by Sherrilyn Kenyon

December 2003
ISBN: 0-312-98483-9
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Mass Market Paperback

Just when I think Sherrilyn Kenyon could not possibly come up with a better hero than her last she proves me wrong by introducing me to Zarek

Zarek began his life as a Roman slave. He was born the son of a Greek slave and a Roman senator. Upon his birth his mother sent him away to be killed. Instead, he was sent to his father who put the boy into slavery. Abused by everyone for as long as he can remember, Zarek has never known the kindness of another human being.

It is not known how Zarek died or why he traded his soul to become a Dark-Hunter. This is one of the many secrets he keeps. Zarek has learned he can trust no one and seldom interacts with anyone.

After several instances of violence that point to Zarek, he is marked for death. His only hope for survival is that the judge they have sent, Astrid, finds something in him worthy of redemption and recommends he be spared the ultimate death. Of course, her true purpose has been kept a secret.

As Astrid seeks to find the real Zarek beneath the rough exterior, she finds herself drawn to him in a way she canít explain. Reliving his past along with him as he dreams, Astrid soon comes to believe there is good in him and seeks to judge him worthy of being spared the ultimate death. She doesn't realize that this has put her own life in danger.

Dance With The Devil is indeed another masterpiece created by the very talented Sherrilyn Kenyon. Readers will revisit old characters from previous books as well as be introduced to new ones who will no doubt get their own story in one of her future releases. Ms. Kenyon has created a series to be treasured and placed on the keeper shelf.

Her extraordinary characterization and delightful sense of humor shine through in this book and her unbelievable imagination continue to amaze this reader. I found Zarek to be the perfect tortured hero and Dance With The Devil to be Ms Kenyonís finest release to date. I am anxiously awaiting the next chapter in the fabulous Dark-Hunter series.

Reviewed in January 2004 by Barbara.

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