Title: Kiss of the Night
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Release Date: April 19, 2004
Publisher: St Martin’s Paperbacks
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Kiss of the Night is book 5 in the Dark-Hunterverse. It tells the story of Wulf, a Viking turned Dark-Hunter. He lives a lonely life because no one but Dark-Hunters can remember him after 5 minutes. When he meets Cassandra everything changes because she can remember him! Unfortunately, she is an Apollite. But there are Daimons hunting her so Wulf must protect her because if she dies, the world ends.
When I first started reading this one, I was confused because it was taking place at the same time as two books previous, Night Embrace. I only know that because I remember the phone call between Talon and Wulf at the beginning of this book was the same phone call between them in Night Embrace. I was following the reading order from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s website so I just kept reading. Then things straightened out because a few weeks go by here and there and suddenly Wulf knows all about Talon and Zarek.
I didn’t find this book as exciting as the others because Wulf and Cassandra had to hide a lot, but we got to learn more about the Dark-Hunterverse and Apollites and Daimons. It was refreshing to get the point of view from an Apollite who is facing their 27th birthday (which is a death-sentence unless they turn Daimon). I won’t say what happens, but the struggle for Cassandra, and Wulf, is real.
We weren’t tortured with more mysteries about Ash because he didn’t appear very often (he was taking care of Mardi Gras and was fulfilling his promise to Artemis). That I was glad about because Ash’s book is number 22.
All in all, I don’t think this was her best book, but it is still very informative about the Dark-Hunterverse. If you haven’t read any of this series, definitely follow the reading list and start with Fantasy lover, even though Julian isn’t a Dark-Hunter.