Dark-Hunters, Volume 1

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Dark-Hunters, Volume 1

Dark-Hunter Manga Series

Dark Hunters are ancient warriors who fight to protect humans from vampires. They are for the most part immortal and Kyrian of Thrace is one of them.
Amanda Devereaux is an accountant. She wants to be the normal one in her large, wacky family. She was engaged to another accountant until he met her family. Her twin sister is a vampire slayer with a dog that needs to be let out on time or he gets even. Amanda doesn’t mind doing dog duty but she does mind getting kidnapped when she does it!
When Amanda wakes up she finds herself handcuffed to Kyrian. A daimon has done this and unless they find a way out and a way to get separated, Kyrian may loose that immortal thing.
I had never read a manga book before this one. In fact, I had never wanted to as they look to be oversize comic books which bored me as a child. But, I’ve heard really good things about Sherrilyn Kenyon and her Dark Hunter series so I felt compelled to give manga books a try.
The first thing that struck me with this book was the cover was on backwards. I quickly learned that I was wrong. The cover is fine. It’s put on in the traditional Japanese manga format. In fact, when you open what would have been the front of the book you get instructions on how to read this one.
All right, what’s really important though is the story. 
The story is fine. There are more complexities than I expected though not the depth that you would normally get in a regular book. I think most of that is due to the book is basically all dialog. Still, there is a lot going on, secondary characters introduced and even some background material given. I’m guessing that the secondary characters are from Ms Kenyon’s regular books and have their own story as they blended well into this one. This book has an introduction to Dark Hunters which helps you understand what is happening. 
It took a while to get use to the ink drawings. While they are okay, there is only so much black and white can do. 
I have now read a manga book. I have a second one to review yet. I don’t know if I will volunteer to read any more. However, as with any good comic book, the story ends with a cliffhanger so you can’t wait for the next book to come out. 
I found that this book gave me a taste of what the Dark Hunter books must be about. The story line was good and the complexity of it impressed me. The characters were interesting and well developed. I felt drawn into the story and found that I was able to finish it within an hour or maybe a little more. While I don’t think I will ever love this format, I did enjoy this story.

Book Blurb for Dark-Hunters, Volume 1

ART BY: Claudia Campos

In the war against vampires, mankind has only one hope: The Dark-Hunters. Ancient warriors who died of brutal betrayal, the Dark-Hunters have sworn themselves into the service of the goddess Artemis to protect us.

It’s a pact with pretty good perks. Immortality, power, psychic abilities, wealth and a cool wardrobe. But it comes with a few drawbacks: fatal sun poisoning and a new, irreparable dental problem. But aside from the fangs and nocturnal lifestyle, it’s not so bad.

Until Kyrian meets the most frightening thing imaginable. An accountant who’s being hunted by one of the most lethal vampires out there. If Amanda Devereaux goes down, so does he and no offense, he doesn’t want to die (hence the whole immortality thing). And he doesn’t want humanity dead either which is a good thing for us since he and Amanda are all that stands between us and oblivion. Let’s hope they win.

From the wild imagination of Sherrilyn Kenyon comes the humorous and suspenseful manga debut of the #1 internationally bestselling Dark-Hunter series. The world of manga will never be the same again.


Night Owl Reviews May, 2010 4.50