The Warlord Wants Forever
Immortals After Dark #1
By Kresley Cole
Read by: Robert Petkoff
Simon and Schuster/Simon and Schuster Audio
Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
Series: Immortals After Dark, Book 1
I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Nikolai Wroth, a ruthless vampire general, will stop at nothing to find his Bride, the one woman who can “blood” him, making his heart beat and filling him with strength. Coldly interested only in the power his Bride will bring, he can hardly believe when Myst the Coveted awakens him body—and soul.
Famed throughout the world as the most beautiful Valkyrie, Myst has devoted her life to protecting a magical jewel and to fighting the vampires. Wroth provides her with the perfect opportunity to torment her sworn enemy—for with his new heartbeat comes a consuming sexual desire that can only be slaked by her. Denying him, she flees, struggling to forget his searing, possessive kiss.
The Hunt is on…
She eludes him for five years, but he has finally chased her to ground and stolen her enchanted jewel, giving him absolute power over her. Now that she’s his for the taking, he intends to make her experience first-hand the agonizing, unending lust she subjected him to for half a decade. Yet when Nikolai realizes he wants far more than vengeance from Myst and frees her, will she come back to him?
I hardly understood the motivation or world building in this book which I believe is the first book in this series. I know the series is very popular, and perhaps got better in subsequent books.
But if this is the first then it has a mysterious prequel explaining the world building. Other realm? Vampires coming from elsewhere? I didn’t get it – plus I swear I read a story referred to here by the characters.
Besides that, the characters just didn’t ring true for me. At first Mist sounds crazy as a written character – like a party girl. Later she sounds better as a character but the voicing by the narrator is a breathy bimbo voice I hear too often by male narrators.
Wroth’s character is a little better and a lot more complex – honorable, but then not so much.
It’s a complex world that seems to engage in story solely to write hot sex scenes. The result, for me, was not a book that would entice this reader to read on.
IN PRINT Part of BLOOD RED KISS (an anthology) available on AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CO345SI/