Some have asked why I have included Sherrilyn Kenyon’s “Chronicles of Nick” YA series, within my Dark-Hunter/Were-Hunter/Dream-Hunter reading order guide, and if it’s absolutely necessary to read them to keep up with the series? After all, that series is about Nick as a teen, and not the adult “Nick” we’ve come to know in the Dark-Hunter world. How would his “teen” books be relevant within the adult Dark-Hunter series?
I’ve listed her books in the order that they are written by the author (and/or intended to be read), and while Nick’s books take place in a different “time” from the Dark-Hunter books, after I read them, I realized… Nick’s books DO fall into place. They are important. Nick’s series provides a little insight into the Dark-Hunter’s past, and better yet, a deeper look into his own past when he erroneously became involved in their world.
But more importantly, I’ve started noticing something weird, and maybe even a little disturbing (albeit exciting). There are a few new catches… things have changed. Or have they? You see, because of Nick’s actions as a “teen”, and a bit of “interference” (or should I say influence) from the future, things might just be changing in the Dark-Hunter world, as we know it today. It’s… complicated
There was a specific twist in one of Nick’s books that had me reflecting back to a past Dark Hunter book, and I thought to myself… Whoa! Everything could change. That’s gotta change things!! How is Sherrilyn gonna do that? And I’m dying to see it play out. But without having read Nick’s books, (if I had only stuck with the Dark-Hunter releases), I would have missed these little changes… this tidbit of potential disaster, entirely.
Here’s a note from the author that I tend to agree with…
**Note to Dark-Hunter fans
The Chronicles of Nick *is* Nick’s real and true past. There is a huge surprise (several actually) in the book that I don’t want to spoil, but when you read the book, everything you think is an inconsistency will make perfect sense to you. More than that, you will understand exactly why Nick is the way he is and why he continues to hate Acheron the way he does. But you have to be patient. All will be clear on May 25, 2010.
Nick’s series will run until it intersects with Night Pleasures and then Nick will have his own novel in the Dark-Hunter world.
Book one, Infinity, begins when Nick meets Kyrian.
Book two will pick up the next day after Infinity ends and will be out Feb 2011.
Remember the one promise that I try to keep in every book: Just when you think you know the truth about a character or event, you find out that things are seldom what they seem. Nick is one of those characters. There’s a lot more to our little Cajun than what you’ve seen to date. That’s why it takes 12 books to tell his story.
There are many, many secrets you’ll learn about a lot of characters, including Cherise and especially Jaden and Jared. Just hold on… you ain’t seen nothing yet
So that’s it. Some want to skip Nick ’cause it’s YA, but Nick as an “adult” and who he is now… is integral in the teen books. It’s kind of important in the Dark Hunter grand scheme of things. What a world Sherrilyn Kenyon has built. I don’t know how she does it, and how she keeps up with it… and even where she is going with it, but if you ask me, I say, read ‘em!! Sure they may not be my favorite books in the series (although they are fun), they HAVE provided a few strange twists to what I thought I already know about the Dark-Hunters. And of course, they are definitely not “steamy” but if you want the full “Dark-Hunter” effect, just go with the flow.