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August 5, 2011

Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon

plot summary and excerpt here
Series: Dark-Hunter 14; Hellchaser 3; Were-Hunter 6
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: August 4, 2009
Purchase Link: Amazon
Prepare to enter a world full of richly imagined mythology — a world where dark and dangerous heroes fight to protect us.

Prepare to enter an endless battle.

Prepare to lose yourself...

Fang Kattalakis isn't just a wolf. He is the brother of two of the most powerful members of the Omegrion: the ruling council that enforces the laws of the Were-Hunters. And when war erupts among the lycanthropes, sides must be chosen. Enemies are forced into shaky alliances.

When Aimee, the woman Fang loves, is accused of betraying her people, her only hope is that Fang believes in her. Yet in order to save her, Fang must break the law of his people and the faith of his brothers. The breech could very well spell the end of both their races and change their world for ever.

The war is one and time is running out.
Against All Odds (Aimee & Fang)

So I take back my previous comment about Kenyon and her world. The Dark-Hunter series is more like a UNIVERSE.

Just when I've finally gotten well acquainted with her world this new myth comes up about Were-Hunters. Result? My head is spinning and adrenaline is washing over me making me giddy. This is why I love this series, except for the Dream-Hunters, Kenyon's mythology never fails to fascinate me. This time she took poetic license on the age-old myth of Lycanthropy, infused with with the curse of Apollites and dark magick giving birth to numerous Weres.


Bad Moon Rising has a lot of sad moments, when Fang and Vane's sister Anya died in the middle of giving birth while being attacked by Daimons really broke my heart. And the way Kenyon painted their picture after her death is very tragic:
Vane walked stonily toward Anya and sank down beside her. He gathered her wolf's body up into his arms and cradled her as if she were a baby. Tears streamed down his face as he rocked back and forth with her and whispered to her.
Fang let out a fierce howls and turned into a man. His body bare, he laid his head down on Anya's back and held on to her too.

This scene is a real tear-jerker because prior to this, you can see how devoted they are to each other and Kenyon made sure that the reader feels the bond they share as siblings or litter mates.

And it didn't end there, soon enough their heartless father took them and beat them til their almost dead and tried to feed them to the gators and Daimons, whoever reached them first. This led to Fang becoming a Hellchaser, hunting Demons who escaped their Hell and send them back to their maker.

Now our heroine, Aimee is a Were-bear and a secret Arcadian and a love match with the Wolfwere Kattagaria Fang just sounds preposterous. But their chemistry is telling from the start and in the guise of repaying a life debt, Aimee finds herself going to Hell to save Fang and killing the Daimons who took pieces of his soul.

I like Aimee, she's stubborn and her moral compass is straight. Although she needs to plan her "save-the-day" schemes better but overall she has enough moxie to go after what she wants and fight for what she believes is right. Her love affair with Fang has a tinge of "forbidden" into it and there were a lot of moments where the excitement and fear of getting caught gets to you.

This is pretty tame compared to the other Hunter books, the signature Kenyon love scenes are a little bit restrained, but the tone of familial love and loyalty certainly makes up for it. I got misty eyed when Vane was willing to sacrifice himself to Savitar because he won't give up Fang. He'd rather leave his wife a widow and his children fatherless than give up his brother. And just when you're starting to lose faith in Mama Lo, Aimee's mom, she does something totally selfless that will shatter you to pieces! I promise, when Mama Lo and Papa Bear Aubert fell in battle, god help me! I felt part of my life force go with them.

So again, good job Ms. Kenyon! Thank you for givng me yet another reason to get addicted to your work.


2 comments:

  1. Great review. I only read the first in this series though. I loved it though. I really need to kick it up. I know this series is great, but there is so much LOL! Great review again hon, I can't wait to start more from this series :)

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  2. Oh you should! It's a sexy series too ;)

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