One Silent Night: A Dark Hunter Novel

Mass Market Paperback | November 4, 2008

bySherrilyn Kenyon

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While the world carries on unawares, Stryker, who leads an army of demons and vampires, is plotting an all out onslaught against his enemies-which, unfortunately for us, includes the entire human race. To avenge his sister, Stryker prepares to annihilate the Dark-Hunters. But things go awry when his oldest enemy returns. Enter his ex-wife. Zephyra. Just when he thought nothing could stop him, he's now embroiled in a centuries old war with a shrew who gives new meaning to pain.

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While the world carries on unawares, Stryker, who leads an army of demons and vampires, is plotting an all out onslaught against his enemies-which, unfortunately for us, includes the entire human race. To avenge his sister, Stryker prepares to annihilate the Dark-Hunters. But things go awry when his oldest enemy returns. Enter his ex-w...

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon In the world of the Dark-Hunters, all hell's breaking loose.Stryker has sent word and is gathering his forces.While the world carries on unawares, Stryker, who leads an army of demons and vampires, is plotting an all out onslaught against his enemies-which, unfortunately for us...

In the past two years, New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon has claimed the #1 spot twelve times, and since 2004, she has placed more than 50 novels on the New York Times list. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. With more than 23 million copies of her books in print in over 30 countrie...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.86 × 4.23 × 0.82 inPublished:November 4, 2008Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Silent Night Excellent absolutely love this series!
Date published: 2013-09-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Another short story kind of thing... So here we finally get Stryker's story, and he finally finds a woman. Will this make him a better man or a worse Daimon, only time will tell. His current Daimon crew learns a new trick that threatens the rest of the world, and I'm curious to see what the Dark Hunter's are going to do when they find out about it. Frankly I'm curious if there's anything they CAN do... This has that short story feel to it again. Like Kenyon didn't really have a whole heck of a lot to say about Stryker this time round, despite to doozy of a left hook she presents.
Date published: 2011-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Should I Root For The Bad Guy? So I don't think I will be cheering for the bad guys anytime soon but I did find that Stryker isn't always such a d%$k, I found it very interesting that Stryker got a book because I never expected that because of the fact he's the enemy but I still found it pretty good. I will say this is not by any chance a favorite of mine in the series but I still liked the plot and I really enjoyed a little section towards the end that involved a bit of a truce. I have to say even though I felt some compaaion for the characters they were not my favs and I wish they were a bit nicer I guess but I understand why they are the way they are. Overall pretty good book I look forward to the next. :0)
Date published: 2011-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cheer for the Bad guys I`m not saying that I like the bad guys, cause I don't really. I`m dark hunters all the way. However this story was good, the plot was interesting, and it shed some light onto the inner workings of the evil guys. The big bad has a heart. Who knew?
Date published: 2010-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from better than i thought it was going to be This book is about Stryker.....the evil leader of the Damions. Once I started reading it though, it was a nice change to be reading about one of the bad guys life and love. Zephyra is a strong woman character that is hard to resist, you can't help but like her. The more I read it the more I loved it.
Date published: 2009-10-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eh...not bad Found it amusing. With the plot twist and revelations from this installment, I'm really looking forward to reading how conflict between Acheron and Nick, and Dark Hunter and Daimons play out. The romance/love stories are no longer engaging to me. Thankfully, she's good with the humour so it makes it bearable. I don't see myself devouring her books like I did in the beginning, unless her romance/love stories become more developed. Frankly, I'd prefer to read more about the Dark Hunter/Were Hunter/Dream Warrior and have the romance part be secondary.
Date published: 2009-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A really good read I thought Stryker having his own book meant he might bury the hatchet, not literally, between him and Ash, but no all this means is now he has two new partners in crime. We did however get to know him and understand him a little better now. The story line was very good and fast paced, the main characters were of course sexy, smart and had serial killer tendencies (oh how cute two people that share a love for killing). This book also shows that Sherrilyn Kenyon can still write another amazing novel after putting out Ash’s, who’s had to have been the best novel written so far, and keep the readers as interested as ever. Loved it and cant wait for the next one!
Date published: 2009-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bad guy or Lost soul? I have loved SK's books since I first picked one up, a little over a year ago. I was intrigued by this new one from Stryker's perspective. While normally I`m opposed to changing what works (if it ain`t broke, don`t fix it) I decided to keep an open mind and see where the story took me. The only disappointment I had was when it was over. I was glad to see where Strykers hatred of Ash came from and what had made him take the evil road. I enjoyed it completely. And would recommend it to all SK fans that have an open mind.
Date published: 2009-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Darkhunter story told from the bad guy's POV I never liked Stryker until I read this story. He's kind of the anti Achron. Both had a crappy childhood, only instead of turning into a good guy like Ash, he took the dark road. In this story we see him reunited with his exwifeor risk losing her to his fathers evil ways, and the daughter he never knew he had. Hell hath no fury, and Zephyra proves this as she goes head to head against her ex. As they battle it out, Stryker can't decide whether he wants to win back his ex's heart or rip it from her chest. A fun holiday read!
Date published: 2009-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed the read On the down side, I found it a bit too short (I finished it by mid-afternoon the day I bought it, and I wasn't even at home. This involved doing most of the reading on the bus), which I found disappointing given the cost of the book. I've found lately that font sizes and margins are going up for a few authors, including Kenyon. I did find the story to be good to say the least, although it was different. I don't think she's done a story from the villain's point of view before. In fact I don't think I've ever read a story in a series that's set from the villain's view. I liked it though. Before reading this book you really need to have read Acheron. A lot of her books can be read out of order, but for this one, you need to have the background, or else a lot of the characters won't make sense. I'm waiting for the next book now, as she's left plenty of open questions to tease us with.
Date published: 2008-12-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from so what happened? SK's stuff is good, no doubt about that. But this one? I understand it's an "intermission" type novel but what did it really accomplish. Hopefully, she'll get back on track with the series.
Date published: 2008-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a little disappointing I must say that I was a little disappointed in this book. One-because the book was so short and the size of the font made it even smaller. Two-Stryker, who such an awesome character, that I didn't find the book established him enough. And three-the book was too expensive for the size of it. Maybe after releasing the book Archeron, Kenyon had nothing left to put in this book-who knows. And we didn't see or hear enough of Archeron, my favorite.
Date published: 2008-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Confusing much? If I had to sum up my thoughts on this book in one word, that word would be "confusing". Let me start off by saying that I am a huge Sherrilyn Kenyon fan. I have all the DH books, I am a member on the official message boards, and I want to get a double bow and arrow tattoo on one of my shoulder blades. This book, although a good and enjoyable read, was just too confusing. Stryker was this big villan guy in the last few books, and then you come here and all of a sudden you're expected to feel some respect for him...and all because his ex-wife is 200x more evil than he is. Stryker wants to get rid of Ash and Nick, so he makes a really stupid move and unleashes a force that will annihilate the entire world as we know it, then teams up with the two guys he wanted to destroy just to bring said force back under control. And all through out he was all "well it seemed like a good idea at the time". Then you have mentions of brand new concepts/ideas/people such as Malachi, Sephirii and Daimons that can walk in sunlight now. I actually had to stop every few pages and get everything straight in my head before continuing to read again. Now, I'm not saying I hated it. And Im not saying that I wasted my money. Because I don't hate it and I don't think I wasted my money. And let me just say to my fellow readers who were disappointed about the length and size of the novel that Sherri did tell us that it was going to be about the length of a novella. I'll just say that I think I can agree with my fellow readers and say that Sherri's writing is sort of dying down. Perhaps a hiatus after Acheron was needed to get everything back together again.
Date published: 2008-11-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Blah Honestly, I was surprised when I began reading this new installment by Kenyon, and let me tell you that this wasn't a happy surprise. Normally Kenyon writes quality novels that I thoroughly enjoy, however, "One Silent Night" is far from quality. As the other reviews state, this book's font is ridiculously large and misleading. I bought the book without cracking it open because I expected a book that is on par with Kenyon's other works. So what a crummy surprise when I begin reading it at home only to realize that the font is overlarge which inflates the size of the book. And this is only one of Kenyon's sins. Basically, the story's plot and crafting is simple and unrefined - completely different than what I would normally expect from Kenyon. The characters are shallow and change their emotions without any real transitional explanations. For example, Stryker is big and bad (and not the hot big and bad) throughout all of Kenyon's Dark Hunter series, then all of a sudden he is compassionate and kind deep down and we just didn't see it before??? Ummm, I'm not buying that. It's really hard for me to relate to a character that has been portrayed as the villain in a series without giving that character any real momentum to become a protagonist. This goes for all the characters in the book, even beloved ones like Ash and Nick who were developed and cultivated beforehand become one-dimensional beings in this book. My verdict: don't waste your $8+ on this book. It personally has lowered my opinion of Sherrilyn Kenyon and of her editors for even allowing this book to be published in such a state. The story has the potentional of being decent, but I think it was rushed to release for monetary purposes.
Date published: 2008-11-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Disappointment I was not impressed by this book other than the advancements in Nick and Jaden's stories. As with her more recent books (other than Acheron) there is something missing- maybe the intensity of the relationships which was present in her earlier writing. Given the number of books in this series it is not really a surprise that it seems to be fading- we have all seen this happen with other authors.
Date published: 2008-11-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not completely disappointed, but it's cutting it close! Okay, let me begin by saying I’m a huge fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon. I was first introduced to her Dark-Hunter series with Seize the Night, loved it, went back and got the rest of the series and have been following it ever since. Let me continue that by saying: although the story and plot was good, I was disappointed and found the book overpriced. I paid $8.09 CND for OSN - I have an iRewards card through Chapters. I felt like I was cheated. I opened the book, saw the size of the font and though, WTH! If the font was the usual size, no way would the book be any bigger than maybe 200 pages. That is the size of a Harlequin romance, for crying out loud! A novella! Not impressed with that. Automatically it put me in a frame of mind that didn’t favour the book. With that said, I’ll jump into it without giving too much away. Kenyon warned that this book is a bridge between the last and the next books. It most certainly is that, but I wasn’t thrilled. Stryker is the bad guy - plain and simple. He has a happily-ever-after; while that’s not a completely good thing, it’s not a completely bad thing either. That’s not why I picked up OSN. Stryker is forced to take the souls of humans to stay alive: we already knew that. We may not be happy with it, but we understand it. But the whole ‘pitty me, Dad vowed to rape, torture and kill my pregnant wife while I watched so I better leave her to protect her’ BS was just that - a big butt-load of BS. That card shouldn’t have been played. Is it supposed to drag sympathy from the reader? Um, if Zephyra was a nicer person, perhaps, maybe. And that’s a big Maybe! I hated Zephyra, with a capital ‘H’. The synopsis called her a shrew… oh, she’s much more than that, but unfortunately, I need to watch my language; I’ve a few names to call her, but I have kids present. I understand why she’d hate Stryker. Should he have told her the entire truth behind why he was leaving her? YES! D’uh. She turned to Artemis, who gave shelter for her and her daughter, Medea. She did what she had to do to keep her daughter and herself alive. Do I commend that? What mother wouldn’t. However, the hell she lived through shouldn’t have been enough to turn her into the cruel b*tch that she now is. Stryker doesn’t do torture, but Zephyra seems to revel in it, especially towards Jared, a Sephiroth. Jared had been offered to Zephyra to keep her from killing a gallu demon. She took custody of him and killed the demon anyway, refusing to be anyone’s slave. She has control over Jared because of a collar previously placed on him, but what I don’t get is her continual torture directed at him. She’s just plain cruel. I can understand cruelty if there’s something behind it. In Jared’s case, from her, there is none. But his traitorous act that pretty much wiped out the rest of his kind is the reason why he’s wearing the collar, that he’s supposed to be tortured for all eternity because of that act, and that act plus the thousands of years of torture has him in the frame of mind that goes along with: I just want to die. If you ask me, that hand is being overplayed. Enough already! Medea seems to be the only one of two in that bunch that has a compassionate bone in her body. I’m curious to see what becomes of her. LOL, wouldn’t it seem fitting if she becomes Nick’s heroine? I liked Davyn, even though he’s one of Stryker’s commanders. While he needs to feed on the souls of humans to stay alive, he is Anglekos: he only steals the souls of evil humans, those who deserve to die; ei: rapists, pedophiles, murderers. The lowest of the low. And strangely enough, he reminds me of my brother, Davin, who may be a big teddy bear but who’d do anything to protect his family. So, since Stryker doesn’t care if he lives or dies now that everyone he’s ever loved is dead, he does something really stupid so that he can finally get rid of Ash and Nick. And wouldn’t you know it - that act comes back to bite him in the ass. What’s surprising is how Stryker, Ash and Nick join forces to beat back the really, really bad guy, to save the world. And yet, Stryker and Ash, even though they respect each other, are still at an impasse; Stryker’s daimons need to feed on the souls of humans to stay alive, Ash and his Dark-Hunters are protecting human kind. But there’s a curve - daimons are now feeding off gallu demons - and can now walk in daylight. That has me curious to see what’s going to happen and I’ll be continuing the series. And Nick… He is now a Malachai, a supremely powerful creature. And until my curiosity is sated, I will always want to know if Nick and Ash can get passed what happened to Cherise, Nick’s mother. Now that we have a few glimpses of what’s to come, I can close my review by saying that I am far from satisfied. I have never, in all the DH novels, given any of them lower than a 4 star. This one’s a solid 3, and that seems somehow generous, which is very, very, unlike me.
Date published: 2008-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stryker's Story Just finished reading, “One Silent Night”. At the beginning I wasn’t sure where the author was heading. I wasn’t sure whether I liked the book. I love all of the other Dark Hunter novels but I found this book somewhat of a departure from the others. However, the book be spelled me and I couldn’t put it down. Stryker’s wife, Zephyra, appears to be more ruthless than Stryker. She has little compassion (what compassion she has is very selective) and no sense of honour. Stryker, while ruthless and relentless, at least has a personal code of honour and a degree of compassion. I was quite surprised to learn of the inborn (but suppressed) special powers of Nick Gauthier. I was disappointed to not have more of Simi. Jared (a new character) is an interesting addition to the storyline. It took a while for the author to identify his role in the novel. I do not wish to give too much of the plot away. I don’t want to take away the personal enjoyment of the fans who love the Dark Hunter series. I loved the book and look forward to seeing where these new characters take us.
Date published: 2008-11-08

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"An engaging read." -Entertainment Weekly on Devil May Cry

"Kenyon's writing is brisk, ironic, sexy, and relentlessly imaginative. These are not your mother's vampire novels." -The Boston Globe on Dark Side of the Moon