PJV Quickie: I’ve always had a preference for Lanthe, especially over her sister Sabine, so reading her story was exciting to begin with. But, then to experience the sheer hell that Kresley Cole put the two characters through, just so they could find a romantic conclusion, was anxiety inducing. Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series is one of the TOP paranormal romance series currently being written. You can’t go wrong with her larger-than-life immortals and the robust world that Cole has created around their coupling. Epic.
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Dark Skye by Kresley ColePublished by Gallery Books on 2014-08-05
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Also by this author: Deep Kiss of Winter, Poison Princess, Shadow's Claim
As a boy, Thronos, Lord of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body - and left an even deeper impression on his soul.
Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.
Can the heat of desire burn brighter than vengeance?
With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?
Review: The world of the Immortals After Dark is still progressing, most likely into full blown war as the two factions of both good and evil amass their leaders, the good of course, being pushed together by Nix. Lanthe and Thronos are the next couple that Nix sets her sites on mating and the whole time Cole has you wondering, how in the hell is this couple going to come together? Thronos and Lanthe actually met before they were immortals and through a series of bad events, Lanthe tried to kill Thronos, locking Thronos into a broken immortal body that only had one goal, to hunt down his mate and maybe torture her for a little bit before he claimed her. Ah the romance.
In this installment of the series they have some great visuals, scenes that have only been hinted at in prior novels. You get to experience Sky Hall and get a deeper look at the hellish island of captivity, where most of the immortals were imprisoned by the humans. You also are taken to some crazy Hell dimension, where Cole went a little over-the-top with her demons and dragons. There is also a great little gem of a scene with Nix, petitioning to be a goddess. As usual it was packed full of dry, sarcastic humor, crazy violent scenes and super sexy-times. Cole was perfect, as usual. This series just keeps getting better! Which is a big, big deal, since I find that series have a tendency to either start degrading or being carbon-copies of each other with just new character names. There is a reason that Kresley Cole is one of my favorite authors, in both her Paranormal Romance series and her Young Adult series….and it’s because she knows how to write a damn good novel.
Recommendations: While you can grab an IAD (Immortals After Dark) novel at any point and just love on the current couple, without being too out of sorts to not enjoy it, I do recommend reading at least a few of the series before grabbing DARK SKYE. Just for the simple fact that you’ll learn to love on some of the other characters that play integral roles in the overall plot of the series arc. Because of the sexy-time, the violence and some choice language this is an adult novel, intended for mature audiences. Rated R.