Dark Hunter Volumen 4 is the second part of the novel Night Embrace by Sherrilyn Kenyon and which was started in Volume 3 of the manga series. The romance between Talon and Sunshine is a joy to read. I have always liked the character of Talon, and Sunshine is very funny. He is steady and controlled (although quite passionate deep down), she is scatter brained and passionate to a fault. They manage to keep each other balanced. The challenges they encounter are not easy to deal with, but they manage to get through them in a manner that is very entertaining to the reader. I loved the fact that even in this format, their personalities shine through. Talon appears somewhat young in the drawings, but I like that he is unique and his image could never be confused with another Dark Hunter. This could be a challenge considering most Dark Hunters dress somewhat similarly and their personalities could easily be lost when drawn (there are a lot of Dark Hunters and lets face it, characters in comics and manga tend to start looking alike after a while). So far, the artist is doing a great job in that department.
I continue to be impressed by the great work done by the creators of this manga series. I have read all of the books in the original series by Sherrilyn Kenyon and all the manga volumes released so far. Being a paranormal romance series, I was a little skeptical as to how they were going to successfully translate it into the manga format. While the heat level of the series has certainly been brought down a notch (you will see no graphic sexual content in the manga, although it is heavily implied), the story itself is very much faithful to the original. The romance and the humor found in the series was left intact. The adventure and the action is still just as thrilling. I am very happy with the quality of the drawings as well. The right to left reading takes a little getting used to, but it is not so distracting as to take away from the enjoyment of the book (it is written and drawn the same way a traditional Japanese manga is arranged). I hope they continue with these adaptations for the series and cannot wait for them to release Night Play as a manga. The little hint of Vane and Bride we see in this book is wonderful. Not to mention Dance With the Devil, Zarek's book, which should come up next. All in all, I highly recommend this book and the series. Manga fans should like it, and paranormal romance fans will appreciate it. Fans of the series will love seeing their favorite characters in this wonderful alternate format. The book is very entertaining for adults and older teens.
Plot teaser from the author's website:
"Night Embrace" spins the story of Talon, an ancient Celtic warrior who killed the son of the god Camulus. Camulus cursed Talon, decreeing death for everyone he loved. Now a Dark-Hunter in modern-day New Orleans, Talon meets Sunshine, who is key to ending his curse once and for all. Not to mention helping him to save New Orleans from an ancient god bent on total destruction...
A Note For Parents: Due to the fact that much of the graphic sexuality is left out of this particular adaptation, it is safe to recommend this for teenagers who may be curious about the paranormal romance genre but not quite ready for the real thing. Common sense warning to parents: always preview books before buying for your teen if you have any doubts about the material to make sure you are ok with it and that it's appropriate for your child. This could be a great tool to use with teenagers who are reluctant readers and need high interest material in a non threatening format. In fact, graphic novels in general can be wonderful for this purpose. The pictures will aid comprehension for teenagers who are struggling with reading. It is not a baby book, but it is not so hard to read that they become discouraged. And do not worry about the right to left arrangement found in manga books. My own child who is dyslexic and was a struggling reader was able to handle the traditional manga arrangement of the pages and has now graduated to regular chapter books that are on grade level. She still loves manga though! Once again, make sure you are ok with the material before sharing with a teen. The book is rated as ok for teens and adults.