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Disappointing after the first two,
This review is from: Night Embrace (Dark Hunter) (Mass Market Paperback)
Having loved Fantasy Lover and Night Pleasures, I was very keen to read Kenyon's third book in this series. I came to it with high hopes... but was disappointed.
The Dark-Hunters are the same: they're still great characters and I love Acheron just as much here as in Night Pleasures. Talon... didn't do it for me. Nor did Sunshine, as it happens. She was just too flaky for my liking. What made the book worth finishing were the sub-plots: mainly Acheron, including his relationship with Artemis and Styxx, but also Zarek and Valerian. Now those stories I will read!
But Talon. He's cursed that any woman he falls in love with will die, so he has indulged in one-night stands for fifteen hundred years. And he doesn't even seem to put up a fight with Sunshine? Fifteen hundred years of controlling his feelings, and he goes completely out of control after one night? He tells her that he loves her while still telling himself and everyone else that he doesn't? That just doesn't convince me.
What really made me dislike Talon and Sunshine's story, though, was the reincarnation plot. Sure, I know I'm reading a fantasy/supernatural novel, but I have my threshold, and reincarnation goes way, way beyond it. As soon as I realised that was where Kenyon was going, she lost me in terms of her lead characters.
A further niggle related to her use of ancient language. Talon's a Celt, true. His sister Ceara (should be Ciara?) speaks to him in what is clearly Gaelic - okay, the languages are related, so that's not too much of a problem. But Kenyon gets the fadas (accents) backwards, and the use of the language is stilted. Ceara wouldn't call Talon 'my bráthair'! She'd call him simply 'bráthair' or 'mo bráthair' - it just doesn't make sense to use Gaelic for half of the phrase.
Anyway, one so-so story out of the way; Zarek's is next, and since I found him much more interesting than Talon, that one should be better.