Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Review: Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dance with the Devil (Dark-Hunter #4, Were-Hunter #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Synopsis (Goodreads):
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 hurt 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?
My Thoughts: Zarek's story has long been one of my favorites. I remember the first time I read this series that it was his book that turned me from someone who liked the series to someone who LOVED the series. His past just KILLS me. We learn things about Acheron that makes my heart ache. We get to see more of the tangled threads that weave the gods and mortals together. We get to meet Simi, the charming, irreverant Charonte demon that Ash loves like a child. Simi's musings on barbequing her enemies gave me a case of the giggles. There's just SO MUCH going on here. SO MUCH!

My love for heroes who have been sorely abused, mistreated, neglected, and otherwise have had a shit 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.

Books in the Dark-Hunter Universe
1. Fantasy Lover
2. Night Pleasures
3. Night Embrace
4. Dance with the Devil (Dark-Hunter #4, Were-Hunter #1) - Paperback | Kindle
5. Kiss of the Night
6. Night Play (Dark-Hunter #6, Were-Hunter #2)
7. Seize the Night
8. Sins of the Night
9. Unleash the Night (Dark-Hunter #9, Were-Hunter #3)
10. Dark Side of the Moon (Dark-Hunter #10, Were-Hunter #4)
11. The Dream-Hunter (Dark-Hunter #11, Dream-Hunter #1)
12. Devil May Cry
13. Upon the Midnight Clear (Dark-Hunter #13, Dream-Hunter #2)
14. Dream Chaser (Dark-Hunter #14, Dream-Hunter #3)
15. Acheron
16. One Silent Night
17. Dream Warrior (Dark-Hunter #17, Dream-Hunter #4)
18. Bad Moon Rising (Dark-Hunter #18, Were-Hunter #5, Hellchaser #3)
19. No Mercy (Dark-Hunter #19, Were-Hunter #6)
20. Retribution (Dark-Hunter #20, Were-Hunter #7)
21. The Guardian (Dark-Hunter #21, Dream-Hunter #5, Were-Hunter #8, Hellchaser #4)
22. Time-Untime (Dark-Hunter #22, Hellchaser #5)
23. Styxx

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  1. *sigh*

    I wasn't planning on rereading this one when I started the series up again, but I had forgotten how much I loved his story. Tortured men with names starting with "Z" get me every time :)

  2. *sigh*

    I swear that I hate that I lost half of my reviews for SK's series *stomps foot* though it is my reason for rereading them later this year. I can't remember if I loved or disliked Z's story. I think I loved it but darn it....been.too.long (2009)

    1. One of the reasons I decided to add this series to my rereads this year was that the last time I read it was before I started this blog. I want the reviews on the entire series! Is that weird?

  3. I just started reading this series. I have Dream-Hunter #1. Is there a particular order you should read them in ?

    1. I suggest reading them in the order at the bottom of the review. Sherrilyn Kenyon does and outstanding job of adding to the world with every book. You'd end up missing a lot of nuances if you started with the Dream-Hunter series.

  4. I love this series! I really want to reread too. This series made me fall in love with PNR!! I love Kyrian and Julian!! Zarek is one of my favorites too! The relationship b/t Kyrian, Julian, Zarek, and Valerius just breaks my heart! Every time I see one of your reviews I want to reread this!

    1. I'm going to reread ALL THESE BOOKS! *evil, slightly crazed laugh*

      Yes, the dynamic between Kyrian, Julian, Zarek and Valerius is so intriguing. I LOVE THESE GUYS!

  5. This still is my favorite book from this series!

    1. I want to say mine too, but I don't remember the specifics of all the later books. I'll have to see how I feel after this reread!