by Kresley Cole
My rating: 5 stars
Series: Immortals After Dark - Book 14
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Print Length: 432 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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
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?
Dark Skye by Kresley Cole
My Rating: 5 Stars
The secret to a series with staying power? Write with the fresh intensity that Kresley Cole uses in every one of her Immortals After Dark tales! Dark Skye has that same fever pitch, the same emotional hooks and the same awe factor of its predecessors, in part, because Ms. Cole is a driving force with a wicked sense of imagination with every stroke of her pen.
Two childhood playmates, their people are bitter enemies, but there is a special bond they share as they play in secret. That bond is stretched to its breaking point when one misunderstanding builds into an anger induced, crippling, near death experience for one of them. As enemies, these two grow up to despise each other, and yet, don’t they say the difference between love and hate is a very fine line?
As adults, what these two put each other through is both heart-breaking and heart-warming as the walls they have built up to protect themselves take a battering the longer they are together.
One of Kresley Cole’s greatest talents is to make her characters come to life, not as mere immortals, but as full-bodied entities, individuals with personality and feelings. She does not make each character a human version of good looking or hot, if a character needs horns, they have them, as is the case for Thronos! It was his personality that made him “classically” handsome, his sense of honor, his pain, his secrets and his knowing that Lanthe was the only female for him. Lanthe was the sparkle, sometimes with a biting edge, a little rough around the edges at times, making their dialogue nothing short of fantastically entertaining. With tons of action, some sizzle and steam and two of the most likeable characters driving this plot, Kresley Cole has done it again!
I received an ARC edition from Gallery Books in exchange for my honest review.