Throwback Thursday Review: Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark-Hunter (# 0.5)
Release Date: February 18, 2002
Publisher: St. Martin’s
Pages: 337
Source: book purchased by the reviewer



Dear Reader,

Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn’t. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior’s day.

As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander’s sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and onto the world. She taught me to love again.

But I was not born to love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace–the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?

Julian of Macedon


Review:  The Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of those series that I actually enjoy re-reading and love to recommend to others.  Each time I read the books, I discover something new that was missed the first time.  Sometimes it’s noticing a character that is featured in a later book but is just mentioned in passing earlier on.  And sometimes it’s something a little more significant, like a piece of mythology that is mentioned and then expanded on at some later point.

Fantasy Lover is, even according to Ms Kenyon, not officially a part of the Dark-Hunter series.  However, I consider it a prequel since it does set the stage for the series.  If you haven’t read the series yet, I strongly suggest starting with this one.  However, if you’ve read the series or not, the book does stand alone.

So, just a little background before I get into my review.  The book features Grace and Julian.  Grace is a sex therapist, celebrating her 29th birthday and hasn’t had sex for four years.  Her friends get her a book that turns out to be magical for that birthday.  Julian has been cursed to live in this book until he is summoned to come to serve some lady as a love-slave.  So after her friends leave her birthday party, Grace accidentally summons Julian and our story takes off.

I really enjoyed this book.  It wasn’t the first of the series I had read and these characters had appeared in later books, so it was awesome to get to go back and get their story.  Grace was very identifiable to me.  I mean, she is a strong, independent woman, yet she has some self-esteem issues.  Then there’s Julian, he’s this Greek general come to life, just too good to be true.  But after 2000+ years living as a love-slave, he’s resigned to never knowing anything different.  But Grace is unique in that she doesn’t just want a meaningless roll in the hay and is determined to get to know Julian and help him break the curse.

I think my favorite part of this book and the series as a whole is Ms Kenyon’s take on Greek mythology.  She keeps around a lot of the gods and figures you’ve probably heard of if you ever studied the subject.  But then she just twists the story a little to create her own world… and what a world it is.

This book touched all sorts of emotions… I laughed, I cried and I was pulled into the story and couldn’t put the book down.  I still count this first book, prequel, whatever you want to call it, as one of my favorites of the Dark-Hunter series, even after 20 or so books have been released in the series.