Series: Immortals After Dark #14
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Gallery Books on 5 August 2014
Thronos and Lanthe were childhood friends for four sweet months until his father killed her parents and her sister, Sabine, killed his father. That kind of put a damper on their relationship but it was completely destroyed when Lanthe ‘persuaded’ Thronos to jump out a window and not use his wings to protect himself. It was pretty Icarus-like but he survived. He spent the next five hundred years searching for her and finally caught up with her at The Island of Doom (sorry, I couldn’t resist). He has no intention of giving up his prize and she has no intention of remaining with him.
I read this book and thought I had somehow been sucked into an alternate universe as Cole characters did not behave like Cole characters usually do. Thronos got over his anger towards Lanthe fairly quickly and didn’t do anything to punish her, realised that the number of men she had slept with wasn’t the most important thing about her and viewed her as an equal partner. It was a sheer delight to read a Cole book where the hero and the heroine were equally damaged/powerful and one which focused on friendship as well as the spectacular chemistry between them. I’ve gotta say, it was a win all round for me.
Lanthe was surprisingly upbeat given all she had endured and is the perfect antidote for Thronos. She used up so much energy keeping her sister alive that her powers were pretty unreliable, was held captive by her depraved brother for years and Thronos’ people kept trying to hunt her down. Ironically, the more she accepted Thronos’ protection, the stronger and sassier she got. Thronos needed her too as was fairly naive in many ways at the start. His world was literally rocked when he started to discover his people’s true origins and that their behaviour wasn’t always stellar. His realisation and the moments they spent together as teens were both poignant and sweet.
The novel begins, like many do, several centuries in the past but quickly shifts to The Island escape. This pivotal moment in the accession has been at the core of the last four books with Carrow, Regin, Uilleam and Lothaire getting their happily ever afters after enduring a veritable hell and I was interested to see what new twist Cole could bring with Lanthe and Thronos. More of Nix’s role was revealed which was great as, let’s face it, everything Nix does is entertaining. The bit with Furie though was tantalisingly brief and I’m hoping she gets rescued at some point. The pacing was spot on and the changing locations was smart as it gave Thronos and Lanthe a chance to discover different aspects of each other, free of many of the rules that bound Thronos in Boringville aka Skye Hall.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can say without reservation that it is my favourite of the series. Righting the gender balance made all the difference and it was great to see a relationship that was initially based on friendship rather than just lust.