THE DARK HUNTERS: Vol. 1, is a manga book with story by Sherrilyn Kenyon and art by Claudia Campos.
I've been hoping to find someone who reads a lot of manga to do a post here at VampChix, but no luck so far. I like to offer a variety of book genres within the vamp genre, so we can all discover something new. So when I ventured into the new-and-improved manga section in my local Borders the other day, I browsed and decided I'd check out this book.
I'm a manga noob (or better, a newb, since I am willing to learn). I've glanced through a few books before, but I don't read them regularly or know too much about the genre, other than I love most of the artwork and I used to be a comic-book freak when I was a kid. Donald Duck so did it for me. But I digress.
It took me a bit to figure out how to actually read this book. Newb, remember? I knew that you read it backwards, but didn't pick up that you actually read each page from right to left until I was a few pages in. If I would have noticed the handy-dandy directions in the back (front) of the book that would have saved me the embarrassment, but it's all good now. I have successfully completed my first manga!
And I loved it. Just so you know, I have only read Kenyon's FANTASY LOVER years ago. So I'm unfamiliar with her Dark Hunters world. Sure, I pick up books in the series all the time then stack them on my TBR pile. I don't read them because as someone who writes vampires herself, I don't read a lot in the genre because there's always that fear of picking up someone else's world ideas. It's not a huge fear, I just don't read vamps when writing them.
The only thing that bugged me was the cliff-hanger ending! But then, I wondered, perhaps this is how it is with a manga series? Does the story simply continue from book to book? Someone will have to clue me in on that one. But it definitely succeeded in making me want #2 in the series.
This series is rated 13+ for age, and I agree, some content goes beyond sweet romance, but stays far from 'explicit' territory. It's a quick read, but you'll find yourself lingering over the artwork and then putting it on your 'keeper' shelf when you've finished.