Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Invincible (The Chronicles of Nick #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Invincible: The Chronicles of Nick
  • Title: Invincible: The Chronicles of Nick
  • Classification: Young Adult
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Format:  Hardcover, 432 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (March 22, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 9780312599065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312599065
  • ASIN: 0312599064 

"Your destiny is shaped by choice, never by chance. Beware the decisions you make, no matter how small, for they will be your salvation.... Or your death."

What would you do to have that one thing you've always dreamed of happen? What price would you be willing to pay? How far would you be willing to go? What would you give to be Invincible? 

This book starts up where Infinity stopped. With Nick realizing Kyrian is a vampire. Well, technically a Dark-Hunter. In Kyrians words, Dark-Hunters are "Immortal warriors who sold our souls to  the goddess Artemis. For her, we fight and protect humanity from whatever stalks the night, trying to prey on them. For the most part, that means we track  and slay Daimons."  Daimons, according to Kyrian, are "vampires who live on human souls. Instead of blood, they take your soul into their body, and once it's there, it starts to wither and die. We have to kill the Daimon before the soul is completely used up."
Someone or something is killing fourteen year old boys. Nick finds himself being blackmailed into stealing things for the new football coach. The two things look like they may be related. Nick will need to do some fancy foot work to keep himself alive and put an end to the violence. He will also learn more of his destiny and we, as readers, will learn that the events that take place in this series might effect the outcome of Nick's future.

The initial book of the series, Infinity, states that the series is the way Nick's life should have been. I originally found myself wondering if that meant the events unfolding in this series are a new altered version of Nick's life or just the way he wished it would have been? Now I'm leaning towards him actually having his future altered.  It will be interesting to see if Kenyon will have her two series come together in a future book. It'd be fun to see what, if any, lives or events would be altered by this. Let me just state now that if Kenyon makes this a dream sequence I'll be very disappointed. For those of you who love the Dark-Hunters, it should be noted that while this series takes place within the world of the Dark-Hunters, neither of the first two books really dwells on the Dark-Hunters themselves. They make Cameos, but they appear to be secondary characters and the creatures that Nick has dealt with thus far are new.  

If you're a Dark-Hunter fan, the following statement made by Nick will hold some significance for you. Why do I doubt Nick will listen to his own advice?

"So you're saying that if you were Ahab, You'd let it go and move on with your life? Even if it was the person you loved most on this earth who was killed and you were left with a lingering deformity from it?"
 "Absolutely. Crap happens to everyone. Put on your big-boy pants and deal. You got to let it go and move on."
    I for one would love to see this series alter the events of the future. Kenyon may be crazy or devious. She's probably a little of both - crazy like a cunning fox and dastardly devious in a way only a masterful story teller can be. I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses

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