At 14, Nick Gautier is an average kid who runs with the wrong crowd. But on the night he decides to go straight and refuses to mug an innocent tourist, his crew turns on him and just as he thinks his life is over… a new one begins.
Kyrian of Thrace isn’t just a vampire hunter, he’s a Dark-Hunter and he introduces Nick to a world that he never imagined.
With new enemies who make his old ones look like wimps, Nick must either measure up or get sized for a body bag. It’s kill or be killed and this kid who was born on the wrong side finds a strength inside him that he never knew existed.
Now if only he can find someone to help battle the demons that don’t reside inside him.
I like to think that I’ve long since outgrown the whole young adult thing. There was a time where it was my poison. Now, not so much. But this isn’t the average YA. First of all, it’s written by the legend that is Sherrilyn Kenyon. Secondly, it’s set in the Dark-Hunter universe (which is another of my favourite series).
The Chronicles of Nick series is going to follow the life of Nick Gautier, a smart-mouthed Cajun. Those of you who have read the Dark-Hunter novels will recognise Nick, and those of you who are up-to-date with the series will know that Nick is not in a good place after the last couple of books. The Chronicles of Nick will allow us some insight into Nick’s childhood, and will hopefully end in Nick being saved.
Infinity is the first book in the series. Things start off quite badly for Nick when his no good friends shoot him after he refuses to rob some elderly tourists. Thankfully, Kyrian (hero of Night Pleasures) arrives on the scene and manages to save Nick. Kyrian appears to be a modern, well-to-do businessman. This is so not the case. He’s an immortal in the service of the Greek goddess Artemis, and his duty is to hunt and kill Daimons. I’m not going to go into the whole background here. Just know, that Kyrian is just one badass hunter in a sea of badass hunters serving Artemis. Kyrian sees something in Nick that makes him decide to give the blustery teen a chance. He gives Nick a job and it changes the kid’s life. He gets exposed to things he never knew existed and he learns some terrifying new things about himself. Turns out, he’s a pretty big deal on the supernatural scene: he can either destroy the world, or save it. And there are a whole bunch of people looking to sway Nick to the side of evil.
I really enjoyed this book. Nick is one funny kid, and his mom was such a sweetie. This series incorporates a lot of mythology, particularly Greek mythology, which I love. It also features some old favourites from the Dark-Hunter series, which makes me ridiculously happy. I don’t think that you’ll be missing anything major in the Dark-Hunter series if you give this a miss, but I do think it would be better to read that series before reading this one. It’ll just fill in some blanks, and will probably help you enjoy the story more. Also, I know I filed this under YA but I don’t think it’s something kiddies should read. It deals with some pretty “grown up” issues that I don’t think will be ideal for youngsters.
If you feel like giving this book a go, you can find it at Foyles.