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The View From Monday - September 30, 2013


It's the last Monday in September. One of my favorite months starts tomorrow and not only Halloween takes place in October. Tomorrow is the 5th Anniversary of The Qwillery, but more about that tomorrow.

I started reading Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon (St. Martin's Press, September 3, 2013) on Friday and finished it on Sunday (there were many interruptions). It's the 23rd novel in her Dark-Hunter series and the print book is 848 pages long. It's substantial when you hold it. But I didn't buy the print copy even though I will eventually. I picked up the eBook. Today the eBook on Amazon costs $7.99; the print book costs $16.46. At Barnes & Noble the print book costs $16.78 and the eBook also cost $7.99. However on Friday, when I was in B&N with my Nook the eBook cost $6.49. Of course I bought the eBook.  I do need to check one chapter against the print copy because it seemed to end abruptly with no transition to the next chapter. That could just be a formatting issue with the eBook and it would make more sense when I look at the book. Sometimes that does happen.

The View From Monday - September 30, 2013
I enjoyed Styxx. Like Acheron, the first part of the novel is set in ancient times. And like Acheron, the second part of the novel is set modern times. If you are familiar with the series, you know why these 2 novels would mirror each other like that - Acheron and Styxx are twins. It's a good series and fairly consistent so I would recommend you start at the beginning. However, you probably could jump in with Styxx, Ms. Kenyon gives you enough information to make sense of what is going on. Or start with Acheron to get the flip side of Styxx's story. I know that I will be going back to a couple of the previous novels to see how certain events where depicted in them from their different viewpoints. I'm fascinated that Ms. Kenyon was able to so effectively weave so much of her Dark-Hunter history into this novel and have it make sense. She's either got very, very good notes or an eidetic memory.

Styxx is a very good novel. It's well written, but again like Acheron, is heartbreaking and it can be difficult to read about some of the things that happen to Styxx. It is brutal at times so stay away if abuse in the extreme is a hot button for you. I was really pleased to finally get to the modern era section of the book and away from the incredible physical harshness of the first part of the novel. You really get to see Styxx's character in this novel and come to understand him. If anyone in the series deserves an HEA it's Styxx.

Some pieces of the series fall into place during the novel, which I liked immensely, but there is more to come. There are still unanswered questions and things happening that will require the Dark-Hunters' attention.

Just some quick thoughts on Styxx!


The View From Monday - September 30, 2013


There are a few books out today. Look for the October 2013 Release list later in the week. (Yes, I'm going to be a bit late with it!)



September 30, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Book of Iron Elizabeth Bear F
Jewels in the Dust Peter Crowther UF - Collection
The Volatile Amazon (e) Sandy James FR - Alliance of the Amazons 4
Heavy Metal Heart (e) Nico Rosso PNR - Demon Rock
Tales of Majipoor Robert Silverberg SF
How the World Became Quiet: Myths of the Past, Present, and Future Rachel Swirsky F
Ice Red (e) Jael Wye SFR - Once Upon a Red World 1


e - eBook

F - Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy

Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon - Giveaway - August 3, 2011

Thanks to the kind folks at Zeitghost Media, The Qwillery has a copy of Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon to give away. I'm in the middle of reading Retribution and can say that so far it's wonderful. You want this book.

Please note that this giveaway is for those of you with US or Canadian mailing addresses. Retribution will be sent to you directly by Zeitghost Media.


About Retribution

Retribution
Author:  Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series:  Dark-Hunter 21
Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: St, Martins Press (August 2, 2011)
Price: $25.99
Language: English
Genre:  Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 978-0-312-54659-5



From #1New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon comes the next thrilling installment in her blockbuster Dark-Hunter® series

Harm no human…

A  hired gunslinger, William Jessup Brady lived his life with one foot in  the grave. He believed that every life had a price. Until the day when  he finally found a reason to live. In one single act of brutal betrayal,  he lost everything, including his life. Brought back by a Greek goddess  to be one of her Dark-Hunters, he gave his immortal soul for vengeance  and swore he’d spend eternity protecting the humans he’d once considered  prey.

Orphaned as a toddler, Abigail Yager was  taken in by a family of vampires and raised on one belief—Dark-Hunters  are the evil who prey on both their people and mankind, and they must  all be destroyed. While protecting her adoptive race, she has spent her  life eliminating the Dark-Hunters and training for the day when she  meeting the man who killed her family: Jess Brady.

A gun in the hand is worth two in the holster…

Jess  has been charged with finding and terminating the creature who’s  assassinating Dark-Hunters. The last thing he expects to find is a human  face behind the killings, but when that face bears a striking  resemblance to the one who murdered him centuries ago, he knows  something evil is going on. He also knows he’s not the one who killed  her parents. But Abigail refuses to believe the truth and is determined  to see him dead once and for all.

Brought together by  an angry god and chased by ancient enemies out to kill them both, they  must find a way to overcome their mutual hatred or watch as one of the  darkest of powers rises and kills both the races they’ve sworn to  protect.






Visit Sherrilyn's Retribution website, which contains excerpts:

http://www.sherrilynkenyon.com/book/retribution/


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Retribution directly from Zeitghost Media. US/ Canadian mailing address only!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite Sherrilyn Kenyon novel?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

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3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a United States of America or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 10, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon - Book Trailer - March 19, 2011

Invincible, the second book in the Chronicles of Nick, will be released on March 22, 2011. The Chronicles of Nick is a Young Adult Dark-Hunter spinoff series.


For more information and to read Chapter 1 of Invincible head to Sherrilyn Kenyon's website by clicking here.

Here's an explantory note about the Chronicles of Nick from the Sanctuary website.
Note to Dark-Hunter fans

The Chronicles of Nick *is* Nick’s real and true past. There is a huge surprise (several actually) in the book that I don’t want to spoil, but when you read the book, everything you think is an inconsistency will make perfect sense to you. More than that, you will understand exactly why Nick is the way he is and why he continues to hate Acheron the way he does. But you have to be patient. All will be clear on May 25, 2010.

Nick’s series will run until it intersects with Night Pleasures and then Nick will have his own novel in the Dark-Hunter world.

Book one, Infinity, begins when Nick meets Kyrian.
Book two will pick up the next day after Infinity ends and will be out Feb 2011.

Remember the one promise that I try to keep in every book: Just when you think you know the truth about a character or event, you find out that things are seldom what they seem. Nick is one of those characters. There’s a lot more to our little Cajun than what you’ve seen to date. That’s why it takes 12 books to tell his story.

There are many, many secrets you’ll learn about a lot of characters, including Cherise and especially Jaden and Jared. Just hold on… you ain’t seen nothing yet :)


Invincible
Chronicles of Nick 2
(March 22, 2011)
Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul.

His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.

But more than that, he’s being groomed by the darkest of powers and if he doesn’t learn how to raise the dead by the end of the week, he will become one of them...

No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon - Dark Hunter 19 - September 7, 2010

I've had the pleasure of meeting Sherrilyn Kenyon more than once. I've also interviewed her about her video gaming habits. You can see that here if you're interested.

On Septemeber 7, 2010, the 19th (!) Dark Hunter book will be released - No Mercy. It's on my must buy list. It's a Were-Hunter story. You can read about Were-Hunters and see the books in the Dark-Hunter series here: http://were-hunter.com/.

Live fast, fight hard and if you have to die then take as many of your enemies with you as you can. That is the Amazon credo and it was one Samia lived and died by. Now in contemporary New Orleans, the immortal Amazon warrior is about to learn that there’s a worse evil coming to slaughter mankind than she’s ever faced before.

Shapeshifter Dev Peltier has stood guard at the front of Sanctuary for almost two hundred years and in that time, he’s seen it all. Or so he thought. Now their enemies have discovered a new source of power- one that makes a mockery of anything faced to date.

The war is on and Dev and Sam are guarding ground zero. But in order to win, they will have to break the most cardinal of all rules and pray it doesn’t unravel the universe as we know it.


Here's the book trailer:



Are you a Dark Hunter fan? Who is your favorite?
The View From Monday - September 30, 2013Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon - Giveaway - August 3, 2011Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon - Book Trailer - March 19, 2011No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon - Dark Hunter 19 - September 7, 2010

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