Exiled back to Alaska, Zarek finds himself on the run as almost everyone he’s had some contact with tries to kill him. Not that dying would bother him…Zarek thrives on pain and punishment. However, he’s not going to die under “orders” of the heffer goddess Artemis…he’ll go when he’s damn good and ready!
As one of the three Fates, it’s been deemed Astrid’s responsibility to determine whether Zarek can be redeemed enough to live or whether he should be slaughtered and put out of everyone’s misery. Although she has never found a Dark Hunter innocent before, something about Zarek makes her pause. Is it possible that he could truly have something good buried deep inside him?
The third installment of the Dark Hunters series is one of my all-time faves (second only to Acheron). Zarek is an enigma from the very first page. He states “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...” which is completely true. When we first meet Zarek he’s a jerk. He’s everything readers hate about characters. He rude, mean and you just want to slap him. Slowly you’ll start warming up to him. His back story is amazingly written and it didn’t just make me empathize with him, it made me fall totally head over heels in love with Zarek.
Astrid is so awesome. She’s blind when she’s sent to judge others so she can’t even see Zarek, she can only react to his personality and his actions that affect her. She literally has to judge on blind faith. That doesn’t stop her attraction to him though, and the build-up of their relationship is mouth-watering. There is so much electricity between them. I thought for sure finding a mate for Zarek would be impossible but Astrid is the yin to his yang. They just fit. She’s not one to back down either and gives Zarek just as much as she takes.
Non-stop action as Zarek fights for his life and then as he’s protecting Astrid really pushes Dance With the Devil over the top. Readers will be gripping the edge of their seats in anticipation. As only Ms. Kenyon can do, she also weaves in her hilarious brand of humor and off beat characters that will keep you chuckling even when you’re worrying about Zarek. You can never go wrong with a Kenyon book!
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.
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?