Harm no human. Drink no blood. Never fall in love.
But every now and again a Dark-Hunter thinks himself above the Code. That’s when I’m summoned. Who am I? I’m the one thing the fearless fear. Step over the line and it’s my wrath you will face. Nothing can touch me. Nothing can sway me. I am relentless and unfeeling.
Or so I thought until I met a female Dark-Hunter who goes by the name of Danger-it’s not just her name, it’s how she lives her life. She doesn’t trust me at all. And who could blame her? She alone knows that I’m here to be judge, jury and most likely executioner of her friends. Yet she is my key to saving some of them. Without her, they all will die.
Dangereuse St. Richard is a deadly distraction. Something about her is reawakening a heart I thought was long dead. But in a race against evil, the only hope mankind has is that I do my duty. And how can I do my duty when it means that I will have to sacrifice the only woman I’ve ever loved?
I’m not satisfied with this book. Sins of the Night is a mediocre installment of the Dark-Hunter series, both in storyline, characters, and style. It is not bad, but not good enough for me either.
The story starts good. Given a paradoxical situation and a man, or actually a being, without equal, that makes you expect something peculiar.
Doubt stared out from the dark depths of her eyes. “Then prove it.”
That was easier said than done. “Prove it how? The only way to prove to you that I’m not out to kill you is to not kill you.”
Sadly, it becomes boring. The situation is revealed to be an ordinary rebellion, the latest attempt to win over Acheron.
The story is of full of repetitions. Not only phrases, but action-lines, and thoughts are repeated as well.
- The reader is continuously reported to about Alexion’s thoughts revolving around his loneliness, his inability to taste, to feel, etc., but only superficially.
- You are also told many times how Danger was betrayed and killed by her husband – her background story is not as heartbreakingly detailed as the pasts of the other Dark-Hunters in the previous books, and the repetition doesn’t make it more impressive.
- Alexion and Danger are attacked by two Charonte demons, one after the other, and Alexion gets the mastery over both of them simply, with the same strategy.
- Danger is repeatedly surprised by Alexion’s godlike powers. Even Alexion finds it strange.
- The conversations with Kyros, and other Dark-Hunters are monotonously similar.
- The repetitions in the erotic scenes (page 182: “… a moment before she pulled her shirt…” – page 184: “… an instant before he pulled her pants…”; page 184 – “… he swore he saw stars…” – page 185 – “… she swore she saw stars…”) which sadly put me off enjoying the book.
The romance reminds me to the plot of Dance with the Devil. There Astrid was to judge Zarek, and as they were locked together they had the opportunity to get to know each other.
In Sins of the Night Alexion is here to judge Danger and other Dark-Hunters. The story is mainly about the two of them, the development of their relationship. But while the development of the love between Zarek and Astrid was impressively detailed, the delineation of Alexion and Danger’s love is superficial.
My main complaint is that I was not impressed, not touched by the story. I couldn’t feel through their sufferings, doubts. I can’t see the reason for falling in love of either of them. It is pretty out-of-the-blue. “I just don’t feel the thing.” (Monica, Friends, Season 1, Episode 3)
Their HEA is solved by deus ex machina, a.k.a. Ash. Fate can’t be changed, but there is always a loophole, isn’t there?
Sadly, Alexion and Danger are one-dimensional characters for me.
Alexion was the third Dark-Hunter Artemis had created. He became a Shade, as his beloved wife’s love wasn’t pure toward him, and she had dropped the medallion that contained his soul. Acheron felt himself responsible, and brought him back from Shadedom in a certain form. Now he could only observe life, he couldn’t live it. He has no emotions, nor a corporeal form, but has godlike powers. He is incarnated here on Earth for only ten days to rout a Dark-Hunter rebellion. One of the renegades is his once-best friend, Kyros, whom he knows more than 9000 years.
He was Acheron’s Alexion, an Atlantean term that had no real translation into English.
Basically, he would do whatever was nevessary to protect Acheron and Simi. And he truly meant “whatever”. He had no conscience. No morals. In his world, the only right was Acheron’s will. It governed everything about him. Yes, he could and did argue with Acheron at times, but at the end of it all, he was Acheron’s protector. He would always do what was in Acheron’s best interest no matter the personal or physical cost to himself.
Alexion’s character is inconsistent. Once he is rigid, cold, and nonchalant, then suddenly he is lecherous and funny. Furthermore, instead of thinking about Kyros, his thoughts revolve around how he misses tasting food, his sorrow that he has no feelings, that he is so lonely, and how much he wants to have sex. He has much more difficulties with his erection than the dilemma of judging his best friend.
Besides, I didn’t understand that how it is possible that he can’t taste, but can smell? These senses are strongly related to each other. You can taste the four basic tastes without smelling, but you need your smell working properly to feel the more complicated tastes. So if you have smelling, you can taste. Whether Alexion is so special, or maybe it is a Shade-thing, I don’t know, but it is pretty confusing.
Danger was betrayed and killed by her own husband during the French Revolution, so you would think it would be difficult for her to trust Alexion. Well, it was pretty easy for her. She is more engaged with Alexion’s superpower than the trust issue.
I was told about Danger’s “inner glow, warm”, but I didn’t feel it either. In the first half of the story she is constantly wondering about Alexion’s powers, as if she weren’t a paranormal being as well. It seems the whole “Wow, I can’t believe your powers!” thing pointed to one single – and sadly poor – joke:
No, there was no remote.
Frustrated, she glared at him. “How did you fast-forward and turn it off?”
He shrugged. “I wanted it off and off it went.”
“Wow,” she said, “that’s amazing. I guess this makes me the luckiest woman in the world.”
“I’ve found the only man alive who won’t ever shout out, ‘honey, where’s the remote?’ then tear my house apart in pursuit of it.”
I was so relieved reading that! Huh, we finally get here and over this. And really, there is no disbelief by Danger after that.
The action scenes are very poor. Before the first fight, Alexion and Danger have a chat with the Daimons over three pages! I don’t think there is really so much time for chatting before a fight. The fight itself is short and quick.
They are also attacked by two Charonte demons who are invincible, but Alexion says to the first one something in Atlantean language and the demon totally buys it. That’s it. He uses the same method with the second one as well, although what he says to her is actually true, so she quickly becomes his ally instead of his enemy.
Later Alexion is fatally injured, and he can’t see any get-out. I was so happy to have some real drama, but Danger comes and solves the problem with logic and a dagger. Don’t get me wrong, her wit is really impressive, and it is a great scene, but I was also disappointed because it was solved as quickly as all of the problems before that.
The final fight is pretty exciting and monumental. A seriously significant fact is revealed (for Stryker), and Urian’s appearance is very welcome!
Sadly, the action-line, the dialogues, the encounters with the Dark-Hunters are not dynamic. Dark-Hunter enters, expresses his/her skepticism, Dark-Hunter leaves, then another one comes, etc. It was like a stage-play with very limited facilities.
I am also disappointed by the fact that Simi is not the only Charonte demon. She is so unique, and as Alexion says, precious. Maybe I will soften toward Xirena in time, but now I don’t really like her presence.