In this highly anticipated novel in the Immortals After Dark series, #1New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole spins a sultry tale of a mighty warrior scarred inside and out and the beguiling sorceress with the power to heal him – or vanquish him forever.Eternal Obsession 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.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?
I am not going to lie, picking up Dark Skye by Kresley Cole kind of intimidated me….I mean seriously, it is book number 14 of a bestselling series of which I had not read the previous ones, it is in a genre that I don’t normally ever read, it is by an author who I have met and didn’t want to disappoint with a crap review and for the legions of Immortal After Dark fans, I wanted to get it right. But I pushed away my fears, jumped through the portal of my Kindle and landed smack in the middle of one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read.
Dark Skye begins finding Thronos and Lanthe meeting up as children in the meadow while Lanthe is playing and searching for food. They are opposing species, he a Vrekener and she a sorceress but as most children do….they see past their different “races” and forge a friendship, a special bond and a promise of a life one day together. Kresley set the tone for this entire book in these few pages remarkably well. Even though they are just mere children, you get the connection they formed and hope beyond hope that they stay that way.
But hope is a funny thing because it can be shattered by the swipe of a kindle page. Fast forward a few centuries and we find our best friends are no longer. Because of miscommunications and untruths and pride, Thronos has been chasing a very fast Lanthe all over their worlds trying to capture her to make her his prisoner. You see, bad things have happened between the two. Things they blame each other for that over the course of this book you come to find out the truths of. I love how everything they hated each other for, they learned was an inaccuracy. And finding the truth will be the only thing that can lead them back into each other’s hearts.
As Thronos and Lanthe battle for their lives for most of this story, you get to learn how they turned out as adults. Thronos, our Prince of the Skye is one of the more innocent hero’s I have read. Even though he is centuries old, Thronos has the mentality and hormones of a teenage boy, power and strength of man and the conflicted feelings of a lover scorned. He is mated (betrothed) to Lanthe and even as he has hate in his heart for her, he has kept the sacred Vrekener vows to wait for his one and only. Lanthe, our Queen of Persuasion, is a spit fire. Her personality and her quips cracked me up. Her use of pop culture throughout this book had me laughing out loud, yet her behavior towards Thronos had me utterly pissed off. Lanthe brought out some very extreme feelings in me and there were times her behavior of Thronos was just down right cruel. Several of my bouts of tears were shed due to her actions against my Thronos (yes, I am claiming a 7 foot winged and scarred Vrekener as mine), even though I know she did it out of misguided feelings of wrong doing against her, it still hurt my heart to see him in so much pain emotionally and physically.
I am dubbing Kresley the Queen of foreplay, cause man can she write some sexual tension and she can cover all the bases in the sexiest of ways without even sliding into home plate. When Lanthe and Thronos curl up in his wings and talk about their future sex life, you can’t help but get wrapped up in their fantasies. The marking, the scenting, the touching, the licking, the kissing the suckling and the rubbing of horns was off the charts hot. I am telling you the whole Lanthe being the “teacher” and Thronos being the “student” could not have been written more erotically!
As Thronos and Lanthe battle through what I will surmise as hell itself, the walls they put up against each other are chipped away. They learn truths and they rely on each other as their saviors. When Thronos and Lanthe finally put away the past, their love blossoms and you know it will be never ending. In closing, I hope I got their story right, it was one of beauty and innocence and love and tragedy and when Lanthe states, “our story’s pretty epic”…I couldn’t agree more. It took me a few days to really recover from this book, because every time I thought about Thronos and Lanthe, the water works flowed and the ugly crying began all over again. To say I had a book hangover would definitely be an understatement. Take my recommendation from a virgin PNR reader and take the time to read Dark Skye because Kresley Cole’s storytelling is phenomenal. She turned me onto a genre that I didn’t expect to ever venture into. Thank you Kresley, My Skye Prince and his sexy Sorceress Queen will reign in my heart forever.
Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances.A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Her IAD books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.Cole lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals.” You can learn more about Kresley at www.kresleycole.com.