In DANCE WITH THE DEVIL, we see the same standoff-ish attitude that is characteristic to Zarek, but there’s also something I never thought to expect in this book. Zarek shows his vulnerability in slow increments. What’s even more heartbreaking is reading about Zarek’s past. No one can surpass Kenyon’s imagination. She conjures up the most tortured and yet desirable heroes I’ve read in a long time.
The heroine in this book is named Astrid and she is a justice nymph, one who is called upon the Fates to decide whether Zarek lives or dies. When Zarek is attacked and injured, Astrid takes her into her home in Alaska where they spend considerable time together. Though Astrid possess immense power, she is blind and I think the juxtaposition was really unique. This allows her to not base her decisions on Zarek by her eyes, but instead by his words and actions.
Their relationship blooms slowly, but it definitely works in this book. Zarek isn’t the type of person to simply allow anyone close to him. Astrid must break past that barrier and I think Kenyon weaves their story well. All around, this book rocked. I finished it so quickly that afterwards, I felt a little needy. I’m not too worried because there are a bunch more books to read! It’s only the beginning of my newest obsession.