Infamous: The Chronicles of Nick #3 (2012)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Read by Holter Graham
Summary from Goodreads:
The world has fallen in love with Nick Gautier and the Dark-Hunters.
Now Nick’s saga continues in the next eagerly anticipated volume…
Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That’s the mandate for most kids. But Nick Gautier isn’t the average teenager. He’s a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him.
He’s learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive and keep a girlfriend so dang hard? But that isn’t the primary skill he has to master. Survival is.
And in order to survive, his next lesson makes all the others pale in comparison. He is on the brink of becoming either the greatest hero mankind has ever known.
Or he’ll be the one who ends the world. With enemies new and old gathering forces, he will have to call on every part of himself to fight or he’ll lose everyone he cares about.
In the third installment of this series, Nick is faced with demons on many fronts. It starts about a year after the last book ended and it is darker than the previous two books. Something is making the kids at school turn on each other in very vicious ways. Someone is posting things on line, some are secrets, most are lies about everyone at Nick’s high school. It is turning even friends against each other. And of course there are supernatural things out to kill him.
Nick continues to fight his demons, and help his friends fight theirs. There is a wonderful scene when Nick uses his powers to check on a friend who was the first victim of the vicious lies at their school. He realizes that she is thinking about committing suicide and he goes to stop her. Some of the things he says to her are amazing. It really is a spectacular moment in the story. It shows just how human Nick continues to be and how compassionate he is. I keep hoping that Nick will continue to hold on to his humanity and not give in to his darker side.
There are an array of new dark forces that are lining up to get Nick. It is hard to talk about this with out giving anything away. But Nick has a lot to deal with along with being a teenager. A lot of the supernatural things appear to be based in a lot of different mythologies. So far I have picked out Greek and Norse, but I think there are some others too. His demon friends, Nekoda and Caleb continue to help him grow both his powers while keeping his humanity in tact. Nekoda especially helps with that. She some how grounds him in reality, sometimes with just a touch.
There are still some humorous scenes, such as when Nick is learning to drive. Acheron teaches him in his Jaguar. His devotion to his mom is still strong, but he still struggles with the usual teenager vs. parent stuff. I still love his snarky Cajun comments, even in the face of death sometimes.
Holter Graham continues to be a great reader. At the end of this book, there is a short 10 minute interview with him which was interesting. He talks about how he came up with some of his voices, I love his one for Simi, and some other interesting things. So if you listen to the book, hang on at the end for this. It is worth the listen.
Here is the official book trailer: