Feb 15, 2011

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Review: Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark-Hunter #6)

Paranormal Romance
December 28 2004
Mass Market Paperback
325 pages
St. Martin’s Press

Yummy Man – Valerius Magnus
Kick Ass Chick – Tabitha Devereaux

From Goodreads
“Hail Glorious Reader:
I was born the noble son of a legendary Roman senator. I walked through the ancient world as a general, admired and supreme until a brutal betrayal caused me to bargain my soul. Now I’m an immortal Dark-Hunter, bound to protect mankind from the evil scourge that haunts it. Over the centuries, I’ve seen many frightening things: plagues, pestilence, disco music…

And now Tabitha Devereaux. A human, she has trained herself to fight vampires every bit as capably as any Dark-Hunter. Idiosyncratic and off-beat, she is my personal bane-and yet she beguiles me. There are only two small problems. She happens to be the twin of my mortal enemy’s wife. More than that, Tabitha and her sister are being stalked by a power that will not rest until everyone she holds dear is dead.

Unlike my Dark-Hunter brethren, I rely on no one but myself. They spurned me and I turned my back on them. But the only way to save Tabitha and her family is to find some way to bridge a two thousand-year-old feud.

They say opposites attract, but can they stay together when even the Fates conspire to keep them apart? Then again, the Fates have never dealt with the likes of Tabitha Devereaux before. They’re going to be in for quite a fight…”


Valerius.  I’ve been hearing mention of this name since book one in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series.  Valerius is portrayed as a heartless and cruel Roman bastard in the earlier books.  He is described that way before we even get to really meet him.  But in Seize the Night, he has a chance to shine.  Since this is his book, he has the opportunity to completely redeem himself.  And he does.  He really does.  By the end of this book, I was totally in love with Valerius.  And Tabitha and Valerius have become my new favorite DH couple.

Valerius is a Roman General.  He is used to being pretty much alone since everyone either misunderstands him or blames him for the actions of his family over two thousand years ago.  (Yes, these Dark-Hunters tend to hold grudges for a long long time)  So being alone means he’s not used to answering to anyone.  He is very particular about what he likes.  Let me put it this way:  He pretty much has a stick up his bum.  All the time.  Oh, and he is Kyrian’s number one enemy, the hero from book one.

Tabitha is a free spirit.  One of 9 sisters, she is used to saying what is on her mind, mostly filter free, in order to have herself be heard.  Tabby is Amanda’s twin sister, the heroine from book one.  You can see how this couple may seemed doomed from the get go.  She is everything Valerius is not and her brother-in-law is Val’s mortal enemy.  But after accidentally stabbing Valerius and bringing her home to tend to him, Tabitha is drawn to him…and him to her.  I love how their relationship plays out.  We have known Tabby since book one and she is a recurring character in some of the previous books.  In other books, she is portrayed almost as flighty and short tempered.  But in reality, she is a caring friend and sister, very compassionate and overall just someone who fights to protect human kind.  There is so much more to her than I first assumed.  And how she brings out just a bit of tenderness from Valerius…it’s perfect.  I really like how Sherrilyn didn’t go overboard with this.  How Tabitha didn’t make Val completely change.  Through the book, she is still she and he is still he…just enhanced.  Brought a little more to life.

Let’s talk about one of my favorite characters in this series, Acheron.  Ash appears in each and every book and in each and every book, he becomes a little more of a mystery.  Well, and get ready for this, in Seize the Night he becomes…even more of a mystery.  You are left thinking “Whoa…blue?…fire spitting?…lightning bolts?…immortal-er?”  I guess we really do have to wait for his book to finally get some answers.  *sigh*

And Nick!  Whoa again!  There is a little side plot that comes pretty much out of nowhere but that you can tell will play a significant role in future installments.  This little development were Nick is concerned makes you think “OMG…Nick?…A what?…And…whoa!”  I can’t wait to see where his new adventure takes him.

I am loving this series.  I mean really really loving it.  (I know I’m one of the last people on the planet to read these…let’s not talk about that.)  I am finding myself being pulled into this fabulous world that Sherrilyn Kenyon has created more and more and although I’ve met many already, I can’t wait to fully get to know the characters in the following books.  And Ash?…  I’m starting to think the ‘mystery of Ash’ will soon be on par with the ‘mystery of Barrons’.  Seize the Night reminded me how much I enjoy everything about these Dark Hunter books…and it has made me want more.  Thank goodness there are still 13 books left for me to read before I’m caught up to the series.  And Sherrilyn is still writing it!  That is an epic win.

5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“Tabitha laughed as she tried to imagine what a “wild” time with Valerius might entail.  It would probably be nothing more miraculous than getting him to wear a pair of tennis shoes and drink out of a paper cup.”
“Tabitha checked her watch.  It was almost ten.  ‘I don’t know about you, but I’m famished.  Want to go grab a bite?’
Valerius gave her an amused stare.  ‘You have to be the only woman alive who would ask a man with fangs that question.’”
“’Could you relax?’  She tugged his coat collar up before she untied and then started mussing his hair.
‘What are you doing?’
‘Trying to make you blend in.  It would certainly help if you didn’t look like you were constipated right now.’
‘I beg your pardon?’”

  1. I’m so glad you’re loving this series – it’s great, isn’t it? I love how she keeps the characters consistent through the books so we know what goes on with each couple after their book is done.

    Ash is definitely drool-worthy, and I do love me some Nick 🙂

  2. LOL I also love this one, where Ash is talking to Val:
    “Relax. You’re in good hands. Tabby wont hurt you.
    “She stabbed me!”
    “Damn! I told her not to stab any more Hunters. I hate it when she does that.”

    hehehe Val and Tabby are one of my fave couples too.

  3. Wtih the exception of Ash’s book, Val’s is probably my favorite. i love the scene where Tabitha makes him “penis” shaped pasta. Priceless!!


  4. Patti – I love how the characters don’t go away. After spending a whole book with them, you want to know how they’re doing!

    Lily – I read that part twice! That whole scene made me laugh.

    Kristin – That was when you knew there was more to Valerius. 🙂

  5. Nice review! Reading it makes me want to go back and re-read this series! Val and Tabitha are among my favorite DH couples too. They are up there with Bride and Vane and Susan and Ravyn from the DH couples. I’m truly going to have to re-read this series…

  6. I would love to continue this series, but it’s so long!!! And I have heard some complaints further into the story

  7. I love this review. One of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s greatest abilities is making a completely seemingly unredeemable character and telling his story in a way that makes you LOVE LOVE LOVE him. I felt she did that with Zarek who was up until this book my favorite, and then again with Valerius who after this book became my favorite — and still is after OF COURSE, Ash.

    She knocked it out of the park with this one – Tabby and Valerius couldn’t be any more opposite and yet more perfect for one another.

  8. I think Tabitha and Val’s story is one of my favorite from this series. They are both so intense. I loved when Tabitha asked Valerius if he wanted to bite her and he said he wanted to devour her. *swoon*

  9. Tasha – Ooo I have yet to hear about Susan and Rayvn. I must see what book they’re in!

    blodeuedd – I’d heard the last two weren’t the strongest, but I hadn’t heard that they were bad…

    Pamela – Zarek’s story and now Valerius’ story are the two books I’ve given 5 stars to! Love them both. And of course, I’m drooling over Ash’s book. 😉

    Sophia – OMG! I love them! Seriously, absolutely love these two!

  10. DarkBloodyVamp says:

    I loved this book because I fell in love with Valerius. I loved how how him and Tabitha worked hard to make it work and realized how much the loved each other. *swoon*

  11. No I’M the last person to read these books 😛 Excited for this one (since I just finished #1 and Tabby was a big part of that)

  12. DarkBloodyVamp – *swoon*

    Jessica – I really think this will be your fave too (of the ones I’ve read). Tabby is a ‘you’ heroine. And Valerius just makes me giggle.

  13. Never fear Julie, you are not the last person who has ever read this series since I haven’t! 🙂 It sounds like a great series and I’m happy to hear that with 13 more books to go you are very happy about it and can’t wait to read the other 13. Looks like another series I need to check out!

  14. Deanna – It’s unique and very entertaining!

  15. Great books! I can’t wait for Crescendo and Alpha, I’m dying for both of them! Unearthly looks really good as well, I have that one on my list. And of cousre, I adore the Dark Hunter series:) Enjoy!

  16. Much happiness!! Shaun T. You are my freaking Rock star fitness HERO !! and your side kick is pretty stinkin cute too!! Congrats and big sloppy kisses hahaaaaaaa!!!

  17. ABG, I don’t know what to say really. I guess you can be cool with anyone as long as you all have things in common and that it’s nothing else going on like you mentioned. I’ve had my share of stud and femme friends, and each has pros and cons. It’s really who the person is. And I don’t like using the stud an femme terms either, just used them for the sake of the post.

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