It’s been forever since I’ve reviewed a book and I’m totally out of practice. In fact, I’m out of practice with everything in the book world. I honestly don’t even know what’s hot these days. However, I have a feeling things are going to change.
First with the update. Long story short: Back in 2013, I fell into some troubled times. I went out and got a job I absolutely hated, which drained. me to the point I no longer felt motivated to read or write. I honestly thought I’d never find the passion again. I wanted to want to read, but just could seem to pick up a book and get started. Writing… well, that was out of the question.
This year, I enrolled in an Advanced Creative Writing class to try to force some motivation back into me. So far, I’ve hated it.
On Tuesday, something changed. I went to the library to take a proctored Calculus test (one of the other classes I’m enrolled in). While I waited for the librarian to get me set up, I browsed Kresley Cole books and found the next unread book in the Immortals After Dark series. I figured I’d check it out and try to read it before it was due again. I even got in a few enjoyable pages before my exam started. By the way, I rocked that Calculus exam (100%). Right now, my B is so high, if we ended the course today, it’d round up to 90%. I might actually pull an A out of this course.
Now for my review, which was a turning point in my life. First the blurb:
As a boy, Thronos, prince 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.
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?
Dark Skye drew me in right from the start. I had some downtime before my exam and a terrifying hiccup during the exam (exam closed before my time was up) that gave me time to read a bit of this book while I waited. For the first time in I don’t know when, I actually didn’t want to put a book down. In fact, I didn’t. I devoured this book in less than 24 hours.
Unfortunately, I didn’t expect to review this book and didn’t take any notes. Alas, I’ll just tell you the feelings I had about the characters and the story.
Lanthe, our heroine. She was actually a pitiful one. The motto for her life was, Murphy’s law: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Interesting, despite the writing showing she was an utter klutz at everything she attempted, I really didn’t get that impression of her. I think she stumbled her way through life fairly well. Most of her Murphy’s law incidents happened prior to the start of this story line.
Thronos is our hero of the story. He’s a goodie goodie, all righteous and shit. Honestly, his righteousness made him pitiful. What I loved about him is his brokenness… not spiritual or mental brokenness, but physical. Despite his injuries, he pushed through and I have to admit, that was so sexy. I can’t help but root for the underdog or someone who pushes through their challenges.
Storyline. I read back through my review of MacRieve. One of the complaints I had is the story didn’t move forward. This story picked up where the characters escape from Torture Island. To be honest, it didn’t really move the overall plot along either. However, I’ve been out of the reading realm for so long, I didn’t mind at all.
What I did like is it gave a nice introduction to some dimensions. I don’t remember if that was big in Kresley Cole’s previous books. We really did some traveling this time around. One dimensions, which I know we’ll see more of (I’ve already read the next couple of books) is Pandemonia.
I have a feeling I’m being generous, since I’m new to reading again. I’ve been pretty harsh in the past with my ratings. This was such a pivotal book to me, that I’m giving it 5/5 stars.