If you take a look at this book on Amazon, you will there is quite a mixture of results with the reviews. So, being a huge Kresely Cole fan, I thought not only would I buy it for Kindle, but I would also give you guys my slant on it.
Here is a little bit about the book first from the Amazon site; From the humblest of beginnings a millennia ago, Lothaire the Enemy of Old rose to power, becoming the most feared and evil vampire in the immortal world. Driven by his past, he will not rest until he captures the vampire Horde’s crown for himself. The discovery of his Bride, the female meant only for him, threatens to derail his plot. She is a mere mortal, a glaring vulnerability for a male with so many deadly foes bent on annihilating anything he desires. Yet soon he discovers his Bride’s secret. A magnificent power dwells inside the fragile human, one that will aid his quest. But to possess that power, he will have to destroy her. Will Lothaire succumb to the torments of his past, or seize a future with her. . . ?
Okay, first good point, and a major one I think, is that I loved Elizabeth. So many of the female characters are wonderful in Cole’s books, but they always have the reasoning of being tough, that they are unique, immortal, or otherwise magical in some way. Elizabeth is not like this-Holly Ashwin came close, but still a little of the ‘damsel’ about her. Elizabeth is completely fearless, strong in herself, and downright cool, especially with her little quips and jobes at Lothaire.
I also-and this is a controversial point amongst reviewers-loved Lothaire. Yes, he’s a heartless, cruel, arrogant son-of-a-bitch, but he is so jaw-droppingly hot. And I LOVE that he is actually troubled. Not troubled in the way that previous male characters have been troubled, but seriously, deeply, darkly troubled. I think that Kresely Cole has taken an admirable turn as her books become darker, reminding the reader that you are still reading about creatures who could easily tear you apart with their fangs or claws! It was interesting to see him struggle as he tried to become more….humane? Maybe not the right word. And in the Kindleversion, it explained a littlemore about his past before he became the Enemy of Old, and I would dare a stronger person not to go mad.
The writing was fantastic as usual, and I loved how we learned a little bit more about Hag, and I really hope that she finds her love again! It was a refreshing take on Cole’s usual style of writing.
Also, the line, “…And for the record, Mothman’s a fuckwit.” Loved that.
I understand that Elizabeth was so drawn to Lothaire, and he to she, by some magical unseen force that brings all the immortal couples together, but did she really have to go so easily? I would have liked a little more fight from her over her relationship with Lothaire. After all, I’m not sure how calm I would be around a vampire who had just told me his evil-goddess-girlfriend and himself were going to take over my body and kill, no matter how good his kisses were! I just thought that maybe she should have held out a little more. But, on the other hand, who knows what you might go for if you had been in prison for five years? 🙂
Also, the beginning and middle of the book were brilliant, really drawing me into the story. But towards the end it began to feel a little more rushed, almsot as though something had been forgotten in the storyline. The other thing I hated was that Elizabeth’s family seemed to accept her new ‘condition’ so readily. I understand that they loved her no matter what, but I’m not sure I would just be totally okay with my daughter’s new need to drink blood. Or maybe I’m just not liberal enough?
Overall, I loved this book even more than I loved the first of Kresely Cole’s book, ‘A Hunger Like No Other’, which got me hooked in the first place. I like that she seems to have taken a darker turn with her books, and I love that her male leads don’t all have to be perfect fluffy characters, some of them can be a bit more…evil….but still hot! I can’t wait for the next one, and I hope we find out who Nix will be matched up with, as we race towards the conclusion of these great books.
I give it…….4/5 stars!