12077553And I’m doing rather well thank you very much.

So here we are, another day, another book, another romance.  This one none other than the latest Dark Hunter installment by Sherrilyn Kenyon.  Not one of my favorites story wise, but still quite enjoyable.

With 2012 and the Mayan apocalypse looming on the horizon, are we really surprised that authors are cashing in on our supposed doomsday for ideas and inspiration?  I’m not.

And Sherrilyn Kenyon I think does a rather good job with Time Untime.  It’s a mix of Mayan and Native American mythology which is really fun, and our hero of the hour is a Native American warrior Renegade (Ren for short) who predates Acheron and his transformation into a Dark Hunter by several thousand years.  In other words, Renegade was a Dark Hunter before there were any Dark Hunters.  Compete with bow and arrow mark and all.

See, the interesting thing about Ren is that he is a mix of several pantheons and species.  His mother was a Greek goddess, his father was a Native American chieftain, he was nursed by a crow demon, and Artemis is his god mother.  So needless to say this man has quite the bag of tricks up his sleeve, and I’m sure that what we see is only the tip of the iceberg for his abilities.

Now his leading lady is also quite the powerhouse.  Kateri’s mother was Cherokee, her father was the First Guardian that we met in the previous book Retribution, and she was largely raised by her grandmother who was a very powerful Cherokee medicine woman.  The only thing is we don’t really see what kind of firepower she’s got stashed away, as the most she does is let out a few bolts of lightening and that’s it.

So the theme of the day is that the apocalypse is about to go down.  Back at the dawn of time, all the good gods locked away all the evil they could, and every so many thousands of years when the stars align just right, the doors that these evils were locked away behind can open up wide and all that darkness can be unleashed upon mankind.  Unless of course a child of prophecy comes forth to close the doors and reset the calander until the next alignment.

Kateri is one such child.  And with her bloodline she actually holds duel roles with the end of the world, but I never quite figured out the differences so we’ll just pass on that here.  But it’s Ren’s job to get Kateri to those doors before the clock winds down and they are flung wide open.

Interesting plot, yes?

Only problem is, I think this is among Kenyon’s weaker books.  There was quite a few things happening that didn’t really make a lot of sense, and most of the book was historical background which was interesting and everything, but it seemed to take away from the story a bit.  This is what I found wrong with the book:

1. Ren and Kateri get trapped in the Mayan underworld and he randomly loses his Dark Hunter powers for no rhyme, reason, or way to get them back.  No theories even.  Just poof!  Gone.

2. They get it on while still in the underworld.  I mean, come on.  Really?  You’re going to start knocking boots in the hell realm of an ancient culture with doomsday looming where any demon can come up and stake you while you’re getting your rocks off?  No.  I don’t think so.

3.  Ren sells his soul to an old enemy to save Kateri’s life, and it’s never really called upon.  You get all this doom and gloom about how he’s going to betray her, how powerful this enemy is, and how much of a hold he’s going to have over Ren, and then at the last minute presto!  Ren escapes his fate really bloody easily, and when the enemy shows up to claim him, Kateri is able to beat him back rather easily.  Total let down.  I was expecting more along the lines of he’d be possessed and forced to sacrifice her but the strength of their love saves them both kind of thing.

4.  Kateri is a geologist working at the local uni, complete with grad student.  This grad student shows up for the first and last chapter, and that’s it.  Turns out he’s been possessed because of some stone Kateri was working on that freed this thing inside it…and yeah.  I don’t get it either.  It’s something out of the blue, no context, and no back story.

It seems like another one of those books that could have easily been cut into two and survived.  Like maybe have Kateri playing only the one role in the apocalypse, and in the next one find the other woman who’s supposed to actually shut the gate or something like that.

I loved Ren and Kateri though.  That’s the thing I find with Kenyon’s books.  Even if the book fails me in terms of plot, random things popping up that don’t make any sense or anything else that leaves me feeling vaguely unsatisfied or disappointed in the book, the characters are always rocking.

So yeah.  That’s about it.  Not one of her best, but not the worst either.  Enjoy folks.

Coming up: Allison Hewitt is Trapped by Madeline Roux

8619943“One woman’s story as she blogs – and fights back – the zombie apocalypse”

Allison Hewitt and her five colleagues at the Brooks and Peabody Bookstore are trapped together when the zombie outbreak hits. Allison reaches out for help through her blog, writing on her laptop and utilizing the military’s emergency wireless network (SNET). It may also be her only chance to reach her mother. But as the reality of their situation sinks in, Allison’s blog becomes a harrowing account of her edge-of-the-seat adventures (with some witty sarcasm thrown in) as she and her companions fight their way through ravenous zombies and sometimes even more dangerous humans.