Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Review – “Bad Moon Rising” by Sherrilyn Kenyon

From the Book Jacket:
A stunning and suspenseful new landscape emerges in the thrilling Dark-Hunter world—a world where nothing will ever be the same again. . .
Fang Kattalakis isn't just a wolf. He is the brother of two of the most powerful members of the Omegrion: the ruling council that enforces the laws of the Were-Hunters. And when war erupts among the lycanthropes, sides must be chosen. Enemies are forced into shaky alliances. And when the woman Fang loves is accused of betraying her people, her only hope is that Fang believes in her. Yet in order to save her, Fang must break the law of his people and the faith of his brothers. That breech could very well spell the end of both their races and change their world forever.
The war is on and time is running out...
According to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s website Bad Moon Rising is the 17th book in the long-running Dark-Hunter paranormal series. I’ll be upfront and acknowledge that I have read a number of the earlier books but have not read any of the more recent Dark-Hunter titles. The story in Bad Moon Rising focuses on the weres rather than the vampires although many of the regular characters from earlier books put in appearances.

Fang and Aimee are werewolf and werebear respectively and nicely fill the Romeo and Juliet roles of star-crossed lovers. Only we do get a HEA. Their seemingly doomed relationship is the best part of the book, the byplay and chemistry, the missed opportunities, the covert assignations – all contribute nicely to an interesting romance. Both characters stretch and grow as circumstances demand and it is always nice to see a supernatural character like Aimee portrayed in realistic terms – powerful, yes – superhero, no -
Aimee slipped through the shadows, making sure to avoid anything that might expose her. Her nerves were completely raw and she did her best not to be afraid. She knew she was powerful and strong, but she'd never had to fight alone before. While she was confident, she wasn't arrogant. This was a dangerous place and she had no idea of the extent of Cadmon's powers.
There is also a fairly convoluted plot and a multitude of competing factions including, for me anyway, an overly complicated back story and world-building details. I know I have missed some books, but I am still not entirely clear on the dynamics of the animal vs human and human vs animal theme and all the animosity and accompanying cultural taboos. I also found some of the behaviours of secondary characters to be somewhat arbitrary in their motivations, in particular Savitar (council head) and Varyk (main bad-guys henchman). Counterbalancing that of course I found most of the demon characters to be very engaging with a lot of the best dialogue.

I couldn’t help but smile at the conceit of nicknaming Aimee’s werebear parents that run Sanctuary , Mama and Papa bear. A little too precious, but it works. There is also plenty of entertaining snappy dialogue between Aimee’s host of brothers. Bad Moon Rising is not without its dark moments and some work better than others.

In conclusion, I would have to say that I enjoyed the romance more than the action (go figure) and I am certain fans of the series will appreciate the myriad of Dark-Hunter references. Bad Moon Rising is readable as a standalone novel but I think a more in depth familiarity with Dark-Hunter lore would be a plus. Next up for release is Scars and Souvenirs, the story of Aimee's brother Dev.

Author and Book Showcase
Official Sherrilyn Kenyon Website
Official Sanctuary/Dark-Hunter Website

St. Martin's Press
Published: August 04, 2009
ISBN #: 9780312369491
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 340

Read an excerpt.

Dark-Hunter Series: (reading order)
1. Dark Hunter Boxed Set
1. Night Pleasures
1. Night Pleasures & Night Embrace
1. Night Pleasures Hardback
2. Night Embrace
3. Dance with The Devil
4. Kiss of the Night
5. Night Play
6. Seize the Night
7. Sins of the Night
8. Unleash the Night
9. Dark Side of the Moon
10. Fear the Darkness
10. The Dream-Hunter
11. Upon the Midnight Clear
12. Dream Chaser
13. Devil May Cry
14. One Silent Night
15. Acheron
16. Dream Warrior
17. Bad Moon Rising
17. Bad Moon Rising Collector's Edition
18. Scars and Souvenirs


  1. I like this series, but I agree..I can never remember what the heck is going on. There are soooo many rules.

  2. Doug,

    I have this one pre-ordered. I can't wait til it gets here. :)


  3. I plan on picking this one up on Thursday. Can't wait! :)

  4. I want to read this one soon too. Your review made me want to read it even more than I already do.

  5. Mandi I haven't been keeping up with the series so it puts me at a a disadvantage.

    Michelle hope you enjoy it. You must love the series having a preorder :)

    Anna hope you enjoy!

    Thanks Elena. I liked the Fang/Aimee pairing.

  6. My copy is on it's way to my library. Hopefully, I'll be able to pick it up early next week.

    Thanks for the review.

  7. Great review. I just got a copy of this and am looking forward to it. Some of the Dark Hunter books are hit or miss, but the romance is always pretty good.

  8. For all you Ontario Sherrilyn fans: she'll be at the Chapters in Oshawa (located at 419 King Street West, Unit #1135) on August 10 at 7:00 PM!

  9. Actually Doug, you came back to the series at a good time. Bad Moon Rising, while you're missing some of the back worldbuilding, is starting a whole new story arc. There are a bunch of new characters that are going to get introduced and we're even getting a new villain. However, you really should read the others. The series is really good.

    I picked my copy up last night, so I haven't had a chance to read it yet.

  10. Hope you enjoy it Karen.

    Suzie the romance is what worked for me in this one.

    Thanks Katherine for updating our Ontario readers!

    Hi Jackie saw your posting and linked to it. Looks like you had fun! (And a long day).


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