Dance With The Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Pages: (Ebook) 368
Synopsis from BN.com : 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 blas 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. (Dec.) Forecast: Move over, Anne Rice. Kenyon's Dark-Hunter books are changing the face of the vampire novel, making it hip, darker and all the more appealing to the next generation of readers. Booksellers who display this title alongside similar paranormal novels, rather than shelving it in the general romance section, will most likely see the strongest sales. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
My Rating: A+
I finished this book over a month ago and am just now getting to write the review, it left a lasting impact on me though. I was too excited for Zarek's story to begin with and so happy for him by the end of it. Astrid and Zarek were so perfect for each other, and seeing a soft side of Zarek that was not addressed much in the previous book was wonderful. I love to see the big bad ass being tender, but don't we all?
Sasha was an amazing character as well, and to be honest as mentioned in the synopsis above, it really was nice to read the conversation between the wolf and Astrid and often times it was amusing. I did enjoy that Sasha kept Astrid in her place when she wanted to get a bit high handed.
This review isn't much of one, almost on purpose. I really loved the book. I recommend it, though I recommend reading them in order, if you do so you'll love the idea of Zarek's story before you even get to it. As always, amazing secondary characters, and twists and turns. Love this book and love all the others I've read.