Acheron, leader of the Dark-Hunters, possibly thinking of ways to be vague.
"Let me give you the job descriptions. Me, Dark-hunter. You, Daimon. I hit. You bleed. I kill. You die."
— Zarek summarizes it much quicker.
The Dark Hunter series is a group of books written by Sherrilyn Kenyon. The Hunters noted in the series can be broken down as follows:
Dark Hunters: These were created by the Greek Goddess Artemis to destroy Apollites who steal human souls to artificially enlongate their lifespans.
Dream Hunters: These are mostly composed of Greek pantheon hybrids, and usually are found in a dimension between human reality and Mount Olympus. They are charged with keeping humans from going insane while sleeping, or to assist others (like Dark Hunters) by accelerating their healing while they sleep.
Were Hunters: These are the results of Apollite/animal tampering, resulting in two bloodlines for each animal. The Katagari are predominantly animal; the Arcadians are predominantly human. The primary animals are: Bear, Dragon, Hawk, Leopard, Panther, Tiger, and Wolf.
As of May 2010, there are a total of 28 books and novelettes encompassing the series, along with a Companion Book.
This series contains examples of:
Abuse Is Okay When It Is Female on Male: Acheron revolves around this trope. The titular main character is abused by men and women alike, but a particularly dark subversion occurs with his initial love interest, Artemis. Her wanton and sadistic abuse of Acheron is treated throughout the entire book as being completely unacceptable. She also lampshaded this trope several times with a few of Acheron's lines.
Action Girl: Where do we start? Let's see... Katra, Tabitha, Danger, Delphine, Tory, Cassandra, Zephyra, Samia, Leta... and the list goes ON.
All Myths Are True: And how. We have the Greek Pantheon, the Atlantean Pantheon, the Sumerian Pantheon, the Egyptian Pantheon, various Native American supernatural entities, voodoo (sort of)... vampires, vampires hunters, shapeshifters (kinda), 2012 prophecies, demons (lots of them, and multiple kinds), zombies... what's next, Sherrilyn?
Animesque: The OEL adaptation of The Dark Hunters is written by an American, drawn and lettered by Americans, and reads like a typical American indie comic, but it goes for a mangaish look and for some reason it's read from right to left. Decide for yourselves whether you like it that way.
Bash Brothers: The individual Dark Hunters are each trained to kill Daimons. Although they cannot stand together without draining each others's powers (thanks, Artemis!), there is still kinship between them.
Break the Cutie: Repeated. Ash being the epitome. You name it, he suffered it.
Bullying a Dragon: This trope is both lampshaded and subverted. A specific example: Ash can pretty much destroy... well... everything, but keeps getting in ridiculous situations by being manipulated by others.
Butt Monkey: Acheron. Ahem... literally. Even when people try to HELP him.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Liza, the squire. An old sweet lady who will offer you tee, and if you have luck, she will give you one of her beautiful dolls... that are actually like retractable swords. Yeah. In general, either the female character turns out to be a kickass, or someone the hero or heroine knows turns out to be a know-it-all about mythology
Human Mom, Non-human Dad: Simone from Dream Chaser. Also, most of the kids, like Marissa Hunter, that the heroes and heroines of past books are shown to be popping out in their continuing cameos, since about 50% of the pairings are Dark/Dream/Were Hunter & ordinary human woman. And the doozy: Nick, who previously just thought his dad was a convict but in recent books has discovered was some powerful being from whom Nick's inherited supernatural abilities of world-changing/destroying power..
Nick has I deal with a lot of these. First there's Stone, who harasses him for his low income and also goads him into fights in order to get the rest of the school to think he's a delinquent and have him kicked off the football team. There's also Nick's first principal, who's view of Nick and his family isn't very different from that of Stone. His next principle isn't very different, and the second coach blackmails him into stealing things from the students at his school.
Jerkass God: Artemis being a really good example. Zeus can count in, too. And Apollo, of course. And... well, gosh, there are a lot of them in this series, too many to name.
Kaleidoscope Hair: Acheron can change his hair color at will. So far it's been black, brown, green, purple, platinum silver, and black with red streaks, among others.
Mama Bear: Literally, with Nicolette Peltier. Apollymi also goes out of her way to protect her son Apostolos aka Acheron
Motive Decay: (Not sure this is exactly the trope I'm looking for for this): Artemis, (rather impressively actually) over the course of half of a book manages to go from a genuinely nice character in a tough situation who's trying her best to understand someone to a brain dead socially inept abuser. ... uhm... by the end of the first half of the book she's very little like the character you're supposed to like a couple hundred pages ago.
Ash gets whipped raw by Artemis every time he gives a soul back to a Dark Hunter.
Jericho (Cratus) was doomed to centuries of crude torture, because he saved a baby he was supposed to kill. This baby turned out to be Delphine, who ended up being his love interest.
One-Winged Angel: If Acheron is pissed beyond all hope of redemption, he turns blue, gets black horns, nails, and lips, and basically rips the ever-loving everything out of most everyone. Bonus points for the ability to end the world should he go visit his mother in Atlantean Hell.
Organization with Unlimited Funding: Artemis pays each Dark Hunter in a wheelbarrow-sized load of gold and precious jewels each month, which then has to be converted into normal currency. Multiply this by the number of Dark Hunters and the thousand years this has been going on, and you come up with some serious wealth.
They burn in sunlight and have fangs, but they don't need blood to survive.
Appollites are to die painfully at the age of 27, due to a curse from The Greek God, Apollo. They have fangs as well, and must feed from each other until they die. To circumvent this early death, they can choose to "go Daimon" by taking human souls into their bodies. This makes them targets of Dark Hunters.
Papa Bear: Bubba from The Chronicles of Nick. He's not just some redneck maniac. He was originally a wealthy married man. When his wife and child were killed bay robber, he had a massive Freak Out, quit his job, started his store, and began giving self-defens lessons and to prowl the streets in search of anyone else who would take innocent life.
Prophetic Names: Acheron. After the River of Woe. Let's see here. When he was born, his mother and father both denied him due to his silver eyes, a sign of him being a gift from the gods. They both utterly despised him, and he just couldn't understand why. It was made especially worse since he looks exactly like Styxx, his brother, who neither parent has a problem lavishing affection on. He's then taken away to become a prostitute, where he's raped, beaten, drugged... The list goes on. And that's only the start of things... May the gods have mercy on you indeed.