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?
“Dying’s easy. It’s living that’s hard.”
Dance with the Devil is a perfect romance, the beautiful love story of Zarek of Moesia and Astrid, a Justice Nymph.
Certainly, it’s not simply a romance: there is an incredible plot and fast-paced action, suffering and dread, twists and turns, revealed secrets, humor, fascinating secondary characters, and one of the most heartbreaking background story ever.
But the main attraction of the novel is the story of the two of them, the development of the love and relationship of Astrid and Zarek. Their every thought and emotions are meticulously captured and conveyed.
Zarek is tired of pain; he is unimaginably lonely, mad and angry at everyone, especially himself. He is full of hatred and rage, has lost faith in goodness, and is incapable of trust. He is totally broken, but at the same time, unexpectedly vulnerable, kind and gentle, with poetic and artistic skills. He is generous, merciful, and tender.
His personality is complex, and brilliantly layered. While there are many attributes to describe his character, there are no words for the cruelty of his past.
It was not my first read of the novel, and not the last either. Dance with the Devil will always remain one of my all-time favorites.
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