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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Abridged edition (May 30 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593979010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593979010
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.3 x 15.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,147,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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 By Kristi Ahlers on 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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By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 1 2006
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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By Cyn on Feb. 11 2009
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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By sherry on Sept. 9 2014
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love the whole series, catches your attention and keeps it going to the end
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Too Bad Some Folks Missed The Point March 6 2007
By AK Rakoon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
133 of 164 people found the following review helpful
Diappointed DH Fan :( June 9 2006
By Lady Bluestocking - Published on
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.
146 of 188 people found the following review helpful
Let Down May 30 2006
By H. O'Hare - Published on
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Dark-Hunter plus Were-Hunter? Aug. 2 2006
By Fantasy Hunter - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'm hooked on the Dark-Hunter Novels. I'm really hooked on the were-hunters since "Night Play". "Dark Side of the Moon" tried to merge both. I got the magick and sizzle of both. Dark Side held my interest. I finished the book in one day and ready to reread for the details. OK, "Night Play" and "Seize the Night" are the 5 stars. But "Dark Side of the Moon" is well worth reading. Ravyn and Susan sizzle under the pressures of clearing themselves of murder charges and outwitting the vengeful alliance of humans and demons targetting them.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Not as Good as the others defense of Acheron... Oct. 22 2006
By Readsalot - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was hooked on the DH series from the very first book I picked up. I had been reading Christine Feehan's Carpathian series and kept hearing about the Dark-Hunter stories. I happened to see "Seize the Night" in the library so I got it and was hooked. I immediately got online and had the whole series (starting with the prequel Fantasy Lover) shipped to my house. It's funny. It's snappy. The whole series flows from one book to the next and you can tell that it's building up to some monumental climax - which should be Acheron's story - and which should be really good.

This particular episode is not the strongest. It's really slow in comparison to the other books. It drags. I kept wanting it to hurry up and finish. But I would still recommend it to a fan of the series who wants to know what's going on. I wouldn't recommend it to a first time DH reader.

I think the feeling of frustration that comes across when you read this book is actually part of the sequence of the overall story. Many of the previous reviewers are floored by the "change" in Acheron. But I didn't find any change in his character; just a reflection of his mood of total frustration at having to pander to Artemis' selfish carnality when people's lives were at stake. I found it to be totally in character for him and definitely for the "heifer-goddess" to be that selfish.

Remember, the DH books overlap one another with some of the stories happening at the same time or very close to it. In "Night Embrace" when Talon was dying Acheron gave his word to Artemis to give her two weeks of "total submission" in exchange for Talon's soul. What we're seeing in Dark Side of the Moon is what happens to Acheron during those periods when he's forced to remain with Artemis. Ash is still Ash but he was bound by his word to stay with her - until he found a way to get out of it, that is.

Another commentor was shocked by the change in Nick. Again, these changes flow with the overall story. Nick's character is angry. He became a Dark-Hunter by default in "Seize the Night" when his mother was killed and he shot himself to try to force Artemis to give him an act of vengeance against Desiderius. However he couldn't recive vengeance because he killed himself. Atermis only made him a DH because she didn't want to upset Acheron by letting him go to hell. So Nick lost his soul for nothing and he blames Acheron for what he feels are good reasons. Thus he is angry and embittered and no longer the happy-go-lucky wise cracker that he was in the first few books.

So, I do agree with the other commentators that this is the slowest book in the series and that Ravynn and ??whatsername are not as compelling (or memorable) as the main characters of the other books. However, I don't believe that there was any great change in the carry-over characters from other books like Ash and Nick. They are changing with the development of the storyline and flowing wherever Ms. Kenyon is taking the series.