A Vampire soldier weary of life . . .My Thoughts: I am completely loving this series. It has seriously awesome titles. Seriously hot Alpha males. Seriously bad ass ladies. And I haven't even touched on the loads of simmering sexual tension which culminates in blistering, sheet-twisting, mind-blowing sex. Can you guys see why I'm liking these books?
Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire -- a nightmare in his mind -- against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live. Until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead.
A Valkyrie assassin dispatched to destroy him . . .
When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow -- accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings -- particularly lust -- emerge multiplied. For the first time, she's unable to complete a kill.
Become competitors in a legendary hunt.
The prize of the month-long contest is powerful enough to change history, and Kaderin will do anything to win it for her sisters. Wanting only to win her, forever, Sebastian competes as well, taking every opportunity -- as they travel to ancient tombs and through catacombs, seeking relics around the world -- to use her new feelings to seduce her. But when forced to choose between the vampire she's falling for and reuniting her family, how can Kaderin live without either?
One of the things that I ended up really digging is that the events in the first three books overlap one another, timeline wise. I always love seeing events from different perspectives- although in this case it wasn't different perspectives so much as Kaderin being told about her Valkyrie sisters' marriages after the fact. Which reminds me of how hurt Kaderin was that she wasn't invited to either wedding. I liked that when she was emotionless the very idea that she was unmoved by life never bothered her, but once she began regaining those emotions she didn't like the distance her emotionless state caused her and her sisters. It wasn't that they didn't accept her, because they definitely did. It was more that her lack of enjoyment in life, her lack of caring made them disinclined to include her in some of the things they did for kicks. I mean, who wants a wet blanket when you're out having fun?
Obviously, I liked Kaderin. I liked that she had to deal with this overload of emotion after so many years without. I loved her with Sebastian. Come to think of it, I just flat-out loved Sebastian. He's tormented by how he was turned against his will. Yet, he hasn't thrown in the towel yet and found a way to end his miserable existence. He's brilliant and once he finds his Bride he has focus for his life. I also thought it was great that he's not a total ladies man. He was a bumbling idiot around women... in an entirely endearing way, mind you. It was sweet and made his just that much sexier.
All in all, it was a fun-filled romp with the sexy supernatural beings of the Lore and a solid entry in the series. I love the intricacies of the world that's been built and the characters that fight and love their way through it. For the record, I liked this one enough that I started the next book before this one got cold.
Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: The Warlord Wants Forever
Book 2: A Hunger Like No Other
More books by Kresley Cole
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