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Dance With the Devil (Dark-Hunter Novels) Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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In the past two years, New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon has claimed the #1 spot twelve times, and since 2004, she has placed more than 50 novels on the New York Times list. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. With more than 23 million copies of her books in print in over 30 countries, her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, Lords of Avalon, BAD Agency, Chronicles of Nick and Nevermore. A preeminent voice in paranormal fiction, Kenyon helped pioneer and define the current paranormal trend that has captivated the world. She lives with her husband, three sons, a menagerie of animals and a collection of swords.
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My love for heroes who have been sorely abused, mistreated, neglected, and otherwise have had a s*** life continues. Zarek is so prickly most people avoid him like the plague. Ash's musings on why Z is quick to lash out hurt. He hasn't known an ounce of compassion in his life -- just like Ash -- and he hurts others because it's the only thing that's a constant for him. He's another one that I just want to give cookies and hugs to. Poor Z. Poor, poor Z. I felt for Astrid, too. She's forced to lie to Zarek about who she is and the more she learns about Z, the more she knows that her lies will hurt him when he finds out the truth. It's a sticky situation.
Seriously, I adore the threads of the overall arc that are being revealed. It's big and it's just going to get bigger. As a reread, I think I enjoyed this as much as I did before simply because I like seeing all the groundwork being laid for later stories. This series is huge and a little intimidating and I'm a little in awe of Sherrilyn Kenyon's storytelling abilities.
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
What I really did not care for in this book is the character of the Greek Goddess Artemis. If anyone knows anything about Greek Mythology they will know that Artemis, like the Roman Goddess Diana, did not care for men. She was considered a "maiden Goddess." If she caught a male gazing at her beauty, she would kill them. The GOddess Artemis was beloved by the Greek women of yesteryear. She was a Goddess for the women as well as Goddess of the Hunt. I just could not put how the author created the character of Artemis with the true essence of Artemis and was greatly disappointed that book Artemis was portrayed as a cruel female who took great delights in torturing Ash and/or of Artemis being jealous and/or her loving someone who did not love her when she really did not care for the male sex. She was also portrayed at being fearful of Zeus when that is merely a patriarchal view of woman fearing man. I feel that Ms. Kenyon did an injustice to this powerful female Goddess who did not give a rat's behind about men.
All in all, it was an okay read but nothing to write home about.
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This Book is one of my personal favourites & also popular among the other readers too.
Can't tell you why as it will spoilers but have a read & enjoy.
Love, Passion, Humour, Tragedy & Abuse Recovery.
Sherrilyn Kenyon is a fantastic writer & The Dark-Hunter Series expresses emotions of the lead characters (different in each book) & support characters so well within this fictional world & the genre of horror/supernatural that I can fully relate to them and usually am in tears or laughing out loud (trying not to when around family to avoid seeming insane)
All the books are inter-related plot & characters (Dark Hunter World) but can be read as individual supernatural love stories.
Or if he should be terminated.
This is an amazing story, filled with heartbreaking moments of discovery and development. A must read in the series, and probably one of the best!
Astrid was likeable enough too, although I was suspicious of how much she was able to do when 'completely' blind, maybe she has done it so long she's learned to cope amazingly well so I won't nit pick.
The plot itself was rather amazing, I loved the historical elements of the Dark hunter's pasts but there was plenty of action to keep a reader occupied. I won't say too much as I don't want to ruin things.
However, like everyone else I just wished this author had bothered to reread her work, the contradictions aren't annoying but are still noticeable and I found it a bit of a disgrace considering I paid decent money for this book. This isn't a 72p kindle download so I hope that kind of stupid mistake gets fixed in future books. But I have already bought another book in this series, so hopefully it will be as good! Highly recommended, four stars!
This is the fourth book in the series and features the Dark Hunter Zarek and Astrid. Zarek makes out like he doesn't care about anyone or anything but we have already seen in Night Embrace that this is all basically just a front. Banished to Alaska hundreds of years ago following an incident that sees him shunned by his fellow Dark Hunter's (who all think he is an insane psycho) he has lived out most of his life alone, cold and lonely with only the nightmares of his human life and the bitterness of his death for company. Following the incidents of the Mardi Gras, Artemis wants his dead however Acheron (leader of the Dark Hunter's) manages to seek a reprieve when they agree to let him be judged by a Justice Nymph who has never found anyone not guilty - Astrid. Astrid manages to gain Zareks trust and through visiting his dreams with the help of one of the Dream Hunters we finally see why Zarek is how he is and who wouldn't be after the abuse and mistreatment he received as a slave for his own family in ancient Rome. We then just wait to see if Astrid will find him guilty or not..... I absolutely loved this book, I loved the depth of emotions and thought that had gone into Zareks 'back story' and what girl doesn't like what seems like a little bit of a lost cause?
It took me quite a while to get around to discovering this series as when you look up Sherrilyn Kenyon on Amazon and these books in list order it actually shows Dragonswan as being the first book (but it's not) and Dragonswan is never ever available to buy! As a girl who likes to read all books in a series and most definitely the first one in a series, thinking that I couldn't get the first book did actually stop me starting the series. I have only just discovered that the first book is actually Fantasy Lover, read this and have now proceeded to order the rest of the series:) Sherrilyn has now joined the ranks on Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole on my favourite authors list and I can't wait to read the next one.
In this story, we find out what has shaped Zarek's wild character and why it is he seems to have a death wish. The illegitimate son of Valerius, a Roman general, Zarek is abused and betrayed throughout his young life and grows to hate everything and everyone. When he is transformed into a Dark Hunter by the goddess Artemis, he reeks vengeance on all those who abused him. But he is wild and mean spirited and no one, it seems, can control him. Even the great Acheron, head of the Dark Hunters, has a hard time keeping him in line.
But then, as in all DH novels, he meets who is to be the love of his life, Astrid who, unknown to Zarek, has been sent by Artemis, who wants him dead, to judge him unfit as a DH and kill him. However, justice, as we know, is 'blind' and Astrid comes to earth as a 'blind' person living in a cabin in the middle of a snowstorm (which she creates so she can get to 'know' Zarek).
Needless to say, as in all the DH novels, tortured soul meets angelic soul and falls in love. But what I loved about this story is that Zarek really does have a fight on his hands, with himself mainly. His childhood memories are horrific and the violence he suffered at the hands of his father and siblings brought me to tears. I almost couldn't blame him for his adult behaviour. He doesn't understand physical or verbal gentleness because he's never received it and, through Astrid, has to learn what it is. And accepting Astrid's unconditional gentleness is almost too painful for him. But, of course, he does learn and is subsequently redeemed.
This book is tragic, heart-breaking, very sexy and sensual, funny - especially Astrid's companion, 'guard wolf', Sasha - and will delight all the senses. It did mine, anyway.
Of course this is a formulaic SK story. So what! It's the journey to redemption we care about. And... there's, a surprising little twist too. I won't spoil it for you...
I think, in this instance, Zarek was a little bit too tortured. And the thing with the circumstances under which he was banished, and the one about the circumstances under which Artemis made him a Dark-Hunter are riddled with plot holes which really affected the quality of the story.
Kenyon is disappointingly inconsistent. Sometimes her pacing is spot on and then other times the plot and pacing go off on one and it's jarring. It's a shame. So much potential for these books - but despite the faults, they're still extremely entertaining reads.
By the way, has anyone else picked up the parallels between this series and the Black Dagger Brotherhood Collection series? They share a lot of similarities ...
Normally i'd give a teaser of the story below a basic summary of my opinion, but I've honestly tried and failed without giving away too much. All I can assure you of is that this is one of the more touching books in the series so far and is likely to tug at your heart strings whether you want it to or not. We also get a lot of insight into Acherons character and a bit about his past in this book which made it all the more fascinating for me at least.
5/5 Stars. No hesitation for me in getting the next book in the series.
Note: This is the fourth book in the series. The previous: Night Embrace The Next: Kiss of the Night
Happy now. I have a pristine hardback copy.
Zarek's character is superb being the tormented soul that he is and then came his salvation through Astrid...the love they shared is very inspiring...
read this and i promise you won't regret it...this book is worth your time and money
Dark-Hunter stories are all about love and redemption; Zarek and Astrid's story has interesting characters, plenty of action, plenty of passion spiced with witty dialogue and avoids too much sentiment.