(Immortals After Dark Series)
Nikolai Wroth, once a ruthless human warlord in the 1700s and now a general in the rebel vampire army, needs to find his Bride, the one woman who can render him truly alive. As a turned human, he doesn’t enjoy a heartbeat or breaths and is consequently weaker than fully blooded vampires. He wants his Bride for the power she will bring him and can hardly believe it when his heart beats for Myst the Coveted, a mad, fey, mythological creature.
Myst is known throughout the world as the most beautiful Valkyrie, part chillingly fierce warrior, part beguiling seductress who can “make you want her even as she’s killing you.” She has devoted her life to protecting an ancient, powerful jewel and to fighting the vampires, and she now sees a way to torment one—for with Wroth’s heartbeat comes consuming sexual desire that can only be slaked by her.
She eludes him for five years, but he has finally chased her to ground and stolen the jewel which commands her, giving him absolute power over her. While he possesses it, he can make her do anything, and he plans to in order for her to experience first hand the agonizing, unending lust she’d purposely subjected him to for half a decade. Yet when Wroth realizes he wants more from her and frees her, will she come back to him?
The first in Cole's Immortals After Dark series was originally published as one of three novellas in "Playing Easy to Get". It was also available on its own as a special promotional ebook from Simon & Schuster.
I’ll begin the review by saying that this book is the prequel to the highly popular Immortals After Dark Series by Kresley Cole. It is part of an Anthology and you will find this story in the book Playing Easy to Get. There is another book available of The Warlord Wants Forever which includes excerpts on the IAD series. For the sake of understanding the terminology concerning all the different kinds of “creatures” in these books, it is advised that you read the description of these immortals. This is to be found at the end of the A Hunger Like No Other book (which we are reading as the 2nd book) under the title, From The Book of Lore. These “creatures” are ruled by The Lore and they range from Vampires to Lykaes, Furies to Shifters and from the Fey to Valkyries.
In the Warlord Wants Forever, Nikolai Wroth, who was once a ruthless Warlord in the 1700’s and now a General in the Vampire Army, needs to find his bride who is the only woman who can every truly render him alive. As a turned human, Nikolai or “Wroth” doesn’t have the luxury of enjoying the heartbeat of breathing and due to this he is consequently much weaker than the full blooded Vampires. He wants and needs his bride for the power that she can give him and he can hardly believe it when his heart actually beats and yearns for the coveted Fey creature called Myst. She just happens to see Vampires as an arch enemy.
Myst is known throughout the world of the Lore as a true warrior and also as the most beautiful Valkyrie who strikes fear upon the hearts of her enemies. She is in part a fierce and chilling warrior and a seductress. She can also make a man want her even as she’s killing him! Myst has devoted her life to protecting the Valkyrie who she is a part of. The Valkyrie are an ancient and powerful force who find great pleasure in fighting and tormenting Vampires and she now sees a way of tormenting one in particular because with Wroth’s heartbeat there is a consuming desire that only she can slacken. Now don’t forget that Myst is immensely attracted to Wroth and this is a feeling that is mutual. The fact that Valkyries and Vampires do not mix, ever, does not help at all in this situation. Nikolai is quite infuriated that she has managed to elude him for 5 long years but he has finally found her and has stolen the jewel (chain she wears around her waist) that commands her thereby giving him absolute power over her. While he is in possession of this, he can and does make her do anything and he continues to do this in order for her to experience first-hand the agonising torture she herself subjected him to for half a decade! When Wroth falls for her, he soon realises that he wants more from her in the form of a commitment and a loving relationship. If he frees her, will she come back to him by her own free will? Will Myst be able to put a lifetime of teaching behind her and accept her fate as the Vampires bride? Can she truly love him or will she let pride and family ultimately get in the way?
This was a fantastic and very promising debut and paranormal romance from Kresley Cole who wrote Historical romances before the start of the Immortals After Dark series. This book is fully recommended and we give it a promising 4 stars!
Suzanne will review the first 6 books and I will review the next 6 as the 12th book in this series will be available early 2012. Suzanne
RATING: 4 STARS
RATING: 4 STARS