Sunshine is a ditzy artist in New Orleans. She has a tendency to forget things as she travels through life. She lives over her family’s bar and supports herself with her art. She was married for a short time and never wants to do that again. And as crazy as she seems, it’s out of character for her to take a strange man home, but she just couldn’t help herself.
Talon isn’t just any man though. He’s 1500 years old! He was a Celtic chief until he was killed by a power hungry cousin. Cursed by the god, Camulus, everyone he has ever loved has died. When his sister is killed, he swears vengeance and sells his soul to Artemis becoming a Dark Hunter.
Dark Hunters have some similarities to vampires. They have fangs and can not go out in the sunlight. However, they are around to protect humans from daimons and others how would harm them. Dark Hunters are immortal and each has special powers.
Talon finds that he is drawn to Sunshine in a way that reminds him of his wife. As his wife has been dead for centuries, he finds this odd. Odd still, Sunshine starts dreaming about Talon’s life before he became a Dark Hunter and believes that her soul maybe that of his wife. Could they be soul mates? Can Talon chance Sunshine’s life?
It’s almost Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and things are very unsettled. It seems there are more than a couple of war gods taking up residence and that doesn’t sound good. A few extra Dark Hunters are brought in, but things don’t calm down but get worse. What could be going on? Will they figure it out before chaos breaks out?
I had heard about the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon for several years but never seemed to have the opportunity to read one. I’m so glad my opportunity finally came up. What I heard was right if I base my opinion on this book. They are good with some excellent characters.
The characters are extremely diverse. Dark Hunters come from many cultures and many eras. Not all were high class and not all of the cultures got along. These clashes did not disappear when the people became Dark Hunters which makes it interesting when they have to work together. I found it particularly interesting reading about a Roman nobleman and a slave from the same household needing to come together on a project when one resented the other and the other couldn’t be bothered with someone so far beneath them.
Mingled among the Dark Hunters are various gods from various cultures. Again, this makes for some interesting reading. Most schoolchildren learn about Greek and Roman gods but know little to nothing about Celtic ones. These little known gods not only make for interesting plot shapers but they can actually teach the reader a little bit about the culture they came from.
One of the most interesting parts of this story is how characters from the previous book are integrated into this story as well as characters from other Ms Kenyon series. There are a couple types of shift changers that are major secondary characters and the tidbits that are given about them only wets your appetite for more information on them. What a great way to intertwine all of your stories!
This is the second book in the Dark Hunter series. I didn’t need to know anything about the previous book to enjoy this one though the characters from the previous book were part of this one. It also made me want to get the first book to see what interesting things I might have missed. Also, as there are several more books already written in this series, I don’t have to wait to find out what happens to some of the more interesting characters. I only have to get the next book!
Because this book was originally published in 2003, there are no references to Katrina. Because I don’t know New Orleans, I’m not sure if the buildings/places mentioned are still as they are described or not. However, it doesn’t really matter, does it?
Life is great for me. I have my chicory coffee, my warm beignets, and my best friend on the cell phone. Once the sun goes down, I am the baddest thing prowling the night: I command the elements, and I know no fear. For centuries, I've protected the innocent and watched over the mankind, making sure they are safe in a world where nothing is ever certain. All I want in return is a hot babe in a red dress, who wants nothing more from me then one night.
Instead, I get a runaway Mardi Gras float that tries to turn me into roadkill and a beautiful woman who saves my life but can't remember where she put my pants. Flamboyant and extravagant, Sunshine Runningwolf should be the perfect woman for me. She wants nothing past tonight, no ties, no long-term commitments.
But every time I look at her, I start yearning for dreams that I buried centuries ago. With her unconventional ways and ability to baffle me, Sunshine is the one person I find myself needing. But for me to love her would mean her death. I am cursed never to know peace or happiness-not so long as my enemy waits in the night to destroy us both.
--Talon of the Morrigantes