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No Mercy

Official information

No Mercy Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark-Hunter

Publisher: St. Martin's

Live fast, fight hard and if you have to die then take as many of your enemies with you as you can. That is the Amazon credo and it was one Samia lived and died by. Now in contemporary New Orleans, the immortal Amazon warrior is about to learn that there's a worse evil coming to slaughter mankind than she's ever faced before.

Shapeshifter Dev Peltier has stood guard at the front of Sanctuary for almost two hundred years and in that time, he's seen it all. Or so he thought. Now their enemies have discovered a new source of power- one that makes a mockery of anything faced to date.

The war is on and Dev and Sam are guarding ground zero. But in order to win, they will have to break the most cardinal of all rules and pray it doesn't unravel the universe as we know it.

My review

I am sad to say that No Mercy is not one of the best books in Dark-Hunter series although I did enjoy it. It doesn't have the emotional intensity to touch a heart like Dance with the Devil , or Seize the Night for example.

The book is lighter around the edges, and yet, the complexity and intricacy of the world developed in Dark-Hunter series makes it hard to follow even though I have read all the previous books. And I can't even imagine the difficulties for the new reader. The world is simply getting too crowded.

The author herself tends to forget facts and details about events (the circumstances of Dev brother's deaths were a bit different compared to previously stated), so how can a reader expect to remember it all?

No Mercy does have a pace, dangerous adventures, funny moments and a beautiful romance, though a bit rushed I am afraid. The characters, if not capturing, are interesting enough. But despite the heroine's strength, she failed to embody the person she was supposed to in this reader's eyes. Her soft hearted character so at odds with my conception of an Amazon warrior. It was hard to buy into an Amazon (a supposed feminist with hatred for men) character who after thousands of years still mourned her husband or craved love. What kind of Amazon has a husband in the first place?

Despite that, Sam is an admirable character, a likable heroine and Dev - a sexy and funny hero.

I can't say No Mercy will leave you gasping for air, or forgetting meals and sleep, but it is a good read even though my personal belief is that Sherrilyn Kenyon should have wrapped up her Dark-Hunter series with Acheron and created a new world of demons she seems to introduce a species per book.

Rating 3.5

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