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Retribution (Dark-Hunter Novels) Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2012

3.7 out of 5 stars 341 customer reviews
Book 15 of 14 in the Dark-Hunter Novels Series

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“Kenyon's writing is brisk, ironic, sexy, and relentlessly imaginative.” ―Boston Globe on SHERRILYN KENYON

“[A] publishing phenomenon…[Sherrilyn Kenyon is] the reigning queen of the wildly successful paranormal scene. . .Just one example of arguably the most in-demand and prolific authors in America these days.” ―Publishers Weekly on SHERRILYN KENYON

“A skillfully written and entertaining tale…rich with complex characters, snappy dialogue, and sweet moments.” ―Tulsa World on BAD MOON RISING

Acheron sucks you into Kenyon's world and keeps you there from the first page until the last.” ―Midwest Book Review on ACHERON

“An engaging read.” ―Entertainment Weekly on DEVIL MAY CRY

“A delicious balance of suspense and sensuality.” ―Publishers Weekly on DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

“Kenyon delivers the goods readers have come to expect, and more.” ―Booklist on DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

“[Kenyon] succeeds in offering a lively read containing her signature blend of brisk action, sensual thrills, and light humor.” ―Publishers Weekly on SEIZE THE NIGHT

“Kenyon's Dark-Hunter books are changing the face of the vampire novel, making it hip, darker, and all the more appealing.” ―Publishers Weekly on DANCE WITH THE DEVIL

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon returns to the world of the Dark-Hunters, where predators are the prey. Prepare to be seduced…

RETRIBUTION

Orphaned as a child and raised by vampires, Abigail Yager lives for one purpose, and one purpose only: To avenge the deaths of vampires everywhere. To destroy the merciless Dark-Hunters who stalk and kill her adoptive race. But most of all, to find the one man responsible for brutally murdering her family: the ex-gunslinger Jess "Sundown" Brady…

"[A] publishing phenomenon…[Sherrilyn Kenyon is] the reigning queen

of the wildly successful paranormal scene."―Publishers Weekly

Resurrected from death by a vengeful Greek goddess, Jess must hunt and destroy the creature who's assassinating Dark-Hunters. The last thing he expects to find is a human face behind the killings―and especially one resembling the human who'd murdered him centuries ago. Jess knows he's not the one who slaughtered Abigail's parents. But now he must convince her of his innocence―and cross the abyss between human and vampire―before the darkest of powers rises to destroy them both…

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Product Details

  • Series: Dark-Hunter Novels (Book 15)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312546602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312546601
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jen (Red Hot Books) TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Any fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter books, can tell you that this is a series that requires you to pay attention. Sure, on the surface, each book is a romance featuring a different couple with some preternatural connection. But from the very beginning, these books have had an ongoing story playing out in the background. First it was just the battle between the Dark-Hunters and the Daimons; Greek mythology played a big part. Then we had some Atlantean lore thrown in the mix. Beyond Acheron's book, demons began to play a bigger role and by the time we got to Bad Moon Rising we had a new subplot that Kenyon is calling the Hellchasers, featuring Thorn and his bad-boy gang. I made a real effort to try to connect to that because I thought that's where the series was going next. I was wrong.

Sundown's story is, in some ways, a throwback to the old books. It features characters we haven't seen much of in a long time. Characters like Sundown, himself... Zarek, Sin, Sasha, and Talon. But in other ways, it's dramatically different. Kenyon put almost everything she's been building on pause for this one to introduce an entirely new Pantheon of Native American gods and mythology. There are Dark Hunters and Daimons in the books, but at times I felt like it was unrecognizable from the books preceding it. Ash is just a mention (other than a "bonus scene" at the end. Artemis & Nick each have a cameo. No Savitar. No Stryker, Jaden or Jared. It just felt disconnected.

That's not to say it was bad. It wasn't. The romance features Sundown and Abigail. It begins with the heroine trying to kill the hero because she thinks he murdered her parents.
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I've waited almost a year for this moment. If It had NOT had the bonus chapter....I would be calling for blood...maybe...probably.

The brillince of La Kenyon is her ability to bring us into other realms. She does not allow us to grow complacent and expectant. However...there is too much here!

We have enough Pantheons and this one barely made sense. I loved Sundown and Abby by the time I was through...but I was absolutely exhausted in trying to keep up with her Native American pantheon story line. Did not work!!! Convoluted at best....but this book wil selll....why?.....we are all dying for more!! Her bonus chapter gave that to me...I laughed and cried and cannot wait for more.....stick with what works, SK.....anything to do with Ash....and the Greek, Roman, Atlanteon and Sumerian panthoens. Anything else continues to dilute the purity of thought and sentiment.

This was hell...and except for the bonus chapter....not worth the wait.
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Did Sherrilyn Kenyon even write this book? I don't even know where to begin with everything I felt was wrong here. There was no chemistry between these characters. I couldn't have cared less what happened to them. Where is the witty dialogue? She kills his fellow dark hunters and oh well thats ok because we all make mistakes. Huh? And the first time they have sex it's going to be in a car when they are being attacked? Wow that just didn't sell me. Even the bonus scene was confusing. Artemis doing something nice for someone else? Completely goes against every other book Kenyon has written in this series. And how did Nick get Brady's soul back when she told Ash she wasn't giving up any more dark hunters? All of this goes back to my original statement. This didn't remotely sound like a Sherrilyn Kenyon book. I'll read the next one to see if she gets back on track but if it is the same drivel I will give her up altogether.
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I've read all of the Dark Hunter and Dream Hunter books, I've read the League series, too. When Kenyon is good, she's very, very good and when she's bad... you get Retribution. I only give it three stars instead of two because of the peek at Acheron near the end.

The problems with the book are multitudinous. One of my main complaints with many of Kenyon's books is that too often, her characters fall deeply, truly, irrevocably in love with one another in a matter of days, sometimes hours. I realize that there is a paranormal element here and that, for the most part, the pairs are "destined" to be together, so that tends to speed things up. Still, the meat of the Sundown / Abby relationship evolves over about 48 hours. Rush much?

Another difficulty with this book is that it doesn't appear to have been well thought out. It's as if Kenyon sat down to write with no real idea of where she was taking this book. The "twist" to the characters, the back story introduced a little more than half way through, is way out of left field and is just too neat. She's done nothing to really create a set up for the issue of who the characters turn out to be, and it feels just dropped in to resolve a book the author was having trouble wrapping up.

Much like the overblown conflict in Upon The Midnight Clear, this story is a lot of noise and sound with no substance. There's just nothing there, really. We get hints at things that, when they come to pass, are not shocking or surprising or even interesting. When we get to the big reveal, it's a let down because it's so dumb. The pairing lacks heat and the sex between them is uninspiring to say the least. The secondary and tertiary characters are cookie cutter stereotypes of characters that show up in all of Kenyon's books.
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