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Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Title: Son of No One
Release date: 2nd of September 2014
Series: Dark-Hunter #29
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy
Published by: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 429 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
In Son of No One, next in the blockbuster The Dark-Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, it’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted-out hoopty running. But when something truly evil is released into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcements.
From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his age.
Centuries ago, Cadegan was viciously betrayed into an immortal prison by the only person he’d ever trusted and was cast into an immortal prison. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him. Something he can’t seem to fight and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him everything.
He knows he has to stay away from her, but the unleashed demon is hell-bent on consuming her soul. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?
Hmmm… I keep reading and hoping and reading and hoping that the series struggles out of this 3 star slump it’s been in for me already years. Again, this next installment had some awesome parts and things I always expect and love about these books, but then again it had so many aspects that just continue dragging the series further down, so unfortunately 2 stars this time – it just didn’t rise above that. I’m genuinely sad!
This book had some unexplored plot devices for the series, for example, most of the action taking place in a medieval-like demon dimension, fairies, Britannia and so on. So it definitely had some fresh ideas and new paths not crossed before. Thanks to this, the book had a different vibe to it than the previous ones, which was unexpectedly pleasant.
I think one of the most anticipated aspects about this series are the hints, clues and information given regarding the multitude of intriguing, mysterious and compelling characters introduced. They are the ones you want to know more about, but Kenyon keeps a tight grip on every piece of itty bitty info and I predict she will eternally keep you craving for more, because the amount of such characters she creates isn’t exactly small and at least in every book there is a new addition to this elite secretive club of hunks. At times it annoys me, but the joy of finding out something new always compensates for the frustration. Also, in this installment, we get a lot, but not nearly enough regarding one of the members of this elusive club: Thorn. The tidbits were intriguing to say the least, especially the one in the very end before the epilogue.
I was extremely heart-warmed to see Ash and Styxx getting along so well and truly behaving like loving brothers. Theirs were one of the most memorable moments in the book.
Now to the cons:
I didn’t feel that there was a significant conflict or final obstacle in the book, of course, there was something, but it was too shallow and too easily brushed aside or at least it came across as such. There were again old loved characters just stuffed into the book without any substantial purpose, I want better for them to than just be mentioned or have one line of dialogue just for the sake of it. The story was too rushed and handled too superficially, especially during the second half and the same was with the romance, which is sad because the potential was all there, honestly, there was sooo much promise and I was so excited for this book.
Something that’s started to really bug me: I’m at a point where I need a summary, diagram or anything that will help sort out all the relations and connections between all the characters. I was so lost several times when new info and background knowledge regarding characters and their relations were thrown out there. Also, can there be a stop to the most-powerful-being craze, it’s like each new or even old character is more powerful than the last. When you think this is the über boss, then another comes along who makes mice out of the last ones.
Something about the characters:
I liked Cadegan, he was sympathetic, kickass and tortured, but not in an overdoing kind of way. Despite everything, he was a nice guy not some bitter and hateful badass. That was a pleasant surprise and kind of refreshing.
Jo, I wasn’t really that fond of, because while I adore smarty-pants and sarcastic heroines, she was just too much. Almost everything she said had some “hilarious” remark in it, at times it was so inappropriate and so against the mood of the situation that it got bothersome quickly.
The world of the Dark-Hunter series is fascinating, vast and addicting and I sincerely hope it will find its way out of this slump! That’s all I’m going to say.