Dark Skye by Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark #14)

Dark Skye by Kresley ColeAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Gallery

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

ETERNAL OBSESSION

As a boy, Thronos, prince 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.

ENDLESS YEARNING

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?

Coming off a really long, drawn out, never ending, reading slump Dark Skye appeared daunting. I’ve only read a few books in this series and I feared that this wouldn’t make much sense to me with such a huge back story. Immortals After Dark has rabid fans that rival only those of JR Ward and her vamp series. What if I didn’t like this? What if I didn’t even understand the world? Luckily Kresley Cole is supremely good at her job and I LOVED Dark Skye! I mean I loved it so much that when I got to the end and I closed the book, I just sat there in silence for a good 5 minutes petting the cover.

I could attempt to tell you about the story arc, but let’s face it, if you’re a follower of the series I’m betting you know all the past books and where it was going so this review will be based solely on Thronos and Lanthe’s story. Thronos has been following his mate for years, biding his time till he can finally make her his. He wants revenge for her role in his twisted and scarred body and if taking her against her will and using her as a pawn in a much greater game is what he has to do, he’ll gladly do it.

Lanthe hates Thrones for the role he played in the deaths of her parents when they were children. She’s run from him and his kind for years. Yet now they are forced to work together while stuck in a hell dimension while on a quest. Even if Thronos doesn’t know of the pain his kind has inflicted on her over the years there’s still no love lost between the two of them. Yet as they cross the hell dimension together and fight side by side old feelings reignite and thoughts quickly get muddled.

When Thronos finds out about Lathe’s past he finds himself at odds with his emotions. His brother, the king, seems to have been keeping secrets which Thronos doesn’t want to believe. Can he get passed his bitter resentment in order to be the man that Lanthe always told him he could be?

Dark Skye is simply epic. The sexual tension between Thronos and Lanthe is magical and so well done that I didn’t even mind the lack of sex. Both Thronos and Lanthe are such strong characters on their own that together they seemed unstoppable. As they travel further into the dimension and encounter dangerous creatures the battle scenes highlight their vulnerability and strengths. Thronos craves Lanthe yet has no idea how to relate to her at first since they are both so different than they were as children. He marvels at her ability to take care of herself just as she marvels his ability to make her feel things for someone she should hate. His unwillingness to acknowledge his ever changing emotions nearly costs him what he wants most…Love.

I will admit that there is a shit ton of slut shaming from Thronos since Lanthe is not a virgin. Mostly I think it boils down to jealousy since his kind can only have sex with their mates and she has no such restrictions. He’s been shut down by Lanthe for a LONG time and so…..well, he’s less than pleased she’s been with other men. His attitude is horrendous throughout the half half the book until he realizes the error of his ways. One of the things I love about a hero is when they can be complete tool bags in the beginning but slowly evolve into a better man…a better person. It makes the fall so much greater.

I adore heroes and heroines who start out hating each other. I can’t say enough times how awesome this book is. Amazing. Enthralling. Wicked. Kresley Cole just knows how to do it!

I give Dark Sky by Kresley Cole 5 stars!

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