Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter books are the perfect blend of very tortured heroes (literally and figuratively), strong heroines, engaging plot, intricate mythology, heart touching moment, steamy love scenes, some of the funniest moments you will ever read in a book, and the absolute sweetest HEAs.
I really love how she also clearly had an overall story arc from page one. The Dark Hunter books have the best character development, world building, story arcs, and writing of any PNR series out there. Hands down.
Each book focuses on one Dark Hunter, Were Hunter or Dream Hunter as they find love while fighting evil of all kinds. But the characters from past books show up again in the next books ensuring that you will always get to see more of everyone.
VERY IMPORTANT —-> DON’T SKIP ANY OF THE BOOKS!!!
Kenyon has build a wonderful world that builds upon itself with each book, reading them out of order (except the prequel) will seriously mess with how much you will enjoy the series.
PS — the reading order for this series on Goodreads is all messed up. THIS is the correct reading order 🙂
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READING ORDER AND WHERE TO BUY:
Prequel: Fantasy Lover (Julian & Grace) 4.5 stars – This is a prequel and though it takes place in the world of the series, it is not about a Dark Hunter. I recommend not starting with it, but instead going back and reading it after having read about 5-6 of the actual series. Its a really good book, just not quite as good as many of the other books, and when starting a new series, I recommend starting off with a strong book, which Book 1: Night Pleasures certainly is.
Book 1: Night Pleasures (Kyrian & Amanda) 5 stars <—– I highly recommend starting with this book
Book 2: Night Embrace (Talon & Sunshine) 5 stars
Book 3: Dance with the Devil (Zarek & Astrid) 5 stars
Book 4: Kiss of the Night (Wulf & Cassandra) 5 stars
Book 5: Night Play (Vane & Bride) 5 stars
Book 6: Seize the Night (Valerius & Tabitha) 5 stars
Book 7: Sins of the Night (Dangereus & Alexion) 4 stars
Book 8: Unleash the Night (Wren & Marguerite) 5 stars
Book 9: Dark Side of the Moon (Ravyn & Susan) 5 stars
Book 10: Dream-Hunter (Arik & Mageara) 4 stars
Book 11: Fear the Darkness. This is not actually a book, but rather a short story about Nick (no HEA or anything, just a short) that IMO is the weakest in the series and can easily be skipped… or you can find it online. I read it in about 30 mins. 3 stars.
Book 12: Devil May Cry (Katra & Sin) 5.5 stars
Book 13: Upon the Midnight Clear (Leta & Aidan) 4 stars
Book 14: Dream Chaser (Xypher & Simone) 5.5 stars
Book 15: Acheron (Ash & Tory) 6+ stars – One of my FAVORITE books ever written!! It will break your heart into more pieces than possible and then put it back together better than it ever was to begin with. Ash’s story has been building in the background of the last 14 books, here his whole story is revealed defining him as the ultimate most tortured hero ever written!!
Book 16: One Silent Night (Stryker & Zephyra) 4.5 stars
Book 17: Dream Warrior (Jericho/Cratus & Delphine) 5.5 stars
Book 18: Bad Moon Rising (Fang & Aimee) 5 stars
Book 19: No Mercy (Dev & Samia) 5 stars
Book 20: Retribution (Jess “Sundown” & Abigail) 4 stars
Book 21: The Guardian (Seth & Lydia) 5 stars
Book 22: Time Untime (Ren & Kateri)
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Book 23: Styxx
Patrice J E says
I’m Loving The Fact That We Have Such Similar Taste In Books! I LOVE (Love Doesn’t Do How Much I Adore This Series Justice) This Series & Because Of Your Blog, Goodreads & Facebook Pages, I Have SOOOOO MANY Books On My TBR List!
THANKS A BUNCHES!!!!
You’re so welcome!!
Carol Savoy says
I’m a huge fan of Sherrlyn Kenyon. I have the entire series and love it. Excellent reads!!
Erani Kole says
Aahhhhh I love the Dark-Hunter’s series!!! And I totally agree, I think her story-telling is amaaazing with the perfect tempo and pitch.
I’m just starting this series after reading KA’s Fantasyland Series. I’ve apparently developed a fondness for this genre. Looking forward to diving into these. Thanks for having the recommendation up!
I have been looking for something really good to read for a while because I have read the entire Dark-Hunter series up until the ones that havent come out yet, and I have just been feeling like nothing could possibly top thatt but you really helped me find a new book obsession. 😀
I noticed that Grace Godwin’s Interstellar Brides Program doesn’t figure in this list. Out of the many series I’ve read it far surpasses others. Based on your description of the series above I would say that you’ve described Grace’s books perfectly. Because of that description I am very much looking forward to reading this series…with somewhat high expectations. Fingers crossed.
OH I just love your blog, Im so happy I came across it! and I LOVE the Dark hunter series!! I need to feed my DHS hunger asap!! Any suggestions on what to read to get the same type of male characters? Doesnt have to be PNR, I just love how Sherrilyn build the protective alpha male characters 🙂
Thank you! And yes, I have lots of Alpha recommendations.
In contemporary romance, anything by these two authors:
In paranormal romance, these series:
I just absolutely love these series!! Do you have anything similar you can recommend? Can’t get enough 🙂
Try any of these: https://aestasbookblog.com/top-10-paranormal-romances/ 🙂
MARTHA OLIVAREZ says
I just started this series and do love it! I must say that I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series more though. Give them a try. I am obsessed with the brothers. I think you will love them too.
THANK you so much!! Ill be sure to give them a try:)
As much as I love Acheron, I think I love reading Styxx more. His character development goes much further than Ash, who even in his book comes across as petulant sometimes. I cried while reading Acheron, but more while reading Styxx.
I had a hard time following “Time Untime”, and many Amazon reviews weren’t complimentary.