Friday, December 17, 2010
At any rate, I was intrigued by the first book in this series, A Hunger Like No Other, mainly because of the fascinating - and whimsical - portrayal of the Valkyries, a motley group of warrior women who fight supernatural villains and often wreak madcap havoc along the way. This series follows the trend of focusing on a different character in the same fictional world with each book, and this one features a half-Valkyrie, half-Fury known as Kaderin the Cold Hearted, who centuries earlier lost her beloved sisters to a ruthless vampire. When she meets the vampire Sebastian, instead of dispatching him without a moment's reflection, she finds herself unaccountably attracted to him. Such feelings are understandably taboo in her world, but Sebastian immediately realizes that she is the one woman destined to be with him.
Kaderin, being cold hearted, dismisses her unaccountable lust for the vampire (as much as she can, at any rate), as she has more important issues at hand - it is a supernatural scavenger hunt, a sort of magnificent race, and the prize is the most desirable, crucial prize that has ever been offered. When Sebastian shows up, determined to woo Kaderin, or protect her, or get her to notice him, the hunt changes in a way Kaderin is ill-equipped to deal with. What results is a screwball romantic comedy with supernatural elements, twists and turns, action and adventure - all in all, a thoroughly enjoyable ride.
Books in the Immortals after Dark series:
1. A Hunger Like No Other
2. No Rest for the Wicked
3. Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night
4. Dark Needs at Night's Edge
5. Dark Desires After Dusk
6. Kiss of a Demon King
7. Pleasure of a Dark Prince
8. Demon from the Dark
No Rest for the Wicked (#2 in the Immortals After Dark series) by Kresley Cole (Pocket Star Books, 2006)
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Obsessed!: "No Rest for the Wicked (and what an appropriate title :o) is a little slower and somewhat less steamy than A Hunger Like No Other, but still worth reading."
Tynga's Reviews: "Romantic, powerful and sensual, this series will sweep you off your feet for a paranormal ride, mature eyes only!"