This author creates an entire world around her characters. Mythical Valkyries, Vampires, Demons and Witches along with many other factions, traipse around the globe and even other planes of existence all part of the “Lore”. Kresley’s books are pure candy for the brain and no sooner do I finish one, I find myself already craving another.
The first book I read, “Kiss of a Demon King” quickly pulled me in. I found myself lost amid a story of a Sorceress named Sabine. She possessed the power of Illusions and was considered a Queen. To be a Queen and a sorceress meant she could wield her power with more skill and force than any other. She could wrap her illusion around another being and make them see whatever she wished…. either their greatest desire or their greatest fear would materialize before them and would be as real to them as the air they breathed. A rather handy skill to have and one I wouldn’t mind wielding myself on occasion.
Sabine was several centuries old and considered to be evil. However, after reading a bit, you find that she is only what the world had made her. Perhaps a bit calloused in certain areas but as you get to know her character you see that it is merely a façade. She has lived long enough to have become jaded, has had many other creatures in the lore attempt to kill her and many actually would have succeeded had she not had a beloved sister who possessed the power of persuasion. Her sister, Melanthe was determined not to lose her older sister, so throughout their dangerous childhood, whenever attacked and Sabine’s life appeared at an end, Melanthe simply persuaded Sabine to live, despite being drowned, stabbed and buried alive with a broken neck. Each time Sabine would rise again from her death bed at the insistence of her younger sister, Melanthe’s powerful persuasion. Throughout the book, you see what a truly horrific nightmare the girl’s endured.
Of course, all of this “getting to know Sabine” happens gradually, while the hero begins to get to know her also. He is a Demon King named Rydstrom Woed. At the beginning of the book, he is captured by Sabine and locked into a dungeon. You see, demons in this lore, have “fated mates” and as it turns out…Sabine is Rystrom’s fated mate and she knows it. A soothsayer spilled the beans and also mentioned that her and his offspring would be a key to great power. So, at the insistence of her older and crazed brother, who was holding her prisoner, she was to entice Rystrom by any means necessary to bring about this great power….
Interested yet? I was entranced!