Dance with the Devil: A Dark-hunter Novel

Mass Market Paperback | December 7, 2003

bySherrilyn Kenyon

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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?

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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 minu...

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"Dance With The Devil cinches Sherrilyn Kenyon's place as a master of the genre! Zarek is a hero to die for, and his story will pull you in and keep you flipping pages into the wee hours; I couldn't put it down."--Julie Kenner, author of Aphrodite's Secret

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 countrie...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 6.86 × 4.25 × 0.92 inPublished:December 7, 2003Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional Loved it. I knew there was something about zarek.
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dance with the Devil Have just finished the third Sherrilyn Kenyon book and enjoyed it, after recently discovering this author. I am looking forward to reading all of them now!
Date published: 2014-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dance with the Devil Good book. The book is very sad, gives a good example of human cruelty. Makes me think about J. R. Ward's character Zsadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood-series, and Zarek is just as lovable. A must-read! Enjoy.
Date published: 2014-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dance with the Devil This was an awesome read. I laughed and cried always a good indacater of a good book. If it can get a sting enough reaction to actually make you cry well sitting reading it it's well worth reading over and over again. Any and all Sherrilyn Kenyon books are awesome reads this one is one of my favourite of the series you get to know Zarek better then any other chacter is the dark hunters series beside Achron. Read this book you will not be disappointed
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dance with the Devil I love the Dark Hunter series. Zarek had a hard life that made him bitter and angry but it was amazing to see him fall in love and finally open himself up to love.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best!!! I'm a gr8 fan of the "Dark-Hunter" series. However, "Dance With The Devil" is in the top 3 of my all time favorites. Zarak was a character in 2 other "Dark Hunter" novels, but only in the periphery of the storyline. So, I was surprised when this novel was published...I'd pegged our hero for extermination for several reasons. The love story between Astrid and Zarak...WOW...Spoilers!! Please just trust this HOPELESS romantic and read "Dance With The Devil". It's amazing.
Date published: 2013-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous story Really enjoyed reading dance with the devil. If I could have rated it higher I would have. Might even read it again
Date published: 2013-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites. Out of all the Dark Hunter Books to date this is easily one of my top five. Zarek the "psychopath" is instantly loveable, while Astrid is the perfect match for him. I love the romance that blooms between them while Astrid is blind, such an interesting approach to what is a very atypical love story. Any Dark Hunter fan will fall in love with this book.
Date published: 2011-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sounds like someone we know This is book 4 in the Dark Hunter series and I again really liked it, I am becoming a really big fan of this series and of Sherrilyn Kenyon's writing style. So does anyone else notice that Zarek is very similar to one of our favorite Brothers, Zhadist ( sry for spelling ) now don't get me wrong there can only be one Z out there but they did seem alot alike. But anyway this was a great book and again the characters are really great. :0)
Date published: 2011-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good. Picking up where Night Embrace leaves off time line wise, were are introduced to the Dark Hunter who was one a Greek whipping boy who falls in love with a goddess of justice, daughter of the goddess Themis and sister to the three Fates. Talk about your tough in laws! One of my favorite ones so far, I always have a soft spot for homicidal bad boys who get redeemed in the end. More in depth details on the relationship between Artemis and Archeron. I seem to like Artemis less and less as the series goes on, and Archeron just gets more awesome. Coincidence? I think not.
Date published: 2010-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Zarek Becmoes a Star Zarek is a interesting character, hes complex and mulitsided. Starting as a harse almost evil man the author goes through he`s past life (when he was human) and this shows the abuse he suffered. I know that all the dark hunters have hardships in thier human lives, but there was something about Zarek`s that made me feel more sad. It`s a good read, with a interesting plot, and a great ending for a character that I`ll always be cheering for.
Date published: 2010-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Emotional Story JR Ward’s “Lover Awakened”. Lara Adrian’s “Midnight Awakening”. Larissa Ione’s “Passion Unleashed”. What do they have in common? They are all third installments in a paranormal romance series where each book focuses mainly on one über alpha male and one spunky female. Have you ever noticed how the third book in such a series is almost always about the most tortured anti-hero hero in the whole series? The character that everyone thinks is beyond repair and that everyone hides the women and children from? We had Zhadist, Tegan and Wraith. And to that, not daring to break with tradition, Sherrilyn Kenyon adds Zarek in “Dance with the Devil”, the third installment in her ‘Dark-Hunter’ series. The entire ‘Dark-Hunter’ series revolves around tormented main characters. After all, that is what draws Artemis (whom I HATE) to you as you are dying to ask if you’d like to become an immortal warrior. Because once you agree, she takes your soul in exchange for one final act of vengeance. So you have to be a pretty bitter and pissed off human being to agree to that kind of bargain. So to say that Zarek is the most tortured soul to date in a whole pool of anguished souls…well, you can just imagine how horrible this guy is! But that’s the thing… Everyone thinks he’s all evil and doesn’t give two plops about anyone but himself, but they might be wrong! (Now are we really surprised?) My heart melted, then turned to angry stone, then softened once again while reading about what Zarek and all that he has been through in his human life as a Roman slave over 2100 years ago. Talk about someone needing a hug! ‘Once a slave, always a slave’ is what he thinks. There is so much to him, but he just doesn’t have any self-worth. Just thinking about him…Man! Really, this guy needs a group hug! Zarek had an oopsie moment back in “Night Embrace”, the second book in the series. This little glitch caused him to be put on the “he must die because he’s going to expose us and he’s also an ass” list. So, Artemis (whom I HATE) has decided Zarek is done. But Acheron (mmm, Acheron…) has asked that Zarek be Judged and only if he is deemed guilty of having no compassion and no regard for others should he be put down. Enter Astrid. Astrid is a Nymph and a Judge. She is sent to Earth to check up on Zarek. In all her years as a Judge, she has never found any person innocent and worthy of being saved. Never. But she is determined to be fair and not just assume that Zarek is a meanie. She figures if Acheron fought Artemis (whom I HATE) to get this trial for Zarek, then there must be a good reason. She is sent to Alaska (where Zarek was banished to 900 years ago for killing an entire village – another oopsie moment), hides what she really is and attempts to test Zarek. The tests don’t go quite as planned, so she decides to try another method of finding out if Zarek is worthy of living. She decides to visit his dreams – or nightmares as is this case. And lucky for her, he dreams of his past and of the moments that most shaped his life. How on earth anyone can survive what he’s been through…*sob* I like Astrid. She’s blind while on earth, but she isn’t weakened by it. She also doesn’t let Zarek get away with being a total jerk. I found her to be a great match for him. After all, you need a strong and patient woman to tame the most tortured of the tormented souls. After reading about all this heart-heavy stuff, it’s nice to have a little comic relief. Enter Jess (a.k.a.Sundown), Zarek’s ‘best friend’, and enter Acheron’s companion, the she-demon Simi. Simi is really cute, and it looks like she plays a part in most of the books in this series, which is a good thing in my opinion. And Jess’ story is the next Dark-Hunter book to be released. It’s going to be book #20 in this series…so I do have a little catching up to do before I even considering adding it to my to-read pile, but I’m sure that it will be a great read because Jess caught my attention. And that he drew my attention away from Zarek and Astrid, even for just a moment in this intense story, that’s saying something. I am really enjoying this series. I want to read more right away, but apparently the next book, “Kiss of the Night” (Wulf’s story) also packs quite the emotional punch. I need a little break, and some chocolate first. But, boy oh boy did I enjoy the first two books in the series, and “Dance with the Devil” was no exception. I’m not overly surprised by how much I enjoyed Zarek’s story though, because well…I am a sucker for the tortured souls. ;)
Date published: 2010-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreakingly awesome! Zarek has been marked for death because he broke the code of the dark-hunter. Astrid is the nymph who has been sent to judge him. Astrid has long since lost her faith in men, and figures that this will just be another man claiming false innocence. As soon as the two meet Zarek is angry and verbal lashes out at her. Astrid vows to give Zarek a proper chance as Acheron has faith in this man, and if she judges guilty he will be put to death. Artie has also sent an ancient warrior to kill Zarek. Artie thinks that she can call him off; in truth he has a mind of his own and will stop at nothing to kill Zarek and anyone helping him. Acheron is the only person that can kill the destroyer, but he can’t leave Artie’s temple for two weeks. Zarek tries to send Astrid away for her protection, but she can’t leave him otherwise he will automatically be sentenced to death. With an indestructible warrior and no one to help these two are stuck between a cold rock and a warrior. With the odds against them in every way can these two survive and can Astrid melt Zarek’s cold heart? Does Zarek even have a heart? Book four was to hot, romantic and heart wrenching. Oh so good. ***SPOILERS*** All the things that Zarek goes through and yet he can eventually still open up to Astrid and find love. When we met Zarek in the previous book I was sure that he would never make a good dark-hunter story and I was right. Zarek makes for a great dark-hunter story. I am also really likening how the stories are starting to over lap. Acheron can’t help the couple out because he is already paying his penance for helping out another dark-hunter. It is really interesting to watch the story pan out and already know what some of the other characters are going through.
Date published: 2010-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Maybe Tomorrow? Review! My Thoughts... Dance With The Devil is the fourth book in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series and focuses on Zarek, and picks us up right where we left off in the last book. Zarek in the helicopter leaving New Orleans for Alaska, where he was banished centuries before for a crimes even he is still fuzzy on. And added to this, the events of New Orleans, Artemis has decided enough is enough and Zarek should be punished once and for all. Permanently. Astrid, a nymph and judge, is called upon to cast sentence on Zarek. It’s up to her to decide whether he is capable of good or if he is truly a lost cause. Blinded in order to deliver a true verdict, Zarek stumbles upon her and she takes him in. What she doesn’t expect is to fall for him in the process. First of all, I have to say - what is it with tortured souls whose names begin with Z? Okay, moving on… Zarek is the son of a senator and a slave. He was given up at birth by his mother and tormented and tortured until his death where upon Artemis made him a Dark Hunter. A cold and tortured soul Zarek has lead a lonely life and through the glimpses of his past throughout the book it’s hard not to feel for the man, though he’d never want your compassion, and wouldn’t be afraid to tell you so. Astrid and Zarek’s relationship was a slow burn through the book and didn’t feel rushed. There’s nothing worse than a book that throws two conflicting characters together in the first couple of chapters – where do you go for the rest of the book? Added to this was the threat of Thantos, a Daimon who cannot be killed and created for the soul purpose of destroying rouge Dark Hunters and is after Zarek for maybe more than what they’ve been led to believe. I also have to get in a brief mention of Simi. I don’t want to give too much away, but I heart Simi. Final Thoughts… I had a little trouble getting back into the swing of this series after leaving a gap between this and the last. And since I had such a huge interest in Zarek’s character from Night Embrace I was afraid I had raised my expectations a little too high. Again, like with Night Embrace, I found myself more intrigued at times with stories going on elsewhere. Ash and Artemis’s storyline had me hooked just as equally as Astrid and Zarek’s. So far Sherrilyn has only given us small glimpses of Ash’s background and I for one can’t wait until I get to his book. But seeing how his book is number sixteen in the series my patience is going to be seriously tested. My rule for reading a series in order may be seriously broken by this character! Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series is a great addition to any paranormal romance/urban fantasy lover. I’ll say it again, if you’ve not picked these books up then I suggest you do! You’ll wonder why you haven’t sooner!
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chills and thrills Dance with the devil is the 4th book in the dark hunter series by sherrilyn kenyon and it will chill your soul. Zarek is the dark hunter that almost everyone fears and keeps a distance from. As a punishment handed down by artemis zarek has lived in alaska for over 2000 years, and for the most part been isolated. With limited contact with the outside world and only a couple of friends(on line). He was sent there because he was charged as a dark hunter to protect his vilage and instead he killed everyone, or so the story goes. Now that zarek is back from new orleans and has tasted the good life he is even more bitter to be back home plus there are people out to kill him. Dion wants him dead for betraying him against acheron and artemis just wants him dead because his is well zarek. Acheron is back on olympus with artemis, he is there for 2 weeks as payment for talons soul so that he and sunshine could be together. While there artemis tells acheron that she has had enough with zarek and is sending thanatos to finish him off. Thanatos is the only thing out there that can kill a dark hunter and he has a special hatred for zarek which you will learn about during the story. Acheron is outraged by artemis but asks that before zarek is killed that he be properly judged and acheron knows just the woman to do it. Astrid is a woman who has given up on men and her soul purpose is to judge those who unfit to live. She is a god and her 3 sisters are the fates so no one had better mess with her. Acheron knows astrid very well and knows that she will judge zarek well and honestly but it's going to be one hell of a time trying to find good in that one. Now on earth astrid brings an injured zarek into her cabin and when he wakes up and discovers that he is traped well he get's crusties than ever. He has no idea who astrid really is and is shocked to find out that she lives out here all alone only with her wolf and that she is blind. After spending some time with him astrid is tempted to call it quite and just judge him to death because he is mean rude and crude but then thinks that acheron picked her out for a reason and if acheron is for zarek then she will continue to be with him. More days go by and slowly zarek starts to thaw out and show astrid a different side of him one of a poet and an artist and she is also starting to become attracked to him. One night with the help of a dream hunter astrid enters zarek's dreams and what she finds out shocks her to her very core. As a boy he was tortured, a slave and for his family! His father spat on him and wipped him and his brothers did the same until he was left for dead. Zarek has never been shown love or compassion only hatred so it's up to astrid to show him before it's too late. This book was great, my second favorite in the series for now and is well worth the money. It is action jamed packed and a of info to take in because there are so many back stories and characters to take in. The ending was shocking and makes you just want to read more about the dark hunters,were hunters and dream hunters. If you loved zadist from the black dagger brotherhood then you will fall in love with zarek too. 2010-009
Date published: 2010-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awsome Read! Book 4 in the Dark Hunter Series, by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Of course, another great read from Ms. Keyon. Tortured souls, hot, hot “bods” and an innocent Justice Nymph make for another great page turner! Astrid touched parts of him he’d never known existed. His Heart. His Soul. She took him to heights unimaginable. Here in her arms, for the first time, he felt peace. Pg. 158 As the illegitimate son of a Roman General, Zarek faced countless brutalities as the family “whipping boy”. Used and abused since birth, Zarek never knew love or kindness of any kind. His was a lifetime of brutality and unimaginable torture at the hands of his father and brothers. Sold into slavery once his father tired of him, a scarred and broken Zarek was killed by his master after being falsely accused of raping his mistress. In the after life, Artemis claimed Zarek for her legion of Dark Hunters and Acheron removed his scars and disabilities…. Well, the ones you could see, at least. After centuries of judging immortals and humans alike, Astrid is numb. Feelings of compassion, joy and happiness have become non existent after judging so many over the centuries and not yet finding even one soul innocent. As a favor to her good friend Acheron, Astrid agrees to judge one last man, er Dark Hunter. Encouragement from Acheron to take this assignment leaves Astrid thinking there is some significant reason behind his request. Interference from Artemis places Zarek in Astrid’s care. He doesn’t know what or who she really is. All he knows is that for some unknown reason this single, blind female is willing to care for him, put him up for a few days until the weather clears. But why? Has she no fear? As far a Zarek knows, Astrid doesn’t have a clue how dangerous a position she is in. He needs to leave. He can’t stay with her when Thanatos (the invincible Day Slayer) is after him. It’s too dangerous! Trust, compassion and kindness are “alien” emotions for Zarek. His tortured human life has left him cold, empty and very angry…. Emotionally scarred beyond repair…Or is he? Will Astrid find any good in Zarek? Is there even a shred of humanity left within this man that would allow her to judge him innocent and therefore free? A story full of emotion, change and forgivness, Zarek’s story is the 1st of the DH Series to touch me on such a level. Ms. Keyon has such an eloquent way with description that this reader could actually feel a physical pull into the story. I laughed, I cried, and I even hurt. As I have been know to say: “Kudos to Kenyon on another fascinating read!”
Date published: 2010-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One for the bad guy! Zarek is the one dark-hunter that the rest of the dark-hunters even stay away from. Zarek is banished in Alaska and while in New Orleans on a mission got in some trouble. Now he is being judged but doesn't know it at first. The judge is Astrid who is bored with her job that she has been doing for centuries. That is until she meets Zarek. She is the only woman who has warmed Zarek's heart, but takes alot of hard work. Zarek is a great character that you want to have a happy ending for once in his life.
Date published: 2009-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My very first romance I had always made fun of romance novels but Ms. Kenyon's sense of humour made me change my mind. I've read every last one of her novels since this, my very first. Her stories have heart and mind. This one is a long lasting favourite which I've read dozens of times. Zarek is a man with a big hole where his heart once was; despised by everyone he is tamed by a woman expected to pass final judgment on him. Only Ms. Kenyon could tell a story like this.
Date published: 2007-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Dance With The Devil is without a doubt one of my favourite Dark-Hunter books. My heart clenched so many times for Zarek and all that he went through, there is no way you can avoid falling in love with this character!! This is book will make you laugh, and make you want to cry, the characters are complex and perfect for eachother! Too often you read romance books where the focus is on the woman. Sherrilyn Kenyon shatters that by writing us stories of heroes who have realistic feelings. This is a must read, don't hesistate to get into the series!
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best of the Series Yet!! This book is the best of the dark hunter series. Zarek and Astrid are great characters but Acheron and Simi are my personal favorite. I keep on thinking of ways Acheron may be happy one day--hopefully Ms. Kenyon will work with that one. This book is wonderful due to the sub plots that make the main plot more believable and real. I have all the Dark Hunter books and I've read them a couple times (I keep them handy at all times!!). I still get teary due to the dark hunter's pasts, and laugh out loud at some of the messes that Acheron have to get them out of. Definately worth the read (and the following fantasies)!!
Date published: 2004-12-16

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"[A] publishing phenomenon.[Sherrilyn Kenyon is] the reigning queen of the wildly successful paranormal scene." -Publisher's Weekly

"Kenyon's writing is brisk, ironic, sexy, and relentlessly imaginative." -Boston Globe

"An engaging read." -Entertainment Weekly on Devil May Cry