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Seize The Night: A Dark-hunter Novel

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

St. Martin's Press | December 28, 2004 | Mass Market Paperbound

Seize The Night: A Dark-hunter Novel is rated 4.4167 out of 5 by 24.
Valerius isn''t a popular Dark-Hunter-he''s a Roman, which means that the largely Greek Hunters have a major grudge against him and his civilization for superceding them. To make things worse, he''s very conscious of his aristocratic background and breeding. So it serves him right when he runs into Tabitha Devereaux. She''s sassy, sexy, and completely unwilling to take him seriously. (Not to mention that she''s the twin sister of the wife of former Dark-Hunter Kyrian-Val''s mortal enemy.) What Tabitha does take seriously is hunting and killing vampires-and soon she and Val have to grapple with the deadliest of all Daimons-one who''s managed to come back from the dead, and one who holds a serious grudge against both of them. To win against evil, Val will have to loosen up, learn to trust, and put everything on the line to protect a man he hates and a woman who drives him nuts.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 pages, 6.65 × 4.21 × 0.96 in

Published: December 28, 2004

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312992432

ISBN - 13: 9780312992439

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of interesting tidbits... So in this instalment of Kenyon's Dark Hunter saga is filled with interesting tidbits and a very surprising twist. First and foremost, here we are given a glimpse into what's to come later for Archeron and his story. And depending on individual levels of perceptions, Archeron's true idendity is revealed/confirmed. And lo and behold, baby Marissa is not all that she appears to be. Thanks to some interference from Archeron, a loose end with her parents Kyrian and Amanda is tied off nice and tight. We say goodbye to some people here, as we lose one very beloved minor character, and a sister of the Deveroux clan is also lost to us in this instilation. And guess what else we figure out? Since Dark Hunters have no souls, they can be possesed! This bring a whole new interesting can of worms to the Dark Hunter's list of nightly issues hunting Daimons and other uglies that bump in the night. So if you are a fan of the Hunters, this is not a book you want to miss.
Date published: 2011-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite To Date! Valerius. I’ve been hearing mention of this name since book one in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. Valerius is portrayed as a heartless and cruel Roman b*stard in the earlier books. He is described that way before we even get to really meet him. But in Seize the Night, he has a chance to shine. Since this is his book, he has the opportunity to completely redeem himself. And he does. He really does. By the end of this book, I was totally in love with Valerius. And Tabitha and Valerius have become my new favorite DH couple. Valerius is a Roman General. He is used to being pretty much alone since everyone either misunderstands him or blames him for the actions of his family over two thousand years ago. (Yes, these Dark-Hunters tend to hold grudges for a long long time) So being alone means he’s not used to answering to anyone. He is very particular about what he likes. Let me put it this way: He pretty much has a stick up his you know where. All the time. Oh, and he is Kyrian’s number one enemy, the hero from book one. Tabitha is a free spirit. One of 9 sisters, she is used to saying what is on her mind, mostly filter free, in order to have herself be heard. Tabby is Amanda’s twin sister, the heroine from book one. You can see how this couple may seemed doomed from the get go. She is everything Valerius is not and her brother-in-law is Val’s mortal enemy. But after accidentally stabbing Valerius and bringing her home to tend to him, Tabitha is drawn to him…and him to her. I love how their relationship plays out. We have known Tabby since book one and she is a recurring character in some of the previous books. In other books, she is portrayed almost as flighty and short tempered. But in reality, she is a caring friend and sister, very compassionate and overall just someone who fights to protect human kind. There is so much more to her than I first assumed. And how she brings out just a bit of tenderness from Valerius…it’s perfect. I really like how Sherrilyn didn’t go overboard with this. How Tabitha didn’t make Val completely change. Through the book, she is still she and he is still he…just enhanced. Brought a little more to life. Let’s talk about one of my favorite characters in this series, Acheron. Ash appears in each and every book and in each and every book, he becomes a little more of a mystery. Well, and get ready for this, in Seize the Night he becomes…even more of a mystery. You are left thinking “Whoa…blue?…fire spitting?…lightning bolts?…immortal-er?” I guess we really do have to wait for his book to finally get some answers. *sigh* And Nick! Whoa again! There is a little side plot that comes pretty much out of nowhere but that you can tell will play a significant role in future installments. This little development were Nick is concerned makes you think “OMG…Nick?…A what?…And…whoa!” I can’t wait to see where his new adventure takes him. I am loving this series. I mean really really loving it. (I know I’m one of the last people on the planet to read these…let’s not talk about that.) I am finding myself being pulled into this fabulous world that Sherrilyn Kenyon has created more and more and although I’ve met many already, I can’t wait to fully get to know the characters in the following books. And Ash?… I’m starting to think the ‘mystery of Ash’ will soon be on par with the ‘mystery of Barrons’. Seize the Night reminded me how much I enjoy everything about these Dark Hunter books…and it has made me want more. Thank goodness there are still 13 books left for me to read before I’m caught up to the series. And Sherrilyn is still writing it! That is an epic win.
Date published: 2011-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The girls are kicking butt I have to say I don't know why there is already a review from me on this book but whatever must be a computer error or something, anyway this was again another great book to the Dark Hunter series and it centers around Val and Tabby which I thought made a very good couple. I also think it's great that the some of the girls are now major fighters in these books it makes things more interesting, check it out. :0)
Date published: 2011-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Hit So I think it's safe to say that this is a really great series I mean I have read five books so far and I really enjoyed all of them and I'm sure the rest of the series will continue on the same road. Another great book and I thought both Casandra and Wulf were great characters and I'm happy we got a little dose of Simi she's amazing. Can't wait to read the next in the series. :0)
Date published: 2011-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's the Heroine's Turn “Kiss of the Night” is the fourth installment in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series. This series is unlike any other vampire series out there. The Dark Hunters are vampires but they don’t drink blood. Their ‘enemies’ the Daimons drink blood and kill the humans they drink from in order to steal their soul. Daimons were once Apollites. They too drink blood but they don’t kill. Apollites are cursed with a short, 27 year life span. They die a slow and painful death on their 27th birthday. The only way they could survive longer is by taking a human soul. But once is not enough. They need to keep killing and keep replenishing these souls. And, once you take a soul, it blends with your own so you eventually lose who you are. Dark Hunters are immortal warriors who protect the human race by hunting and killing the Daimons. The world that Sherrilyn has created it based on Greek mythology and different cultural histories as well. It’s fascinating to read all the thought and detail behind each of the characters. And the world also includes shape shifters for those of you who like a bit of a mix to your stories. “Kiss of the Night” starts off right after book one but continues through the events of book three. It tells the story of the Viking Dark Hunter Wulf Tryggvasen, a Dark Hunter who has been cursed. People who are not of a direct descending line or who are not Dark Hunters don’t remember him just moments after having met him. It’s also the story of the half-Apollite Cassandra Peters. She is the last of her bloodline and if she dies, so does the World. (Cassandra is unaware of this little tidbit) The issue is, as an Apollite, she is going to die at the age of 27. So what to do, what to do? Well, step one would be for Acheron (*swoon*) to tell Wulf that he has be protect Cassandra to make sure she doesn’t die before her time. After believing that most Apollites are not much better than their Daimon cousins, Wulf is not too happy with his newest assignment. But he ends up learning more than he ever imagined and the whole truth about those he was always lead to hate. In the previous Dark Hunter books, it’s the hero of the book that steals your heart and replaces it with gut-wrenching emotion! This time around, it’s Cassandra’s story that brought me to tears. Can you imagine living and knowing full-well that you were going to die on your 27th birthday? She has been hunted her entire life because of a prophecy that claims that if she dies then the Daimons will be freed from their curse. So she’s constantly on the run. Cassandra wishes her fate were different but is strong in accepting it. She refuses to let anyone get too close to her to prevent them the heart ache they would suffer once she dies. Wulf is a strong Alpha character who is terrified that he will no longer have any living relatives. That would mean that other than other Dark Hunters, there would be no one who remembered him. Therefore he is a little over-protective of his Squire, Chris. Dark Hunters may not be your typical vampires, but they do have the inconvenience of frying in the sun. So many have Squires, human servants of sort, that help them out during the day. Chris is not just Wulf’s Squire but he’s also his last living descendant. I love Chris. He is a funny, funny guy. In fact, I’ve really enjoyed all of the Squires in this series so far. They are often used as comic relief, and believe me, in these stories, you need a little relief. The love story between Wulf and Cassandra is heart-breaking since you know she’s going to die in a few months, but it’s also tender and sweet. There are many *swoon* and *sigh* worthy moments in this book. Acheron (Ash) is still present in this book, as is Artemis (whom I HATE), but they kind of take a back seat in this installment. I really enjoy how you still get to see the Dark Hunters from the previous books since they do end up creeping into your heart while you read about them. I don’t know how Sherrilyn has a dry eye as she’s coming up with the ideas for these character’s pasts. I’m assuming there is much wine involved. Wine and possibly chocolate. You meet a fun new character that you are going to re-visit in future installments. I really like Kat, Cassandra’s bodyguard and I’m glad that she is going to be the heroine in book 12. (Yup, book 12) I can’t get over how much I am enjoying this series! Now I completely understand why when I finish one of these books, I get a ton of comments on Goodreads – which I think is so much fun! The love for these characters and these stories that people feel is infectious and is well warranted. And “Kiss of the Night” is a great fit into this spellbinding series.
Date published: 2010-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Least fav So as you can tell this is my least favorite of the Dark Hunter series to date. Mostly because despite the fact that her best friend, the main female character forgives them way too easily for me. I'm not fond of weak willed women. So here a Viking warrior falls in love with a half Apollite woman who just so happens to be the direct heir of Apollo. We have more information on the exact creation of the Apollites, Daimons, and Appollymi the Destroyer. The time line is a little weird, it kinda starts at the same time as Night Embrace and ends after Dance with the Devil. It's a little confusing. So yeah, aside from the wishy washy lead female, this was a really good book.
Date published: 2010-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved how the story arc came full circle! Tabitha is considered weird and outrageous even for her family. Tabitha is human but is a hunter of damion all the same. One night she stabs a dark-hunter by accident, it is not the first time, but she takes him home to help him recover. Tabitha knows that her twin sister and brother in-law will be ticked, after all this dark-hunter is the universally hated Valerius. Soon Tabitha sees a side to Valerius that no one has ever seen. The two think that one night will be fun and a one-time thing; only they are drawn to each other. It could never work, but that does not stop the two from caring. With the damion that killed Tabitha’s friends and almost killed her and her sister back in town, everyone must get over the past to move forward. Book seven was great! This book brings back the stories of Kyrian and Zarek to finish up the story threads that were not finished. We still get more and more info on Acheron. This was Tabitha and Val’s story, but so much more. All the different story arcs are coming together. I am loving this series, and I can’t wait to get into book eight.
Date published: 2010-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Romance to Howl For! Wulf is the dark-hunter that no ones remembers five minutes after he leaves. After his encounter with Cassandra he finds that he cannot keep her from his mind and dreams deeply of her, dreams where she is his and she remembers him vividly. Cassandra finds that she too is having realistic dreams of the mysterious sexy man that saved her life. Turns out the dreams were real and the two are about to become parents, only they are enemies. He is a dark-hunter and she is an apollite. Cassandra is also the last in her line, a direct descendant of Apollo, if she dies and the God Apollo will die. If Apollo dies, the sun dies and then everyone dies. Cassandra will die in seven months on her 27th birthday as all appolites do, but Cassandra must live to birth the child within her. Acheron sends Wulf to protect her, but who will protect their hearts from each other? Book five is funny and heartbreaking. This is such a great story of two people who are supposed to be enemies that fall in love. A very Romeo and Juliet-ish book but with a happy ending. I also really love the family bickering between Wulf and his off spring Chris; I was laughing my butt off.
Date published: 2010-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seize The Night By Sherrilyn Kenyon Book 6 of the Dark Hunter Series I love how Tabitha tamed the overbearing pretentious “pr**k”. Well, ok. So he’s not really that bad. A character that was vaguely portrayed as a jerk in prior novels, we now find Valerius’ bad manner and overall “pr**k-ish-ness” is a defense mechanism. In Seize the Night, Kenyon is able to draw the reader into feeling differently towards Valerius. We now learn who Valerius is from his own perspective and it is assured that readers will be a wee bit surprised! While turning through the pages, one will experience bouts of pity and sadness for the Roman Senators son. But, you will also feel joy and redemption at the direction Kenyon takes this character, and at the person he becomes. To read the rest of this review, please visit my blog, YzhaBella's BookShelf at: http://yzhabellasbookshelf.blogspot.com/2010/03/seize-night-by-sherrilyn-kenyon.html Thanks Kate (aka YzhaBella)
Date published: 2010-03-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read - Not Quite as Good as the Previous 4 A good story, but not quite as good as the previous 4. This reader finds that “Kiss of The Night” seemed to stray from the main DH story line. Not a lot, but enough to make me say “hmmm”. The timeline here seems to fall within the same time frame as Night Embrace, Talon & Sunshine’s story. "Sometimes to have what we want most, we have to give up everything we believe in." Born to a human father and Apollite mother Cassandra Peters is the last in a long line of Apollite’s and has led an extremely dangerous life as the target of the Daimon’s who seek to break their curse. Now, on the cusp of her 27th year, and as an Appolite her last year among the living, Cassandra finds herself no longer willing to accept her fate. She does not want to die. Wulf Tryggvasen, a Viking Warrior turned immortal Dark Hunter living in Minnesota, has long past accepted his fate; to walk among the living, protecting the human race from Daimons, only to be forgotten by everyone he meets within 5 minutes if leaving their presence. No one, that is, other than other Dark Hunters and only one human. His nephew. Chris, the last surviving human in the Tryggvasen bloodline, is Wulf’s only hope of sanity. Wulf is determined to see no harm come to Chris in the hope that he might produce an heir to the Tryggvasen lineage so that Wulf will not have to spend the rest of eternity alone. Out at the club one evening, the last thing Cassandra and her body guard Kat expected was a full blown Daimon attack. Of course, Wulf comes to help and he and Cassandra meet, share one blazing kiss in the street and then Wulf leaves and, as expected, Cassandra forgets. Or so Wulf thought. In a very strange twist of fate, Wulf and Cassandra meet and make passionate love in their dreams. And, the next time they cross paths, she remembers him. Fav Comical Quote, Page 40: During a conversation between Talon and Wulf about Zarek being assigned to patrol New Orleans during Mardi Gras.: “Yeah, I know, but word came from Artemis herself tha she wanted him here. Looks like we’re having psycho reunion week……Oh wait, it’s Mardi Gras. Duh.” Fav Emotion Filled Passage, Page 275: This passage is too long to re-type, so please refer to the novel. It is the letter that Wulf has written to his unborn child for Cassandra’s “Memory Box”. This letter brought tears to my eyes and I found it one of my favorite parts of the story.
Date published: 2010-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing This is a great story with Tabitha as the crazy, don't take no crap from anyone twin sister to Amanda who is married to Kyrian. Valerius is alone and no one cares about him, until he meets Tabitha, unfortunately she stabbed him, but something about her makes him warm up and not want to be without her. She really likes Valerius, but he is Kyrian's enemy and she doesn't want to become his as well.
Date published: 2009-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Life would really suck if people forgot you five minutes after you leave their presence. That is Wulf's life, and only decendents from his own bloodline can actually remember him, that is until he saves Cassandra's life. Little does he know that Cassandra is a princess of the enemy and that even her people are trying to kill her. This is a story of forbidden love, and will love concer all.
Date published: 2009-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Invigorating Definitely a different twist on Vampires then one I've ever read before. But all in all, a great read. I honestly wasn't sure what I would think of this--considering I started with the tenth in the series--my friends fault, not mine, I swear. But I really liked this book. It was new, fresh, and definitely different. A fun read. I felt bad for Valerius throughout the entire novel--up till the end--which was great!
Date published: 2008-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quirky but Lovely. The main characters in this novel really fit in my opinion and it was nice to see Tabitha, the crazier Devereaux twin in the spotlight. It was a page turner and the words were sown together perfectly so it flowed. I fell in love with the characters, scenarios and the humor that Kenyon seems to be famous for. Definitely one of the best in the Dark Hunter Series. :) I recommend this novel to everyone, fans of Kenyon or not.
Date published: 2008-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite of the Series I know that I said Dance with the Devil was the best thus far...but now after getting farther in the series I would have to say that Seize the Night is the best. Readers finally get to read the story of the Hunter everyone hates - Valerius Magnus. Everyone, readers AND characters in the DH universe, get to see his side of the story and find out MAYBE this guy isn't all that bad. I thought the characters in the book were very well developed and there was just enough detail so that readers know exactly what is going on. No confusion anywhere. And I fell madly and irrevocably in love with Valerius. He is my favourite character in the series hands down!
Date published: 2008-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good...Thats it Really It wasn't bad. Not like it really was hard to get into or anything. The time setting has the events in this book happening simultaneously with the events in Night Embrace. This one was pretty much more a love story than the others. I found that the character development wasn't as strong as in the previous books with Kyrian, Talon and Zarek, but it was still there. This book still should be read so that readers will understand the plot and progression of the series though.
Date published: 2008-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great book Witty, Funny, Hot. You'll like this book.
Date published: 2008-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Another Dark Hunter has met his match.... Action and romance how can you go wrong? Sherrilyn Kenyon has once again written a can't-put-it-down page turner.
Date published: 2008-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC!!!! A ULTIMATE MUST HAVE Move Down Buffy Summers because TABAITHA dEVREAUX has entred the room and this southern gal has thebest butt kicking skills Ever!!!! Also Angel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer is nothing compared to the Roman General Valerius Magnus!!!!!!
Date published: 2007-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Time Favorite Sherrilyn Kenyon's Sieze the Night is my all time favorite book! I can read it a thousand times I never get bored of it !
Date published: 2006-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good! I loved this book! It makes me think of the tv serie Buffy the Vampire Slayer because it is a love between two kinds that cannot love eachother. Once you start reading it you are totally into it. The main character is a girl that doesn't have long to live and must create a family so that their bloodline continue to exist. She's tormented and attacked constantly. Will she find love before dying? Look I am not very good to giving a summary of a book but I'm telling you this: if you love at love story that in the first place cannot be and that plays with your compassion for the characters then this book is for you! I totally loved it and reread it often! Really good!
Date published: 2005-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kiss of the Night I highly recommend all sherrilyn kenyon books!! they are so clif hanging cant stop reading kind of books and i lovve them! Read them you'll love them too,
Date published: 2005-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Her best yet! read it and find out!
Date published: 2005-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love Dark Hunters! I have read almost all of the Dark Hunter novels, and I was looking forward to Valerius' story. Tabitha is perfect!! I always suggest Sherrilyn Kenyon when someone is looking for a good book.
Date published: 2005-01-21

– More About This Product –

Seize The Night: A Dark-hunter Novel

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 pages, 6.65 × 4.21 × 0.96 in

Published: December 28, 2004

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312992432

ISBN - 13: 9780312992439

About the Book

The sixth novel in the "New York Times" bestselling author's mesmerizing paranormal series features Valerius, the Roman Dark-Hunter. Val teams up with human Tabitha Devereaux--the twin sister of the wife of his mortal enemy--who infuriates him as much as she beguiles him. Original.

From the Publisher

Valerius isn''t a popular Dark-Hunter-he''s a Roman, which means that the largely Greek Hunters have a major grudge against him and his civilization for superceding them. To make things worse, he''s very conscious of his aristocratic background and breeding. So it serves him right when he runs into Tabitha Devereaux. She''s sassy, sexy, and completely unwilling to take him seriously. (Not to mention that she''s the twin sister of the wife of former Dark-Hunter Kyrian-Val''s mortal enemy.) What Tabitha does take seriously is hunting and killing vampires-and soon she and Val have to grapple with the deadliest of all Daimons-one who''s managed to come back from the dead, and one who holds a serious grudge against both of them. To win against evil, Val will have to loosen up, learn to trust, and put everything on the line to protect a man he hates and a woman who drives him nuts.

From the Jacket

"Without question, this is one of the genre''s most fascinating, distinctive, and mesmerizing paranormal series."--Romantic Times

Hail Glorious Reader:

I was born the noble son of a legendary Roman senator. I walked through the ancient world as a general, admired and supreme until a brutal betrayal caused me to bargain my soul. Now I''m an immortal Dark-Hunter, bound to protect mankind from the evil scourge that haunts it. Over the centuries, I''ve seen many frightening things: plagues, pestilence, disco music...

And now Tabitha Devereaux. A human, she has trained herself to fight vampires every bit as capably as any Dark-Hunter. Idiosyncratic and off-beat, she is my personal bane-and yet she beguiles me. There are only two small problems. She happens to be the twin of my mortal enemy''s wife. More than that, Tabitha and her sister are being stalked by a power that will not rest until everyone she holds dear is dead.

Unlike my Dark-Hunter brethren, I rely on no one but myself. They spurned me and I turned my back on them. But the only way to save Tabitha and her family is to find some way to bridge a two thousand-year-old feud.

They say opposites attract, but can they stay together when even the Fates conspire to keep them apart? Then again, the Fates have never dealt with the likes of Tabitha Devereaux before. They''re going to be in for quite a fight...

--Valerius Magnus

"An entertaining thrill ride."--Publishers Weekly on Kiss of the Night

Visit Sherrilyn Kenyon''s Web site at www.sherrilynkenyon.com and www.Dark-Hunter.com

About the Author

In the past two years, New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon has claimed the #1 spot twelve times, and since 2004, she has placed more than 50 novels on the New York Times list. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. With more than 23 million copies of her books in print in over 30 countries, her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, Lords of Avalon, BAD Agency, Chronicles of Nick and Nevermore. A preeminent voice in paranormal fiction, Kenyon helped pioneer and define the current paranormal trend that has captivated the world. She lives with her husband, three sons, a menagerie of animals and a collection of swords.

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR SHERRILYN KENYON

"Kenyon is the reigning queen of the vampire novel."--Barbara Vey, Publishers Weekly

“An engaging read.”—Entertainment Weekly on Devil May Cry

“Kenyon’s writing is brisk, ironic, sexy, and relentlessly imaginative. These are not your mother’s vampire novels.”—The Boston Globe on Dark Side of the Moon

 

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