Infamous (The Chronicles of Nick 3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Publication Date: March 13th, 2012
St. Martin’s Griffin
Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars
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. Even himself.

I think I finally have a better understanding of what this series is all about. I also think that I’ve misjudged just how far I needed to get into Sherrilyn Kenyon’s PNR series Dark Hunters in order to fully appreciate this series. There are some characters that may or may not have been introduced that I’m not familiar with and situations that may have happened in that world that I’d have known if I’d read further into them. Regardless, I think that I have a better grasp of Nick’s world and have come to finally enjoy Kenyon’s YA offering.

*May contain spoilers*

At the end of Invincible, the cliff hanger was that Nick finally figured out who ‘Uncle’ Ambrosius truly was; and I’m not going to lie, up until the beginning of Infamous, I was convinced that he was legit. I did have an inkling at some point and I think may have tweeted this very question: “Is Ambrosius and Nick one in the same?” But then again, I also thought that Ambrosius was Adarian’s brother and that he  harboured feelings toward Cherise, Nick’s mother. Well, colour me disturbed when I found out the real truth.

The future Nick is trying to prevent whatever disaster he’d caused by changing the past; and I think this is where reading further into the DH series would’ve been essential. I have no idea how far back I needed to get into those books to find out what happened. On the last book that I’ve read, I know that Nick was set on destroying Acheron but I’m not going to spill why. I wondered if the next few books after that revealed if Nick was able to do just that.

Anyway, like I’ve mentioned previously, I have a brand new appreciation for this series. Other than the fact that I should really read more into the DH series, I felt that this book has a better direction than the previous two books. However, I still didn’t get the whole nasty online rumour mill that was the subplot in here. It seems that Ms. Kenyon was trying her best to insinuate some situations that would be worth the YA stamp on this series and in my opinion, this series could do without them. The demon that have possessed one of the students to start this on-line gossip mongering wasn’t really necessary and to me, truthfully unnecessary.

I’m very interested to find out how Adarian and Cherise got together. This sum of all evil incarnate seemed to have a good side in him that he’s hiding but his need to kill his heir (Nick) was so severe that he couldn’t get past it.

VERDICT: Over all, I have enjoyed this book the most. Although there were some instances when there’s not a seamless transition between Nick’s dreams and reality and therefore confusing, Sherrilyn Kenyon was very adept in distracting you from that fact.