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Inferno (Chronicles of Nick) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Very mild spoilers for the first three books in The Chronicles Of Nick series below.

Inferno (Chronicles of Nick) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Category: Teens
Rating: 3/5
Reviewer: Robert James
Reviewed by Robert James
Summary: There's so much happening in the fourth book in the Chronicles of Nick that it all blends together in something of a mess, unfortunately. A let-down, after book three had rekindled my interest in the series.
Buy? Maybe Borrow? Maybe
Pages: 464 Date: April 2013
Publisher: Atom
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-0749957735

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I'm tempted to say I have a love/hate relationship with the Chronicles of Nick series, but that's probably overstating both aspects of it. Call it a like/dislike relationship, perhaps - at its best - notably in much of the first book, Infinity and Infamous, it's a high-octane thrill ride which is hugely entertaining thanks to the sheer amount of larger than life characters and some very well-written dialogue. At other moments, as in Invincible, Kenyon's narration can make me grit my teeth and the books can have pacing issues.

Unfortunately, this is closer to Invincible than the other two. While it doesn't suffer as many issues with annoying narration as that book did, it has a similar problem with what's going on. There seems to be so many action scenes that they all blend together into something of a mess, stopping me from enjoying Kenyon's better qualities such as Nick, a likeable main character, and her really good dialogue, as much as I did in the last book.

One particular improvement, though - as much as I enjoyed the third in the series, I commented when reviewing it that Nick's relationship with his mother Cherise was frustrating as she showed such a complete lack of trust in him. In this book, it's much more believable and is really well-portrayed, especially when someone starts showing a romantic interest in Cherise.

That said, the ending to this one comes out of nowhere and I'm not completely sure whether I'm interested enough to see exactly what's happened in it. I'd much rather Kenyon had saved the last chapter or so of this one to use as the opening chapter of the next book - if anything, it's put me off reading it rather than drawn me in.

While I wasn't keen, this is perhaps worth reading if you really liked the first three books in the series. I'll probably end up picking up book five at some point, I suppose, but can't say I'm looking forward to it as much as I was this one.

I think teenage fans of Kenyon will really enjoy The Dark Divine by Bree Despain.

Sherrilyn Kenyon's Chronicles of Nick in Chronological Order

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