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"There just aren't enough stars in the universe to rate this story!"

Sherrilyn Kenyon has once again revealed she is a woman with amazing talent when it comes to weaving a modern myth. That her gift for writing is not limited by her knowledge, but rather how fast she can unleash it. I had the privilege of reading Dance with the Devil, which is the latest Dark Hunter story about Zarek. He is a dark and battered soul. One wonders how Sherrilyn will reach such a cold and lonely man. Never fear, dear readers, no one is completely out of reach when an author like Sherrilyn is involved.

Zarek is a Dark Hunter who has been banished to Fairbanks Alaska as punishment for the loss of life over 900 years ago in a village he was to protect. Held accountable for their deaths Zarek has been trapped in the barren environment knowing that should he leave, the goddess Artemis who ultimately controls the Dark Hunters, would kill him. But to appease the leader of the Dark Hunters, Acheron, she (Artemis) grants him this reprieve and keeps Zarek isolated.

The time has come that Zarek should be judged for his actions. Is he beyond redemption or not? Artemis thinks not. Acheron thinks otherwise. An impartial party must be sent to judge him so they call upon Astrid, the nymph of Justice and the youngest sister of the Fates. Known for her impartial decisions, she has yet to find a person worthy of being truly innocent of their deeds.

Now while life isn't hard enough for Zarek to deal with there is one other complication. Thanatos, an immortal dayslayer, has been unleashed and his need for vengeance against Zarek is palpable for he holds him accountable for his wife's death over 900 years ago. The odds just keep building against the Dark Hunter. So one can't help but ask: How can he pass through such insurmountable odds? Will Zarek be able to find the will to fight such odds when there has been no happiness to his life? Can one woman find the redemption in his soul and awaken the light that truly burns there?

As this book unfolds, Sherrilyn builds upon this amazing world of Greek, Roman and Atlantean characters that are apart of the modern world. She introduces us to more of her colorful cast of characters giving each their own unique identity and important role to this story and the stories yet to come. So prepare yourself to have your funny bone tickled, your spine tingled and your eyes opened wide in amazement.

I truly can't say enough for how well rounded this story was. I laughed, cried and held my breath as the events unfolded. For as you read this book you truly learn that there really aren't any villains...but rather a lot of hurt that has directed the actions of so many creative mythical beings. And while every action creates another reaction, it is also important to understand that life holds a balance. And Sherrilyn has demonstrated this so well in this book. All I have to say is that there truly aren't enough stars in the universe to rate this book.

Reviewed by Mindy Lobaugh
Posted November 6, 2003

SUMMARY

He promises the most forbidden desire - and the most tempting ... Dance with the Devil

Zarek's Point of View:

Dark-Hunter: A soulless guardian who stands between mankind and those who would see mankind destroyed. Yeah, right. The only part of that Code of Honor I got was eternity and solitude.

Insanity: A condition many say I suffer from after being alone for so long. But I don't suffer from my insanity—I enjoy every minute of it.

Trust: I can't trust anyone...not even myself. The only thing I trust in is my ability to do the wrong thing in any situation and to put a hurt on anyone who gets in my way.

Truth: I endured a lifetime as a Roman slave, and 900 years as an exiled Dark-Hunter. Now I'm tired of enduring. I want the truth about what happened the night I was exiled—I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Astrid (Greek, meaning star): An exceptional woman who can see straight to the truth. Brave and strong, she is a point of light in the darkness. She touches me and I tremble. She smiles and my cold heart shatters.

Zarek: They say even the most damned man can be forgiven. I never believed that until the night Astrid opened her door to me and made this feral beast want to be human again. Made me want to love and be loved. But how can an ex-slave whose soul is owned by a Greek goddess ever dream of touching, let alone holding, a fiery star?

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Previous Dark Hunter books, in order according to Sherrilyn Kenyon's website:
  1. Fantasy Lover
  2. Night Pleasures
  3. Night Embrace
  4. Dance with the Devil
  5. Kiss of the Night
  6. Night Play
  7. Seize the Night
  8. Sins of the Night
  9. Unleash the Night
  10. Dark Side of the Moon
  11. Devil May Cry
  12. Acheron
  13. One Silent Night
  14. Bad Moon Rising
  15. The Dark Hunter Companion
Novellas from the Dark-Hunter series
  1. Winter Born (in the Stroke of Midnight anthology
  2. Second Chances (in the Exclusive Dark-Hunter Collectible Booklet (St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2005), free giveaway. Also was included in the Dark-Hunter Companion)
  3. A Hard Day's Night-Searcher (in the anthology My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding)
  4. Until Death We Do Part (in the anthology Love At First Bite )
  5. Fear the Darkness (a free e-book)
  6. Shadow of the Moon (in the anthology Dead After Dark

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Dance with the Devil
(Dark-Hunters: Book 4)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon

St. Martin's Press
March 1, 2003
Available: March 1, 2003
ISBN #0312984839
EAN #9780312984830
400 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Guardian
Alterant
Retribution
Born of Shadows
Invincible
Blood Trinity
No Mercy
Deadly Promises
The Dark-Hunters, Vol. 3
In Other Worlds
Infinity
Silent Truth
Born of Ice
Born of Fire
Born of Night
Night Pleasures
Knight Of Darkness
Bad Moon Rising
Not That Innocent
Whispered Lies
The Dark-Hunters, Vol. 1
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance
Dream Warrior
Dead After Dark
One Silent Night
Blood Lite
Acheron
Phantom in the Night
Dream Chaser
The Dark-Hunter Companion
Upon The Midnight Clear
Devil May Cry
The Dream Hunter
My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding
Love At First Bite
What Dreams May Come
Dark Side of the Moon
Playing Easy to Get
Unleash the Night
Totally Charmed : Demons, Whitelighters and the Power of 3
Dragonswan
What Dreams May Come
Exclusive Dark-Hunter Collectible Booklet
Sins of the Night
Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down
Seize the Night
Stroke of Midnight
Man of My Dreams
Night Play
Kiss Of The Night
Big Guns Out Of Uniform
Midnight Pleasures
Night Embrace
Night Pleasures
Tapestry
Fantasy Lover
Naughty Or Nice?
Fire and Ice
Born Of The Night
Born of the Night


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