Book Review: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Retribution

Posted August 28, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Retribution



Sherrilyn Kenyon

It is part of the Dark-Hunterverse #20 series and is a paranormal romance that was published by St. Martin's Press on August 2, 2011 and has 369 pages.

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Other books in this series include Invincible

Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Blood Trinity, Man of My Dreams, Invincible, Born of Shadows, Big Guns Out of Uniform, Tapestry, Deadly Promises, In Other Worlds, Dream Warrior, "One BAD Night", Dark Side of the Moon, Alterant, The Guardian, Whispered Lies, Infamous, Born of Silence, Aftertaste, The Curse, Inferno, Rise of the Gryphon, Styxx, Dangerous Women, Son of No One, Dragonbane, Born of Vengeance, Deadmen Walking

Twentieth in the Dark-Hunter paranormal romance series with this particular installment taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

My Take

There’s a wee bit of a set-up before we get into the meat of the story — just go with the flow for now. But I gotta say, I kept checking the cover to be sure it truly was a Kenyon novel in her Dark-Hunter series. She’s definitely striking out in a new direction with this, and I don’t think her heart is in it.

It was just too easy. Too easy for Abby to figure out who had been betraying her. Too easy for Abby to fall in love and betray all her earlier beliefs. Too easy to overcome all the ills thrown at them by Coyote. Too easy to figure out the ending.

All the time I was reading, I kept hoping for the thrill and excitement of her earlier Dark-Hunter novels. It just wasn’t there.

There’s a section where Kenyon goes on about how Abby never really felt welcome amongst the Apollites. What was the point of that?? Kenyon never takes us past this section; there’s no development.

There were funny bits and fun, somewhat erotic bits, but it just didn’t have the punch and not that much of the suspense either. Kenyon just didn’t spend the time to develop any depth.

The Story

Someone is taking down Dark Hunters with incredible ease, and it’s not long before Jess encounters…her.

Unfortunately for everyone, Abby’s blind hate has been fanned by her Apollite family, and she destroys one of the Guardians, unleashing a huge potential for plague and destruction of the world.

It’s only through love and sacrifice that Abby and the Dark-Hunters can save the world.

The Characters

Abigail “Abby” Yager was almost four years old when her parents were shot to death by someone she thought was a family friend. Rescued, Abby has vowed vengeance upon him and will stop at nothing.

William Jessup “Sundown” Brady, a.k.a., Jess, was a notorious gunfighter in the Old West before Artemis recruited him as a Dark-Hunter when his best friend took him down at his wedding. Andy is his squire.

Of the native American pantheon…
…there is Choo Co La Tah, Coyote, Snake, Ren Waya, Old Bear, Sister Fortune, and Grizzly Spirit.

Kurt, Hannah, and Jonah are Apollites who formed part of Abby’s adoptive family when they “rescued” her from her parents’ killers.

The Cover and Title

The cover is a brilliant green scratched in waves over a yellow background with a raised, elaborately encircled dagger rising up in the middle.

The title, Retribution, seems appropriate as Abby is looking for revenge for the slaying of her parents.