The always awesome Kenyon delivers her own take on the 2012 Mayan prophecy in her newest Dark-Hunter novel. Native American mythology once again is the focus as the time of the “Reset” approaches. Bitter betrayal and duplicity threaten all of time and humanity, so tensions are running epically high in this marvelous thrill-a-minute tale. Kenyon’s success in keeping all her complex story threads untangled is an astonishing feat and a joy to behold.
The treachery of his half-brother Coyote led to Ren Waya’s death and rebirth as a Dark-Hunter. Ren was supposed to be one of the venerated Guardians — the one born to reset the calendar and keep the gates of hell closed. Scientist Kateri Avani can no longer deny her extraordinary heritage after she comes under sudden attack by creatures seeking a stone left by her grandmother. As the human Keeper of legend, Kateri is plagued by confusing visions, including ones where Ren Waya turns from lover to killer. Unsure whether Ren is friend or foe, Kateri is still compelled to join forces with him. Together they must scramble to reach the place where the calendar of the universe must be reset — before time literally runs out! (ST. MARTIN’S, Aug., 432 pp., $25.99)