I've been following Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series right from the beginning and, at first, was avidly eating up every single book and desperate for the next one. Sad to say, I've come to the point where I think she needs to wind up the series ASAP. The books have become dull and predictable. I could tell you exactly what each hero - whether Dark-Hunter, Dream-Hunter or Were-Hunter - is going to be like and what their issues are. They're all gorgeous, they've all got massive chips on their shoulders and they can all be cured by the love of a gorgeous woman - instantly.
Sin is no exception - and, please, WHAT is with the ridiculous names? Sin? Xypher? Zakar (far too similar to Zarek)? And in this book we get Deimos and Damien and many references to Daimons; way to confuse your readers! Sin is a Sumerian ex-god, and he's every bit as whiny as the rest of Kenyon's heroes. He's apparently a Big Bad but, as with all of her characters who are introduced as Big Bads, he's really a misunderstood and hard-done-by good guy. What a surprise!
The heroine is Katra, and unfortunately I'd already been spoiled for the big reveal of Katra's place in Acheron's life because some idiot in Kenyon's publishing company thought it would be a great idea to release this title in hardback, and to release the two following it in paperback. So I read the paperbacks first and finally caught up with this one when I already knew who Kat was.
Far too much of the plot seemed hopelessly contrived. Apparently, Kat is eleven thousand years old... and still a virgin? Yeah, right. Apparently, it would be a disaster on a massive scale were Acheron to find out who Katra really is... and suddenly, two pages later, he knows and it's no big deal. Yet again, we have Acheron missing and unavailable for most of the book, because yet again he's committed to being Artemis's sex-slave and again she's made him extend his promise. That's getting TIRED as an excuse to have him unavailable to help. Also, it's a bit too late, Kenyon, to try to redeem Artemis, given the way she's been set up. If the plan is for readers to feel sorry for her so that she can be Acheron's love-interest... well, then I really will stop reading.
The relationship side of the book is barely credible. Kat and Sin meet when Kat's supposed to kill him. Within hours they're having sex. Within a day they're inseparable. Within a couple of days, apparently millennia of bitterness and enmity are set aside. Except, of course, we have the Big Communication Screwup and suddenly he hates her again. Yawn.
And then there's the Big Danger that they join forces to fight. Seriously, if I never read the words 'gallu demon' again I'll be deliriously happy. Boring. Big-time. I'm usually an avid reader. I never fall asleep reading books. I fell asleep several times reading this one.
Extremely disappointing, hot on the heels of several other disappointing books in this series. I'll give the Acheron books a chance, but if they're as bad as current set-up suggests they might be - because he's starting to look incredibly whiny and poor-me as well - that's it for me and it'll be bye-bye Kenyon.