Synopsis: Uilleam MacRieve believed he’d laid to rest the ghosts of his boyhood. But when a brutal torture revives those ancient agonies and destroys his Lykae instinct, the proud Scot craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds her—a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink.
Seized for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. When offered up to creatures of the dark, she fears she won’t last the night. Until she’s claimed by him—a wicked immortal with heartbreaking eyes, whose touch sets her blood on fire.
With enemies circling, MacRieve spirits Chloe away to the isolated Highland keep of his youth. But once he takes her to his bed, his sensual mate becomes something more than human, evoking his savage past and testing his sanity. On the cusp of the full moon, can he conquer his worst nightmare to save Chloe…from himself?
NWW Review: I have one thing to say – Kresley Cole has done it again! I can’t believe that after 12 successful books (14 if you include The Warlord Wants Forever and Shadow’s Claim), another book in her highly-acclaimed Immortals After Dark series is yet another bestseller. In this instalment Cole introduces us to the mysterious Clan Macrieve and its two twin-brothers, Uilleam and Munro. Both brothers had guest appearances in the previous books but now we learn about their mysterious past. The book begins roughly after Uilleam’s escape from the Order’s prison (described in details in Demon from the Dark and Dreams of the Dark Warrior). I should mention that the book can be read on its own as there is enough explanation of what had happened prior to the events described in Macrieve to give the Reader enough information to enjoy the story.
As is typical in all Cole’s books the immortality comes at a great price. An immortal is like a sponge for all the memories, tragedies, losses he or she experiences throughout their long lives. And if a short human life, less than a century long, can be filled with enough heart-breaking, havoc-wreaking experiences to last a couple of life-times, what is to say about an immortal who can potentially live forever? And so it happens that we meet Uilleam, the head of Clan Macrieve, when he is almost ready to end his very long existence in the lava-filled pits of the Fyre Serpent (see No Rest for the Wicked). But then he meets his mate. And as you have probably guessed reading the previous books about the mighty Lykae (A Hunger Like No Other and Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night), his mate is the embodiment of his past agonies, a daughter of the the most hated man in all of the Lore, her very looks reopening the old wounds and bringing back the excruciating past. Macrieve’s suffering is paramount. Yet Kresley Cole describes his pain beautifully, with just the right amount of compassion and love for her hero to allow the Lykae to remain proud and masculine in his suffering. Judging from the Acknowledgements, in her preparations to write Uilleam’s story the Author had consulted child physiologists. As a result we get a solid insight into the post-traumatic stress and how childhood trauma reverberates throughout the entire adult life. Will and Chloe go through hell and back to be together, each fighting their own demons and struggling to change, to accept who they are, to put past to rest and start anew.
It seems as a story ‘as old as time’ and after finishing the book in the wee hours of the morning I have started to wonder what makes Immortals After Dark stand out from other paranormal romance series. Why each instalment of IAD is unique and captivating, when continuations of other series have became more and more disappointing, repetitive and unoriginal (and that includes Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward, New Species by Laurann Dohner and Dark Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon)? Why this particular series, even when read ‘in one go’, is still enjoyable, entertaining and does not force the Reader to flick through pages in exasperation and disappointment over similarities in characters and plots, and copy-and-pasted storylines? I believe that a lot of the success can be accredited to the lengthy research that Kresley Cole went through before A Hunger Like No Other even so the proverbial ‘daylight’ or ‘print light’ as it were. Apparently the author spent over two years researching various mythologies, stories of fantastic beings, tales and fables from around the world to create this rich and diverse world of the Lore. The creatures which the Readers encounter are diverse, multi-dimensional, filled with passions, violence and magic. We have the usual paranormal key players like vampires, werewolves and witches, but Cole puts other creatures in the spotlight as well. In the myriad of the Lore we meet demons and demigods, warlocks and sorcerers, Valkyrie and Berserkers, Nymphs and Ghouls, Incubi and Succubi, Centauri and Minotaurs and many others. By devoting her stories to various creatures, she managed to keep Reader’s attention riveted, willing to even overlook potential weaknesses in the storyline, to learn more about these fantastical, often tormented, beings. You simply cannot help but be overwhelmed and immediately drawn into this magical yet violent and volatile world which formed the basis of Immortals After Dark. I believe that this solid and well-planned background allowed Kresley Cole to produce so many successful stories and gain devoted fans all over the world.
And now my favourite time begins. It is Re-reading All Of The Immortals After Dark Time! Let’s start with The Warlord Wants Forever…