In the war against vampires, mankind has only one hope: The Dark-Hunters. Ancient warriors who died of brutal betrayal, the Dark-Hunters have sworn themselves into the service of the goddess Artemis to protect us.
It's a pact with pretty good perks. Immortality, power, psychic abilities, wealth and a cool wardrobe. But it comes with a few drawbacks: fatal sun poisoning and a new, irreparable dental problem. But aside from the fangs and nocturnal lifestyle, it's not so bad.
Kyrian is an immortal Dark-Hunter who just lost his Dark-Hunter powers and along with it, his immortality. Now he is faced with the chance to regain not only his humanity, but his very soul. The problem is, it couldn’t have happened at a worse time. Desiderius is closing in and if Kyrian and Amanda are going to save humanity then Kyrian must take the war to his enemy or it may be too late.
I decided to treat myself to this book last week and it arrived in the mail today. Part of me is a little sorry that I decided to trade the first one on Paperbackswap after I read it. It would have been nice to have still had it around when I started reading this one, but I am trying to work on not keeping too many books on my shelf. I have so many around to read as it is that once I've read them I try to get them back out of my house to make room for other new to me books.
This book is the second half of Kyrian and Amanda's story. By the end of the this book their story has concluded and volume three will start with Talon and his story. From what I remember it starts right where volume one left off. I have to also say, that contrary to part of my review yesterday, during this book when some of the other dark hunters are listed in conversation Samia is mentioned, so I guess her name has been there all along and I had forgotten about her. I'm sure she was at the fight in Sanctuary and I just focused more on the characters I had already read about more.
Going back to this book, I enjoyed reading the rest of Kyrian and Amanda's story. I did read the novel Night Pleasures a few years ago and from what I can recall this follows the story pretty well. I am finding it interesting to see the story in a different way through illustrations. I also love how quick the two volumes were to read. I can see why a lot of readers enjoy them. While a lot of the inner dialogue is lost in converting it to this form, the pictures are able to convey actions even more succinctly than words at times which allows for a quicker understanding. It was also interesting to see how Nick was portrayed in the early stories in contrast to how he was in No Mercy. Seeing him as a cocky and sarcastic but essentially care free and life loving twenty-four year-old is so different than he is now.
I am now weighing in my mind whether of not I should by volumes 3 and 4. While I really enjoy them if seems like a lot of money to spend on books that can each be read so quickly. I also would love to read the Chronicles of Nick stories to see how Nick is shown is high school but so far haven't spent the money on it yet. I would love to hear other readers thoughts on deciding if a book is worth spending money on!
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (March 2, 2010)