Friday, December 28, 2012

Review: Time Untime by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hi all!


A review for the latest book in the great Dark-Hunter series.





Title: Time Untime
Series: Dark-Hunter #17
Release date: 7th of August 2012
Published by: Macmillan
Imprint: St. Martin’s Press
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 371 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

The Mayans aren’t the only ones with a 2012 prophecy…

Long before recorded history, there was a Keetoowah warrior so feared that everyone trembled before his wrath. Only a brutal betrayal by the one closest to him could defeat him. But not even death was the end of a man so strong.

The Time Untime approaches…

Kateri Avani has been plagued her entire life with dreams she doesn’t understand. Images of places she’s never been and of a man she’s never seen. Her quest for answers has driven her to Las Vegas where she hopes to finally silence the demons in her mind.

What she never anticipates is coming face to face with the warrior who has haunted her her entire life. One who belongs to a world the scientist in her refuses to believe is real.

Ren Waya came back from the dead to keep the prophecy he began from coming true and ending the world. For thousands of years, he has fought the same evil that once possessed him. But now that evil has found the one person he can’t fight. The one person who, against his will, holds the most sacred part of him.

His heart.

But if he doesn’t kill Kateri, the deadliest of evils will reemerge and destroy everyone else on the planet. It was a sacrifice he made once.

Will he be able to make it again?

Review:

I’ve been a fan of the Dark-Hunter series from the start and I have to admit that I’ve never been so engrossed with any other adult series like this one. Out of this world plots/ story lines, ambitious goals, gripping/sympathetic/despicable characters that just stay with you, all the connections discovered/explored while the world gets bigger, more complicated and more familiar so that whenever you take up the newest book of the series you feel like meeting up with old friends/places again. Top notch stuff!

Unfortunately, this book suffered under the same issues I’ve had with many of the later additions to the series. I felt that there was just too much information thrown at me, I struggled to recall crucial details and connect the info, there was just so much going on behind the relationship of the main characters that I was somewhat lost at times. And at the same time, because of all this, I couldn’t fully connect with either of the main characters or care enough for their budding love as I would have wanted to. If this wasn’t a romance, it would be a more than decent adventure/paranormal/historic story.

Nevertheless, I still couldn’t put the book down or anticipate what’s going on/what will happen/how things will resolve/who of the characters we already know from other books will show up with what role/etc. It’s a fun adventure book, but the romance stays as a subplot for me.

Despite everything, the mythology is still beyond awesome, all the possibilities, directions to follow, endless topics to explore, it’s just amazing and impressive. The universe created is already so fleshed out that I’m already expecting a tall, dark and handsome immortal to cross my path on my way home any day! At times the number of pantheons and characters does become overwhelming but I just have concentrate more I guess.

In addition, a huge plus, as I’ve mentioned, is definitely the characters that you’ve come to love and follow through the series making bigger or smaller appearances. Acheron I love you! – Although I felt, that a couple were just inserted to this book just because. But, ok, I’ll try to overlook that.

Characters:

Ren – He was your typical I-can’t-believe-he-is-still-alive-and-kicking! tormented but handsome hero that thought no one would cared or, least of all, love him. Well, the past has proved it true till the sweet and nice Kateri comes along, who is the first in eons to understand and not view him with contempt or fear. I have to admit I found him sweet, he was more vulnerable, approachable and human than many other heroes in this series. I thought the stutter gave him something to stand out from the rest, plus it was very saddening but somehow cute.

Kateri – She was your typical kind, brave and spunky heroine who saw the true value of our hero and didn’t turn away from him. Honestly, there is nothing really wrong with her, she’s a good character, but she didn’t really stand out from the other heroines in the series.

Other characters:
There were a couple of new intriguing faces introduced, several old favorites resurfaced and, of course, Acheron kicked ass. He and Nick weren’t flat-out trying to kill each other in this one and we got more info on what is going on with their issues. There was also some interesting background information for other characters who have already had their own books. Still, I miss the original New Orleans crew, even tough a couple of them did have mini roles in this.


Overall:

A decent addition to the series, but still not on the same level as the first books. The next book Styxx, however, is something I can’t wait to get my hands on!



3 stars!

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