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Dance with the Devil is the exciting third installment in the groundbreaking, phenomenally popular series, the Dark-Hunters. While other fan favorites grace the pages of the book, such as Acheron and Simi, the novel is set around one of the most rebellious, misunderstood Dark-Hunters to date, Zarek of Moesia.
Zarek is born into a world of cruelty. Before his death and Dark-Hunter conversion, he was ordered killed at birth by his own mother. Escaping this fate as an infant wasn’t his friend. He fell into the hands of those who turned him into a Roman whipping boy where he endured years of torture and abuse. To say the least, Zarek has a history that pulls on the reader’s heartstrings and doesn’t let go.
After surviving this terrible childhood, Zarek is transformed into one of the baddest of creatures, the Dark-Hunters, where he joins a group of immortal warrior in a quest to rid the world of soul sucking Daimons. You would think it gets better for him here, however, Zarek isn’t very popular with his Dark-Hunter creator, Artemis, as well as she blames him for the death of an entire village he was sworn to protect. A very angry and not so understanding Artemis, exiles him to the cold and wilderness of Alaska for over 900 years.
Hardened and cynical and with no care for the world or self, Zarek returns to New Orleans after serving almost a millennium in solitude. It’s not a surprise that upon this return, Zarek explodes on to the page with his kick-ass-take-no-prisoners attitude. Even in the darkest of times, Zarek delivers some of the most memorable one-line zingers and witty dialogue of any character in the DH universe.
Artemis is less than amused. Having seen no change in Zarek after his sentence has been carried out, Artemis orders him executed. Acheron(leader to the Dark-Hunters), feeling a brotherhood with him, wants to give Zarek a fair chance to live. He places Zarek’s fate into the hands of a judge, Astrid. She will be forced to live with Zarek temporarily and determine whether or not there is enough good in him to be saved.
Without the luxury of sight, Astrid has to rely on her other senses and her shifter/pet Sasha to determine Zarek’s fate. It’s not an easy job as Zarek isn’t giving her much to work with in the beginning. However, it doesn’t take long for Astrid to peel back Zarek’s layers of pain and realize what a caring person he truly is underneath the tough exterior. Astrid betrays who and what she is and does the forbidden, falling in love with Zarek.
Astrid isn’t alone in her love as Zarek falls in love with Astrid’s gentle, caring spirit, and only wishes he could be worthy of someone as wonderful as she is. Ultimately, Zarek has his much deserved happy ending and goes into the History books as one of the most popular Dark-Hunter characters to date. This book is an emotional roller coaster and in the best possible way. Fans of the Dark-Hunter series do not want to miss this installment in the wonderful skillfully penned series.Favorite Quote
Zarek: “I don’t suffer from my insanity — I enjoy every minute of it.”
Zarek: “I’m the top of the food chain and well…you’re the food.”
Thanatos: “Vengeance is a dish best served cold.”
Zarek: “We’re in Alaska, dickhead. Here everything is cold.”
Acheron: “Forgiveness is the best part of valor…Discretion is easy. It’s finding the courage to forgive yourself and others that is hard.”
Zarek: “I have found my star. She is beauty and grace. Elegance and goodness. My laughter in winter. She is courageous and strong. Bold and tempting. Unlike any other in all the universe, and I cannot touch her. I dare not even try.”Conclusion For more about the story behind Dance with the Devil, visit Sherrilyn Kenyon's site for The Story Behind the Story, Bloopers, Book Benies and more! Discussion Questions
- In this installment of the series, Dance with the Devil, you take a trip into Zarek’s history. What did you learn about history while reading this novel?
- We are introduced to the character/shifter Sasha. What did you like about his character and how do you think he was instrumental in Astrid’s job?
- How do you think Zarek’s 900 years in the cold solitude of Alaska shaped his character?
- Astrid has an unbelievably hard job as a judge. What character traits does she possess that make her good at this job? How? What separates her from the other judges?
- If you were to live in the Dark-Hunter universe? What would you say if you ran into Zarek? Acheron? Or Simi?
- Simi makes a hilarious appearance in Dance with the Devil. Who and what would she rather eat rather than return to Acheron’s arm?
Kimberly Daniel has held many titles, wife, mother, pianist, author, former teacher, editor, and personal assistant. All of which she has loved dearly. She is currently the assistant to the talented and lovely Ms. Sherrilyn Kenyon where she is fortunate enough to live in the Dark-Hunter universe daily and hear before anyone (don’t shoot her please) what is coming up next in the Dark-Hunter world before it reaches the pages. You can keep up with her on her twitter: www.twitter.com/kimmytweetie.