Welcome to the madness.”
Funnies line:” Is it a Smurf?” Tory asked. (Bonus Scene)
Giggle line: Only Jess could make Kleenex sexy.

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This review copy was provided by Zeitghost Media.

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