DATE PUBLISHED: 28th November 2003
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?
The fourth instalment in the Dark Hunter world follows Zarek. Zarek has been portrayed in previous books to be a character who is unlikable and at times destructive. It has gotten to the point where Zarek has been exiled to a cold and lonely part of the world and a woman has been sent to judge whether there is anything that can save Zarek or if the Gods should smite him.
These two characters are stuck in a cabin during a freezing snow storm for the duration of the novel. As justice is blind Astrid cannot use her eyesight for the duration of the judgement and this leads to lowly scenes between the two characters. It was extremely interesting seeing a different side of Zarek and his history. Why he is the way he is. Astrid was a shining star in this book. I loved seeing her developing feelings for Zarek as they are stuck in the cabin.
The pace was consistent and the plot continued on with the storyline of the Dark Hunter world. This was a great continuation to the series and shows that there is more to characters than what is first seen on the page.
Keep Calm and Read On,