What do you get when you mix a snobby, arrogant, vampass, with a hillbilly Appalachian who aspires to work at Kmart?
Lothaire, the Enemy of Old, and...What do you get when you mix a snobby, arrogant, vampass, with a hillbilly Appalachian who aspires to work at Kmart?
Lothaire, the Enemy of Old, and... Ellie Peirce.
My feelings are mixed about this installment from Kresley Cole. I give Kresley Cole credit. She doesn’t hold back, she doesn’t throw punches, she slams you in the face, kicks you in the ribs, then spits on you. ( I mean that in the nicest way) The IAD world is merciliess and bloody. Violet and cruel. She doesn’t reign it in, she lets the shit fly. Lothaire is a blooded male vampire. Do you think he stopped killing? Do you think he became unselfish? Do you think he was going to let some ‘mortal’ sway him from his endgame? Think. Again.
What I liked:
1) World-building. K. Cole has a phenomenal ability to immerse her readers in her fictional world. I admit to being in awe.
2) Lothaire remains Lothaire. He doesn't turn into a white-knight romance hero. (Also a negative for me, see below) He doesn't turn into a shell of himself. He doesn't instantly change who he is.
3) Ellie. I loved her tenacity, her cunning and spunk. She had spine in spades, and I enjoyed her trying to outwit Lothaire. I loathed Saroya.
4) Secondary characters. I loved seeing them, and hearing about what they were up too.
5) Lothaires backstory, and Ellie's family.
What didn't work for me:
1) The romance. Sorry >.< I love Lothaire as a character, I really do. He is crafty, cagey and cunning. He is ruthless and lethal. He cares only for his endgame, and himself. He is the bad guy you love to hate.
2) Lothaire's treatment of Ellie, and Ellie accepting it. There were a dozen or more times I cringed at Lothaire's callous disregard for Ellie, then his confusion on why she hated him. I'm not a fan of the kidnapping and dependency plot-lines. They don't ring true for me. I have a hard time understanding when the hero/heroine 'fall in love' when one has complete power over the others life. Literally. I think too much emphasis is on the 'fated mate' to pull the reader through, because 'thats' the reason the female allows the treatment, and loves the 'hero' despite his abhorrent behavior.
3) How easy the thing that happens to Ellie happens, even though she didn't want it. And how quickly she just lets it go. Lothaire was an asshole.
4) I wanted more about Saroya. For someone who was supposed to be an integral part of Lothaire, she was absent a lot. (I'm glad she was, but at the same time, I would have liked more back-story on her.(view spoiler)[ Why she was in Ellie, etc) Also, she was dealt with too quickly. Yes, yes, I want my cake and to eat it too. lol (hide spoiler)]
I also wanted the White Queen to end up with the Black King, but I enjoyed Lothaire and Ellie together. I really want Phenix to find her mate. I do wonder if... is someone in Dacian Castle? Just a feeling...
I would also like to see Fury finally rescued. Please?
Overall, I love Lothaire, and I loved Ellie. I love K.Cole and this world.