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Intro

Welcome to the Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark-Hunter Re-Read. From the first time Simi used barbeque sauce… to listening to the Howlers play Sanctuary …to Ash (need we say more?!), this is where you can re-live the great moments of the series. Delve into posts written by DH experts and super fans picked by Sherrilyn, talk to your fellow Menyons, and earn points with the Kenyon Rewards Program all while enjoying a walk down memory lane, Dark-Hunter Style.

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Recap

Devil May Cry explodes into action with the former Sumerian god Sin stalking and slaying the ancient gallu demons out to convert mankind into mindless killing machines. It’s a dirty job, but he’s the last of his breed capable of stopping them. And with the ancient countdown to annihilation coming, he knows he has to do something fast or all is lost and the old payback his family put in place to end the world in the event their pantheon ever fell will destroy everyone and everything. Really, things can’t get worse.

Oh, wait. It’s a Kenyon novel. Of course they can. Enter the Greek goddess Artemis’s paranoia. And who can blame her? Centuries ago, she stole Sin’s powers by treachery, and left him high-and-dry and basically mortal. It wasn’t pretty. If not for Acheron making him a Dark-Hunter and allowing him to join their brotherhood of immortal warriors, Sin would have been in even worse shape. And that was what led to the beginning of the end of the Sumerian pantheon. Another thing Sin holds against her.

Artemis knows she can’t trust anyone. Let’s face it, she’s not a people person and most of us want to slap her hard. There’s really only one person alive who loves her. And that’s her daughter, Katra. Although, after Artie traded Kat’s services to Apollymi like a Pokemon card, Kat isn’t all that fond of her mother at present, either. But she doesn’t want her to die, so she agrees to watch Sin and see what he’s planning (Artie actually wants her to kill Sin, but Kat refuses to be an assassin).

Yet when she sees him brutally murder what she thinks is a human and then burn the body, she begins to think that Mom might be on to something. And that mankind would definitely be better off without Sin in the world. However when she moves in for the attack, Kat seriously underestimates his fighting abilities. What he lacks in missing god powers, he more than makes up for in battle skills. But then thousands of years of combat training tends to make an impression on someone.

When Sin first sees Kat, he instantly thinks it’s Artemis with a new hair color, playing another trick on him. Furious, he vows to see her dead. But not until he gets his powers back.

Unfortunately, he quickly realizes the mistake and that it isn’t Artie he holds. It’s her daughter. And it doesn’t take him long to deduce her father. Something that makes neither Kat nor her mother very happy, and adds another reason Artie wants Sin dead.

But there’s an Apocalypse coming and Sin is the only one who can stop it. Led by the gallu demon Kessar, the Sumerian demons are planning on freeing the Dimme demons and raining down a biblical-sized form of vengeance. Worse? They’ve been preying on Sin’s twin brother and draining off his god powers and using them for centuries. While Sin knows he should kill Zakar, he can’t bring himself to do it. Not after he spent his entire childhood and most of his godhood protecting him.

If there’s a chance to save his brother, he’s going to take it. That is if Kat doesn’t kill him first. And Kat still can’t decide if she should trust Sin or end him. For one thing, she holds a secret she knows he will kill her over should he ever learn it. And that terrifies her. For another, he is an ex-god who will stop at nothing to kill her mother and regardless of what other people think of Artemis, Kat loves her and she will not allow harm to come to her.

I won’t spoil the ending, but it’s a doozie and there is a lot of classic one-liners that kept me laughing out loud all the way through, even while biting my nails at what would happen next. I’ve read the book I don’t know how many times now and I still chuckle at various parts. Usually with Simi and Kish. And Sin’s acerbic personality and Kat’s quips that are only rivaled by Nick’s.

While the setting is away from New Orleans, I did like the change and really found the Sumerian mythology intriguing and fresh. It sets up a lot of the future books, while giving us new characters to hate and cheer for. We learn a lot about Acheron and Artie and it was a perfect lead into Ash’s and Stryker’s books that follow.

Favorite Quote

“You know the incredible thing about hearts is their unbelievable capacity for forgiveness. You’d be amazed what people will overlook when they love someone.” (Acheron)

~~

“Kat laughed. ‘Who wants to live forever?’
Kish put his hand up. ‘For the record, I do.’
Sin scowled at him. ‘Then why do you irritate me so often?’
‘Suicidal tendencies are inherent in my species?’”

~~

“Trust me, baby. Everyone wants someone they can hold and love. Someone who will be there to help pick up the pieces when everything falls apart. Sin is no different from anyone else. If you have any care for Sin at all, don’t leave him in the darkness. It’s not fair to show someone the sun and then banish him from it. Even the devil may cry when looks around hell and realizes that he’s there alone.” (Acheron)

~~

“I’ll take him outside and beat him for making my girl cry.” (Acheron)
“Really?” (Kat)
“Absolutely. Forget medieval, I’ll break Atlantean on his ass, and you’ve seen what a ticked-off Atlantean god can do. Makes Hannibal Lecter look like a crybaby.” (Acheron)

~~

“My father is the harbinger of death and destruction. My grandmother the Great Destroyer. My mother is the goddess of the hunt. I think I’ll be okay.” (Kat)
“Yeah, you do have the history of absolute terror and cruelty in your veins.” (Sin)
“Remember that if you ever come between me and my chocolate bar.” (Kat)

~~

“It’s a responsibility that I take most seriously, so excuse me for banning you from killing them because you have reverse PMS.” (Acheron)
“Reverse PMS?” (Artemis)
“Yeah, unlike a normal woman, you’re cranky twenty-eight days out of the month.” (Acheron)

~~

“Strength through adversity. The strongest steel is forged by the fires of hell. It is pounded and struck repeatedly before it’s plunged back into the molten fire. The fire gives it power and flexibility, and the blows give it strength. Those two things make the metal pliable and able to withstand every battle it’s called upon to fight.” (Savitar)

~~

“Oh, you’re going to die all right. All of you. And for what you’ve done to my brother you will suffer unimaginably!” (Kessar)
“Yada, yada, yada. Am I the only one who gets sick of the bad-guy monologue? ‘Ooo, I’m the big evil. I’m going to kill you all. Just wait while I bore you to tears with my egomaniacal bullshit. I’m just a demon windbag who likes to hear himself speak and I’m trying to intimidate you.” (Kat)

 

Conclusion For more about the story behind Devil May Cry, visit Sherrilyn Kenyon's site for The Story Behind the Story, Bloopers, Book Benies and more! Discussion Questions

1: Would you rather be attacked by a Daimon, gallu or Dimme? And why?

2: Kat gives some rare insights to a side of Artie never before seen. You can actually picture Artemis as a loving mother. What is your favorite memory from childhood?

3: Xirena and Simi are particularly hilarious. If you had a pair of Charonte, how do you think you’d keep them fed?

4: Through Kish, Damien, Xypher and Kish, you learn one of Sin’s quirks. Though he lives as a slayer, he prefers to save as many lives as he can, even when they’re bound to demons. In fact, Sherri does that in a lot of books to make the characters seem real. They all have quirks like real people that are rooted from something that happened in their past. What is something weird you do that other people think is out of character for you?

5. In the end, after all the centuries Sin has plotted and planned for Artie’s murder, he finds the best revenge of all. A far worse torture than anything he could have ever devised. He plans to make her a grandmother and have his children call her Grandma. What is your best suggestion for killing someone with kindness?

6. We get to see Hades at work in this novel for the first time. If you could be any ancient god, who would you be and why? What do you think you’d like to do with your powers?

7. If you had to be one kind of immortal bad guy, would you rather be a gallu, Charonte or Daimon? Why?

8. If you were a Dream-Hunter, would you rather be an Oneroi or a Skoti? Which do you think would be more fun?

Contributor Bio
Devil May Cry Re-read

Carl

Carl is the intrepid sole male moderator on the SK Facebook site that many fans mistakenly think is female. Something that often baffles him. Behind the scenes, he works with several other guys on the Mighty Barnacle/SK web site where he tries to solve nerve-shattering crises whenever the pages go down and fans panic. Usually, this occurs in the middle of the night, on weekends. Or whenever he tries to go out of town. Personally, he thinks it’s a grudge Artemis bears him for working with Sherri. At least that’s the story he’s sticking to. He has a lifelong addiction to all things SF and Fantasy, and has watched way too many episodes of Firefly and Stargate.

  1. 1. Daimon bc they just steal your soul and if someone stops them before hand, you still have control of yourself.
    2. My great-great grandmother was a prankster. She would pretend to be asleep just to pick on my great grandmother. Among other things.
    3. Looks like I’m starting a farm with lots of cattle
    4.no clue.
    5.I don’t think you could come up with a better one.
    6. Gia (mother earth) bc she is the source of life and new growth. I would take back the places that should have never been touched.
    7. Charonte bc they are flippin awesome.
    8. Skoti bc they have their emotions. Being hunted sucks but at least they are free.

  2. 1: Would you rather be attacked by a Daimon, gallu or Dimme? And why?

    Answer: Damion, they are easier to fight and less painful out of the three I think. and less dangerous.

    2: Kat gives some rare insights to a side of Artie never before seen. You can actually picture Artemis as a loving mother. What is your favorite memory from childhood?

    Answer: She may be a loving mother but she was still a selfish one. But I can picture her having a softer side, but always over powered by other non prettier aspects of her personality. My favorite childhood memory is probably going to see movies and egg painting. also Halloween I have a lot of good memories there.

    3: Xirena and Simi are particularly hilarious. If you had a pair of Charonte, how do you think you’d keep them fed?

    Answer: Let them loose at eateries, I couldn’t afford to keep them fed.

    4: Through Kish, Damien, Xypher and Kish, you learn one of Sin’s quirks. Though he lives as a slayer, he prefers to save as many lives as he can, even when they’re bound to demons. In fact, Sherri does that in a lot of books to make the characters seem real. They all have quirks like real people that are rooted from something that happened in their past. What is something weird you do that other people think is out of character for you?

    Answer: I can’t think of anything. I don’t hang out with to many people. But since i’m a recluse I think liking to go out especially at night and observe and mingle is out of character I guess.

    5. In the end, after all the centuries Sin has plotted and planned for Artie’s murder, he finds the best revenge of all. A far worse torture than anything he could have ever devised. He plans to make her a grandmother and have his children call her Grandma. What is your best suggestion for killing someone with kindness?

    Answer: That cracks me up every time. I don’t have any suggestions. the best I could come up with is being nice and acting like nothing has happened and pretty much be apart of their lives have them fret i’m up to something when i’m really not.

    6. We get to see Hades at work in this novel for the first time. If you could be any ancient god, who would you be and why? What do you think you’d like to do with your powers?

    Answer: I love hades, and if I could be an ancient god, I’d probably choose Athena and I’d do as much good as I can or disrupt the others lives a bit.

    7. If you had to be one kind of immortal bad guy, would you rather be a gallu, Charonte or Daimon? Why?

    Answer: I don’t think charonte are particularly evil. But i’d want to be a charonte. Being able to breath fire and eat anything would be amazing, ooo and flying.

    8. If you were a Dream-Hunter, would you rather be an Oneroi or a Skoti? Which do you think would be more fun?

    Answer: Skoti would be more fun, and they experience emotions and feelings again. Also having fun scaring people and coming up with different ideas would keep me busy.

  3. I’d have to choose Skoti couldnt imagine not having emotions and they are more free then the oneroi even though they are hunted. And face it some of them get redemption

  4. 1. Daimon. Greater chance of survival.
    2. I’m lucky enough to have many, but battles fought with my brothers using nerf guns, swords, and light sabers come to the forefront of my mind.
    3. No. Idea. Buffet, maybe? Let them loose on certain ranches? Have them eat people that need BBQ-ing?
    4. It’s hard for me to eat or drink sitting down. I have this instinctive urge to pace.
    5. I’ve never really thought about it. If I don’t like someone, I might be polite, but I’m rarely kind to them. I suppose you can buy them something they dislike on a regular basis in the guise of it being a gift they have to accept…but even then, that doesn’t seem to be ‘Kindness’…
    6. Either Hades or Posiden. Hades, since he’s always been the outsider. He never really fit in with the other gods, and I always thought that was cool. And Poseidon controls the ocean, and lighting storms are awesome. I would make it rain…alot.
    7. Charonte. Hot Sauce all the way!
    8. Depends. If I was an Oneroi helping a Dark-Hunter, I might prefer that to being a Skoti. But if the wasn’t an option, then Skoti. I can’t imagine having my emotions pined down because of some action I had no part in.

  5. 1. Not really on my list of things to do when New Orleans haha
    2. When they are talking while it is Kat’s bedtime. I remember my own mother doing this with me and me doing it with my own children. Everything you can talk about seems easier when bonding at bedtime there is a closeness with both people.
    3. I have a few relatives like the Bitch Goddess that i can feed to them, but then i would have to buy into a cattle ranch for them.
    4. I sing for no reason, people think i’m crazy but it makes me happy and releaves stress somethimes. It even makes other people laugh.
    5. Exactly what Sin is doing, be as kind as possible. It will either piss off or scare the crap out of the other person.
    6. Ash, even though he went through some extremely horrific events in his life I think he is good for mankind in the long run of things past, present and future
    7. Charonte, i love to eat
    8. I can choose both have there advantages and disadvantages so i would be good with either.

  6. I know these are out of order but here goes:
    1. Chased by a Damon because they are easier to kill and less deadly than a dime or gallu
    2. My brother and I having a super soaker fight indoors and “accidentally” involving our babysitter
    3. Send them to all the places my brother eats because I swear he eats as much as any Charonte demon
    4. Walking and eating. I am constantly told to sit down and eat
    5. Follow the leader and do what Sin is
    6. Athena because she is powerful, just and not someone to be messed with
    7. Charonte because they are more towards the top of the food chain and hey who could say no to flying…and eating a lot and staying slim?
    8. Either or. At least I would stay busy

  7. 1: Daimon. I can handle that.

    2: My father watching movies with me.

    3: Cows, cows, cows.

    4: While I do not like people, I love animals and am very attached.

    5. Always smile at them. They go crazy.

    6. Aphrodite. Help people find love.

    7. Charonte. Just cause.

    8. Skoti. Better perks.

  8. We get to see Hades at work in this novel for the first time. If you could be any ancient god, who would you be and why? What do you think you’d like to do with your powers? Healing, have a lot’s of hurting people out their.

  9. 1. Damon cause you can just go into your house and they can’t get in unless invited.

    2. Now this isn’t so much that I remember it but you know how when you get told about something so much that you can picture it and it feels like you remember it. Well, the memory from when I was two and a half and my grandpa sat me on the table (Actually he was too weak to lift me so my mom had to do it) and he said. “It looks like you are going to be okay from now on. So, I can go.” And a week later he died.

    3. Two? hmmm I think I would ask Ash for some Charonte child support.

    4. I have what is called a hillbilly water fight with my nephews the day after my sister shampoos the rug. Oh and a hillbilly water fight is when you use everything and I do mean everything. Water, toothpaste, baby powder, muscle creame, basiclly anything that makes a mess except we don’t use mouse poison. (Oh don’t worry my sister joins in on it.)

    5. Show them pictures of puppies and kitties. They “Kawaii” themselves to death.

    6. Bathymaas cause I would get to kick Apollo’s butt and if I couldn’t then my daddy Set would.

    7. Gallu. I would want a huge family and all I would have to do is bite those who would want to join me. I would just leave out the part of me being able to control them.

    8. Skoti I would get together with Solin and totally drive the other Dream Hunters crazy.

  10. 1: Would you rather be attacked by a Daimon, gallu or Dimme? And why?

    Answer: Daimon easy to kill and you dont have to worry about nasty side effects after being bitten.

    2: Kat gives some rare insights to a side of Artie never before seen. You can actually picture Artemis as a loving mother. What is your favorite memory from childhood?

    Answer: spending time with my family after dad came back from deployments.

    3: Xirena and Simi are particularly hilarious. If you had a pair of Charonte, how do you think you’d keep them fed?

    Answer: to be honest i would have no idea they eat so much it would be hard to keep up

    4: Through Kish, Damien, Xypher and Kish, you learn one of Sin’s quirks. Though he lives as a slayer, he prefers to save as many lives as he can, even when they’re bound to demons. In fact, Sherri does that in a lot of books to make the characters seem real. They all have quirks like real people that are rooted from something that happened in their past. What is something weird you do that other people think is out of character for you?

    Answer: my friends think its weird that when i come over i have a compulsion to look in their fridges. i dont understand it and neither do they but they just laugh about it.

    5. In the end, after all the centuries Sin has plotted and planned for Artie’s murder, he finds the best revenge of all. A far worse torture than anything he could have ever devised. He plans to make her a grandmother and have his children call her Grandma. What is your best suggestion for killing someone with kindness?

    Answer: i tend to smile and wave at customers who are yelling about me because they are having a bad day

    6. We get to see Hades at work in this novel for the first time. If you could be any ancient god, who would you be and why? What do you think you’d like to do with your powers? Bethaymaas. she can kick ass and if she fails theres always set to deal with. lol

    7. If you had to be one kind of immortal bad guy, would you rather be a gallu, Charonte or Daimon? Why?

    Charonte

    8. If you were a Dream-Hunter, would you rather be an Oneroi or a Skoti? Which do you think would be more fun?

    skoti just to mess with the oneroi

  11. 5…Apologizing with a smile and laughing off tantrum by a road rager who thought he was going to shame me to death by ranting and raving was my killing with kindness revenge ,,,apparently he was infuriated and sped off like a maniac on the shoulder showing who really was a danger behind the wheel.

  12. 1: Would you rather be attacked by a Daimon, gallu or Dimme? And why?
    *Daimon. It’s much easier and you have half a chance for survival.

    2: Kat gives some rare insights to a side of Artie never before seen. You can actually picture Artemis as a loving mother. What is your favorite memory from childhood?
    *I can’t picture Artemis as anything but evil. It’s nice to see this side of her. Maybe she can stop abusing Archeron and be that person again. A favorite memory of my childhood would be when my mother would tuck me in at night and I knew she always prayed for me, she still does.

    3: Xirena and Simi are particularly hilarious. If you had a pair of Charonte, how do you think you’d keep them fed?
    *I don’t think I could afford all of their sparklies. lol But I am a big fan of BBQ and I have a couple people I dislike. We could start there. (kidding) There are some viciously mean people in the world. We do however need to thin those out.

    4: Through Kish, Damien, Xypher and Kish, you learn one of Sin’s quirks. Though he lives as a slayer, he prefers to save as many lives as he can, even when they’re bound to demons. In fact, Sherri does that in a lot of books to make the characters seem real. They all have quirks like real people that are rooted from something that happened in their past. What is something weird you do that other people think is out of character for you?
    *Just because someone is raw and will fight till death doesn’t make them a bad person. I am glad Sherri gives us all sides to a person. My mother always told me “there is good in everyone.” Sherri gives me hope in her books. I can see a lot of my life through her quotes and feelings. Sin and Katra remind me so much of my boyfriend and myself. Being scared of trust and love. My out of character would be to stop letting people run over me. I just believe in God and Karma and it will work itself out. when I really wanna blast someone with a fire ball. (oh if only I could) :)

    5. In the end, after all the centuries Sin has plotted and planned for Artie’s murder, he finds the best revenge of all. A far worse torture than anything he could have ever devised. He plans to make her a grandmother and have his children call her Grandma. What is your best suggestion for killing someone with kindness?
    *I do it everyday. I smile at them and treat them the way I want to be treated. I can see their eyes turning red. lol

    6. We get to see Hades at work in this novel for the first time. If you could be any ancient god, who would you be and why? What do you think you’d like to do with your powers?
    *I would be Artemis. I would love to be loved by a man as great as Acheron. I would make sure my powers were loving and understanding to him. He didn’t deserve the treatment she has given him.

    7. If you had to be one kind of immortal bad guy, would you rather be a gallu, Charonte or Daimon? Why?
    *Charonte, they get to shop anytime they want. lol

    8. If you were a Dream-Hunter, would you rather be an Oneroi or a Skoti? Which do you think would be more fun?
    *Skoti.

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