September 5, 2012

Review: Time Untime by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Series: Dark-Hunter 17; Hellchaser 5
Format: Hardback 
Excerpt here
Release Date: August 7, 2012
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The Mayans aren’t the only ones with a 2012 prophecy…

Long before recorded history, there was a Keetoowah warrior so feared that everyone trembled before his wrath. Only a brutal betrayal by the one closest to him could defeat him. But not even death was the end of a man so strong.

The Time Untime approaches…

Kateri Avani has been plagued her entire life with dreams she doesn’t understand. Images of places she’s never been and of a man she’s never seen. Her quest for answers has driven her to Las Vegas where she hopes to finally silence the demons in her mind.

What she never anticipates is coming face to face with the warrior who has haunted her her entire life. One who belongs to a world the scientist in her refuses to believe is real.

Ren Waya came back from the dead to keep the prophecy he began from coming true and ending the world. For thousands of years, he has fought the same evil that once possessed him. But now that evil has found the one person he can’t fight. The one person who, against his will, holds the most sacred part of him.

His heart.

But if he doesn’t kill Kateri, the deadliest of evils will reemerge and destroy everyone else on the planet. It was a sacrifice he made once.Will he be able to make it again?

I am a fan of this series so like most Dark-Hunter followers, TIME UNTIME's release had me excited. I miss Acheron, Nick Gaultier and the rest of the rowdy bunch of Hunters under Artemis' service. Although I wasn't floored by Retribution (book 16), my enthusiasm for the series remained high and unchanging. 

TIME UNTIME was the continuation of SKenyon's Native American myth story arc. Ren Waya was introduced to us in Retribution and there we were given a taste of his future struggle with his brother, Coyote and their role in the whole Mayan end of world thing. Frankly I'm not very interested in Ren's story and in fact he reminded me a lot of Phury from Black Dagger Brotherhood. I like tortured heroes but I want them fighting back and maybe a little defensive and righteous but Ren was too much of a martyr for my taste and it dulled his edge IMHO, sorry :D. Good thing Kateri was every bit a heroine so she balanced out Ren's poor-me-act really well. That said, as far as the main storyline of this book is concerned it didn't really capture my interest that much.
My nature is death. You're alive. That sheer fact, regardless of any other, makes me want to kick your ass and kill you. This is why I need help, and I can't go to a therapist. I just might eat them and I don't like the taste of human... [Nick to Ash]
HOWEVER, I must say that SKenyon can WRITE myths! We've already seen her meld Greek and Atlantean pantheons now she added Native American myth to the mix and I think she got away with it. I'm unfamiliar with the latter so I can't vouch for its accuracy or how much of the original myths SKenyon kept to blend well with the world she created. But I do know that TIME UNTIME is her way of paying homage to her Native American roots so I think she did her best to preserve the original story as best as she can. And of course the sexy scenes were done in true SKenyon fashion: hot and descriptively delicious. Ren managed to redeem himself in my book as far as those scenes are concerned. I'm easy, I know.
My mother is the only thing that kep me human, Acheron. Every single day I live without her, I lose more of my humanity. There's nothing that anchors me now. [Nick]
Now what got me madly excited was Acheron and Nick! These two has been butting heads for half of the series already and I'm so happy to see them talking again! I mean they still threaten each other mortally and Ash is still trying to appeal to Nick's humanity but now I think (hope) that maybe forgiveness is in the horizon or at least they are approaching some sort of understanding. Oh, and Talon made a special appearance here too, he got a considerable amount of face time in this book which works for me because I LOVE Talon! I miss those annoying Apollites though, I never realized how much flavor they add to the stories.

On that note, I think SKenyon should start wrapping up the series. I love her and the rest of the Dark-Hunters but the past couple of books were a little flat. Maybe it's time for Artemis to get her comeuppance, Apollymi to forgive and forget or just end the world (whatever works for her) and finally for Ash and Nick to just battle it out.


  1. I haven't read a S Kenyon DH book since No Mercy. After a while, series to get sort of dry..hopefully she'll end this one soon & with a bang. I like your way ;)

    I like her League series, but fell off of that one too, it's good though.

    1. I just read book 1 of League and I didn't like it as much, I have books 2 and 3 sitting on my shelf for a year now, gathering dust *hangs head in shame*

  2. I've only read (listened to) one book in this series, somewhere towards the more recent ones - but I really loved it. Many series seem to go on longer than they should, it's a sad but true thing. I do want to read the beginning of this series though.

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

  3. >.< I stopped reading this series after Retribution, although it had Ash and Jesse, I didn't feel that it pertained to the story... kind of killed it for me -____- But since I found out a month ago that Styxx is getting a book of his own.. i'm gonna start back up from where I left off.. so this book'll be next, i think o.O lol. great review Braine Im glad Nick and Ash are talking again, and I agree SKenyon needs to wrap this series up already >.< lol ^_^

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  5. I agree with you completely, and it got 'only' three stars from me as well. But as you, I was so happy Nick and Ash were actually talking.
    Ren was too self-loathing IMO, and I didn't like him very much. But I do still have high hopes for future books - this one felt like a filler.

  6. I read book 1 and 2 in League series but, fell off too. Silly me, should have kept going. I haven't started this series, it's bad ass long, so I really should roll the sleeves up and dive in. Can't complain about waiting for a book, lol!


  7. Great review girl! I just put mine up and I noticed we kind of felt the same way in a few things. Nooooo, I love Phury way more than Ren. LMAO! But....Phury got gypped in his book. LOL


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