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Dark Side of the Moon (Dark-Hunter, Book 11) [Abridged, Audiobook, CD] [Audio CD]

Sherrilyn Kenyon , Maggi-Meg Reed
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May 30 2006 Dark-Hunter Novels (Book 10)
Susan Michaels was once the hottest reporter on the Beltway Beat until a major scandal ruined her life and left her writing stories about alien babies and Elvis sightings. Life as she once knew it is over, or so she thinks, but then she gets a lead on a story that could salvage her extinct career. She heads to the local animal shelter, expecting a hot news tip, which she gets in the form of a major police cover-up . . . for a ring of soul-sucking vampires out to take over Seattle. So much for saving her credibility.
And if that isn’t bad enough, she gets talked into adopting a cat and finds she’s allergic to it. A cat that turns out to be a shapeshifter who claims to be an immortal vampire slayer on the prowl for the same corrupt cops. Her first thought: seek professional help.
But as Susan’s drawn into Ravyn’s dark and dangerous world, she comes to realize that there’s a lot more at stake than just her defunct career. Now it’s no longer a question of bringing the truth to her readers; it’s a matter of saving their very lives and souls.
Ravyn’s life was shattered over four hundred years ago, when he mistakenly trusted the wrong human with the truth of his existence. He lost his family, his honor, and his life. Now, in order to save the people of Seattle, he’s forced to confront that nightmare all over again, and to trust another woman with the secret that could destroy him.
In the world of the Dark-Hunters, life is always dangerous. But never more so than now; when a very human woman can shatter their entire world with just one story. The only question is . . . will she?

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In paranormal romance author Kenyon's debut hardcover (after Unleash the Night), her New Orleans–based Dark-Hunters have moved to Seattle, where they continue to battle Daimons who suck both blood and souls from humans. Love doesn't come easy for these tortured, hunky heroes, as shown by Ravyn Contis, a shape-shifting Dark-Hunter, who was betrayed by his first lifemate. Now his newest love interest, reporter Susan Michaels, is allergic to him—or, more specifically, to his cat form. She's also none too happy to find herself thrown into the midst of a war between Seattle's Dark-Hunters and a race of über-powerful Daimons. Tough, sarcastic Susan rises to the occasion and even possesses enough martial arts knowledge to hold her own in a face-off with Daimons. Some readers will question the convenient revelation of her battle skills as well as her bring-'em-on bravado, but most will take this in stride and enjoy the taut action and jaunty humor. Though the story unfolds predictably, it contains a delicious balance of suspense and sensuality and provides a tantalizing setup for the sequel.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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With over six million copies of Kenyon's groundbreaking Dark Hunter series in print worldwide, her jump to hardcover was inevitable. From Night Pleasures (2002) to the seminal Seize the Night (2005), Kenyon, who also writes as Kinley MacGregor, has drawn on her doctorate in history and knowledge of the ancient Greeks to form the foundation of her mystical universe, which she infuses with her offbeat sense of humor--her hero is a were-leopard and her heroine is allergic to cats--and boundless imagination. As a result, she is one of the defining authors of the new wave of paranormal romance, in which the good guys wear black and the bad guys are often colored in shades of gray, a refreshing moral ambiguity that is highlighted in this book. Ravyn, haunted by the massacre of his clan, and Susan, a once renowned journalist now shackled with a ruined reputation, must join forces to uncover and stop a deadly alliance. Although Ravyn and Susan provide Kenyon's poignant yet action-driven romance, pivotal revelations about her recurring characters Stryker, Acheron, and Nick are the surefire hook for new and devoted readers. Nina Davis
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ravyn Is A Sexy Hero! June 28 2006
Format:Hardcover
Susan Michaels day has gone from bad to worse and it doesn't look like it's going to get better anytime soon. First she is told by her boss to investigate a story she would rather just ignore, she than meets her best friend Angie and her husband after a rather secretive meeting is made. When all is said and done she is now the owner of a very weird looking cat (she's allergic to cats) and her best friends are now dead and she's being blamed for their deaths. Oh, and the cat...well now he is one yummy guy with a boatload of attitude and her boss...he knows the catman. Now Susan is in the middle of a war between good and evil and everything she once thought of as the products of strung out people and Hollywood is real. Too real. And on top of that Ravyn her catman is way too attractive and speaks to a part of her heart she thought would never be reached. But he's a Dark-Hunter and she is a Squire now...he is off limits yet she can't forget the taste of his kiss or the touch of his hand. Can they find a happy ending while they try to stay one step ahead of Stryker and his determined troop of Daimons who want to control Seattle, and stay alive?

Ms. Kenyon's latest installment in her Dark-Hunter series is not what loyal fans have come to expect when they open up one of her books. At the same time her creative ability is what has drawn us to her time and again and her creative drive has changed focus. There is a great deal more action involved with a little less detail to the romance between her main characters Ravyn and Susan. This story has no less than four additional storylines running at the same time and when combined with the extra characters introduced...might seem to be a bit overwhelming for the reader. Still, Ms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! June 1 2006
By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Investigative Reporter Susan Michaels wants nothing more than to resurrect her professional reputation after a major scandal destroyed it two years ago. She is currently stuck writing cheesy articles for a tabloid about alien babies and the like. Then she gets a lead that could revamp her dead career. Her sleuthing puts her in an underground world populated by different types of vampires and shape-shifters. This gives her two choices, become a "squire" and help or die immediately for security reasons. Duh! Do I need to tell you her choice? So the cat she is stuck with, and allergic to, changes into a good looking Dark-Hunter man. Susan finds "Puss in Boots" extremely irritating, but likeable. Too likeable...

Ravyn Kontis is one of the shape-shifting immortals/guardians who are sworn to protect humankind. He is captured while in cat form by a minion of the Daimon King. Lucky for him, Susan "adopts" him while following her lead. Rave is thankful, but Susan knows too much. Now they are thrown together as partners. Things get even worse now because it becomes apparent that the Daimons have declared war on the Dark-Hunters and have some of the police department on their side. Susan and Ravyn find themselves on run for two murders that they did not commit. And all that is only the beginning of their first full day together!

***** Author Sherrilyn Kenyon has created an extremely realistic, but hidden, world that will grab its readers and hold onto them tighter than cement! You do not have to read the previous novels to understand everything going on. I am proof, since this is my first experience with the underground world. Once I began this story I could see why the author is so famous and has her own cult following. Outstanding! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Total Dark-Hunter addict Feb. 11 2009
By Cyn
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Amazing writting, fun and sexy. Always the best from Sherrilyn Kenyon! A must to read, but really the whole series is a must to read. Night Play is my favorite of the were-hunters, and Acheron was the absolute best! Can't wait to read Dream Warrior!
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133 of 163 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Diappointed DH Fan :( June 9 2006
By Lady Bluestocking - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was pretty upset about this book. I am a huge Sherrilyn Kenyon/Kinley MacGregor fan and I love the DH series (hence the 1 star) but this book was a huge let down for me.

There were a couple of things that I had a HUGE problem with believing. First, I must have missed something because I do not remember Nick being Impervious to Ash's mind control. I was really uncomfortable with how the whole Nick & Ash relationship was portrayed in this book. Second, I just could not buy the humans & Daimons working together thing. I know that there are some stupid humans out there but I would like to think that we are a bit smarter than to ally with someone who could wipe out our entire neighborhood in an hour if we pissed him off. Third, Rayvn's character was not fully developed before he moved forward into a relationship with Susan (the most annoyingly sarcastic woman ever!). The love story here is hard to believe and I have a real problem with Rayvn remaining a DH as it is stressed throughout the DH series that Dark Hunters cannot have long term relationships. Lastly, WHAT DID YOU DO TO ASH???? Ash's development in DSofM was completely unbelievable to me; unless of course he is Daimon-possessed in this book and we don't find out until the next book in the series. That must be it because the Ash in this book is very different from the one portrayed in previous DH series books.

When I first started reading this series I was captivated by the range & depth of feeling the characters had. I hurt, cried and celebrated along with them because Kenyon's writing brought them to life for me. The last couple of books have lacked the character and story development I had come to expect from the DH series. For example, I could easily see what made Kyrian become a DH, I felt his gut wrenching anguish with him, experienced his absolute need for vengeance right along with him; by the time I finished his and Amanda's story I was breathless, I felt like I had been a character in the book and had been right beside them throughout. The last couple of DH stories have left me cold. The character development, story development, and eloquent creative writing that I have come to look forward to from this author have been missing and instead I am reading about new characters that are shallow and seem to be introduced for the sole purpose of adding a new angle to the series, bizarre personality changes to old, well-developed characters that are left unexplained in writing but seem to be added for the sole purpose of adding a new angle to the series, heroes/heroines that are starting to become very similar to each other i.e., very sarcastic, shallow, quick-witted to the point of annoying and all with the ability to think about sex pretty much in any situation and with people they just met.

Please, please, please Ms. Kenyon: I do not mind waiting a whole year for the next book if it means you will take the necessary time to develop the story and write the DH books like you used to. If I put any pressure on you in the past to get a DH book out quickly, please forgive me and know that I will not do it again. I really need a DH story I can escape into so I promise to wait patiently.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Bad Some Folks Missed The Point March 6 2007
By AK Rakoon - Published on Amazon.com
I'm sorry that the previous reviewers seem to have missed the point(s). I felt like this story was trying to explain a lot of things. Okay, so Rayven's character was not explained in the first two pages, but we discover as we go along why his personality is hidden.

Ash, as we know is a complex peronality. Each character sees a different side of him; they may all agree on some points, but each has their own experience of how Acheron will or has responded to a given situation. More of his true nature is revealed in each book. I mean, why would he put up with the "heifer goddess" if he didn't absolutely have to? And his dealings with Nick... Remember it has been said that the fates of those most closely tied to him are hidden from his vision. Nick was his best friend, so his fate would especially be hidden from Ash. I felt that it was Nick's inability to be blinded to some of Acheron's powers that gave their relationship a special meaning. Would you really want to be able to control the fate/feelings of someone? How would you know if what they are feeling about you is not just because you manipulated it, but what they really feel?

And as for Susan... I liked her character. Who cares if her marial arts training came into play later in the book? After all, she was trained by the Dragon, a Dark Hunter as well. People react in different ways. Some have to be guided to a feeling or reaction, but some just attack the situation verbally if not physically (Susan did both after she got used to her new perception of reality).

Give the story a chance. Ms. Kenyon writes about men who had to lose something in the past, in order to gain something even more valuable in the present. Her female characters have to be strong to defeat the Dark Hunters' pasts.
145 of 186 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Let Down May 30 2006
By H. O'Hare - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Like the previous reviewer, I was pretty upset about this book. I too am a very big fan of the DH series and have been reading religiously for over three years now, but this is definitely the worst of the series.

Susan is just way too sarcastic. Annoyingly so. In fact, I think that most of the heroines in the series are starting to become very similar to each other. Quick-witted, very sarcastic, and with the ability to look at a strange man (in an otherwise very tense situation) and think about sex. Seriously, although I love the big men/sexy vibes, I'm starting to get bothered by the seemingly unrealistic atmosphere that is being dead ending at Repetitionville.

Something that this book lacked was the true, heart-clenching angst. IE Kyrian or Zarek angst. I feel that these last few books, especially DSofM, really fell short in that department. That is one of the things that first had me hooked in this series.

Ash's developement has also made me flinch. What happened to the arrogant, cocky Ash we were first introduced to? His character has definitely changed, and it seems to me that the original Ash is different from the Ash we now come across in DSofM.

I know that the AG said that Ravyn was itching for his story to be told, but it appears with her writing that it was quickly put together. It lacks the heart that made me fall in love with the first few books. Storylines appear to be repetitive and unoriginal. I'm not sure if it's her love of the series that is making her drag on stories or the need to please her readers, but that's what these last stories seem to be doing: dragging on. Maybe it's both. But I would rather see her write one great book like the beginning ones than see five let downs like this one.

I gave one star because even though I was very disappointed with this one, my love for the series is deep. The second star goes to the little things hidden inside. The bringing back of other characters from previous stories is always a plus, especially in this series.

I hope that the future books will have that missing heart that the originals had. I would also wait for the softcover book instead of paying the $11-$20 for the hardcover. There really isn't a need to run off and buy this one. And you probably won't be able to read it in one sitting. I had to force myself to read through a lot of the pages and found myself skipping over a few paragraphs. The characters, especially the constant sarcasm, have ruined a lot of the story that could have otherwise been better.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yikes! Sept. 3 2006
By SherryEvelyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I can't believe I paid retail for this, Sherrilyn has had a few rushed books in the DH series lately, but for a hardcover edition DSOTM was a horror show.

Raven & Susan's story did not reel me in as many of the other DH/WH stories have, Susan was already unlikeable by playing the holyier than thou card at her job at a cheesy paper that her friend Leo had given her after her career was destroyed by 1 bad story.

I am quite sure it was supposed to make me understand her because she'd been a successful investigative journalist turned to writing for a paper that considered, "Aliens, big foot, etc." Their big news. You learn later a little about the history of the paper, but Susan's sarchasm fills the book at the most inappropriate times. Raven's view is that she amuses him, but her likeability felt forced.

The whole story was extremely rushed for the material involved in it. There is Cael another DH living among the Apollites and his love story with Amaranda this alone should have been a separate book. We find out about it, get a little information and then a shocking ending that is left unfinished.

Then there is Acheron/Ash the leader of the DH's who is busy with Artemis. Artemis who supposedly created DH's to protect the world against Daimons keeps him busy with her while things are going crazy in Seattle where this book is set. It made me cringe that her spoiled nature was more important than the life & death of the DH's & the people they are supposed to protect. A game she forces Ash to play in order for him to get loose long enough to find out what is going on with his people was pitiful. Ash is stuck and comes across so weak in this book. Missing important details because of the whims of the spoiled Artemis.

Possible spoiler although I won't name, names, but there are DH's dying in Seattle. No Ash because of Artemis and then he shows up for what seems like minutes instead of the hours he was supposed to be there for.

Nick Gautier who at one time was a squire and ran the Dark Hunter website and was once a loved character died in a previous book and Artemis turned him DH. He returns in this book via Savitar giving him over to Raven for training. But this isn't any Nick you've ever known he is blaming Ash for everything from his death to the hurricane Katrina incident. The DH series has been set in LA for several books so old and fans of the series know the Hunters love of New Orleans. Mentioning that the men were there helping, trying to rebuild, etc was enough, but to have a character blame another for causing it was just out of place and wrong to Nick he was angry & blamed Ash for it all. It made absolutely no sense yes it is fiction and these are Gods/Goddesses, etc, but it was just too off the mark. Nick was blaming Ash for everything being wrong with the world.

Back to Susan and Raven, Raven a DH who happens to be also be a wereanimal and she's allergic to his hair...

This was my least favorite book in the DH series. I didn't care for Susan, Raven's story was too scattered and not detailed enough. Of all the books their love story/lust story was faster than any that I remember. Susan's best friends are dead, Daimons want her & Raven dead, but all she can think about is how he makes her feel.

Scattered, Rushed & Irratic are the best way I can describe this book and my own review. I didn't know where to start with my review and this is the only way I know to end it.

I can only hope the next book isn't like this one or I'll probably lose my interest in S. Kenyon.
23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It was ok but I've realized a few things... June 3 2006
By OrlandoGirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The book was ok but I was very glad that I read it through the library instead of buying it. I would have been very bitter if I had spent money on it. The few glimpses of Ash and Nick tie up a few things that I was wondering, it started a whole new thought process toward others, but Ravyn and his girl could have been avoided in the series. They were merely the ship that carried a piece of the REAL story that is being given bit by SLOW and SLOWER bit. (And if you're a fan of the series, you know the overall REAL story going on here. It's taking too long to develop.)

I have loved Sherrilyn Kenyon since her very first story in this series. (Julian: Fantasy Lover) I hated paranormal romance and she made me a believer. When I read Kyrian's book...I was completely enthralled. I read Talon's, then Zarek's and I was even more in love. To this day I don't get how Wolf's book was published but in the scheme of a series, there always has to be "building books" that move things on to the next level. Even the Harry Potter series has had two "building books" that help the reader move on to the action of what is coming. Valerius' story was magnificent and it kept me reading even when Vane's story just didn't quite live up to expectations. She was on a hot streak and the series was going strong.

BUT...

Even while I was reading and loving the series, something started becoming very evident. Sherrilyn Kenyon loves this series so much that she's going to run it into the ground before she's done. She doesn't want to let it go. With Vane and Wren's book it is evident. With Alexion's it's very VERY evident. Mrs. Kenyon, we as readers don't need every character you've ever mentioned to have a story about them. I meet hundreds of people a day walking down the street, going to the 7-11, or just stopping for gas. Do I need to know all of those people's life stories in order for my life to make sense? No. I don't. I don't need every single Dark Hunter/Wolf Hunter/Dream Hunter/Sister/Dog Sitter/Best Friend's cousin's first boyfriend's tale or life history for me to enjoy a series or get a story out.

I've been a viewer of her website for a while now, and every time I go there I shake my head at what she has "planned" for this series. She has planned too much. She says that there's a story for almost every character. A BOOK for almost every character. While I love the series, while a lot of readers love the series, I don't think they want to read every single story of every single person. It's just too much. It's already too much.

Focusing on the New Orleans crew and the squires should have been enough. They are the main focus of interest and they are the ones that people care about. They are what started the series. Now people are starting to wonder if the series is being stretched for the all mighty dollar. The more books that come out, the more we stretch for that all important Ash book, the more we tease and tempt...the more money that is made.

From the reviews it looks like readers are getting tired of it. They look to be searching for what made them fall for the series to begin with. They are searching for ends to be tied and for the characters they love to come together so that this series can complete with some satisfaction. All series must end and all series must complete. This one will be no different.

What will be different is who started with the series...and who had the patience to hang around until the end.

I might not be. And that is very very sad.
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