One Silent Night focuses on Stryker who’s released War. He orders War to kill for him and wants to die himself, but the whole plan goes awry and threatens to create an imbalance of power in the universe. Some of the beings are empowered by Stryker’s allies others by Wars. Zephyra, Strykers estranged first wife, the only one he’s ever loved shows up too, but all she wants is to kill him for leaving her so long ago.
***His father thought Stryker should marry a royal not a commoner like Zephyra and threatened to have her raped and beaten, but Stryker left her so she could live.
***After two thousand years she’s who he thinks about/loves.
Stryker strikes a bargain with Zephyra that if they survive two weeks together she’ll have the opportunity to kill him after that, but a truce will apply for that two weeks – he needs her help to get rid of War. Stryker’s introduced to his and Zephyra’s daughter Medea for the first time.
He also didn’t know about some of the powers others possessed until reckoned with, and some didn’t know their own abilities until others educated them to their special skills. Those skills were required when they banded together to attain Medea’s release from War.
There are so many beings/gods with powers the reader needs a score-card to keep track. Even the characters have lost track of who has the more formidable power and who’s the enemy. It’s possible a little more effort into organizing and/or explaining the characters relationships, hierarchy, and their powers would make the storyline fall easier into place. I’ve seen a type of glossary in other books and have sometimes had to refer to them for clarification. I might suggest something in this regard for future reference.
Sherrilyn Kenyon writes an entertaining novel, nevertheless, with imaginative personable characters. The gods of mythology take what they will until Ms Kenyon puts them to task in her novels. It’s great fun to see what she’ll do next.
While the world carries on unawares, Stryker, who leads an army of demons and vampires, is plotting an all out onslaught against his enemies—which, unfortunately for us, includes the entire human race. To avenge his sister, Stryker prepares to annihilate the Dark-Hunters. But things go awry when his oldest enemy returns. Enter his ex-wife. Zephyra. Just when he thought nothing could stop him, he’s now embroiled in a centuries old war with a shrew who gives new meaning to pain.