Sunday, January 9, 2011

Review: No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: No Mercy
Series: Dark-Hunter #19
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Available: Now
Reading Level: Adult

4 out of 5 Stars

Description from Goodreads:

Live fast, fight hard and, if you have to die, then 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. Now in contemporary New Orleans, the immortal Amazon warrior is about to learn that there’s a worse evil coming to slaughter mankind than she’s ever faced before. 

Shapeshifter Dev Peltier has stood guard at the front of Sanctuary for almost two hundred years and in that time, he’s seen it all. Or so he thought. Now their enemies have discovered a new source of power--one that makes a mockery of anything faced to date. 

The war is on and Dev and Sam are guarding 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.

My thoughts:

The Dark-Hunters series is one that I’m always saying I’ll catch up on. I read the first, and fell in love with Sherrilyn Kenyon’s story telling. When the opportunity to review the newest addition to this much loved series arose, I said sure because according to most readers this is a series you don’t have to read in order. Thank goodness they were telling the truth. I had no problems figuring out the workings of the world in which the Dark-Hunters and Were-Hunters reside, and suffered only mild confusion when it came to boss guy Acheron and the peculiar Nick. I’m not sure if reading previous books would help clear that up or not because both guys seem to harbor many secrets along with a mutual dislike of each other.

I was immediately engrossed by the story of Dev and Sam. Dev is a shapeshifter who works at his family owned bar as a bouncer. He has experienced more than his fair share of grief during his longer than average life. Sam is a former Amazonian warrior (Very cool!) who made a deal that she’d get to take revenge on those that killed her family in exchange for becoming a Dark-Hunter. Living with the constant pain of the loss she felt so many years ago, she never expected to be happy again. Unable to even touch others because of her empath abilities coupled with her Dark-Hunter responsibilities, she has resigned to living the life of a loner. Then she meets Dev who is a closed book to her, and she can’t seem to fight the attraction. She is falling for him and he for her, but unfortunately this is against the rules. That isn’t enough to stop these two from a few forbidden kisses and more. Of course a paranormal romance isn’t complete without bad guys trying to stir up trouble. There is plenty of trouble making, along with a healthy dose of romance and sizzling chemistry between the two main characters.

After finishing No Mercy the first thought that occurred was why the heck haven’t I read books 2-18. Author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, has such an amazing ability to create fascinating plots weaved with greek mythology, and super hot couples. I’ve also found my newest book boyfriend, Ethon. I truly hope he is featured more prominently in future novels because I think I might be in love ♥

Dev is a super sweet and likable guy. He has lost so many people that are close to him, but isn’t nearly as jaded as one would expect. Sam comes off all kick your ass biker chick in leather, but has a kind heart under the tough exterior. They are a perfect match. Things progress quickly between the lovely couple this book focuses on, but this is something I’ve come to expect and accept in this genre. Only complaint was the ending seemed rush. We spent all this time building up to this super battle only to have it over before this reader was ready. No Mercy is still a fascinating and enjoyable read, but the execution of the ending could have been paced better. 

This is a series all paranormal romance fans need to check out. Of course I might just be the last PNR fan to experience the fabulousness that is Sherrilyn Kenyon.

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Source: Publisher


  1. Nope - not the last. I have been thinking of picking it up then I just saw "book #19" and freaked out. Glad you said that you can read them out of order. I won't be so intimidated to pick it up and give it a try.

  2. Kenyon is one of my favorite authors. Each book has been fabulous and the characters are more enjoyable with each installment. Haven't read No Mercy yet but its on my bookcase waiting....maybe I'll get to it next week.

    Happy Reading!
    Jennifer @ Book Noise

  3. Sounds like fun. Great review. I'm still on the fence about this one.

  4. I'm just a tad bit confused on one bit at the ending....
    Spoiler spolier spolier spolier

    Did savitar bring Sam back to life or what was the jolt he gave both the girls??

  5. Regarding the Acheron and Nick saga, I don't think you have to read all the books to understand what's going on with them ... but there are a few books in the series which would clear things up like Seize the Night and Acheron.

    What I didn't understand about this one was why Sam suddenly couldn't read Dev's thoughts ... she could at the beginning and then she suddenly lost the ability ... still like you, I enjoyed the book.