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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 Wren is a beast of simple means, but a hefty bank account. The only son of the electronics tycoon Aristotle Tigarian, he was born a Katgari tigard; half tiger, half rare snow-leopard. With both of his parents murdered under mysterious circumstances while he’s still a cub, he’s taken to Sanctuary where he’s put under the watchful eye of Nicolette Peltier. But Nicolette is highly suspicious of the mixed breed cub some believe may have killed his parents. And having already lost two sons to the war between the Arcadians and the Katagaria, she doesn’t like anyone who doesn’t fit neatly into their world, or proper categories. Something that can definitely describe Marguerite D'Aubert Goudeau to a T. A law school student by day, she is the daughter of a prominent senator, and much to the horror of her father, was a good friend of Nick Gautier’s. Like her mother before her, she believes people should be judged by the size of their heart and not the size of their bank account. So when her friends begin mocking the busboy at Sanctuary for his unorthodox looks and shyness, she is horrified and tries her best to stop them. Wren has no idea why he’s drawn to the human. His life is complicated enough. That’s one of the reasons he stays at Sanctuary, instead of leaving to take the reins of his father’s company. With the enemies he has who are out to end him, he knows that the best thing he can do is keep his head low and his nose clean. But when Maggie is threatened, he can’t stand by and watch her get hurt. He comes out of hiding to protect her and puts himself into the crosshairs of the same enemies who killed his parents. But by doing so, he sticks his neck in the noose and is framed perfectly for the murders he didn’t commit. Together, he and Maggie must go back in time to find the ones responsible for the murders and clear Wren’s name, or both will pay with their lives. But things aren’t what they seem and Maggie gets a lot more than she ever bargained for. And one thing she never dreamed of, a partner for life who will stand up to even her father to keep her safe. The thing I really liked most about this book was that it was the first time we got inside Sanctuary and saw how things worked. It’s a primer to the Were-Hunter world and shows that each clan/patria is different and that they, like humans, each have a different way of doing things. They have their own issues and are a well developed world independent of the Dark-Hunters. Plus, we get to visit some of our old Dark-Hunter friends and see what they’re up to. I won’t say anything more than that for fear of spoiling it for readers. But Unleash the Night is a tiger of a tale. Favorite Quote

“The tiger lies low not from fear, but for aim.” (Wren)

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“Yeah, right. Life is a soul-sucking test that you either survive or you fail. Personally, I think failure blows, so I intend to survive and laugh my ass off at all the losers.” (Nick)

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“Not that I’ve ever feared a fight or backed down from one.” (Wren)
“That’s the truth. I swear he’s half beta fish. He’d fight his own reflection to prove a point.” (Maggie)

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“I’ll wait out here until the two of you are finished. Just call out if you need anything. Like a priest, cop, or lion tamer” (Aimee)

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“So what happened?” (Maggie)
“Nothing major. It’s just a group of assholes out to kill me.” (Wren)

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

1. Even though Maggie has every right to be sitting at the table with her prestigious study group, and has every bit as prestigious a background as her classmates, she still doesn’t feel like she fits in or belongs. It’s those feelings that allow her to sympathize with Wren and reach out to him when her friends are picking on him. Have you ever reached out to someone you saw who was alone and needed a friend? Do you still talk to them?

2. Maggie talks her friends into going to Sanctuary as a memorial for Nick since it was his favorite place to hang out. Have you ever thought about how you want your friends to remember you? What do you want them to do to celebrate your life?

3. Fate versus destiny/ freewill versus predestination is a major theme in both Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter, and in particular Wren and his father’s lives. How much of our life do you think is in our control and how much is just bad luck?

4. Wren has all the money in the world and yet he finds happiness in a modest role. Do you think you’d be content to live the way he does, or would you prefer to travel the world alone, spending wildly?

5. Maggie and her mother have a lot charities that are important to them. What is your favorite charity and why?

6. Wren takes a bullet and risks everything for Maggie. Is there anyone in your life you’d be willing to do that for? Do you think it’s possible to love someone that much that you really would throw away absolutely everything to keep them safe?

7. Another theme in the Were-Hunter novels is the conflict inside the Katagaria and Arcadians between the animal instinct and human. How animalistic do you think humans are? Do you think it would make much difference if your heart and instincts were those of an animal or those of human?

Contributor Bio
Unleash the Night 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. i love Wren. i love how on the outside he seems so big and scary but on the inside he is a cuddly snuggle tiger :)

  2. 1. Sadly I was the person that needed a friend and nobody reached out for years.
    2. I have. I want my friends to have a paid trip (by me) to scatter some of my ashes at the places I always wanted to see. I want my real friends to have the experience I wish I could share with them.
    3. I think it is 50/50. Some things are meant to be, but that doesn’t mean we have to accept it. Confusing I know.
    4. I would be like Wren. I’m not about the money… but it is nice to have for emergencies.
    5. Wounded warriors. Dad is ex- military.
    6. Yes and yes.
    7. Humans can be so much crueler than animals. Everything an animal does has a reason and purpose. People can just hurt one another because they want to. It does matter what you hold inside and what is showing on the outside.

  3. I personally think you can love someone so much you would risk everything for them. But i also think its rare to find a love that true and deep. I can only hope that i find a love like that because that kind of love would be the best feeling in the world.

  4. 1. I was the loner most of my life but I did reach out to a kid i saw too much of myself in when my mom helped with aftercare. Unfortunately, my little koala bear forgot who I was after a while so I keep going, happy to see she is growing up.

    2. Take my ashes and launch them out to seasea. Preferably off a cliff in Ireland.

    3. A bit of both. Our paths are set out before us, the most likely choices being the easiest to choose, but the option to stray is there. Its up to us to decide.

    4. The simple life is more my style. Save the money for a rainy day.

    5. I don’t have a favorite charity but I do favor the Villalobos pitbull rescue.

    6. There is a few I am willing to die for.

    7. Humans are a bit too self serving to be like animals. Animals live and die for the right to survive. Some Humans just want more no matter the cost or who gets hurt along the way. I’ve never heard of an animal that will do that.

  5. 1. Yeah. I didn’t really plan it. She was sitting in a dark corner of the choir room because we were going to watch a movie, completely alone. So I sat next to her. She scooted away. I scooted next to her. I am proud to say I won that argument and to this day we are friends.

    2. This is actually a commonly brought up topic in my family. A. We have agreed no one is wearing black to any of our funerals. B. My hope is that everyone at mine will celebrate by throwing a drinking party with a ton whiskey and scotch present. C. Awesome music will be played. D. I’m thinking I want to be reborn as a redwood tree, so they can use my body as fertilizer. I’m sure I’ll come up with the specifics later.

    3. An odd assorment of ‘completly in our control’ and ‘Not at all’. Some things are in our control, others aren’t. I can’t stop someone from saying something mean, but I can choose whether or not to punch their lights out after the fact.

    4. Maybe. I wouldn’t know. I’d like to travel, but I don’t think I spend money widely. My view might change if I actually had access to that kind of money, though.

    5. I don’t have a paticular favorite. I figure, they all have a purpose, so if it helps someone, sweet.

    6. Yes.

    7. No, I wouldn’t change much, other than Money losing value.

  6. I loved this book Wren is on my most favorite person list. I think he got a bad deal in life and made the best with what he has. Maybe if someone besides Maggie had reached out to him he would have been a totally different person, but i think he needed to have all the hard times to become the tigard that he is. In my opinion he turned out to be a very caring and compasionante were.

  7. 1. Even though Maggie has every right to be sitting at the table with her prestigious study group, and has every bit as prestigious a background as her classmates, she still doesn’t feel like she fits in or belongs. It’s those feelings that allow her to sympathize with Wren and reach out to him when her friends are picking on him. Have you ever reached out to someone you saw who was alone and needed a friend? Do you still talk to them?

    Answer: I was usually the one in need of a friend, and I have had a few friends who reached out to me, but only two of them still talk to me, I did reach out to one other girl in school, Chelsea. I’m still friends with her and for the longest time I was her only friend. I’m glad now she has found other friends though and has gotten out of her shell.

    2. Maggie talks her friends into going to Sanctuary as a memorial for Nick since it was his favorite place to hang out. Have you ever thought about how you want your friends to remember you? What do you want them to do to celebrate your life?

    Answer: I want my friends to remember that I loved books and movies, I’d want the to go see a new release, or visit the book store then go out to eat and have fun. Simple things that I like to do. And eat some Nachos for me.

    3. Fate versus destiny/ freewill versus predestination is a major theme in both Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter, and in particular Wren and his father’s lives. How much of our life do you think is in our control and how much is just bad luck?

    Answer: At the moment I don’t feel like I’m in control of anything. What with spinal surgery coming up, and keep having to put my education on pause. I still live with my mom, and am unable to find a job, and it will be harder after my surgery to find something. So I think right now its just a series of bad lucks. Hopfully in the future I can do what I want instead of watching life go by me.

    4. Wren has all the money in the world and yet he finds happiness in a modest role. Do you think you’d be content to live the way he does, or would you prefer to travel the world alone, spending wildly?

    Answer: I’d probably have a bit of wanderlust. Travel the world alone, I wouldn’t spend wildly though. Then i’d be content in living the way he does.

    5. Maggie and her mother have a lot charities that are important to them. What is your favorite charity and why?

    Answer: My favorite charities are Saint Judes: They helped me a lot growing up in the hospital those donations mean A LOT. So now I donate to it whenever I can. The other one is Diabetes runs heavily on both sides of my family. So we donate to those charities when I can. I also like giving old books and cloths I don’t read or wear anymore to good will. Though I don’t donate directly My family is involved in wounded warriors project and American cancer society.

    6. Wren takes a bullet and risks everything for Maggie. Is there anyone in your life you’d be willing to do that for? Do you think it’s possible to love someone that much that you really would throw away absolutely everything to keep them safe?

    Answer: There are a few people i’d be willing to do that for. I think it is possible though rare to love someone that much.

    7. Another theme in the Were-Hunter novels is the conflict inside the Katagaria and Arcadians between the animal instinct and human. How animalistic do you think humans are? Do you think it would make much difference if your heart and instincts were those of an animal or those of human?

    Answer: I honestly don’t think theres much difference between Human and Animal . Which is why the Katagaria and arcadian conflict seems silly to me. Both groups have been capable of doing unspeakable and horrible things to one another, but also great good. Though I noticed the good coming mostly from kategaria than the arcadians though there are a few good arcadian. I think that’s says a lot about human and animal personalities. Animals hurt to protect or ward off, humans do it mostly because they can. But i’m not a huge fan of people to begin with, so that’s probably why I like theh kategari more.

  8. Maggie and her mother have a lot charities that are important to them. What is your favorite charity and why? Animal’s, because I love all of them!

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