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Welcome to the Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark-Hunter Re-Read. From the first time Simi used barbeque sauce… to listening to the Howlers play Sanctuary …to Ash (need we say more?!), this is where you can re-live the great moments of the series. Delve into posts written by DH experts and super fans picked by Sherrilyn, talk to your fellow Menyons, and earn points with the Kenyon Rewards Program all while enjoying a walk down memory lane, Dark-Hunter Style.

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Recap

Valerius Magnus has always been an outcast; first in life, then later as a Dark-Hunter. His comrades-in-arms see him as a remote, imperious patrician, and the Greeks identify him as a heartless, murderous monster. He is conscious of the legacy of atrocities Rome had committed to Greece and other civilizations. Worst of all, he bears the burden of shame of the degradation his grandfather and father committed against the proud Macedonian prince who became a Dark-Hunter before him. Val questions Artemis’s vindictive motives for stationing him in the very city that prince, Kyrian of Thrace calls home with his wife and child. He weathers the Dark-Hunter and Squire’s open disdain in apathetic silence and armors himself in a protective shell of remote superiority.

One night, Val happens on Tabitha, the twin sister of Kyrian’s wife, during a nightly routine circuit through the dark streets of New Orleans. He admires her ability to handle her own against a group of soul-sucking Daimons. The fierce way she fights reminds him of the mighty and prideful Amazon race the Romans tried to conquer. When more Daimons appear, intent on overpowering the human woman, Val enters the fray. Amongst the chaos of the bout, Tabitha mistakes him for another foe and stakes him.

Even though she’s tempted, Tabitha knows she can’t leave him on the street for the Daimons to kill and so she takes Valerius home. Mostly to torture him to the point, he wishes the Daimons had killed him.

For years, Tabitha has seen the evil that stalks human prey. Her innate psychic powers and zest for life make an attractive lure to draw them to her and away from those who would be their victims. After a devastating confrontation that claimed the lives of her best friends, and left a permanent mark on her face, Tabby vows to eschew fighting in a group so that she will never again lose someone she cares about. She allows that vivid scar on her cheek to be a stark reminder of what she lost on that calamitous night, and how close she came to losing not only her life but her twin’s as well.

However the dreaded return of Kyrian’s old enemy, Desiderius thrusts Tabitha and Valerius into an unlikely alliance in order to protect her twin sister and Kyrian, who is now human and no longer capable of fighting Desiderius with the Dark-Hunter powers Kyrian once possessed. The demigod Daimon is relentless in his quest for vengeance against all of them including Tabitha and her sister.

The body count grows extensively and New Orleans turns into a battleground as the Daimons tear through the city. Valerius and Tabitha risk everything to neutralize the threat before more lives are lost. And together, they must form a shaky alliance or lose everything Tabitha holds sacred.

Favorite Quote

She who laughs last, laughs longest, and I intend to belly roll tonight.
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We all have scars. I’m just lucky that most of mine are on the outside.
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We’re all damned in one way or another. But damned is a far cry from dead.
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I’m like mold, I usually grow on you very slowly.
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I’m her godfather, with a heavy emphasis on the god part.

Conclusion For more about the story behind Seize the Night, visit Sherrilyn Kenyon's site for The Story Behind the Story, Bloopers, Book Benies and more! Discussion Questions
  1. In the start of the book, Acheron performs a selfless act for Tabitha’s older sister, Selena. What did he do? And why do you suppose he did that?
  2. Acheron asks Tabitha not to do a certain thing, again. What was it?
  3. What catastrophe prompts Tabitha’s decision to fight solo? Do you think she is right to think like this?
  4. If you were in Valerius’s shoes, would you accept the dismal treatment the Squires and Hunters dished out as he did? How would you react? Why?
  5. Do you think it is unfair how the Squire Council and other Dark Hunters treat Valerius because he was a rich Roman general? How shocked were you to discover that Valerius does have some humans loyal to him?
  6. Every time I read Zarek’s character, I always picture the late Kevin Smith from XENA and HERCULES. Have you ever done that? Pictured a famous actor or model as you read a character in a book?

 

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Seize the Night Re-read

Raonaid Luckwell has been a voracious fan of books and reading since she was a toddler. Her tastes in genres include High Fantasy, Steampunk, Contemporary Romance, Suspense Romance and Paranormal. Today, she reviews for the Romance Junkies and likes to participate in many different author street teams. She considers herself a novice author-in-training and devotes her time and energy on the book she is currently writing. Raonaid likes to interact with fellow book (and anime) lovers on Twitter @RaonaidLuckwell and Facebook.

  1. this one is so much fun to ready, especially when Tabitha at the beginning stakes him but by the end of the book was unable too.

  2. I think Val believes he deserves the way they treat him. He blames himself for zareks treatment as well as carries guilt because of the way kyrian died.

  3. This is one of my favourite books in the dark-hunter series. It brought a unique perspective to the series, Kyrian being my favorite character, I felt bad that I Valerius was getting a happy ending. But as Ash told Amanda, there were two sides to the story, and Valerius’ is just as sad as Kyrian maybe even more so. I felt bad for and loved just the same and I’m happy that he got a happy ending. I love all the cameos from the previous characters and I hope to see more of these two in the later books!

  4. 1.In the start of the book, Acheron performs a selfless act for Tabitha’s older sister, Selena. What did he do? And why do you suppose he did that?
    A: He helps pay for a shop, so selena could continue doing her readings. I think he did it because he knew how important what she did was, I also think he saw how important it was to people in general, and he knew he was kyrians wifes sister. I think he had many reasons.
    2.Acheron asks Tabitha not to do a certain thing, again. What was it?
    A: If I remember correctly, it was not to try to kill one of his darkhunters again. but Acheron asks Tabitha to not do a lot of certain things. so it depends on which time your asking about.
    3.What catastrophe prompts Tabitha’s decision to fight solo? Do you think she is right to think like this?
    A: In one of the fights with daimons, she lost several crew members and her boyfriend at the time eric nearly died. She didn’t want to see any more people she cared about get dragged down with her. I think in part she had a right to think like this, but in another it should be their choice whether or not to risk their lives.
    4.If you were in Valerius’s shoes, would you accept the dismal treatment the Squires and Hunters dished out as he did? How would you react? Why?
    A: I would probably accept the dismal treatment like he did, because I know that once people make up their minds about something its hard to change it. And eventually valarious’s real story comes out. but even then hes not well liked just because of what his grandfather did.
    5.Do you think it is unfair how the Squire Council and other Dark Hunters treat Valerius because he was a rich Roman general? How shocked were you to discover that Valerius does have some humans loyal to him?
    A: I wasn’t shocked at all. He is a quiet person so he probably did manage to have some loyalty. and being a general at one time he probably would want eyes and ears everywhere to help him in the future.
    6.Every time I read Zarek’s character, I always picture the late Kevin Smith from XENA and HERCULES. Have you ever done that? Pictured a famous actor or model as you read a character in a book?
    A: No. I honestly can never picture an actual person as a fictional one unless they’ve been portrayed. because how I picture someone as I read. is always unique and I can’t picture someone else being them. Though I do get “Aha ” moments when something is turned to film or tv.

  5. 1. He helps in whatever way he can. He sees those not close to him and tries to help. It’s what he does.
    2. He asks her to be careful, not go out alone, and there is probably something else too but I cannot remember.
    3. She doesn’t want anyone else to get hurt. I would be the same.
    4. Nobody should be treated badly. No matter the circumstances. I would never tolerate injustice or people hurting others.
    5. Yes. Very.
    6. No. The characters in my head are solely unique. They are as different as two people meeting on the street.

  6. 1. He bought her a fricken’ building in place of her stand! Honestly, there could be a few reasons. It’s possible that Selena was supposed to have that building in her future anyway, or she would do something radically stupid if she didn’t. He could have just done it as a nie gesture.
    2. Stab Dark-Hunters? I forgot.
    3. The death of some of her friends after Desiderius kills them. I understands why she did it…so i can’t really fault her. But if she were to die, Amanda would go balistic, along with the rest of her family.
    4. No, I wouldn’t. It would have made me livid beyond belief, regardless of whether or not I lashed out at anyone. Why? The circumstances wouldn’t have been my fault. Blaming me for some idiot action of my father and grandfather is beyond stupid- exactly how would that connect to me, other than an unfortunate genetic link? And blaming me for the actions of an entire country? How is that even possible? A country isn’t made up of a single person. I would smolder quietly. There’s nothing else to do when stuck in his situation. You’re together with these people for eternity. Until you find a way out, which is probably nil. As for Zareck…I might put up with his antics, while cursing him out. It’s not like I don’t understand his part.
    5. Um, yeah. Kyrian was a prince and he still had Nick for a squire. Countless other Dark Hunters had been rich regardless of their social position. What gives? And I was surprised. I thought no one would be able to stand him; but in retrospect, I should have known better.
    6. Nope. Probably because I don’t really know models, and when I read the book, I try to build the exact character around their description, even if it doesn’t work that way. The only exception would be when the description closely resembles my brothers, and then I just use them instead.

  7. this is one of my fav books from this series. i love that tabitha is a kick butt chick and never lets anyone push her around

  8. 1. He bought that building for Selena withouth a thought of the cost. He buys her the new shop so she can continue her passion. He could have done this because he saw something bad in Selena’s future and wanted to protect her. It could also be because he’s naturally nice and was willing to do a favour for ne of his friends. It might also have been because he didn’t want Selena to turn into a daimon snack.
    2. I think it was to not stab another Dark Hunter. This wasn’t that effective of a warning of course because she ended up stabbing Valerius.
    3. It was the death of her friends that came to fight Desiderius with her and she almost lost her boyfriend at the time, Eric. I understand where she is coming from. She still lives with the guilt of bringing her friends into the fight and she wants to make sure that never happens again. I also think though that it should be her friend’s choice whether they should join the fight or not. It could be the same for them. They could feel guilt that they let her go fight alone and live with that guilt when they could have gone to fight by her side.

  9. 4. I would take the abuse in stride. If I came from Valerius’s life as well, I would have gotten used to the disdain as you were growing up and would know how to deal with it. t is still completely unfair because they were judging him because of who his father and grandfather. I knew there wouldn’t have been much to change their mind. When a person believe wholeheartedly in something it is very difficult to change their mind. All it would have taken would have been someone to look at what he did while he ruled and how he acted. All they had too look at was his age when all the deeds he supposedly did and they would have realized that he would have been to young to do some of the deeds.
    5. It’s completely unfair considering that dark hunters like Kyrian was a rich general in his life yet he was treated as a friend. And dark hunters like Talon and Wulf were also considerably rich and were known for their battle skills, yet they weren’t treated with hate. It was pretty surprising because everyone acted like no one could stand him, but there is Gilbert who is loyal to him and actually likes him. Though it is sad because the Squire Council denies him from being a Squire. And as you get to know him you understand why he doesn’t have so many people who are loyal to him, because of his aloof act around everywhere.
    6. No. Characters are completely separate entities from actors and models. I wouldn’t be able to picture two people together like that. And I naturally don’t agree when a cast is selected but I do like them for their acting skills.

  10. That scene where Selena had attached herself to the gate always makes me laugh! It is one of my favourites in this book.

    I did think it was so unfair how people treated Valerius! It made me so mad.

  11. Favorite quotes from Seize the Night.

    “Relax, you’re in good hands. Tabby won’t hurt you. (Acheron)
    She stabbed me! (Valerius)
    Damn, I told her not to stab any more Hunters. I hate it when she does that. (Acheron)
    You hate it?! I’m the one with the festering wound. (Valerius)
    Really? I’ve never known a Dark-Hunter to have a festering wound before. At least not externally. (Acheron)”

    “Where are you anyway? (Acheron)
    I don’t know. I hear some godawful kind of music from outside, horns blaring, and I’m in a house with a Mohawk cuckoo bird, a transvestite, and a knife-wielding lunatic. (Valerius)
    Why are you at Tabitha’s? (Acheron)”

    “What? It’s not my fault I stab all the fanged people. They shouldn’t look like Daimons. (Tabitha)
    I didn’t look like a Daimon, but you stabbed me. (Valerius)
    Yeah, well, you looked like a lawyer so I had to kill you. It was a moral imperative. (Tabitha)”

    “Just how many sisters do you have? (Valerius)
    Eight. (Tabitha)
    Eight? (Valerius)
    What? (Tabitha)
    I’m just pitying whatever poor males lived in that house with all of you. It must have been truly frightening at least one week out of every month. (Valerius)
    Was that a joke? (Tabitha)
    Merely a frightening statement of fact. (Valerius)”

    “Weddings have always been a fascinating thing to me. A time when people look in each others eyes and promise each other they will never allow anyone or anything to divide them. Out of two families, they come together to form a separate branch that links back to their roots. It’s a time when two families are joined together because of the hearts of two people. A time when ill will and bad feelings should be put to rest along with the past. Weddings signify a new beginning. After all, no human alive has ever been able to choose his family…God knows, I would never have chosen mine. But as the Roman playwright Terence once wrote, ‘From many a bad beginning great friendships have formed.”

    “But as the Roman playwright Terence once wrote, From many a bad beginning great friendships have formed”

    “Why are you worried about him? Des is a punk. (Urian)
    Desiderius is dead. Kyrian killed him. (Tabitha)
    Yeah, and I’m the Easter Bunny- see my fluffy tail? You don’t just kill a Spathi, little girl. All you do is take him out of commission for a while. (Urian)”

    “I wish I had left him as he was. I wish you had told me this would happen. (Amanda)
    Told you what, Amanda? That the two of you would spend the rest of your lives loving each other? Raising your kis? Neither one of you have any idea how miraculous your life is. How many people would gladly sell their souls for what you have. Forget Artemis and immortality. What you have is infinitely more previous and rare. (Acheron)”

  12. I purposefully bought my own copy of the book to join the reread. I loved learning about Valerius and all his little quirks. For being one of the most guarded of the Dark-Hunters, he is also one of the most vulnerable. It’s wonderful to see them again in depth after such a long time.

  13. I’ve always enjoyed this book quite a lot. The hilarious moment at the beginning when Tabby stabs Valerius and the confusing that ensues when he wakes up in her room. The emotional rides that come with learning Val’s past and Nick’s death and Dark-Hunter rebirth. And the set ending where the two of them can finally be together for eternity.
    As always a great read.

  14. 1. Be bought Selena that new building so she can continue her passion, and he did this without looking at the costs. He could have done this because he saw her getting in trouble or eaten if he didn’t. Or because he just wanted to help out a friend.

    2. It was to not stab another Dark Hunter cause Tabitha has already done that to two of them.

    3. It was her losing her friends and almost losing her ex-boyfriend, Eric. I can understand where she’s coming from because she didn’t want to feel guilt over losing more of her friends and causing the death of loved ones. But it should be her loved one’s choice if they want to go into battle with her.

  15. I finished rereading the book last night, and I just need to say thank you again. Val makes for such a distinctive character through his need for simple things (a hug, a nod, NOT to be attacked) that his very strength lies not in his fighting ability or anger, but his willingness to not give in to himself. Tabitha brings out her more secretive sensitivities for the world to see and prove that even the wackiest and strongest of us can be weak and need to lean on others.

    Thanks so much for giving us these characters. I can’t wait to reread “Sins of the Night” next!

  16. 4. I would expect it, getting that all through my life. But when I become a dark-hunter, I would not be okay with it. This time I didn’t go against my culture to protect people but am doing what I’m supposed to do. I would do my best so that people can accept me and if they didn’t I would move on because it’s almost impossible to change someone’s mind if their not willing.

    5. It’s real hypocritical because Kyrian was a rich general but he wasn’t hated on sight. It wasn’t that surprising, because like Zarek, he has another side that he doesn’t show people. The side that makes people like him. I think it’s incredibly rude to deny someone like Gilbert who is more than willing to help Valerius instead of Otto, but are denied because of their own prejudices.

    6. Sometimes. I kinda need help to get an idea of how someone looks if they have a really vague description of them. But mainly I just stick with my imagination.

  17. I love Tabitha and her sisters! This was a great book. I am enjoying re-reading the series as I wait for the next book. I do get confused re time line between Dark Hunters and Nick Series. I understand Valerius a bit better now, though I still think he needs to get over it already!

  18. 1.In the start of the book, Acheron performs a selfless act for Tabitha’s older sister, Selena. What did he do? And why do you suppose he did that?
    awe he buys her a house so she doesn’t have to protest to have her stand. and to keep her from becoming damion bait.
    2.Acheron asks Tabitha not to do a certain thing, again. What was it?
    Stab his dark hunters.
    3.What catastrophe prompts Tabitha’s decision to fight solo? Do you think she is right to think like this?
    The loss of friends.
    4.If you were in Valerius’s shoes, would you accept the dismal treatment the Squires and Hunters dished out as he did? How would you react? Why?
    He is a Sweet and kind hearted man. They way they treat him because of how his family was back then is rude especially since most of them have felt the same way. I was furious and wanted to smack those people for him. but he is a very gentle soul for not lashing out.
    5.Do you think it is unfair how the Squire Council and other Dark Hunters treat Valerius because he was a rich Roman general? How shocked were you to discover that Valerius does have some humans loyal to him?
    I was not shocked at all because the only thing people didn’t like about him was the fact that he was “royalty” when he was a human, but they all should know to become a dark hunter something terrible has to happen to you for your soul to scream out for vengeance. so i am very disappointed in all of them.
    6.Every time I read Zarek’s character, I always picture the late Kevin Smith from XENA and HERCULES. Have you ever done that? Pictured a famous actor or model as you read a character in a book?
    No I try to picture people I know. Its way more fun.

  19. omg crystal I had to look it up, I just can’t call him anything other then artes, and yes he would have been a perfect zarek, as a matterof fact thats who i see in my head when i’m reading the books, he’s zarekto a T!!!! I had no idea he died, I am so crying right now, Xena and Herk where some of my favorite shows ever, and i absolutelly loved him!

    I’m almost afraid to find out whats happened to the woman who played Aphroditie, who btw is not in enought books!

  20. I think this was a good pairing. Val and Tabitha together makes sense to me. They really are two halves of a whole. Both have been hurt by people that were supposed to love them. I agree that Val can’t be blamed for the things that happened to Kyrian, but sorry i will always pick Zarek over Val he’s just one of my favorites that i can relate too.

  21. In the start of the book, Acheron performs a selfless act for Tabitha’s older sister, Selena. What did he do? And why do you suppose he did that?

    Answer: He bought her her own store for her fortune telling after the city council kicked people out of the square. to keep her from being chained outside all night to a fence as protest.

    Acheron asks Tabitha not to do a certain thing, again. What was it?
    What catastrophe prompts Tabitha’s decision to fight solo? Do you think she is right to think like this?

    Answer: he asks tabitha not to stab any more dark hunters while out on patrol. She lost a few friends in a battle against daimons. im so so about it, on one side yes because then nobody would get killed and on the other side no because nobody is watching her back.

    If you were in Valerius’s shoes, would you accept the dismal treatment the Squires and Hunters dished out as he did? How would you react? Why?

    Answer: nothing you could do against the other dark hunters since you get weakend if your around them but i’d give hell against the squires.

    Do you think it is unfair how the Squire Council and other Dark Hunters treat Valerius because he was a rich Roman general? How shocked were you to discover that Valerius does have some humans loyal to him?

    Answer: yes it was unfair but the past has a way of creating rasism no matter what. one person can say something about another to get others to hate them and it doesnt matter what your side of the story is. I wasnt that shocked to find out that he had humans that were loyal to him i was about it in fact after all the shit people were giving him it was good that he had people loyal to him.

    Every time I read Zarek’s character, I always picture the late Kevin Smith from XENA and HERCULES. Have you ever done that? Pictured a famous actor or model as you read a character in a book?

    answer: yes i have. especially if i think they would be great to play that part if the book is ever made into a movie.

  22. I bought myelsf this book a while back and it has been sitting on my TBR shelf. When my brother came home to visit from Japan for the holidays I figured it would be the prefect gift and maybe get him sucked into the series too! BUTTT I hadn’t finished reading it. LOl so now I have to buy it again.Thanks for the review.. I’ll get my hands on it again soon.

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