Book Genre: Paranormal, YA, Urban Fantasy
Book Series: Chorincles of Nick #8
Released: 9/5/17 by Nemesis Publications
Pages: 400? (134 according to my Nook) Price:$7.99 Ebook
Buy the Book: Amazon Intensity: Chronicles of Nick
Source: I own a e-copy of this book.
It’s a demon-eat-demon world for Nick Gautier. Just when he thinks he’s finally gotten a handle on how not to take over the world and destroy it, Death returns with an all-star cast that is determined to end the Malachai reign and lineage forever. Worse? Death and War have found the one, true enemy Nick can’t find, and even if he did, it’s one he could never bring himself to banish or kill.
Now framed for murders he hasn’t committed, and surrounded by new friends who might be turncoats, Nick is learning fast how his father went down in flames.
The heat in New Orleans is rising fast, and Nick’s threat-level has gone into a whole new level of intensity. He’s learning fast that when War and Death decide to battle, they don’t take prisoners. The don’t negotiate. And they’re both immune to his biting sarcasm and Cajun charm. To win this, he will have to embrace a new set of powers, but one wrong step, and he will belong to the side of Darkness, forever.
I remember complaining in previous reviews that 14 titles before we got to Nick’s adult Dark-Hunter book was way too many and I hoped Ms. Kenyon reconsidered. Well, what do you know. This is the last YA Chronicle’s of Nick book. Thank god. Not that I don’t love the series, or the character, or the world but I’m so over YA books. At 43 I just can’t relate to them anymore and I have a feeling that shifting trends in YA had a bit to do with the early conclusion to the series. That and Ms. Kenyon explained on her site that as the story progresses into the Shadow of Fire series she wants to deal with more Adult subject matter and didn’t feel comfortable publishing that in the YA market. Good call. I’m all for this shift in series and hope that it breathes new life into Nick’s story.
There is another caveat to how this book was published. The publishing house kept pushing the release back and Ms. Kenyon did not want to disappoint her fans so she self published this title. It might make it a little difficult for libraries to get their hands on but dedicated fans of the series should have no problem finding it online at a retailer of their choice. The book in e-format feels far shorter than the 400 pages it is billed at but when you take into consideration how the print was formatted in the other books it probably isn’t far off from the same length as the others. My e-book came in at 134 pages but it took me far longer than I expected to read and it would sometimes take two swipes to get the page number to change.
Now, what did I think of the story?
What the hell did I just read?!?! A new character that came out of left field, make note to go back and check earlier books. A shocking death! Revelations as to just how important Nick is to the Dark-Hunter universe and teasing glimpses into potential futures. There is a lot going on in this book and fans of the series should. not. miss. this finally! The focus and tone of this series has changed so much from the first book that I can see why it needs to leave the YA format behind. To continue would put serious hindrance on the potential of what could be covered in future books. Nick is growing up and its time the plot did as well.
I’m so excited to see what come to light in the next four books and I have hopes that this means Nick’s Dark-Hunter book isn’t that far off. I have some major catching up to do as I am a couple of books behind already. Ms Kenyon remains my favorite author but some of her books have become a bit more miss than hit lately. I feel like a change is coming soon as the hairs on the back of my neck tell me something is afoot in the Dark-Hunter Universe. I’m hoping for something to knock my socks off and make me excited about this world again. I know Ms. Kenyon has it in her and I see her setting up the pieces so I’m in it for the long haul.
My Rating: 4 Stars