At 15, Nick Gautier thinks he knows it all. How the world works, his place in it, the school he hates and the love for his mother he would do anything to protect. The night his best friends turn on him is the night his life changed forever. He is saved by Kyrian, a mysterious man who says he is a Dark-Hunter, an immortal guardian standing between humanity and those that would prey on it. An introduction to a whole world he never knew existed leaves him bewildered but determined and suddenly, high school doesn’t seem the worst thing he has to survive.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up Infinity to read. Given how adult Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series is, I wasn’t sure she could translate that world into the young adult field. Would she still retain her ability to tell a fantastic story without the romance I’ve come to know and love?
The answer is yes, yes she can, and very well too!
It was no less gripping for being targetted at a younger audience and it was really intriguing meeting Nick when he was a fifteen year old with no idea what was really out there. I’d known brief snippets of his history from the main books but seeing the start of it all from his perspective, it really brought home what a complex character he is. The love and fierce protectiveness he has for his mother was so sweet, his brash acerbic wit made me laugh and some of the key choices he had to make made me want to cheer. Nick’s young character is distinctly at odds with who we know now in the main series, and there also lies the charm of this book.
Several factions are in play to try and influence Nick in some of those key choices, and there are some very interesting developments with regards to the history I thought I knew. It’s dizzying at times as you try and work out if who he is now is the result of Infinity or if there is something big coming in the next few books. My feeling is the latter.
I loved seeing Kyrian as a dark-hunter again (of course this is previous to his book) and as always I wanted to both cheer and melt when Acheron arrives. What did make me laugh was meeting Tabitha as a schoolgirl, she is very much the same character we know now, just younger and maybe a little crazier!
The plot was actually really interesting and kept me turning the pages. I wondered how it would work since Nick had no idea about daimons, dark-hunters and the like and kind of got thrust into the middle of it all. The main plot point though, and I say this with a completely straight face, was zombies. Both living and undead.
And there lies why I was unsure what to expect. Zombies? In a Dark-hunter world book? But it worked! Everything else that was going on was woven around that central theme and it made for a very entertaining read. I also loved the reason they were there in the first place, and felt it was very clever.
How Sherrilyn Kenyon keeps all this straight boggles me. I envision all the walls of her writing room being filled with cards and strings leading to several others. I suspect it would look rather like a web! However she manages it, I have to give her huge kudos as she does keep it straight. I honestly don’t come across things that jerk me out of the story and think ‘that’s not right’.
So I went from being unsure if this was a book I wanted to read to absolutely loving it and now I can’t wait for the next one. Sweet torture!