Sunday, September 14, 2014

Review: Dark Skye

Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark #14)

by Kresley Cole 


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.
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.
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?
Themes: paranormal, shifters, magick, mythology
Rating: 5 stars
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Wow I am once again completely surprised by the imagination, skill, and sheer balls of Kresley Cole in her writing.  She has taken us back into the twisted and often terrifying world of the Immortals and we never even see where the story might be heading next. The last book in the series was dark and certainly scary, but the story of Lanthe and Thronos is one that will have you laughing, weeping, and your heart pounding the entire time.  There is so much sadness in their past and present, but only as they come to learn the truth about each other and understand their true feelings for one another can they come to believe in their connection and find a way to live a long and happy life together.  While this world is certainly full of darkens and devastation, the love that is obvious between these couples when they finally come together and overcome all the obstacles put in their way is undeniable and perfect beyond words. 
The story begins with Thronos out for vengeance against the woman that has destroyed his life and made him into the monster he currently is, even if that woman happens to be his mate.  He has tracked her for centuries and never been as close to reaching his goal until now.  Though the connection and intense desire for her is always there, the hate and disgust they have both developed, through years of misinformation, false truths, and terrifying misunderstandings, leave Thronos fighting his own desire for his mate. Lanthe similarly has her own beliefs about their past that will never allow her to  embrace her one true mate, though the love they once shared is buried deeply in them both, the love still exists and it hasn’t been killed like they thought. When they finally uncover the truth of their pasts, the full truth, the passion between them and the love that lives still, give them the ultimate chance to have a relationship.  By being together there is every chance they will be able to bring peace into their world and they will be the bridge between two such disparate cultures. 
Thronos and Lanthe are both extremely volatile and often terrifying individuals with some serious hang-ups and false beliefs about their past. Thronos once found the love of his life, in a young girl who should have been his mortal enemy, and he risked it all to be with her.  But when their families get between them, changing their destiny for all time, there is very little of the children that fell into innocent love once upon a time. But even though he became a twisted and scary version of the man he should have grown into, Thronos remains in his own way a deeply sensual man, one that has remained true to the girl he once loved, and that faithfulness and inner beauty makes him an even better male than any other physical sexiness he should have had before his deformity. Lanthe is obviously her own brand of psycho, but the draw to her personality is unique and there is no denying the chance that once Lanthe mellows the world will be no challenge for the two of them against any other danger in the world. Individually I can say that Lanthe often scared me, but when the deep vulnerability she hides comes to the surface, I find myself liking her more, even while I’m amazed that she was so stubborn and careless with her powers as she interacted with Thronos in the past. 
I Loved, loved, loved this story.  One minute I was crying and my heart was breaking, and the next minute I was burning up with the desire between these two unlikely lovers.  While I have never had the imagination to personally pull off such a switch between love and hate, I admire the skill and flare that Kresley Cole has always shown.  It seems that in each new book, she is able to take two mortal enemies, enemies that should never work together, and make them into the ultimate lovers and the love between them is so deep and everlasting that there will never be any denying their destiny as mates.  Thronos is a truly damaged hero, one that has spent his entire life trying to overcome the flaws and fears in his past while maintaining his slippery control and fading sanity.  Lanthe has always regretted the decision she made as a frightened and angry young girl, but that regret has never stopped her from running and she knows in her heart that Thronos will kill her if he ever catches her.  Only when they discover the truth and find a way to overcome their past transgressions can they get beyond their hate to the love that has always fueled their battles deep down.  As the ultimate battle heats up, there is no denying that the hotbed of danger has become deadly for all and with Nix driving the powers that be, there is no way that the war will be won by the dark this time.  But the biggest question is who will find their mate next… and when will Nix get hers!!
*eARC provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided. 

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