Guest Review: Lothaire by Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark #12)
Today I am very excited to have Sara (also known as CdnMrs), fellow Canadian and reviewer over at Wicked Little Pixie, here to review Lothaire, the twelfth book in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. I hear this is somewhat of a popular series 😉 You’re up Sara!
I have to say, I was so excited when Julie asked me if I’d be interested in reviewing Lothaire. I’ve been reading Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series over the last couple of years and I’m a huge fan. I may have shrieked like a little girl when the hard cover came in the mail and there was definitely some book stroking and mumbling of, “it’s mine, my all, my preciousssss,” but I’ve gotten past that…mostly.
January 10 2012
Received from publisher
Yummy Man – Lothaire Konstantin Daciano
Kick Ass Chick – Elizabeth “Ellie” Pierce
From Goodreads –
ALL FEAR THE ENEMY OF OLD
Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness— until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.
A DEADLY FORCE DWELLS WITHIN HER
Growing up in desperate poverty, Ellie Peirce yearned for a better life, never imagining she’d be convicted of murder—or that an evil immortal would abduct her from death row. But Lothaire is no savior, as he himself plans to sacrifice Ellie in one month’s time. And yet the vampire seems to ache for her touch, showering her with wealth and sexual pleasure. In a bid to save her soul, Ellie surrenders her body to the wicked vampire, while vowing to protect her heart.
CENTURIES OF COLD INDIFFERENCE SHATTERED
Elizabeth tempts Lothaire beyond reason, as only his fated mate could. As the month draws to a close, he must choose between a millennia old blood vendetta and his irresistible prisoner. Will Lothaire succumb to the miseries of his past . . . or risk everything for a future with her?
Have you ever been invested in a series and after purchasing 5, 6, 12 books you come to the realization that all of the plots are the same or maybe that the route the series is taking is predictable?
The beauty of Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark (IAD) series is that this isn’t a problem. Not only does Cole uses different species in her Lore universe (Valkyries, Demons, Witches, Vampires, Ghosts, Berserkers, Lykae, measly humans, etc, etc), but each setting and plot is unique. Of course it is a series so there are events and characters (the Accession, Nix the Ever-Knowing, The Order, etc) that are in each book and become intrinsic to the overall story arc and in each book there is the often ill-timed and near impossible love story of two characters, still Cole manages to keep the series fresh and original.
Lothaire is book 12 in the IAD series and, no surprise, it’s fresh and original. I mean who in there right mind gives the bad guy a story? And, lest you think I’m kidding, Lothaire is bad, Bad, BAD! The Enemy of Old is the most feared Vampire in the Lore and really has no redeeming qualities aside from his smoking hot body. Yes, he had a horrible childhood full of humiliation and betrayal, but lots of people have and they haven’t gone on a millennia long quest of violence and vengeance. He is arrogant beyond belief, maniacally manipulative, and eeeevil (extra e’s were completely necessary). He only thinks of himself and, did I mention he hates humans?
Which brings us to Ellie Pierce.
Ellie Pierce is a scrappy, go getter from the Appalachians. Once destined to be the first of her kin to graduate college her world was derailed thanks to an unfortunate possession by Saroya, the goddess of vampires, brought to Earth through a curse. Ellie is now a liberated death-row inmate living, against her will, with Lothaire as he tries to dispose of her soul, so that he can be with Saroya who he believes to be his bride.
A match between Saroya and Lothaire would be a match made in heaven…er. hell. They are both evil and manipulative, but is Saroya really what she claims to be and would she be loyal to Lothaire or make him happy? What if Lothaire’s bride, his eternal wife, is Ellie?
This uncertainty by Lothaire as he struggles with both his increasing feelings for Ellie and his growing distrust of Saroya and Ellie’s uncertainty as she comes to care for her captor is what drives this book. Each character is forced to face the fact that their life has been altered by the other and its original course will never be the same. The question of whether or not they will accept these changes effects Lothaire’s conclusion.
Lothaire is heavy in parts as its main characters grapple with life altering decisions and mistakes of the past, but Cole’s wit and fast-paced plot keep the book from dragging or becoming too morose. Her characters come across as authentic and avoid that overly scripted snarkiness that seems to be a trend in the UF/PNR genres.
If you’re a fan of the IAD series you’ll love Lothaire and Ellie’s story and gain some new and surprising insight into Nix and the machinations of The Order. However, if you haven’t read a single IAD book you could easily read Lothaire and not feel lost. Likely what you’ll feel is a burning desire to run out and buy all of the previous 11 IAD books in the series.
Full of action, intrigue, romance and steamy sexytimes, Lothaire is a fantastic addition to Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series and any home library.
Giggle worthy Quotes:
“How do you know it’s not me who’s…blooded you?”
A muscle ticked in his jaw. “Because fate would no slight me so unspeakably. I’d seek a noon-day sun if I were paired with one such as you.”
“Such as me,” She repeated blandly. She’d been mocked too often over her lifetime to take offense. Her skin was as thick as armor.
“Yes, you. An ignorant, mortal Kmart checkout girl.” …
“Kmart? I should’ve been so lucky. Those jobs were hard to come by. I worked at my uncle’s outfitter shop.”
“Then you’re even worse. You’re an outfitter checkout girl with aspirations for Kmart.”
“What is this? Be like you were with me the other times! When you melted for me.”
“That was before I fully understood what a nasty piece of work you are.”
“Because of a few shifter beheadings? Come on, Lizvetta, it’s not like I went around cock-slapping gnomes.”
Books in the Immortals After Dark series –
The Warlord Wants Forever
A Hunger Like No Other
No Rest for the Wicked
Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night
Dark Needs at Night’s Edge
Dark Desires After Dusk
Kiss of a Demon King
Deep Kiss of Winter
Pleasure of a Dark Prince
Demon From the Dark
Dreams of a Dark Warrior