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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©2003 Sherrilyn Kenyon (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
"In turns angst-filled and laugh-out-loud funny, her latest once again delivers a sensual, fast-paced read with a hero who is definitely worth the risk." (Booklist)
I LOVE This Series, this is Zarek's Story and as sad as his life is, it was just that much fascinating he has never been shown kindness by anyone other than his half brother which always caused him to be whipped. So he doesn't what kindness because its known to cause him pain. He was unfairly accused of a crime he did not commit by a women who he tried to protect. Then he also finds out he once again is accused of a crime of he did not commit as a dark hunter and must find a way to prove his innocence. In this series where else can you find Weremen, yes I said Weremen because they are wolves that can transform into MEN!. and werebears, demons, vampires and Greek gods all in one series!! I love the fact no matter how much Zarek tries not to be drawn in by kindness he finally can not deny the woman who offers it so freely and without cause, she gives him the most precious gift of all herself because she is a virgin demi god and he is or was in his human life a slave.
from 1-10 this one hits a solid 9
Seemie and because I love her childlike view of the world through her demonic eyes, innocent but deadly, hilarious and confusing but always entertaining.
I liked the way he brought the characters to life, the inflection he placed in the voices of the characters was spot on, making me believe I was listening to individual personalities.
When Seemie was hurt, calling Acheron when she called him her daddy.
Very good story line, strong and believable, good narrator kept me very interested in the story/plot
You are the sum of what you read!
This story is a wonderful exposition of a child, crippled by a loveless and abusive life who is offered the chance of immortality to right the wrongs done to him. He is considered 'insane' because of an event in his distant past that he cannot remember and has been banished to the frozen regions of Alaska.
He has lived a difficult and lonely life, compensating by not allowing anyone to get close to him emotionally and his responses to others is always biting and apparently without guilt.
Astrid, a Nymph Judge, is sent to judge him prior to him being destroyed by the god Artemis, and the softer side of him is exposed. Even though he rejects the idea that he has any goodness or kindness within him, she will not give up.
Unknown to both of them, a killer from Artemis has already been sent to eliminate him and it is a race to save Astrid, the only person that has ever been kind to him. The only person he feels anything for.
Is he insane, or is he just misunderstood?
Equally as good, I always read a book before I listen to the audio edition but My Gosh!, Fred Berman is brilliant!!!! I didn't think that any one could be as good as Robert Petkoff in Kresley Cole's IAD series and Fred Berman definitely just as amazing.
This series reminds me of JR Ward's - BDB series. S.Kenyon is wonderful & so funny ! There's a feeling of togetherness btwn the Heros but they're all still very alone. This book reminded me of Lover Awaken very similar in the sense that the author really makes your heart cry out for the hero
I have too many to just narrow down
I take about two days to listen to my books not by choice btw
This series is delightful, Kenyon in my opinion went a completely different route for the explanations of all the characters in a refreshing way. I'm extremely picking about my paranormal romance & can get disappointed quickly depending on the route the author takes the "vampire" "immortal" reason for being and/or how they "live" among us.
Solid 3 stars
I read both Styxx an Acheron before starting the series. Both those books described their misery in such detail that I experience a certain level of despair for them. Zarak's childhood into adulthood was miserable but differently. I would have liked to experience the same sort of emotion when I read S & A but it just didn't quite make it. Good effort but for some reason it don't evoke the emotion.
Simi -- consistent and fun
Zarak's world was isolated and I felt that in Berman's narration. He has a quality that makes you actually feel the story is being told for you only. However, his Zarak voice was confusing to me... Zarak is Greek and quite a bit was made of that but Berman's accent was not quite right. I couldn't tell if he was trying for a Greek accent or light English.
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
I have become more fussy, but this one is a five star for me. The story is so solid. A character who feels so broken and unredeemable that he has decided he can't be loved and he can't trust anyone. He is lost and alone and sees no reason to change, not that he would if there was a reason. Or so he thinks.
I loved both Zarek and Astrid
Fred Berman is one of my favorites. I have listened to other books that weren't familiar to me because he was the narrator
There were several instances that pulled at my heart. I really liked this book a lot. It has a lot of repeat listen potential
This is one of Sherrilyn Kenyon's best in my opinion. I like it when an author can build up a character then really dig in and strip away the barriers to get to the heart below.
First off, the narration of this book greatly improved my listening experience. All of the characters had a distinct voice and were easily distinguished from each other. My favorite character in this book was Simi, Berman did such a good job voicing this character it blew me away.
This book brought my interest back to this series. Although the books are very popular, I did not love the previous novels. In fact, I only purchased this story because it was on sale and am so glad I did. My interest in Dark Hunters has been renewed.
I really enjoyed this story. The hero is a flawed man who has lived through brutal experience and gross injustice after gross injustice. Very early in this book readers are able to discern the realZarek from the one perceived by the rest of the world. My one and only complaint is that by comparison the heroine is flat and not very well developed.
I also appreciated all of the secondary characters and look forward to hearing more about them in subsequent stories.
The understanding of a tortured soul by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
the transformation thru acceptance and caring
both. in addition to being a compassionate description of abuse, SK has a funny sense of humor that made me laugh out loud more than once
Yes the audio version lets you experience another dimension with the tallents of the narrator giving personality and unique accents to each character. I thoroughly enjoyed this dark hunter novel in audio format.
When the author let it be known that Zarek lived in that shack in Alaska all alone whittiling even the walls to stay sane. And then finding out he gave them away to his neighbors in the town unbenownst to any of them.
When he was allowed to finally get rid of his virginity.
It certainly did. I laughed out loud, and cried quietly, experienced anger, hope, hate. I experienced the whole gamut of emotions.
Fred Bermnan is the undisputed champion narrator of these novels. However Holter Graham is my second favorive reader of these novels, although his women portrayal is a bit whiney.
It is not one of her better writes, but I enjoyed it.
All of the interactions between the male lead and Sasha
Love his voice.
The dream sequence.
Not a memorable character, I already forgot his name...
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