Zarek is the most dangerous of all the Dark-Hunters. He endured a lifetime as a Roman slave and centuries as a Dark-Hunter in exile. Zarek trusts no one. Because of his steadfast denial to follow any orders, he is kept in isolation in Alaska where his activity is seriously limited and closely monitored. There are many who fear he will one day ...
Zarek is the most dangerous of all the Dark-Hunters. He endured a lifetime as a Roman slave and centuries as a Dark-Hunter in exile. Zarek trusts no one. Because of his steadfast denial to follow any orders, he is kept in isolation in Alaska where his activity is seriously limited and closely monitored. There are many who fear he will one day unleash his powers against humans as well as vampires. Have nine hundred years of exile made Zarek too vicious to be redeemed? The gods want Zarek dead but reluctantly agree to allow justice goddess Astrid to judge him. Astrid has never yet judged a man innocent, and yet there is something about Zarek that tugs at her heart. He views even the smallest act of kindness with shock and suspicion. But while Astrid struggles to maintain her impartiality in the face of her growing attraction to Zarek, an executioner has already been dispatched...
I for one, fell in love with Zarek. I wanted to take him home with me and make him warm and happy. This was a very touching story which made me want to both laugh & cry. For his entire life, Zarek has been tortured & made to feel useless in ways you cannot imagine. It makes you want to hold him tight & make everything all better. I am not usually big on fantasy novels, but I have to recommend the Dark Hunter series. They are not like your normal romances and gives it something a little different to liven things up. I have read four books in the series so far, and have to say I will probably read them all!
Jul 15, 2008
A Man you love to Hate!
I have read all of the DH books and this one captured me in a way none of the rest of them did. Most of the Dark Hunters are Warriors from the past who become Heroes in the now. Zarek is NOT that kind of Character. He is the kind of person many of us wish at times in life we could act like, but our upbringing or sense of honor keep us from taking action. This is a great story of a victim of such hatred and treachery that his heart is hidden under layer after layer of anger and sarcasm. I think I dated him. It is a surprisingly poignant view of a lifestyle I hope the author has no personal knowledge of. It is a powerful book with powerful feelings. I cried. I laughed. I cheered.
Apr 7, 2008
Terrific book from a great series
If you like paranormal genre this entire series is terrific. This book has great character strength. Wonderful suspense, romance. Getting to know the characters is a treat.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-11-17 The third entry in Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series, which focuses on the sexy vampire-like immortals who defend humans from soul-stealing Daimons, is darker than last year's Night Embrace due to its change in setting (from the French Quarter of New Orleans to the isolated Alaska wilderness) and its focus on Zarek, the baddest of all the Dark-Hunters. Physically gorgeous but scarred psychologically thanks to his former life as a Greco-Roman slave, Zarek is bitter, feared and rejected by everyone, including the Greek goddess who transformed him. It's up to the emotionally detached nymph Astrid, sister to the three Fates, to judge whether 900 years of isolation has made Zarek too vicious to be redeemed. To accomplish this task, she tries to push Zarek "to the heights of his tolerance and beyond." Sasha, a werewolf posing as a mere pet, serves as her protector, and the witty telepathic banter between them is a nice counterpoint to the seriousness of Zarek and Astrid's relationship. Kenyon's slangy dialogue also leavens the story. In the midst of a heated battle, for instance, a disoriented Astrid asks Zarek what's happening, and his blas? reply is, "Not much.... Some invincible asshole is trying to kill me." Those who can't get enough of bad boy heroes and Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns will relish this roguish tale. (Dec.) Forecast: Move over, Anne Rice. Kenyon's Dark-Hunter books are changing the face of the vampire novel, making it hip, darker and all the more appealing to the next generation of readers. Booksellers who display this title alongside similar paranormal novels, rather than shelving it in the general romance section, will most likely see the strongest sales. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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