Review: Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon

son of no oneReviewed by Jen

I seriously debated with myself about whether to read this book.  I hated Styxx with the fiery passion of a thousand suns, and honestly, the Dark Hunter series has been losing me for awhile.  I have had an increasingly difficult time following all the threads of the larger story arc since Acheron. I thought I might be ok when we started to learn about the Hellchasers, but then we moved on to the Native American lore and with some of the Greek and Atlantean stuff still in there, I just can’t keep up.

All of that aside, I really loved the early books in the series. I had to give it one more chance, even though I had never even heard of the hero or heroine.  I’m glad I did.

Even though I didn’t recognize the core couple by name, I did recognize their family connections.  Josette is a cousin to the clan of Devereaux women.  She’s tight with Selena, Tabitha, Amanda and the gang, but she is cynical about the supernatural.  Obviously, that is about to change.  Cadegan, meanwhile, is related to Thorn and has spent the past thousand years in a hell dimension, courtesy of the Hellchaser himself.  The couple meets when Jo accidentally falls through a mirror that serves as a portal to his prison.

Cadegan is the quintessential Kenyon hero. No one has ever loved him. Everyone he ever trusted has betrayed him. He lives a life of misery in a gray world… until Jo enters the picture. The two of them connect right away. It’s total insta-love. Like in a day. But I was so caught up in the angsty tortured hero stuff, I didn’t really care.  She brought color and kindness into his world. She made him feel hope again. She looked at him (*wait for it*) … LIKE HE MATTERED.  –That’s how you know you are reading a Kenyon book, y’all.

Anyway, Cadegan makes it his mission to get Jo back home and he goes to great lengths to do it.  There are bumps along the way.  Ash, Styxx, Thorn and others enter the picture. There’s a dragon and some Fae and, somehow, some King Arthur stuff thrown in the mix.  Somehow, it’s all tied in with Noir and the Malachai and even though I have read every book in this series –some multiple times– I couldn’t connect all the dots if my life depended on it. So I stopped trying and wallowed in the romance.

The relationship progression is classic Kenyon.  I’ve read it in dozens of her books, but it still works. At least it does when the hero hasn’t been raped a thousand times or sent to an island alone for 11-thousand years.  And in this case, we didn’t enter that territory so I was good with it.

It was a very fast read. It was a fair number of pages but the font was big and the margins were huge so I’d be curious to hear the word count. Overall, though, I think Dark Hunter fans will like it. I just wish Kenyon would have a primer somewhere so I could refresh my memory on the connections between all players, like Jared, Jaden, Noir, Thorn, Nick and the significance of the Sephiroth, the Malachai and.. just everything.  Is it just me?

Rating: B

*ARC provided by publisher

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Son of No One
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Comments

  1. I have to agree this series is getting confusing. I feel like I need a spreadsheet to understand everyone and how they relate and that takes away from my reading enjoyment. Maybe it’s just my hatred of thinking when it comes to my reading.

  2. It’s not just you and that’s why I stopped reading this series about 3-4 books ago. It used to be one of my top 5 favorites! Thanks for the review!

  3. I liked Styxx. You have to remember that his and Ash’s story are running concurrently and bad things were happening to both of them. Which is way better than the book with the Daimon (I forget his name) gets to find love and happiness while continuing to be a jerk.

    Although I like Jo and Cadegan, this book felt way to rushed for me.

  4. I laughed uncontrollably with the summary of: since the character hadn’t been raped 1000 times and left to live alone on an island for 11,000 years…I was kind of on that same page..it sure didnt take me knowing the poor bastard had to live alone for 11,000 years to have empathy for him. Seriously, with all Acherons powers, and in 11,000 years it hadnt dawned on him that Styx had needed him?
    I’ve been a die hard fan of the Dark Hunters…but when we need to buy a novel to tell us the proper reading order…its time to rethink that whole non sense. I started reading the series when it first started- if I had never heard of the series, and just started reading them now- well the whole order thing would seem so daunting I’d have to find something else to read. I think the order held some importance until the Acheron book came out.

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