Book Genre: YA, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Book Series: #7 in Chronicles of Nick series
Released: 6/3/16 by St. Martin Griffin
Pages: 368 Price: $19.99
Source: I borrowed a copy of this book from my library
Think your life is complicated and confusing? Nick Gautier was born to bring about the end of the world…It’s not easy being the heir of a demon overlord.
But Nick is determined to thwart his destiny and get into a good college. To be more than his genetics and prophecy foretell. No one is ever going to tell this stubborn Cajun who and what he really is. Or how to live his life.
Not even the Fates of the Universe. But now that he and his team of ancient gods and demons have claimed the Eye of Ananke and he sees the missteps of the future, he has to battle the demons within that are far deadlier and more treacherous than any he’s battled before. All the while his arch nemesis is back and determined to reclaim his place as the harbinger for Armageddon. Even if it means killing Nick and barbecuing everyone he loves to do so.
Okay, here is the deal Nick is one of my favorite characters in the Dark Hunter series this one is spun off of; so I am invested in this series and will stick it out no matter how frustrating I find it at times. I will admit that this book was tons better than the last one. This one struck a better balance between info and action. It still takes place over one freaking day… When is this boy ever going to age? And if there is going to only be one book a year, with 14 titles and only half way through it means we have to wait seven more years until Nick gets his Dark Hunter book. Seven more years!!! I am going to be 49! I might stop caring by then… I know Kenyon has a plan, and it will probably be worth it, but I wish she would release more than one of these a year. Let’s speed things up a bit shall we?
Anyway, bitching done. Like I already said this book was a much better balance and the characters actually did something besides stand around and talk. I still feel like Kenyon is trying to catch all of the YA Only readers up to speed and prep them for the jump to the adult Nick book that is coming…eventually… This time, she did so through a series of flashbacks, flash forwards, flash sideways, alternate timelines, etc. I kind of liked this approach except for it got to be a bit confusing as to when we left reality and entered a flash. Perhaps a paragraph or page break would have made that a bit clearer I know it was meant to be confusing for Nick, but as the reader, I wanted to know what the hell was going on.
Some of the main characters from the adult series had just minor cameos in this book which as fine as this is a series centering around Nick, and some like Simi did have a more prominent role in this book. There were a few new characters introduced and I am looking forward to learning more about them. There were some peeks into the future and I definitely want to know more about what the hell happen there, how did that come to pass. Kenyon also throws some hints into Nick’s future H.E.A and that it might not be Kody. I’m not sure what I think about that. I like the character but am not sold on her destined to be with Nick.
There were some info-drops that came out of the blue. Some important information just casually mentions like it was common knowledge already and I’m not quite sure it was shared in an earlier book. Oh well, I’m not going back and re-reading this one yet. I will just move on for now. It is interesting to see how these characters all are connected and if you are a fan of the adult series then I would highly suggest reading this one as well. Sure it is an alternate timeline, but we still get to learn interesting tidbits about the characters we love.
One character I was thrilled to see was Jaden. He has always interested me in the Dark Hunter world and I crave more details about him. Which we got in this book, in spades. This was one of the better books in the series, kept me interested and revealed quite a bit. Too bad it ended with the mother of all cliffhangers and we have to wait another freaking year to find out what happens… Channeling my inner teenager: Life is so unfair.
My Rating: 4 Stars