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- Publisher: Piatkus; Digital original edition (7 September 2010)
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- Language: English
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No Mercy (Dark-Hunter World Book 20) Kindle Edition
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon brings us back to the electrifying world of the Dark-Hunters and introduces us to a brazen heroine for whom there is
Live fast, fight hard--and if you have to die, take as many of your enemies with you as you can. That is the Amazon credo and it was one Samia lived and died by. But today, in contemporary New Orleans, the immortal Amazon warrior is about to learn that there's a worse evil coming to slaughter mankind than she ever could have imagined.
"[A] publishing phenomenon...[Sherrilyn Kenyon is] the reigning queen of the wildly successful paranormal scene."--Publishers Weekly
Meet Dev Peltier. A shapeshifter who has stood guard at the front of Sanctuary for almost two hundred years, he's seen it all--or so he thought. His enemies have just discovered a new source of power--one that makes a mockery of anything faced to date. Now the war is on and it's up to Dev and Samia to guard ground zero. But in order to win, they will have to break the most cardinal of all rules--and pray it doesn't unravel the universe as we know it...
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To be completely honest the parts of this story that really stand out in my memory are the scene where Dev first sees Sam getting off her bike, coz you know, a woman in full skin tight leather getting off of a motorbike all sexy like and shaking her hair out once the helmet comes off is kinda hard to ignore. After that I honestly don't remember why they end up having to find Hippolyta's treasured something. It was like a piece of chest armour or something.
Anyway they end up with a riddle somehow (sorry guys, I don't know if the book just wasn't that memorable or if it's coz I've only read this one a couple of times, rather than the 5+ time's I've read most of the others) that they need to solve to let them into some specific kind of world where they can fight to win the prize.
And cue the awesome fight scenes. There are wolves while the earth is falling apart, then there's flying monkey's with axe's, a sandstorm and finally a cheating guard/ goddess that they have to get through to win the prize. The fight sequence of scenes grabbed my attention because with standard Sherrilyn style it's adrenaline pumping and grips you all the way wondering if our heroes are going to die.
When we get to the final challenge I'm left wondering how Sam can possibly pull this off. I mean, we know she's part of the "Dogs of War" ultimate group of Dark Hunters (FYI this is a group of fighters so mean and so powerful that even in the presence of other Dark Hunters their powers don't diminish to a noticeable level, or if they do they don't care and so are still super deadly) so she must be pretty awesome when it comes to fighting. But this is an obstacle course. That's all about speed, agility and stamina not brute force and determination. But it turns out this obstacle course is a bit different as it includes archery, trickery (well on the guards side not Sam's) and swordsmanship on top of giant flying birds.
It really felt the whole way through this that the romance between Dev and Sam was secondary. It never really felt like they were fighting for each other, or struggling to come to terms with their emotions and what that means. Other than Sam obviously killing Daimons because they killed her husband and child. She was still getting past that. So in terms of this being a book to read for action scenes, yes it's super cool. If you want the romance, it's a little bit lacking. But it does set you up to know some newish characters a bit better for future books. So it's still worth the read, but it's a little weaker than some of the others.
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If I was a new reader at this point I probably wouldn't have been as keen which is a shame - i still look forward to SK's books and know i can get a decent read and a good laugh and this book doesn't disappoint in that respect. My problem is that a few books ago (silent night/Acheron) it appeared that the books would continue introducing us more to characters like Savitar, Jaden, Jared. Nick obviously has a huge role coming and Thorn is another important newbie, however the last couple of books while being good in all the usual ways have not done much to further this storyline along so that while this book is still really great we are still kind of at the same stage were a few books ago. (A reviewer mentioned that this may be to wait for Nicks own spin off to reach its conclusion and if so I hope it's soon or SK should put off writing more DK books until she can make the big picture progress a little more).
The plot obviously centres around Sam and Dev and their relationship but there was also Stryker and his Daimons after Sam and her unusual powers leading to a mission to ensure her protection which was rather enjoyable.
Just purely because of how great she is I have to get picky now: the previous stories had really amazing connections between the main characters and by reading the book you were really drawn in. In this book we didn't get to know the characters all that well and only got small glimpses of both their pasts. Their relationship was also very quick to the point that the book felt split in two. The first bit the relationship the second bit the rest of the plot which was unfortunate.
Ok. This review has been pretty negative but I really loved this book and read it in a matter of hours. I'm still a major fan of SK and her dark-hunters but I do think she needs to decide where she is going with the series because while I am still hooked, from the other reviews it appears that others are not.
This is the nineteenth book in the series and obviously as I've just said features Devereaux Peltier a were bear and Samia Savage a Dark Hunter and member of the Dogs of War. Not only does this story tell Dev and Sam's blossoming love story but we also find out what has happened to Sanctuary since the major battle there in Bad Moon Rising. Dev and Sam's relationship starts off mainly for carnal needs but they soon find themselves actually caring and falling in love with each other even though a relationship between and were-hunter and a dark-hunter being frowned upon. They find themselves having to search and win Hippolytes girdle (an Ancient Amazonian Queen and Sam's grandmother) along with a little help from their friends in order to help protect Sam from the evil that is coming and it is during this quest that they realise how much they actually care for each other.
I don't know if it is because I have read all of the Dark Hunter books so close together with only having started reading them in January this year (2011) but I do find myself disagreeing with some of the previous reviews from long standing fans of the series in that I really enjoyed this book, yes I agree with a lot of the points and agree with some of the previous books not being as good as they could have but for me personally this was another great read. Having just finished this book the new book Retribution has just landed on my door mat this morning and I'm off to eagerly read the latest instalment.
The story starts with Sam meeting Dev outside Sanctury. Sam is a DH, Dev a werebear. In true Kenyon style they hit it off straight away. Whilst other reviewers see this as rushed I actually thought it seemed quite realistic of two people who hit it off on a night out and go home together.
The story has a different feel to other DH novels but I still loved it, its fast paced and full of action and has some of the other DH in it. I've waited ages for Devs story and I like that you find out more about why maman Peltier was always so harsh on him and also get a glimpse of why Remi is so angry. Also for anybody reading the Nick books you see things happening to Nick which may seem weird to anyone else who hasn't read them, I liked that Kenyon integrated this in.
My few critcisms are that Nick doesn't seem to be very consistant and there are certain continuity errors but I don't feel they really detract from the story.
I would advise if you haven't read any DH novels before, to start with Fantasy Lover or one of the earlier books.
Overall if you are a fan of the books and like Dev as a character and are following the whole story progress, i'd defintely get this book.