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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.
We all have scars. I’m just lucky that most of mine are on the outside.
We’re all damned in one way or another. But damned is a far cry from dead.
I’m like mold, I usually grow on you very slowly.
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
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
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.