Friday, May 8, 2015

No Rest For The Wicked and The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole

  • Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
  • Series : Immortals After Dark #1 and #3 
  • Publisher: Pocket Star Books
  • Pages: 322

I've been super wary of paranormal romance. I'd been buffeting different paranormal romance novels and they just weren't working for me. I tried Nalini Signh's Archangel series and a few Harlequin paranormals but couldn't see the them through

Then I remembered two years ago I listened to and really liked Krelsey Cole's debut YA novel Poison Princess and decided to check out her long running Immortals After Dark series.  I started by reading the intro novella The Warlord Wants Forever and was just not feeling it. I didn't like the mate-bonding trope, the mythology and the terms were really confusing and the snarky sassy female character seemed obnoxious.

The Warlord Want Forever was about  Myst who is a  Valkyrie,  A  race of  thousand year old female half gods that hunt natural born vampires. Myst mate bonds with a Forebearer named Nikolai, a human turned vampire, and becomes his bride. I found Myst  to be annoying and childish and the hero , Nikolai Worth, to be way to grabby and blurring the lines of consent . I thought I was done with this series.

But. . . The synopsis for the third book , No Rest For The Wicked,  intrigued me( I skipped the second book, I'm not a werewolf person) and wow am I glad I gave it a second chance.

What's odd is this book has very similar plot points as the novella, but it just worked better here.  Sebastian (Nikolai's Brother ) was turned into a vampire, ashamed by his new form he has isolated himself in his family home for 300 years. That is until a Valkyrie, Kaderin, who has been cursed not to feel  is sent to kill  him.  Instead she discovers she is his bride and he has the ability to make her feel again.

Kaderin bolts upon this realization. She has better things to do and doesn't need the distraction. Every 250  years she competes in the Talisman Hei, an Amazing Race style  race held by a goddess, this year the prize is a key that can send the user back in time. Something she desperately needs to  fix a terrible incident from the past

Yes, it's a supernatural Amazing Race I was totally in.

Sebastian isn't letting go that quickly, he is determined to fix himself up and learn more about what life as an immortal is like. I liked that Sebasitan is smart and resourceful. He also makes the point of wanting to earn Kaderin's respect and attention by helping her on the race. 

What I liked about  Kaderin is her commitment winning the Talisman's Hie (for the fifth time) . She let's her snarkiness out in little burst so it came off as less obnoxious as Myst.  While she is usually out during her own thing , she does let herself rely on her  half-sisters when she needs advice.

The plot was filled with so much tension and slap-slap-kiss-kiss. As reader you are rooting for Kaderin in to win the race as well as for the romance. I also like how Kadrein and Sebastian are both self aware of the mate bonding  and understand the line between lust and love. 

The last few chapters are intense but I won't pretend like it didn't confuse me. The book's ending is also a little open ended so I hope Kaderin and Sebastian will show up in another book.

Like I said earlier, the mythology and glossary for this world was hard for me to keep track of, but  in this book  Sebastian is new to the immortal world, so he serves as a great reader-avatar and that helped me get an understanding

 I was a little kerffufled when Myst and Nikolai from the first book showed up, they just aren't my favorite couple.

With a large series like this there a some wink wink  nudge nudge at the other books and I know I want to read Reign's book, so I will dive in and out of this series. Also  the 16th book will be about the missing  Valkyire's Queen who has quite the back-story, so I may have to read all the books to catch up  !


Yes, I know the covers have changed... I don't like the new covers.

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