Review: Son of No One (Hellchaser #6) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

It’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Life will continue to throw every bad thing it has at her, and she will continue to not put her head in an oven. But that’s okay. That which doesn’t kill her will just require a few hours of mental insanity. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group trying to get their own cable show as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when her group accidentally releases something truly evil into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.

From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. And it’s not just because she can’t even begin to pronounce his last name: Maboddimun. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his apparent age…

Centuries ago, Cadegan sold his soul for vengeance against the betrayer who cursed him. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him as much as it irritates and frustrates him. Something he can’t seem to fight, and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him his soul.

He knows he has to stay away from her, but the evil her friends unleashed is hellbent on consuming her soul. Something he cannot allow. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?

Well talk about a filler book. Now I might have gotten a bit spoiled with Styxx, which was about 900 pages long, but Son Of No One was barely 200 pages. I was already mentally prepared for another sleepless night, but I finished this one in less than three hours. Besides the length of the book, which I can understand because some characters just have less to say or are less complicated, there were a couple of other issues.

While I did like the overall storyline and I'm hoping some plot holes will get filled later on, it did feel all very rushed. I'm not a big fan of instant love. Instant lust I understand completely, but immediately wanting to throw your life down for someone, a little less. It's not just the romance part that all happened very fast, the overall pace of the story was rushed. There were plenty of moments where the twists and turns were almost 180° in a matter of a paragraph. It was a lot of jumping from one moment to the next, hating each other, forgiving, fighting then peace. Pretty exhausting actually and not very believable at times. It also toned down the drama. A lot of things were happening, but you never felt any real fear or threat that things might go wrong. 

On the one hand we had the whole Jo and Cadegan thing going on and on the other hand a lot of information was revealed that will have consequences in the next book. I was hoping some parts of it might have happened in this book, unfortunately we'll have to wait for that. Talk about a drama killer. 

Still the writing was good and the characters were likeable. It's just that I've come to expect so much more from Sherrilyn Kenyon, that this one feels like a disappointment. I've enjoyed reading it, though it's certainly not her best work.


The Author
New York Times and international bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans known as Menyons (thousands of whom proudly sport tattoos from her series and who travel from all over the world to attend her appearances), her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on store shelves. 

Since 2004, she had placed more than 65 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Her current series are: Dark-Hunter, Chronicles of Nick and The League, and her books are available in over 100 countries where eager fans impatiently wait for the next release. 

Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter series are soon to be major motion pictures while Dark-Hunter is also being developed as a television series.

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