From the Book Jacket: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.
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...
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.
St. Martin's Press
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Dark-Hunter Series: (reading order)