In Review: The Dark Hunters, Vol 3 by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Released: 9/28/10           208 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffith
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0312376888

Volume three is the first book of Night Embrace. It is Talon’s book, but it also introduces Zarek, one  of my favorites, and Valarius. Talon is an ancient Celtic warrior turned Dark Hunter, and Sunshine is a quirky artist who happens to possess the reincarnated soul of his long dead wife. Luckily, unlike some of the other Dark Hunters, he loved his wife very much, and she did not betray him, causing him to take up Artemis’s dark deal for revenge.
In his former life, Talon was killed when his cousin wanted to take over his tribe, slaughtering him but also his sister before his eyes. And if that weren't bad enough, Bacchus cursed Talon, making anyone he loves doomed to die. For centuries he's had a very satisfied life, slaughtering daimons until he comes across his soulmate, who'd he lost long ago in danger.
This current edition stays true to the book, illustrating well Talon’s fears, and Sunshine’s determination. Talon is just as tortured as previous hero Kyrian, and the story is just as action paced, however some of the chemistry and tenderness is lost in translation, but there is still enough emotion to make the story work.
The characters aren’t how I envisioned them, Talon looks younger, a lot younger, than I really thought he should. At times he looked no more than a child. But overall the artwork was consistent. This is the first of two for this story, so it is left in a large cliffhanger, bottomline it is a solid adaptation of a wonderful story.


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