Saturday, August 20, 2011

Review: Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Book 21 in the Dark Hunter series

Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 9780312546595
Release date: August 2, 2011
Author's website: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Harm no human…
A hired gunslinger, William Jessup Brady lived his life with one foot in the grave. He believed that every life had a price. Until the day when he finally found a reason to live. In one single act of brutal betrayal, he lost everything, including his life. Brought back by a Greek goddess to be one of her Dark-Hunters, he gave his immortal soul for vengeance and swore he’d spend eternity protecting the humans he’d once considered prey.
Orphaned as a toddler, Abigail Yager was taken in by a family of vampires and raised on one belief—Dark-Hunters are the evil who prey on both their people and mankind, and they must all be destroyed. While protecting her adoptive race, she has spent her life eliminating the Dark-Hunters and training for the day when she meeting the man who killed her family: Jess Brady.
A gun in the hand is worth two in the holster… 
Jess has been charged with finding and terminating the creature who’s assassinating Dark-Hunters. The last thing he expects to find is a human face behind the killings, but when that face bears a striking resemblance to the one who murdered him centuries ago, he knows something evil is going on. He also knows he’s not the one who killed her parents. But Abigail refuses to believe the truth and is determined to see him dead once and for all. 
Brought together by an angry god and chased by ancient enemies out to kill them both, they must find a way to overcome their mutual hatred or watch as one of the darkest of powers rises and kills both the races they’ve sworn to protect.

Jessup “Sundown” Brady was not only the most feared bandit in his time, but he vowed to stop for good the day he fell in love. Then when it happened he lost his life to someone he called a friend. Sundown wanted revenge so he called on Artemis and sold his soul to finally get his revenge. Since he did this it made him a Dark Hunter. Now Sundown is out to protect humans from other kind.

Abigail Yager has been preparing her whole her life to confront the killer who murdered her parents, Jessup Brady. She has killed Dark Hunters before and that is only because her adoptive family has lied to her since day one. She had no idea what the dark hunters really did and now she is about to learn the whole truth. But the question is, will she be able to accept the truth?

Okay so now on the good stuff. I wasn’t a big fan of Sundown since he didn’t start off as a major character, but I knew he had a story that would be told. After that I wanted to know what his story was to make him sell his soul to be a part of the Dark Hunters. You get the inside story of every detail that happened to make him the man is. His sense of humor is actually comical. I also loved his laid back attitude. He was so controlled at times. He really was entertaining to read about.

I had my moments about Abigail. One minute she is after him to take his head and the next she is jumping his bones. I mean she started to feel for him in just a few days. I needed more tension. I did like how she was ready to take responsibility for killing the Dark Hunters.

Sherillyn Kenyon brings into the mix new characters and plenty of the old characters who we have grown to love. I for sure had a squee moment over Talon who makes an appearance. Normally some of the books in the Dark Hunter series is based on Greek Mythology, but in this one you get a look at some Native American storyline. But honestly, is truly alluring and refreshing.

I am really looking forward to where this series is headed. I mean Dark Hunters plus other supernatural beings is a win, win for me. Although I like the break without Greek Mythology I honestly can’t wait to revisit it . Plus at the end of the book you will get a surprise from Ash and Tori (so not telling) but if you are a Dark Hunter fan this is a book for you. I am so looking forward to what is to come in this series. Happy Reading!!

Reviewed by Danielle:



  1. I finished it yesterday and liked it, but didn't love it. Felt like we were thrown lots of information just to get the series moving forward. Really the surprise at the end was my favorite part of the book.

  2. Yeah, I don't know, I didn't love No Mercy, and I liked this one better but didn't love it either. Meh. I hope she gets back on track with some of the other more prominent characters that were introduced and we haven't seen again!!

  3. Hm, I might have to wait for the paperback if it's just MEH. I wasn't too keen on Sundown either. Or what he did to Zarek. So... But good review and I bet I know the surprise with Tori and Ash. My concern is how are the Dark Hunters going to get their souls back now?


  4. LOL... I was like, Bells and Lush felt the same about this book... Then I realized DUH... it's the same review! Hehe