Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Chronicles of Nick 7
Date: May 3, 2016
One boy . . .
Think there’s a lot of pressure on your shoulders? Nick Gautier was born to bring about the end of the world . . . it’s not easy being the heir of a demon overlord.
But Nick is determined to thwart his destiny and get into a good college. To be more than his genetics and prophecy foretell. No one is ever going to tell this stubborn Cajun who and what he really is. Or how to live his life.
Not even the Fates of the Universe. But now that he and his team of ancient gods and demons have claimed the Eye of Ananke and he sees the missteps of the future, he has to battle the demons within that are far deadlier and more treacherous than any he’s battled before. All the while his arch nemesis is back and determined to reclaim his place as the harbinger for Armageddon. Even if it means killing Nick and barbecuing everyone he loves to do so.
Hello, hello. It’s been hectic on my end, but I haven’t forgotten! This month brought about a new release of one of the series I actively follow, The Chronicles of Nick, so a review was definitely in order. There’s a lot to be said about Invision, but let’s take it slow okay?.
Invision by Sherrilyn Kenyon is book 7 of the Chronicles of Nick, the teenage brother of the Dark Hunter Series (which I’ve talked about before), and unlike the Dark Hunters, is oriented towards a YA audience. Still, many of the adults reader of the original series have migrated towards these books because of the close correlation that exists between them. Chronicles of Nick is set to work as a prequel of sorts for Dark Hunters, and many of the events in the Chronicles affect directly the plot of the Dark Hunter books. But let’s focus on Invision for now.
The Review ———-
Invision is an interesting book. I confess I had to read it twice (along with a reread of the previous 3 books) because the first time I just didn’t understood a single thing of the plot AT ALL. If I had to select an aspect of Kenyon’s writing I believe she is unparalleled in, I would definitely choose her creativity. She has created an amazing, highly complex world filled with incredible characters, which gains depth and mastery with every new book she adds. Now, the thing is, one has to really focus to understand all the nuances and tiny little currents that run beneath the surface, because the input of information can be overwhelming at times.
Invision is like that. Overwhelming. There is a warning on the Author’s page that cautions not to read this book unless you’ve read the previous one, Instinct. I would correct that and say not to read this book unless you’ve been following the series CLOSELY all the way since book 4, Inferno, where the plot really started to unravel. Books 1-3 are your average Paranormal YA entries: cute, funny, a little action here and there, snark and sass on the main guy’s part and some teenage crush folded in for good measure. Book 4 is when the story really starts to takes shape, and with Invision, I would say the whole series enters a sort of phase 2.
Even though it doesn’t end in cliffhanger (technically) Invision is NOT a stand-alone book by any means. That said, I’ll try to keep this a spoilers-free environment
Invision presents us once again with Nick Gautier and his crew. Nick is a character first introduced in the very first Dark Hunter book, Night Pleasures (back in 2002), and remained as a secondary character as the series advanced, gaining notoriety and importance until it became not only a recurring presence, but an important part of the overall plot. Chronicles of Nick tackles on Nick’s awkward teenage years, his time in highschool and his overall origins.
Even though he is first introduced as a regular human, there is much, much more to Nick than meets the eye. He is actually the new Malachai, the ultimate demon lord whose fate is to destroy the world.
Ever since book 1, Nick and company have been dealing with this fate and doing all they can to try to thwart it, all while fending off the different paranormal creatures that want to get their hands on Nick and the incredible evil powers he commands. The Chronicles are full with time travel, demon attacks, wandering gods and end-of-the-world battles (including its very own Zombie Apocalypse!). The books are filled with action and dynamic situations, and Nick’s outlook in life, an awkward, snarky Cajun’s, adds a little spice to the plot that is always welcome.
Invision follows along this line quite well. In it, we see all the regular battle scenes and sarcastic word-crossings fans of the series are used to. By now, most of the pieces are in their right place, and Invision sets the tone for the second part of the series to develop. Up until now, Nick and their group have been fighting against their own destinies but this book closes that chapter and finally answers some of the lingering questions from the previous installments.
It also introduces a new enemy that will probably make up for the gross of the conflict of the rest of the series (6 more books if everything goes according to plan). Unlike many of the other characters we’ve met so far, who had their origins or appearances in the original Dark Hunters Series, this new villain is exclusively Chronicles of Nick, and will probably never migrate to the main series. Up until now, we had Nick against the world, but Invision finally gives us a villain that is worthy of Nick and one only he can defeat.
However, things are not as easy as that.
Invision has set the stage nicely, and planted a great deal of expectation in this fan’s heart. Worst part about it is the full year I’ll have to wait to know how it continues. Not nice, Kenyon, not nice at all!
“Grab ‘n Go!”
The Altar! The crème de la crème. The book that ’ll revisit several times a year, just so I can re-read my favorite part. It’s not easy to get that coveted fifth star, so if you did, rest assured: you’ve definitely earned it!