May 03, 2022

#BookReview: Dance with the Devil (Dark-Hunter #3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Synopsis: 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?


Rating: 5 Stars
My Review: 
While this wasn't my favorite of the series (they can't always be!) It was still a great read. @mysherrilyn is an excellent writer and even though this book is pushing 20 years old (published 2003 according to the copyright in my book) it was still a great read. 

What I liked: this time we didn't see a hero who was living like a bigillionaire, even though he kind of is. Zarek was a deeply troubled man with a very tragic back story. I didn't like him at first, but I don't think you were meant to. 

What I didn't like: (this goes for a lot of older books) I don't like it when fiction dates itself, in this case, the tech used by the hero, an mp3 player is outdated. But I know people who still use them. Heck I still collect vinyl, so who am I to judge if someone is running around with an mp3 player today! 

What could have been better: the daimons always feel flat to me and the snarky one liners are a bit cheese.

Do I recommend? Yes, this series is fun. You get to see a lot of different characters and you don't REALLY have to read them in order to know what's going on.

Spice level: 2/5

From Publishers Weekly

The third entry in Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series, which focuses on the sexy vampire-like immortals who defend humans from soul-stealing Daimons, is darker than last year's Night Embrace due to its change in setting (from the French Quarter of New Orleans to the isolated Alaska wilderness) and its focus on Zarek, the baddest of all the Dark-Hunters. Physically gorgeous but scarred psychologically thanks to his former life as a Greco-Roman slave, Zarek is bitter, feared and rejected by everyone, including the Greek goddess who transformed him. It's up to the emotionally detached nymph Astrid, sister to the three Fates, to judge whether 900 years of isolation has made Zarek too vicious to be redeemed. To accomplish this task, she tries to push Zarek "to the heights of his tolerance and beyond." Sasha, a werewolf posing as a mere pet, serves as her protector, and the witty telepathic banter between them is a nice counterpoint to the seriousness of Zarek and Astrid's relationship. Kenyon's slangy dialogue also leavens the story. In the midst of a heated battle, for instance, a disoriented Astrid asks Zarek what's happening, and his blase reply is, "Not much.... Some invincible asshole is trying to kill me." Those who can't get enough of bad boy heroes and Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns will relish this roguish tale.
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From Booklist

Zarek put the "dark" in Dark-Hunter. Exiled in Alaska for centuries, despised by the goddess who made him, and feared by his own kind, he is ordered to be executed by Artemis because of an incident during his last mission. His one chance at reprieve comes from the head Dark-Hunter, Acheron, and the justice nymph, Astrid. It's a slim chance. Astrid has never judged a being "not guilty," and the only man who came close to earning an acquittal betrayed her and broke her heart. But in a snowbound cabin, the judge and the accused discover love always offers another chance. In this third novel in the Dark-Hunter series (Night Pleasures, 2002; Night Embrace, 2003), Kenyon manages to write a tale that's heartwarming yet edgy cool at the same time. In turns angst-filled and laugh-out-loud funny, her latest once again delivers a sensual, fast-paced read with a hero who is definitely worth the risk. As a bonus, readers familiar with the series get to learn more about Acheron and enjoy a heady dose of the incomparable Simi. Nina Davis
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