Guest Reviewed by Gyn
Title: Son of No One
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Hellchaser #6, Dark Hunter #23
Genre: M/F Paranormal
Length: 432 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Available at: St. Martin’s Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: It’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Life will continue to throw every bad thing it has at her, and she will continue to not put her head in an oven. But that’s okay. That which doesn’t kill her will just require a few hours of mental insanity. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group trying to get their own cable show 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 her group accidentally releases something truly evil into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.
From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. And it’s not just because she can’t even begin to pronounce his last name: Maboddimun. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his apparent age…
Centuries ago, Cadegan sold his soul for vengeance against the betrayer who cursed him. 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 as much as it irritates and frustrates him. Something he can’t seem to fight, and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him his soul.
He knows he has to stay away from her, but the evil her friends unleashed is hellbent on consuming her soul. Something he cannot allow. 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?
So this is the 23rd book in the Dark Hunter series! Twenty. Third. That, right there, should tell you something about Kenyon’s writing abilities and stories. They’re amazeballs! If you’re a fan of men over six feet tall with bronze muscular bodies who wield swords (both kinds people, both kinds!), are slightly damaged and love their women fiercely, then Son of No One is right up your alley!
This story expands the already extensive world Kenyon has created with the Dark Hunter series. Cadegan has been trapped in a hell plane by his brother for over ten-thousand years with nothing but monsters and demons for company. Josette is a skeptical human with a string of bad luck trailing along behind her, which doesn’t help her at all when she stumbles into Cadegan’s world.
The romance in Son of No One is pretty quick to develop and is a little lean, kind of like chicken. The rest of the story, however, is like a big juicy T-bone steak! We get glimpses of some of our favorite characters from past novels, as well as a chance to meet many new and extremely interesting ones. Dragons!! We get even more meat added to the bones of Kenyon’s Dark Hunter world as Cadegan tries to find a way to save Josette and the world against evil gods and demons who want to use his power for, well, evil.
The downside of all this, of course, is that this series isn’t just your average steak. It’s like one of those food challenges where you have to eat a ten pound slab of beef in two hours. This series is so huge that it gets a little hard to digest it all, and I did find I was a little confused here and there and couldn’t remember things that happened previously. But still people, it’s bona fide, mmm mmm good Grade A meat! And did I mention the Dragons???
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*