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At last another Dark-Huntress makes a stand
on 7 September 2010
Since the last Dark-Huntress who took on a significant role in this series was Danger in "Sins of the Night" published in 2005, it's been a considerable wait for another. Well Samia Savage, an Amazonian Queen whose death cry of vengeance was answered by the Goddess Artemis is well worth the 5 year wait. Sam's warrior skills rival that of any hero found in the DH series, and it comes as no surprise that she is a machiskyli; a "Dog of War" considered an elite warrior even amongst the highly trained Dark-Hunters. Yet Sam's psychic ability of psychometry; the ability to "read" an object, is somewhat debilitating as she can be overwhelmed by the history and emotions of anyone who has handled an object she touches.
Her match is Dev Peltier, the bear shifter who has popped up in many previous DH and Were-Hunter novels. His own emotional scars match those of Sams, yet Dev definitely hides his heartache behind wisecracks and sarcasm. His one liners and verbal sparring with Sam are pure SK at her best, and even during major battle scenes, Dev's comments in the face of danger easily raise a smile.
There are plenty of familiar faces featuring but I've got to say I'm not liking where SK is going with Stryker. Yep there's no denying he's a bad guy, but in "One Silent Night" in which he took a lead role, he was portrayed as honourable and although bloody thirsty, his quest was understandable. Well in "No Mercy" he's back to his old ways which seems at odds with the villain with a heart SK made him out to be. I'm also losing patience with Nick Gautier and his angst ridden attitude; come on Nick we know you have a problem with Acheron but get over it already!
That aside, SK has produced a standard furiously paced, action packed DH novel, with plenty of heat between the leading lovers, an imaginative plot plus some intriguing characters that not enough is learnt of despite their increasingly frequent appearances; namely Savitar and Thorn. Even after writing a ridiculous amount of books set in the Dark-hunter world this author still manages to thrill with exciting and new story lines.