A mythic warrior who’ll stop at nothing to possess her…
After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.
A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy…
Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents—until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae—and their notorious dark desires—ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.
An all-consuming desire…
Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?
“Vampires, Valkyrie, and Lykae, oh my.
Or as Regin calls it—the ‘fucking monster mash.’
A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole is the first book of the Immortals After Dark series.
I found myself in deep water: first I was confused by the many different creatures, their characterization and history. The story is fast-paced, and Kresley Cole’s wicked humor made me devoted to the series. So far, it was the most comical father-murder I’ve ever read. I was especially delighted at the appearance of Nïx, my most favorite character ever.
I really love this unique and complex world that Cole created. How she keeps the multiple story lines in hand is really fascinating.
Lachlain and Emma are bonded together by blood, fate and instincts.
“He would use this against her, he thought hazily. If his blood on her tongue made her lose control like this, he would force her to drink him until she surrendered everything…
Force a vampire to drink him… what was happening to him?”
And there comes a time when he finds it extremely pleasurable.
He is possessive and arrogant, but sometimes has really tender moments.
When he watched her sleeping, he often thought, My heart lies vulnerable outside my chest.
Lachlain’s desire for Emma is so strong that it helps him to stay sane after being tortured for 150 years. The beauty calms the beast.
“She calms me, and my thoughts are so focused on her, I’ve little time to think of the past.”
There is a beast not only in Lachlain, but in Emma as well. Her real strength breaks surface by drinking from Lachlain. His blood, memories, instincts are catalysts for her alteration.
The gentle, fearful Emma becomes a strong, confident, wily warrior.
I enjoyed the development of the main characters. But I felt their chemistry a little bit forced and Lachlain’s obsession about the mate thing exaggerated. I understand that it is very important, and he had waited for so long, but it made him too feral.
I also understand that Emma’s sexual desires are revealed by drinking right now, but it is pretty unlikely to live without sex for so many years. Her shyness is exaggerated too.
About the setting
The story starts in Paris, from where the couple immediately leaves to the Highlands of Scotland, to the ancient castle of Lachlain, Kinevane.
“For now, let me show you Kinevane.” He rose to cross to the thick curtains, opening them wide, then returned for her. Though she stiffened and leaned away, he lifted her into his arms, carrying her across the spacious room to the balcony. “You’ll be surprised to know that it’s still mine. No Wal-Mart.”
Outside she saw the moon rising over a stately castle, lighting its ancient bricks and magnificent lawns. A fog was rolling in and carried a hint of brine.
He appeared proud, as he should with a place like this. Amidst the stone frontage of the castle were stunning herringbone formations of brick that framed the windows and matched the walks and even the back of the huge fireplace in this bedroom. The gardens were immaculate, and if the rest of the castle was decorated as sumptuously as his bedroom, then this Kinevane was a testament to luxury. Her Valkyrie sensibilities couldn’t help but appreciate it.
You get a peek at the creepy and astonishing Val Hall in New Orleans, the home of the extravagant Valkyrie.
“I’ve come for Emma,” Lachlain bellowed, standing in the shadow of Emma’s home, Val Hall, which looked to be the face of hell. Though the fog was cloying, lightning fired all around, sometimes corralled by the many copper rods planted all along the roof and the grounds, sometimes by the scorched oaks crowding the yard. Annika stepped out onto the porch, looking otherworldly in her rage, her eyes glittering green, then silver, and back. Wraiths flew about her hair, cackling.
At that moment, he couldn’t decide whether this bayou shrine to insanity or Helvita was worse. Nïx waved happily from a window.
I would like to say thanks to Stacia Villota for the picture! (Image source.)
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