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A more innocent Dark Hunter story
on June 9, 2010
I am not sure if this is supposed to be a "YA" novel or not. The hero is a fourteen year old boy, precocious, smart mouthed, vulnerable and very sweet. Unlike the other Dark Hunter novels there is no sex, very little profanity, and the adult activity and conversation all revolve around the boy, to protect him and/or teach him. That being said, it is very readable and Nick, the boy, and his mother are endearing. This book could easily be given to a young teen as a good adventure story.
I don't know what the author intends for this series, whether this will become a supplement to her Dark Hunter stories or if she is writing a young adult series for a teen readership. She is filling in a lot of the questions about Nick and his relationship with Archeron. In fact the few pages devoted to the meeting of Ash and Nick are charming and go a long way toward reveal the beginning of their improbable friendship.
My only objection is this was published, and priced, as a hardcover book but there is far too much white space between the lines to fill up the pages and justify the price. In fact it is probably one of the shortest of the Dark Hunter novels and can easily be read in a couple of hours. But I did enjoy it.