As an ancient Sumerian god, Sin was one of the most powerful among his pantheon. . . Until the night Artemis brutally stole his godhood and left him for dead. For millennia, this ex-god turned Dark-Hunter has dreamed only of regaining his powers and seeking revenge on Artemis. If only life were that simple.
Unfortunately he has bigger fish–or in Sin’s case–demons, to fry. The lethal gallu that were buried by his pantheon are now stirring and they are hungry for human flesh. Their goal is to destroy mankind and anyone else who gets in their way. Sin is the only one who can stop them–that is if a certain woman doesn’t kill him first. Unfortunately, Sin discovers that now he must rely on her or witness an annihilation of biblical proportions.
Enemies have always made strange bedfellows, but never more so than when the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Now a man who knows only betrayal must trust the one person most likely to hand him to the demons. Artemis may have stolen his godhood, but this one has stolen his heart. The only question is will she keep it or feed it to the ones who want him dead?
“It’s not fair to show someone the sun and then to banish him from it. Even the devil may cry when he looks around hell and realizes that he’s there alone.”
Devil May Cry is the story of Sin of Sumeria and Katra Agrotera.
Kat already appeared in previous books of the series. She is the daughter of SPOILER! Highlight to read! Artemis and Acheron, bearer of not only unimaginable power and strength, but also kindness and honesty. She is fair-minded and caring.
Sin is an ancient Sumerian ex-god of the Moon and Fertility, with stolen powers and undying hatred and hunger for revenge.
Kat is sent to kill Sin, an assignment with which she didn’t agree even initially. When she meets him, she soon realizes that Sin is not the loner and the psycho as he was pictured before, but a lethal warrior, and a wounded soul who needs to be tended to and cared for. He is compassionate and tender. He has humor and loyalty.
I truly appreciate that there is no love at first sight, even the attraction is not instant. But the conflict is kind of lame and forced as Sin’s wrath for Kat is not entirely righteous. But it is understandable why it is so hard for him to let someone into his heart.
SPOILER! Highlight to read! So about the crucial question of Kat’s assumed betrayal. I don’t think it is that big an issue. She was young and inexperienced at the time it happened, and actually she was forced by emotional blackmail by the person she loved and trusted the most. I don’t condemn her for that. Yes, it was a mistake, but it was not malicious or with ulterior motives on her part.
The plot is pretty good with the imminent Sumerian Armageddon, and the genuinely creepy gallu demons and the Dimme.
The main and the secondary characters are all loveable and/or highly refined.
The antagonist, Kessar is strong, ferocious, and dreadfully evil.
Sin’s brother Zakar is a mystery.
Acheron is too good to be true – he is breathtaking, captivating, kind and wise. He is a true legend.
“You know the incredible thing about hearts is their unbelievable capacity for forgiveness. You’d be amazed what people will overlook when they love someone.”
Artemis shows a surprisingly soft side – but still, it is not enough to like her.
Artemis smiled through her tears as she lifted the blanket higher around Kat’s shoulders. “I made a horrible mistake.”
Her young brow was furrowed in puzzlement. “But you’re a goddess. You can’t make mistakes.”
Artemis took Kat’s small hand into hers and placed a tender kiss on it. “Trust me, little one.
Everyone makes mistakes. Even the gods, and ours are much worse than those of humans. Unlike humans, we don’t suffer alone. Rather, we share the pain with thousands. That’s why you must learn to be like your father. To hold in your tears and anger. Try not to punish what you love.”
Xypher is promisingly savage and wild. I’m about to yield to temptation and read his book out of order.
“Any game plan?” Xypher asked Sin.
“I like it. Simple, bold. Impossible. Works for me.”
Kat scoffed at his sarcasm. “What are you bitching about, Xypher? You’re already dead.”
Deimos goes with remarkable principles.
Simi and Xirena are fun and hungry, as always!
“Oh poo,” Simi said petulantly, “we can’t let the heifer-goddess die. Akri will die too if he can’t eat from her.” Her eyes flaming, she put herself between Artemis and the tomb. “C’mon, Xirena, you gots to help the Simi protect the bitch-goddess.”
I loved the appearance of all the unexpected help at the final battle.
My favorite parts are Kat and her father’s interactions.
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Acheron crossed the distance between them. “Is there something I can help with?”
“No,” Kat said petulantly. “You’re a man and I hate all of you right now.”
He took two steps back. “Fair enough. Since my presence is obviously causing you pain, I’ll take my manhood outside to the terrace, where you can join me if you can overlook my obvious birth defect.”
All in all
Aside from small odds and ends SPOILER! Highlight to read! (11000-year-old virgin heroine; Kat forgetting about the gallu bite – I understand it considering the plot, but maybe she could have remembered it a day after, when it is too late to cauterize it; Kat’s zero reaction or reflection on her new entity), it’s a heartbreaking, thrilling, and well-balanced story and an actual milestone installment of the Dark-Hunter series.
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