Posted by: Jennifer | September 20, 2008

Seize the Night – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Kenyon, Sherrilyn. Seize the Night. (New York: St. Martins, 2005). ISBN – 9780312992439.

Main Characters: Tabitha Devereaux and Valerius Magnus

Related Works: This is part of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Series. Books in the series include the following:

  • Fantasy Lover – Grace Alexander and Julian of Macedon
  • The Beginning
  • Dragonswan – Channon MacRea and Sebastian
  • Night Pleasures – Kyrian of Thrace and Amanda Devereaux
  • Night Embrace -Talon of the Morrigantes and Sunshine Runningwolf
  • Phantom Lover
  • Dance with the Devil – Zarek of Moesia and Astrid
  • A Dark-Hunter Christmas
  • Kiss of the Night – Wulf Tryggvasen and Cassandra Peters
  • Night Play – Bride McTierney and Vane Kattalakis
  • Winter Born – Dante Pontis and Pandora Kouti (short story in Stroke of Midnight Anthology)
  • Seize the Night – Valerius Magnus and Tabitha Devereaux
  • Sins of the Night – Alexion and Dangereuse St. Richard
  • Second Chances
  • Unleash the Night – Wren Tigerian and Marguerite D’Aubert Goudeau
  • Dark Side of the Moon – Susan Michaels and Ravyn Kontis
  • A Hard-Day’s Night-Searcher – Rafael Santiago and Celena
  • Until Death Do We Part – Esperetta and Velkan
  • Fear the Darkness – short story about Nick Gautier – ebook
  • The Dream Hunter – Arik and Dr. Megeara Kafieri
  • Devil May Cry – Sin and Katra
  • Upon the Midnight Clear – Aidan O’Connor and Leta
  • Dark-Hunter Companion
  • Dream Chaser – Xypher and Simone Dubois
  • Acheron – Acheron and Soteria Kafieri
  • One Silent Night – Strykerius and Zephyra

Description fom book:

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 brethen, 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 Magnus

My Thoughts:

Ok, this is where I finally realized that reading these books out of order is definitely going to cause some serious confusion. To this point, I have read Devil May Cry, Fantasy Lover, Dream Chaser, Acheron and Seize the Night. So, I learned about Katra’s true relationship to Acheron in the first book that I read. I wasn’t really aware that this wasn’t common knowledge until reading the scene in Seize the Nightwhere Katra comes with Simi to save Ash. Then there is Nick. In Acheron, Nick hates Ash despite the fact that they were once best friends. When I started reading Seize the Night, I didn’t even make the connection that Nick the squire was the same Nick. I didn’t really care too much for Nick because of his hatred of Valerius. I understood a bit more when Nick’s mother dies, and he forces Artemis to make him into a Dark-Hunter. It was also difficult to understand why Kyrian is so hostile to Valerius. It would certainly have been helpful to have ready Kyrian’s book first. Anyway, I had many questions – and am thinking that I really should just stop reading this books in random order and start again. We will see if that happens 🙂

Besides the weirdness that comes with reading the books out of order, I was touched by  Valerius. Valerius is a real lone wolf who has known no kindness from anyone. His confusion over the simple kindnesses that Tabitha offers him is quite endearing – and makes up for some of his haughtiness over paper dishes, beer and pizza. I was so glad that Acheron sent him to Tabitha. Acheron is obviously a talented match-maker in addition to him many other talents and duties. 

Things Learned in the Book:

  • Strykerius poisons Acheron with a compound that only works on the gods. He realizes what Acheron truly is.
  • Katra delivers the antidote to the poison to Acheron; they do not meet.
  • Nick meets Simi. They have sex. Acheron had never told Nick about Simi.
  • Nick’s mother dies.
  • Nick calls on Artemis and asks to be made a Dark-Hunter. When Nick kills himself, Artemis does grant him his wish. Artemis gives Nick’s soul to Acheron.
  • Artemis barters with Apollymi to save Acheron’s life. Artemis releases Katra from service to her.
  • Zarek is Valerius’s brother.
  • Tabitha is Amanda Devereaux’s twin sister. Amanda is married to Kyrian. Their story is Night Pleasures.
  • There is something very special about Amanda and Kyrian’s daughter Marissa. Apollymi believes that sacrificing Marissa will “return her son to his real, living state.” (p.272).
  • Acheron gives Kyrian and Amanda immortality. Kyrian had become mortal in Night Pleasures.
  • Acheron gives Tabitha immortality.
  • Zarek returns Valerius’ immortality after Kyrian stakes him and makes him human.

Questions:

  • How did Acheron damn Nick? Was this when he learned about Nick and Simi?

Read first September 17, 2008

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  5. In case you haven’t read it yet…

    Ash is the ‘final fate’ and his word is law. He basically tells nick to kill himself before he (Ash) does it for him. After Nick’s mother dies, Nick shoots himself. Because it’s a suicide, it is not the normal path of a Dark-Hunter.

  6. Thanks the synopsis. While I have now read all of the books in the series, I think you put it very clearly. I can certainly say that this is one series that doesn’t read well out of order. 🙂

  7. Nick becomes damed when Acheron tells him to kill himself before he does it for him setting the fate for Nick. Acherons will is the final fate for all mankind. He set his anger against Nick and in doing so damned Nick to suicide.

  8. Hi can’t tell when you read this but the reason nick was “damned” by Acheron is because of a curse placed on him by his aunt that takes affect on most people when they become sexual and the how has to do with his true identity being the god of final fate (since you read Acheron) his word can affect a persons future. That is why he generally avoids contact with people. That and his extreme fear of ppl.


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