Series: IMMORTALS AFTER DARK
Plot Type: Soul Mate Romance (SMR)
Ratings: Violence—4, Sensuality—4-5, Humor—1-3
Publisher and Titles: Pocket
1 The Warlord Wants Forever (novella introducing the series, 11/2011)(also included in Playing Easy to Get anthology, 2006)(new revision in Blood Red Kiss anthology, 2016)(Click HERE to read my review of this story.)
2 A Hunger Like No Other (Pocket Books, 3/2006)
3 No Rest for the Wicked (Pocket Books, 10/2006)
4 Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night (Pocket Books, 9/2007)
5 Dark Deeds at Night's Edge (Pocket Books, 4/2008)
6 Dark Desires after Dusk (Pocket Books, 5/2008)
7 Kiss of a Demon King (Pocket Books, 1/2009)
8 "Untouchable" (novella in Deep Kiss of Winter—Pocket Books, 10/2009)
9 Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Pocket Books, 2/2010)
10 Demon from the Dark (Pocket Books, 8/2010)
11 Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Pocket Books, 2/2011)
12 Lothaire (Gallery Books, Pocket Books, 1/2012)
13 Shadow's Claim (Pocket Books, 11/2012)
15 Dark Skye (Gallery Books, 8/2014)
16 Sweet Ruin (Gallery Books, 12/2015)
17 "Shadow's Seduction" (e-novella—Valkyrie Books, 2/2017)
18 Wicked Abyss (Gallery Books, 4/2017)
NOVEL 15: Sweet Ruin
An immortal assassin is caught between desire and duty in this sizzling new novel from Kresley Cole’s #1 New York Times bestselling Immortals After Dark series.
Although various groups within the Lore fight each other, they have a common human enemy: the Order. This group, which hides behind science, captures supernaturals, imprisons them, and experiments on them in a variety of horrific ways, including vivisection. The Order's ultimate goal is to rid the world of all supernatural beings. The leader of the Order is Commander Preston Webb.
The series has won two RITA awards for best paranormal romance: A Hunger Like No Other in 2007 and Kiss of a Demon King in 2010.
On Cole's web site, she presents a list of the major characters in the series and a glossary of terms. Cole explains what the Accession is in two places on her web site: in the glossary and on her FAQ page for the series. Cole plans at least four more books for this series.
Here are the names and species of the happy couples in each book:
> Shadow's Claim: Trehan Daciano (Prince of Shadows) & Princess Bettina of Abaddon (half-Sorceress/half-Demon
> MacGrieve: Uileam (Will) MacRieve (Lykae) & Chloe Todd (halfling Succubus)
> Sweet Ruin: Rune Darklight (Dark Fey/Demon halfling) & Josephine Doe (Phantom/Vampire hybrid)
> Shadow's Seduction: Prince Mirceo Daciano (Vamp) & Caspian the Tracker (Demon)
> Wicked Abyss: Sian (Demon Prince of Hells) & his Fey mate
SUMMARIES OF NOVELS 9 - 11
NOVEL 9: Pleasure of a Dark Prince tells the story of Lucia (Valkyrie) and Garreth (Lykae) as they attempt to defeat the evil Cruach, the ancient horned god of human sacrifices and cannibalism, who tricked Lucia into leaving Valhalla. Lucia has defeated Cruach several times, but every 500 years during the Accession, he attempts to escape. Garreth has been chasing after Lucia for years, sure that she is his destined mate, but Lucia believes that if she mates with anyone she will lose her cherished skills as an archer. The action takes place at the mouth of the Amazon River, where the couple works together to defeat Cruach one last time. To read or listen to an excerpt from Pleasures of a Dark Prince, click HERE to go to the novel's Amazon.com page and click on the cover art for print or on the "Listen" icon for audio.
NOVEL 10: Demon from the Dark tells the story of party-girl Carrow Graie (warrior witch) and tormented hero Malkom Slaine (vampire demon, aka venom), and it fits right in with the general structure of the series. This hero and heroine must escape from imprisonment by evil mortal experimenters who want to know the source of their powers. To read or listen to an excerpt from Demon from the Dark, click HERE to go to the novel's Amazon.com page and click on the cover art for print or on the "Listen" icon for audio.
NOVEL 11: Dreams of a Dark Warrior tells the story of Regin the Radiant (fun-loving Valkyrie) and her centuries-old romance with Aidan the Fierce (mortal Berserker warrior). The original Aidan died a thousand years ago, immediately after he and Regin had sex for the very first time. Aiden has been reincarnated four times since then, and during each reincarnation he and Regin always find each other with the exact same results: immediate death for Aiden. Now, the fifth "Aiden" has appeared in the form of Declan Chase, the Magister of an experimental facility run by the Order, a group of supernatural-hating humans.
When he was seventeen, Declan was tortured by some horrible supernaturals who also killed his parents, so now his goal in life is to discover the weaknesses of supernaturals and kill as many as he can. In one of his sweeps through New Orleans, Declan captures Regin and immediately begins to realize that his response to her is different than it has been with other captives. Nevertheless, he tortures her horribly (the violence rating of this book is 5). Events at the lab have the same sequence as in the previous book, which followed Malkolm and Carrow as they escaped. Dreams of a Dark Warrior tells Regin's story as she tries to escape and Declan's story as he tries to come to terms with the fact that he may actually be a supernatural—one of the creatures he hates most in the world. The ending has a few twists, so don't think that you have it figured out until almost the last page. To read or listen to an excerpt from Dreams of a Dark Warrior, click HERE to go to the novel's Amazon.com page and click on the cover art for print or on the "Listen" icon for audio.
NOVEL 12: Lothaire
Lothaire, one of darkest villains of the series, is a Fallen vampire, having taken the blood of both mortals and immortals for centuries. His strategy has been to manipulate an immortal into an impossible position and then appear miraculously to save the day—but only if the immortal will agree to owe Lothaire a favor, any favor that he wants, in exchange for his help. Lothaire keeps a ledger containing the names of all who owe him these debts. At the root of Lothaire's hard-hearted approach to existence is his tragic personal history. Since he was a child, he has lived only for revenge against those who wronged him and his mother centuries ago. Lothaire was a major player in the escape from the island that was described in the previous books.
The book's heroine is Elizabeth (Ellie) Pearce, who grew up in poverty in the Appalachian mountains, where her male relatives all worked in the coal mines. When the spirit of an evil goddess (Saroya) possesses her, she becomes an unwilling and unknowing murderess and winds up on death row. Lothaire rescues Ellie moments before her execution, believing that the goddess within her is his intended vampire Bride (aka soul mate). As the story plays out, Lothaire treats Ellie horribly, with constant emotional and physical abuse. Lothaire and Saroya plan to destroy Ellie's soul so that Saroya will have complete control over Ellie's body—and they aren't shy about reminding Ellie of this. Then they will carry out Lothaire's plans for revenge and eventually become the king and queen of two realms. Needless to say, those plans don't exactly play out as planned.
Of all the books in the series, this is my least favorite. Lothaire is a cruel, calculating, villainous character who shows absolutely no redeeming qualities until the final pages. His treatment of Ellie is vile and despicable, and her love for him is absolutely incomprehensible. He savagely belittles her and her Appalachian roots, threatens to kill her family members, promises to destroy her soul, hurts her during sexual acts, controls every decision about her life, and never apologizes for any of this until almost the last page of the book. Ellie responds at first with rage, but soon she becomes sexually attracted to Lothaire and then falls totally in love with him. She is portrayed as an intelligent woman, but her behavior belies that. The plot line is as action filled as the other books in the series, but this central relationship held so many horrors that I didn't enjoy reading the book. To read or listen to an excerpt from Lothaire, click HERE to go to the novel's Amazon.com page and click on the cover art for print or on the "Listen" icon for audio.
Except for Lothaire, I love this series. It has all of the elements that I look for in a paranormal romance: intricate and compelling plots, a cohesive series story arc, and (usually) a twist at the end. And Nïx is one of my favorite paranormal characters ever. I can't wait to read her story.
NOVEL 14: Shadow's Claim
This one somehow slipped by me, so I'm including the publisher's blurb, but no review. To read or listen to an excerpt from Shadow's Claim, click HERE to go to the novel's Amazon.com page and click on either the cover art for print or the "Listen" icon for audio.
Shadow’s Claim features Prince Trehan, a ruthless master assassin who will do anything to possess Bettina, his beautiful sorceress mate, even compete for her hand in a blood-sport tournament—to the death.
Chloe Todd is not your typical 20-something woman. She is a professional soccer player—the star of her team and a ferocious competitor. Chloe has no idea that her father is involved in the Order. She believes that her dad's name is Dustin Todd and that he is a businessman who travels constantly on business. Just before Dad leaves on yet another business trip, Chloe tells him that she has been feeling strange lately. Oddly, her father just hands her a book about the Lore and goes off to catch his plane—never to return home. Preston Webb is all too aware that the supernaturals are looking for him, and he has gone into hiding. He also now realizes that his daughter isn't as human as he had hoped she was.
The book ends in a double cliffhanger involving the separate stories of Preston Webb and Munro. To read or listen to an excerpt from MacRieve, click HERE to go to the novel's Amazon.com page and click on the cover art for print or the "Listen" icon for audio. One last point: This is my least favorite cover art in the whole series—what's with that single staring eye? Kinda creepy.
NOVEL 14: Dark Skye