Book Review: Dark Skye by Kresley Cole

Reviewed by Heather C

ETitle:  Dark Skye
Author: Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #15
Hero/Heroine: Thronos/Lanthe
Genre: M/F Paranormal Romance
Length: 384 Pages
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and Kobo
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: 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?

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Review:

I’ve been looking forward to this latest installment in the Immortals After Dark series, but honestly, after skimming the blurb, I had no idea who Lanthe and Thronos were!!!  So I read up on them to refresh my memory on Wicked Scribes Blog and I still couldn’t place either of them in the series.  But when I saw that Lanthe was the sister of the sorceress Sabine, my excitement dimmed quite a bit:  I strongly dislike Sabine…okay, I HATE Sabine and Kiss of the Demon King is my least favorite book in the entire series.  But I dove in anyway because I remain faithful to this series.

This book was NUTS and CRAZINESS and mostly a lot of FUN, as can normally be expected from any Immortals After Dark book.  But one thing that is really annoying me with this series is since every book seems to be happening at the same time, at least portions of the books anyway, it doesn’t feel like anything is ever happening to progress the series along.  Dark Skye forks off from a scene that occurs during Demon from the Dark and probably ends somewhere after Shadow’s Claim…I think.  So a bunch of stuff has happened in other books since we last saw Thronos and Lanthe, but very little of it is important to their story.

For 500 years, Vrekener Thronos Talos, Prince of the Skye, has been chasing after his fated mate and sorceress Melanthe, Queen of Persuasion.  He finally has her within reach again on the Order’s island (Yes, this book goes back to the island…will the Lore ever get away from that place?)  Lanthe did a very vicious thing to Thronos when they were only children that causes him endless pain…and she is absolutely terrified of Vrekeners.  This Vrekener wants to take away her powers and confine her to the Skye to live as his docile and wholesome wife for eternity.  Lanthe won’t go down without a fight.  But first they have to escape the island…and wherever else they may end up…

I liked that this book was enemies to lovers; one of my favorite tropes.  Seriously, both Lanthe and Thronos said and did horrible and unforgivable things to each other.  They both had such a long way to go to redeem themselves that I was very skeptical that it would even be possible.  I didn’t like that their distrust and dislike of each other seemed to go on and on and on and on and on…  But somehow they worked it all out in the end.  More on that later.

I liked the flashbacks into Thronos and Lanthe’s past.  It was really the only way to tell the beginning of their story.  But I didn’t like some of the placements of the flashbacks.  The story would be moving along and crazy things would be happening, and then BAM!  Back to the past.

I liked how about 85-90% of the scenes included both Thronos and Lanthe.  There was lots of time for them to get to “know” each other and fall in love.

I liked the realms they traveled to.  Usually I don’t like books with alternate realms or universes but these places were so vivid and unique that I was looking forward to the next portal just to see where they would end up.  Of course, my favorite was Pandemonia…and the secrets it revealed about Vrekeners.  I didn’t like when they trespassed into Sargasoe, kingdom of Nereus, somewhere between 60-70%.  By that point the story had hit a wall and was no longer holding my interest.  I actually put the book down and read something else for a few days before picking it back up.

I liked the sexual tension.  Lanthe was a bit of a ho and Thronos has his twisted morals and is reluctant to commit any “offendments”.  Ha!  Lanthe totally corrupted the poor virgin boy little by little.  I didn’t like the “fake Feverish” sex.  By the time they finally were “together”, I was a bit underwhelmed.

I liked that I now know a little more about Nix’s motives for manipulating so many characters and factions in the Accession.

I still hate Sabine.  I will never not hate Sabine.

I liked how it tied in so many characters there near the end; even the Dacians.  Plus, Lothaire responds.

I LOVED the ending!!!  There was tons of foreshadowing and all the little pieces throughout the story that set that ending in motion, and still I never saw it coming!  Oh man, my heart was broken there for a while and that final scene…Gah!  Best part of the entire book!!

What’s next?  I have no idea.  There wasn’t even a lead in at the end of the book so I’m hoping it will now go back to Kristoff or Munro…or maybe back to Dacia.

Overall Impression: I Liked It

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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