Upon the Midnight Clear

Dark-Hunter Series - Book 22

By Sherrilyn Kenyon

St. Martin's - November 2007


Disclaimer - Fiction - Not Romance - per the Publisher

For two thousand years, Leta had been in stasis. She had fought and managed to trap the god of pain, Dolor. But now Dolor had been awakened, and would soon bring havoc to humans. It was a duty to Leta to stop him. Leta was a dream god, was supposed to be without emotion, and she would do whatever necessary to stop him.

Dolor's intended victim was Aidan O'Conner. Aidan's own brother Donnie had summoned Dolor to kill Aidan. But betrayal like this was not something new to Aidan. Aidan had learned the bitter truth that he had no friends, no family. People only used one another, just as they used him. He was famous, a movie star, but many felt that what he had was due to them, and everyone else wanted to see him fail.

It was this bitterness that Leta would need in order to defeat Dolor once and for all.

Arriving in the middle of a snowstorm, a stranger joins Aidan in his cabin. He had left everything and everyone, preferring to live alone in the woods. But this woman stirred something deep inside Aidan. Sure, he wanted her, but it was the deeper feelings such as vulnerability and hope that Leta stirred. And just as Aidan begins to find hope, he also realizes that everything can disappear in an instant.

Upon the Midnight Clear is Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter or Dream-Hunter world meets Scrooge and It's a Wonderful Life. It was easy to understand why Aidan had hidden himself away from life. He had been betrayed by almost everyone, both family and friend. It was Leta's gentle reminder that not everyone was like that. I enjoyed watching Aidan realize that there was much more to life than he was allowing.

As always, Ms Kenyon tossed in some interaction of the gods that was plain fun, and I truly enjoyed the new characters. The highlight for me though were the short vignettes at the end of the book where we glimpsed Christmas with some old friends whose stories we've already seen, and others we hope to read soon.

Kathy Andrico - ReaderToReader.com