Published by St. Martin's Press on April 1st 2010
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Urban, Paranormal, Contemporary
Reading Challenges: 2017 COYER Summer Reading List
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Wulf is an ancient Viking warrior with a useful but extremely aggravating power-amnesia. No one who meets him in person can remember him 5 minutes later. It makes it easy to have one-night stands, but hard to have a meaningful relationship, and without true love he can never regain his soul. When he finally meets Cassandra, the one woman who can remember him, she turns out to be the princess of the cursed race he's sworn to hunt-and forbidden to him. The two of them must face ancient curses, prophecies, and the direct meddling of the Greek gods to find true happiness at last.
“Life is a tapestry woven by the decisions we make.”
Since I’m getting these books from the library via Overdrive, I accidentally read three of the books out of order. Kiss of the Night is the fifth book in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series and follows Dance with the Devil. In this novel, Wulf (The Viking) is forced to protect Cassandra despite their people being enemies. Wulf is a Dark-Hunter. Sword to protect mankind from all the bad things that go bump in the night. Cassandra, on the other hand, is an Apollite. A vampire with a shelf life of 27 years, unless she feeds on a human soul and becomes a Daimon. Normally Dark-Hunters don’t kill Appolites until they turn, but they don’t hang with them either. Aside from the problem of them being enemies, Wulf has a curse that prevents anyone from remembering him. Not exactly the easiest babysitting gig.
I really enjoyed this book because the Appolites have always been mentioned, but readers normally don’t read much about them unless they turn. It was cool learning more about them and their culture. Especially cool to learn more about their history and how they view those that have chosen to prey on humans. Cassandra was a pretty likable character, and unlike the other females introduced, Cassandra is pretty kick-ass in her own right. I liked seeing her fend for herself, and not be a total damsel in distress.
Another aspect of the story I really enjoyed was her romance with Wulf. Being one of the only people who can remember him, Cassandra offered Wulf something not many people can give him. They could actually have conversations and both of them would remember them. I also thought that how they got together was a bit different from what we’ve seen before, and that added a nice bit of newness to this series. When you’re reading a book series that has a ton of books, it’s always wonderful when the author provides readers with something they haven’t seen before.
I really enjoyed Kiss of the Night, and think it’s one of my favorite novels in the series thus far. Readers get the chance to meet Wulf, a character that’s been mentioned previously, and learn about his quirky curse. We also get the opportunity to see him interact with the other Hunters and really feel their camaraderie as they work together to protect Cassandra. Besides, the Apollite community is featured in this novel like never before. Instead of the vampires, the Hunters are always putting down in the name of saving humans, we see that they are multi-dimensional characters. Just like the Hunters, the Apollites have a sense of community. They love their children and view themselves as the victims of the Hunters. It was great to see the flip-side of what we’ve been reading so far in the series and makes the war between the Hunters and the Daimons even more complicated.