Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark) – book review

Dark Skye
by Kresley Cole
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Book #14 in the Immortals After Dark series
Number of Pages:  433
Source:  MCL
Paranormal Romance
Ages 17 and up
CW: drowning, attempted rape, being drugged

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? 

It’s always so satisfying to see the alphas falling hard when they meet their fated mates. What I Find even more satisfying is when one of the mates actively dislikes their fated one. I don’t know what it is, but I love to watch them fall. In the case of Thronos and Lanthe, he has known she was his fated mate since they were children. Their species don’t really like one another so it was a hard pill to swallow, but Thronos was bound and determined that they would change things for their people. Until one terrible day when everything fell apart for both main characters. Terrible things happened to them both that they have, for hundreds of years, blamed the other for.  Lanthe has been running from Thronos ever since that horrific day. But Thronos knows his type, the Vrekeners, cannot live without the one that is fated for them. He chases Lanthe and is determined to wed her and have children with her, even though he now hates her.

There are a lot of bad situations and tense moments this couple goes through in this book. It’s nothing as intense as what we learn about the characters in MacRieve, but that doesn’t mean it’s all rainbows and daisies. These two have done awful things to each other through the years and have never given themselves an opportunity to talk it out. To really learn what happened that day long ago. To figure out what really happened and who was really to blame.

Kresley Cole is a very smart author, so I don’t believe it’s a mistake that the way the Vrekener people think and their customs align with man religions in the real world. I kept thinking poor Thronos was in for some nasty truths once everything was out in the open. On top of that, Thronos was very judgemental of Lanthe and really had some lessons to learn. I absolutely love that Lanthe wouldn’t, and didn’t want to, apologize for her sexual past. She didn’t get embarrassed or shameful when Thronos threw it in her face, she got angry…at him. As it should be. As the story progressed and Thronos worked through his feelings on this, it was so refreshing to watch his change in attitude.

I can’t write this review without mentioning Nuckin’ Futz Nix. That Valkyrie is crazy smart, not just crazy. Her part in the ascension is moving faster and faster each book. She has her finger in everything, let’s just hope she can somehow keep it all straight! When we, and the Lore, finally are able to see everything Nix has done I think it’s going to be staggering.

It’s quite obvious that Lanthe and Thronos will work together beautifully. That their personalities compliment each other and they truly are fated mates. Their chemistry is high voltage and intense, no matter what they’re doing. Things unravel and start to fall apart toward the end of this story. (Not the writing, within the story.) It is heartbreaking and it’s not over yet. This couple found their way through, but there are so many things at play in the Lore.

4 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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