Title: No Mercy
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Release Date: September 7th, 2010
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
*If you have not read the previous books in the Dark-Hunter series, this may contain spoilers*
Live fast, fight hard and, if you have to die, then take as many of your enemies with you as you can. That is the Amazon credo and it was one Samia lived and died by. Now in contemporary New Orleans, the immortal Amazon warrior is about to learn that there’s a worse evil coming to slaughter mankind than she’s ever faced before.
Shapeshifter Dev Peltier has stood guard at the front of Sanctuary for almost two hundred years and in that time, he’s seen it all. Or so he thought. Now their enemies have discovered a new source of power–one that makes a mockery of anything faced to date.
The war is on and Dev and Sam are guarding ground zero. But in order to win, they will have to break the most cardinal of all rules and pray it doesn’t unravel the universe as we know it.
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: Confession time. I just discovered this series about three weeks ago. Yep, sad by true. Once I found them though, I devoured them. I am now caught up with the whole series, all nineteen books. I was doing a lot of reading these past couple weeks, but it was entirely worth it! I love this series and No Mercy was no exception.
One of the best elements of these books is the underlying storyline that is always prevalent. While each book may focus on a different set of people in different parts of this paranormal universe, they are all interconnected. My point to telling you this? You can read these books out of order, but I would not recommend it. Sherrilyn does give you enough information in each book so you would be able to follow along if you have not read the others, but it is more enjoyable if you know the back story behind the characters. If you want the proper reading order you can find it here on Sherrilyn’s site.
So onto No Mercy which focuses on Dev and Sam. Dev would be one of the Were-Hunters that call Sanctuary home. He is one of four identical quadruplet bears and he mans the door at Sanctuary. We have seen him pop up in other books before and I have always found him funny and intriguing so I was very excited to see a book dedicated just to him. The leading lady would be Sam an Amazon Dark-Hunter who was only mentioned briefly in past books. I was really excited to see her because we have heard many references to the Amazon Dark-Hunters in previous books, but have not really gotten a chance to take a closer look at them. It was worth the wait for her though, she was awesome! I loved seeing the girl able to take care of herself and not need a guy to protect her. The Amazons are a fierce bunch and Sam used to be their queen and you know she had to kick major butt to get that job!
I was also really excited to see how well this storyline flowed. In the previous book, Bad Moon Rising, it felt like too much was going on and it was the first time I have read one of these books and had a hard time following along. That was not the case with No Mercy at all. There was a definite mission set in place and while there were surprises, of course, I knew where the story was going. Many previous characters from other books are weaved into No Mercy as well and when that happens it just makes the plot that much richer. Seeing things from multiple angles and having lives overlap is what makes this series so great.
Everything is really starting to come together in this book, a massive storm is brewing and as each story comes out the tension mounts. The Daimons can walk in sunlight, Acheron is finally free of Artemis (yay!) but can no longer free Dark-Hunters souls (boo, Artimis!), and Nick is a big.fat.question mark. I really am not sure where his loyalties lie anymore, but I know he is going to play a huge role in things to come in this world. All of these factors play a major part in No Mercy and directly effect the lives of Dev and Sam.
Overall this book is fantastic! It has everything I have come to adore about this series, intriguing mythology, fast paced action, forbidden romance and a paranormal universe that is impossible to resist. The only downside to being done with this book is the wait that lies ahead of me until the next one, Redemption, comes out. I look forward to August when I can delve into this world once more.
FTC: Big thank you to the publisher for sending the book to me!