Hi Readers! Welcome back to Book Club Thursday. If you are voracious readers like we are at BCT, I am sure that you sometimes fall behind on some of your favorite authors like we do. That's why we have our monthly features, like Catching Up With, so that we can play catch up with our faves. This month, we are each "catching up with" author Sherrilyn Kenyon!
I can't believe that I haven't read Sherrilyn Kenyon since 2011. I love the Dark Hunter's, but have fallen far behind on the series. It didn't help when it went hard-cover in the middle of the series,jmo. I will not whine, well maybe a little. It doesn't seem fair that fans of a series have to wait longer to read the next installment because they can't afford hard-covers. That is why some readers begin to put their faves on the back-burner. Oh well, anyway, I needed to read RETRIBUTION as my catch up selection.
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.
I have to start by saying that RETRIBUTION was not my favorite of the Dark Hunter series. The beginning was slow moving and it didn't seem to go anywhere. I liked Jess who was given his second chance at life to be a dark hunter. He was a killer, but he did find redemption which you find out later in the story. What I didn't like was some of his dialogue was a little 1950's television corny at first and then it just seemed to disappear. Jess also watched out for the woman he loved and almost married and was separated from, and this becomes a key issue to the story. It made me like him more. I had mixed feelings about Abigail. I hated her in the beginning, she killed dark-hunters, but that too is addressed in later chapters as Kenyon gives you more layers in the story. Both Jess and Abigail dealt with their murderous pasts and neither tried to sweep it under the rug. That made me feel something for their redemption.
This story takes place in the west USA and has some Native American mysticism which I enjoy. I also loved some brief visits from favorite characters like Zarek. The second half of the story really takes off and I found myself intrigued with the storyline, although part of it was confusing as well. It also is a bit insta-love between Jess and Abigail which some readers would find implausible. I think other reviewers either loved it or hated it 50/50. Overall, it was a good, but not great story and it certainly won't keep me from reading more of the series.
I hope that stop by and leave a comment about today's blog. Don't forget to join me and stop by to see which book by prolific author Kenyon they caught up on. Stop by again next week, May 26th, when we are doing our monthly Reading Challenge. Until then, Happy Reading!
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