Published by St. Martin's Publishing
Released on June 23, 2005
Length: 10 hours 40 minutes
During my drive to and from Savannah for Authors After Dark, I took several audio books with me to listen too. This was the only one I started and finished on the long drives and I found myself kind of lost at times with names, places and storyline. But I knew enough to get the gist of what was going on. Once again, Sherrilyn has a way of weaving these Dark-Hunters out of their years of servitude. Each one unique.
Wulf is an ancient Viking warrior doomed to be forgotten within five minutes of leaving his presence. Through thousands of years, he has kept his brother’s line going as they are the only ones who can see and remember him. Raising the last of his brother’s line, Chris, is often cuddled to the point he rebels. When Wulf saves a young woman from a brutal attack, he dreams of her thinking she can’t remember him.
Cassandra is the last of her royal line of Apollites. Half Apollite, she hopes the curse that kills them on their 27th birthday will pass her by, but she really knows that is a piped dream. With her death a curse will be fulfilled, so she is being hunted by both sides to propagate the blood lines or to be killed. When a handsome warrior saves her from death, she remembers his kiss and visits him in dreams.
Neither know the dreams are real and so their lives become intertwined when Cassandra becomes pregnant. With just eight months to live, Cassandra is faced with delivering a baby in 20 weeks and dying shortly after the birth. Hated by Wolf for being an Apollite, she struggles to come to grips with her death, the possible end of the world or becoming a Damion. She starts recording videos for the baby in hopes of living on in their memory.
Wulf comes to terms with the pregnancy and loving Cassandra, but not of her death. Oh, and Dark-Hunters can’t father children, so why did he? He fights to keep her safe from a special group who lives for her death. Above all he wants her to be there to share in their child’s life, but he is also ecstatic there will be someone who sees him and doesn’t forget.
There are a lot of side characters like Cassandra’s body-guard, Urien and Phoebe, Chris, and a slew of Dark-Hunters including Zarek and Acheron. Acheron must be the keeper of secrets, because he reveals a slew of them each book that affects the lives of the Dark-Hunters he leads. Artemis isn’t too happy with him after this one.
The audio is done by Fred Berman, which when it comes to female voices, I just couldn’t believe in them. At times I had to rewind to understand what was being said, but then again I was driving and couldn’t pay attention at times. The back story of the bad guys would have been better in word format to skip back too as you got confused. Overall, though, the audio was very good.
The evils is dark and ever returning. I don’t think we have seen the last of them. The mysterious is never answered to our satisfaction. The love is a little too fast and strong, but with short time frame, it had to be fast. The comic relief kept the one liners coming. And the lives of two people will be immortal in our hearts.