Instinct: Chronicles of Nick #6 by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Read by Holter Graham
Summary from Goodreads:
Zombies, demons, vampires, shapeshifters— another day in the life of Nick Gautier– and those are just his friends. But now that he’s accepted the demon that lives inside him, he must learn to control it and temper the very emotions that threaten the lives of everyone he cares for. Something that’s hard to do while trying to stay off the menus of those who want his head on a platter. And no one wants him more than the dark gods who created his race. Now that they know where he is, they will stop at nothing to reclaim him. And without knowing it, Nick has just embraced the one person he should never have trusted. The one person who will hand him over to his enemies to get back the life they lost.
Nick has finally accepted his fate, now he must learn to defy his destiny, and the dark, deadly forces that will stop at nothing to destroy everyone he loves so that they can again return to the world of man and own it.
Another great book. I was sort of hoping that we would finally meet or at least find out who Nick’s half brother is, that Death and a few other dark demons keep mentioning. But we don’t. In this book he and Nick are put through trials to see if either of them is worthy of becoming the Malachai, but we don’t see or hear what the brother is doing. We just get Nick’s s adventure played out for us. Which is fine because he does have quite the adventure. Nick is finally forced to accept and control the Demon side of himself in this book. He no longer needs Kody or Caleb to help him get back from going full Malachai, (which would be a very bad end of the world as we know it kind of thing).
Among shifting alliances, Nick continues to be unlike any other Malachai that has come before. He continues to hold onto his morals and his humanity, even when his enemies provoke him to use his powers. He continues to make friends among his enemies and at time enemies of demons the Malachai was aligned with in the past. I love it whenever he helps a demon, they remark on unlike the Malachai he is. I think this reinforces Nick’s good side.
We learn more about Nick’s Mom’s past in this book as well. It was very convoluted and I’m not sure I quite understood it all. I think at times when I’m confused it is because I have not read the Dark Hunter series, and things that are explained well there are not so much explained in this series. But I still muddle through and continue to enjoy Nick and his gang. The next book is the last one for awhile. There is a plan or this to be a 14 book series and number eight will be out in September.
Holter Graham is still reading the books and still doing an outstanding job. I hope they continue to use him even though I might just read the next one instead of listening to it. I am thinking of reading it more because of all of the shifting alliances and backgrounds and relationships between the characters is hard to keep track of when you are just listening. Audio books are hard to flip back to a previous chapter or two to look at what characters have said or done previous.