No Mercy (Dark Hunters #19) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
September 7, 2010
Hardcover, 343 Pages
St. Martins Press
Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: "You I expected better of." He turned his swirling sliver gaze from Sam to Dev and Fang. "You two not so much."
Dev Peliter has always worked the door of the Sanctuary; a bar run by his family. They offer a safe place for all manners of supernatural beings to eat and drink in peace. But after his parents are killed in a battle to protect his sister’s mate and the bar’s protection is revoked by Savitar…Dev begins to wonder if his life doesn’t lie beyond the Sanctuary.
Then she arrives.
Samia Savage. Samia (Sam) is part of an elite Dark Hunter group called the Dogs of War. She was an Amazon queen before being brutally betrayed and murdered. Sam cried for vengeance and Artemis answered. The attraction between Dev and Sam is instantaneous. But Sam is here for a reason. The Daimons have developed the ability to walk in the sun which bodes ill for the Dark Hunters who now have no protection against the Daimons during the day. To make matters worse, Sam may hold the key to bring the Daimons out of darkness forever and allow them to rule the Earth.
In Kenyon’s latest installment in her fantastical Dark Hunter’s series we are given Dev’s story. Dev Peliter has always been a favorite character of mine and I was thrilled to see his story finally arrive. With his witty “no filter” commentary and his over the top paranoid delusions, we are treated to a fast paced entertaining read that balances humor and suspense in perfect harmony.
The chemistry between Sam and Dev is sensual and passionate as usual in Kenyon’s world. Lust morphs to love as these strong yet vulnerable characters find in each other the one thing they need. Dev and Sam both process exceptional fighting skills and even though this is Dev’s story-Sam surges ahead and becomes the ultimate female protagonist as she strides confidently into the war for her life. She saves herself and it fit perfectly with how Sam’s character is portrayed.
The secondary characters add depth and even more humor to the story. Ms Kenyon has a way of creating characters that you cannot help but make friends with. You find yourself thinking about them long after the story is done.The interaction between the main protagonists and the other characters is revealing enough to feel like you are receiving much more then just one storyline. We are able to enjoy Dev and Sam while getting much needed and appreciated development on the main arc. Ms. Kenyon does a wonderful job of balancing the two where neither is sacrificed for the other. I was pleasantly surprised to see some older characters, whom I had thought forgotten about, brought forefront and given active roles in the story. We are given more insight into Nick’s psyche and also glimpses into the other less known factions who are quietly fighting the war on the sidelines.
Even though some say that Ms. Kenyon has to much going on in her stories I find them easy to follow and exceptionally entertaining. Rather like a soap opera.
All in all No Mercy is a humorous and tantalizing addition to the Dark Hunter world and left me with just enough clues in the ending to have me excited for the next installment-Redemption (Jessup’s story) due to release August 2, 2011.
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