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This review is from: Kiss of the Night (Dark-Hunter Novels) (Mass Market Paperback)
CASSANDRA's life is definitely not that of a normal 26 year old college student. Being half Apollite she is destined to die a horrible and extremely painful death on her 27th birthday due in only 8 months time. It also transpires that she is the last surviving member of the line of APOLLO (the Sun God) - should she die childless the Sun literally dies with her. Unfortunately staying alive proves difficult as a race of Daimons believe their own curse will be lifted should she die. Hunted all her life CASS has witnessed the deaths of her mother, sisters and bodyguards at a young age and only her own formidable fighting skills and those of her latest bodyguard KAT have kept her alive. CASS is aware that her time is short and despairs of dying before finding true love and having children. Ignorant to her unusual heritage and aware that time is quickly running out she resolves not to bring a child into her world - a baby who will never know its mother and fated to be hunted by Daimons from birth.
WULF is a viking warrior tricked by the God LOKI to find himself an immortal Darkhunter in service to ARTEMIS, the Goddess who holds his soul. He is unfortunately the victim of a futher curse and discovers that no one but another DH or a direct descendant of his brother's bloodline will remember him 5 minutes after leaving his presence. This results in an overbearing protectiveness towards his only living relative CHRIS,a young man wrapped in cotton wool from birth and regularly urged by WULF to ..ahem .. sow his wild oats.
Manipulated by the Gods, WULF finds himself in a position where he must guard CASSANDRA, a member of the very race he has hunted and killed since becoming immortal. Seeking sanctuary in ELYSIA, an underground APOLLITE community, the reader is introduced fully to their society for the first time. We (and WULF) certainly have our eyes opened and it appears that not all Daimons are nasty soul sucking killers!
This book has an almost frenzied pace, red hot passion and loads of action, all skillfully entwined to create an exciting and imaginative read. We learn more of the Atlantean Destroyer and at last meet members of the elite Daimon squad, the SPATHI. ASH and SIMI crop up (their conversations always raise a smile) and of course we have the usual bucket load of vengeful Gods, Demi-Gods and evil Daimons battling for dominance over an oblivious human race. SK certainly answers questions in this book but raises even more interesting ones ... what is KAT's history and her ties to both ARTEMIS and APOLLYMI and who/what exactly is ASH, also referred to as the ELEKTI in this book and regarded as a formidable opponent by the Destroyer herself? I have my own theories but SK does keep the reader dangling (my only complaint). The DARKHUNTER series raised a wonderfully high standard from the start with JULIAN in FANTASY LOVER (though of course fans will know he is a Demi-God rather than a DH) and all the ensuing stories have been fantastic. KISS OF THE NIGHT certainly equals its predecessors and will definitely captivate lovers of true romance and fantasy. Yes there is a lot of action in this book but it in no way overshadows the blossoming relationship between WULF and CASS. I finally finish with a plea to SK - I am definitely available for Squire service .... any vacancies please please please give me a call!!