Scathing Book Reviews of Fantasy Lover (The Dark Hunter Series), by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Fantasy Lover, by Sherrilyn Kenyon, is Book 1 of what became the The Dark Hunter Series of Books. What exactly is a Dark Hunter?

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s website has the answer we seek:  “You want to know what a Dark-Hunter is? We are what the intro says. We’re Mad, Bad and Immortal. We’re ancient warriors with attitudes who fight rough, and play hard.”

Now I ask you, if that’s the author’s official  summary of the Dark Hunter series, then what need is there for a scathing review? Nevertheless, if you need more insight, here’s an official video to promote the 12th book in the Dark Hunter series Archeron.

Based upon what I’ve read, its good pulpy romantic vampire fiction, “good” being a relative term, and “pulpy” not.  Imagine an unchaste version of The Twilight Saga.  I don’t what it is about the women who like to read the Dark Hunter series and these types of novels, but the underlying theme seems to be that its easier to love a man when he’s dead.  These Scathing Book Reviews of Fantasy Lover think the series is best classified as “comedy” or “horror”:

This odious books is one of the WORSE reads I’ve ever come across. I am astonished it was published, let alone, rated so highly by other readers.


All I can say is WOW!…After reading this book, all I could do was laugh (and feel my IQ evaporating).


This book is supposed to take place in 2002 and yet one finds one self being thrown right back to the 80’s where we (let us just admit it) had no style, no taste, no understanding of quality what so ever.


Goofy, thinly disguised porn, but sort of fun if what you want is sex scenes. More “hot” than plot–Just don’t buy it for character development.


I could have overlooked [the] ridiculous characterizations were it not for the dialogue. At one point, the 29 year old heroine admonishes the hero with this crushing setdown: “Whoa, Buster!” Or how about this gem? “Holy Guacamole!” I know one woman who says things like that–my 84 year old grandmother. No sexy, current, PhD speaks like this. I know, because I am a sexy, current PhD.

…and at least one redeeming quality:

l will tell you what was good about this book. The hero is a Spartan Warrior. Awesome! Remember Brad Pitt as Achilles in “Troy”?

…and some good points, with the inevitable bemoaning of American literary standards:

There are so many things wrong with this book, I don’t even know where to start. Right away I have a problem with a sex therapist who hasn’t had sex in years and has never had a satisfying sexual experience. Perhaps she should consider some other line of work?… Honestly, I can’t understand the American reading public. Why is this book such a hit? Is this what passes for literature these days? Have our standards dropped so low? It is embarrassing.

3 Responses

  1. […] – “Ay yuh!”  In Yiddish that would be “Oy Vey”.  In the “Dark Hunter” series “Holy Guacamole!” and where I come from “You gotta’ be […]

  2. As a standalone book written years ago, I can understand why you might think it’s fluff & soft porn, as that’s how everyone classifies all romance novels that doesn’t actually read them. Most women who read them don’t read them for sex scenes, for that we can look at porn like everyone else. We read them for the romance & couple drama & the escape, that’s what novels are for. If you read the series, you’d understand why Sherrilyn Kenyon’s fans are completely devoted. You’ve never seen an author do so much for the love of her fans. Her Dark Hunter series from the beginning until now, has evolved, just as her writing has, into this phenomenal, unique world, of amazing characters that we all love. You read what, 200 pages of the very first novel? Put it into perspective instead of picking out single dialogue comments! IT’S A ROMANCE NOVEL. The purpose of the book is about Julian & Grace falling in love, so if you’re going to make dumb comments about something you know nothing about, then your comments should be about the romance between the two characters. The rest is story background. That’s what this book is about. The first in a series. AND it’s the prequel to the first book to be perfectly honest, it was meant to be a short, sweet introduction to the first book of the whole series. THIS is why reviews are so ignorant, & why I never read them, if you have to see someone else’s opinion of something before you can make up your own mind, you don’t have much of a mind of your own.

  3. With regard to the comment above, I admire her passion and conviction, but I didn’t do the individual reviewing, so her criticism of the “scathing reviewers” is best pointed at the people who left the reviews at AND, the entire idea of this site is that Bad Reviews, in and of themselves, can be pretty funny. Dark Hunter got a lot of good reviews too – go to Amazon and you’ll see them, but I didn’t post them here for the same reason I didn’t post the good reviews of “Tom Sawyer” – its because the bad reviews are the funny ones.

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