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Lothaire by Kresley Cole
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Jan 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: paranormal-romance
Read in January, 2012

Wow! Amazing 12th book in the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. This author should be really proud of herself that she can keep producing such fresh and stimulating stories. Most other authors tend to go off the rails after book 4 or 5 but KC doesn't seem to have lost sight of the overall arc of the series nor the formula that makes it a winner.

Like many other fans I thought Lothaire might be paired with Nix but instead KC created a human female as his Bride and oh what a cracker she is!! Ellie is a stubborn, fierce, never-say-die hillbilly. Her attitude, youth, and inexperience is a perfect foil for Lothaire's haughty, world-weary and ruthlessly powerful personality. Having her 'possessed' by the evil vampire goddess 'Saroya' was a stroke of genius plot device that gave the story so much drama and suspense.

Lothaire is even more insane in this book than he was when we last saw him in Dreams of a Dark Warrior. He is obsessive and paranoid, convinced that a human Bride is impossible and that it is Saroya that has 'blooded' him. He puts Ellie through HELL! Watching him realise the truth and save the day is just breathtakingly good fun.

The main secondary characters in this story are the 'Hag' (remember her from Rydstrom's book) and Thaddeus (from Dreams of a Dark Warrior) and Nix (who seems to be falling apart). Those crazy Valkyries put in a small appearance as does Mariketa the Awaited (hilarious to hear Bowen howling in the background - Och Bowen, you'll always have my heart!). As usual there are some events at the end of the book that leave you hanging out for the next couple. Who is it going to be?????? My bet is on Kristoff (there's a big revelation about him at the end of this book) and Furie. But new stuff is also revealed about Cara. Some fascinating characters are introduced, the Dacians, Lothaire's family from his mother's side, and there are some obvious future heroes and heroines in that lot too.

This is one of the top PNR series and just keeps getting better.
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