Kresley Cole is the Queen of Romance, and she's fast on the path to goddesshood at this rate lol. I was thinking about how long I've been a fan of thiKresley Cole is the Queen of Romance, and she's fast on the path to goddesshood at this rate lol. I was thinking about how long I've been a fan of this series, and of KC's writing in general. I first discovered her back in 2006. If anything, my adoration of KC's work has skyrocketed since then. It's great that there is still an author whose work, despite the years, always improves. My excitement for IAD--years and books later--continues to increase. I hope I never get sick of this series!
DARK SKYE is so heartbreakingly sweet that I feel bereft, now that I've finished it. While I adore all KC books, some are way better than others. I think Thronos/Lanthe's story is pretty high up there, giving Mari/Bowen and Lothaire a run for their money in my heart.
Thronos: he's just this… mix of frustrating and sexy (like most of the IAD heroes, he's a bit older in mentality/behavior--especially in regards to the heroine), but that mix is perfectly balanced with a certain vulnerability. We see it first during the moments where Thronos and Lanthe interact as children. He has this awe and wonder that only continues to grow as DARK SKYE progresses. He's not weak, despite being a nice guy who has feelings he isn't too tough to voice to his lover. I cannot get over him! And the fact that he's a virgin kind of just makes him even MORE of a badass. While he has his hangups (particularly about Lanthe's sexual experiences--which hey, I get), I think it is so refreshing to have a hero, for once, being the one who experiences sex for the first time. He's not some pansy ass for owning up to the fact that he's a virgin… I hate that society dictates that men NEED to be sexually skilled, and that the females should be blushing virgins. Hats off to you, KC, for flipping society's outdated views off!
Lanthe: she's such a sexually knowledgeable and confident heroine, you can't help but adore and respect her. She knows what she likes, and she sets clear boundaries. If anyone--especially Thronos--oversteps their reach, she does not hesitate to voice her displeasure. We've seen that in a lot of heroines in IAD, but I think Lanthe embodies this to her very core. Thronos does not get away with his behavior. Some other heroines in this series, ones who have dealt with behavior that can be deemed a bit more abusive, allow themselves to forgive and forget for the sake of love. And sometimes, that forgiveness came a little too easily. Not Lanthe's.
Chemistry: giggidy giggidy! KC's characters never disappoint with that sexual tension, baby.
Side characters: One thing that I absolutely ADORE is being reintroduced to past couples. I miss that in so many stories, so to see so many characters making guest appearances warms my reader heart. It's like saying hello to an old friend and checking up on them after a long dry spell of not talking. This has always been an IAD strength, and is just another reason why this series is such a freaking hit for me. All the characters are memorable (some more than others), and they all can stand on their own without taking focus away from the main couple. I get the giggles just thinking about it!
Story arc: I absolutely love the politics in this universe. I find it so exciting that there's this massive preparation for war, and how Nix is front and center for said preparation. It really brings everything closer to home, and brings this sense of immediate danger and urgency to each book. What's even more badass is that we see all our favorite characters leading the different kingdoms and races, so you see each of their personalities clashing with others. It's so cool, and I think DARK SKYE brought that coolness to the forefront in this series. You see Lanthe/Thronos interacting with numerous kingdoms, and you see their personal interests clashing, and then meshing, with their allies. Just another addition to add to the complexity of iAD.
So is this book worth reading? Umm, hell freaking yes! It's one of IAD's stronger stories/couples, and is sure to make any reader fall back in love with KC's writing. ...more
Wowza! I've only read a few pieces written by this couple, and the first KD book didn't impress me years ago (pre-blogging days). Thankfully, Karen goWowza! I've only read a few pieces written by this couple, and the first KD book didn't impress me years ago (pre-blogging days). Thankfully, Karen got me a copy of this at BEA, and if I didn't have work this week, I would have binged this book in one night.
Ok so drawback: it was difficult for me to get absorbed right away. Ilona's writing can be dry at times, and the start--while everything was being established--was dry for me.
The good: get ready for some gushing, folks. It's been a while since I've found a book like this by a new-ish author.
Plot. Build up made the story heart-pounding by the end, and intense along the way. You know it's a good story when you're willing to forgo sleep to read a few more pages/chapters---oh no, did I just read another quarter of the book? I have to get up in two hours? Whoops.....
Characters. Some are funny. Some are intense. Some are sexy. Some were meh and not memorable. Grandma was crazy and reminded me of a human version of KC's Nix. I instantly loved her the second her wit and crazy surfaced.
Romance. Not necessarily a pnr like I initially believed. More like a UF with a focus on developing a relationship for later on down the line. There's a steady build up, and it's exciting to witness. I wanted them to give in, but then I didn't. So torn.
The snippet for the second title in this series was ok.... But it didn't make me start freaking out. Maybe if a certain mad man made an appearance....