Author: Jeaniene Frost (author website)
Release Date: July 9th 2010 by Avon
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
The Night Huntress books, by fabulous evil-author, Jeaniene Frost, are one of my most favouritist UF/PNR series. So, because I can, every Saturday for the next few weeks, I'm going to dig up reviews of Night Huntress books. I'd love to hear your thoughts on these books. Love them? Hate them? Can't wait for a double dose of Vlad with the Night Prince books next year?
Chicago private investigator Kira Graceling should have just kept on walking. But her sense of duty refused to let her ignore the moans of pain coming from inside a warehouse just before dawn. Suddenly she finds herself in a world she's only imagined in her worst nightmares.
At the center is Mencheres, a breathtaking Master vampire who thought he'd seen it all. Then Kira appears, this fearless, beautiful . . . human who braved death to rescue him. Though he burns for her, keeping Kira in his world means risking her life. Yet sending her away is unthinkable.
But with danger closing in, Mencheres must choose either the woman he craves, or embracing the darkest magic to defeat an enemy bent on his eternal destruction.
Review:Eternal Kiss Of Darkness, or: The Book In which Jeaniene Frost channels Queen of the Damned Era Anne Rice and Breaking Dawn.
This is the second 'Night Huntress World' Novel. Meaning, it's part of the Cat and Bones world, but not a Cat and Bones story. In Eternal Kiss of Darkness we follow Kira--a tough and caring PI with a dark history--as well as an old favourite: dark and mysterious Mencheres. The story is told from each of the two's POV, swapping between the two.
After reading the Night Huntress novels, it is really interesting learning about Mencheres past and history. In the Cat/Bones books, we only see him through Cat's filter, and we know (fairly enough), that this is strongly coloured by her opinions on him. here we see beyond his manoeuvring and quiet composure, to previously unseen raw and vulnerable side.
After 4500 years, recent events are catching up with him. His (seriously evil) wife is finally dead, his line's future is safe under the care of Bones, and he's world weary. Rather than the unflappable demeanour we encounter through his dealings with Cat, we discover a sense of humour and a long and painful history. We also discover details of his relationships with other favourites, such as Vlad and Bones, and the deep bond of affection and love he feels for the latter, despite the hurt the two are holding against each other after recent events.
Kira's an interesting addition to the cast. It would have been easy for Frost to write a Cat 2.0, but the two are different, and I found in Kira a damaged, but likable, character. The attraction Kira and Mencheres have to each other is palpable, and we have a generous helping of the steamy, R-Rated scenes we've come to expect from Jeaniene Frost's novels.
What I found interesting about the book was the history. Cat and Bones aren't old. If the Night Huntress books were told from Bone's POV, we might learn more due to his close bond with Mencheres. But, as it stands, we don't know too much about the vampire race's history, government, legends, etc. The ancient Egyptian mythology, and thousands of years of history and vampire involvement scream 'Queen of the Damned' to me. Mencheres and his family remind me so much of Akasha and Enkil, and the feud between he and his uncle brought up memories of the cast of ancients from the Vampire Chronicles. The corrupt members of their governing group reminds me of the Volturi, and even the 'good guys' involved are terrifying.
Eternal Kiss Of Darkness is a good story, with everything you expect: intrigue, romance, betrayal, etc. There's a lot less action than you'd expect in a Cat and Bones novel, but I enjoyed this. It's a more character driven story, focusing on the relationship between Kira and Mencheres. An interesting and very-readable addition to the Night Huntress group of books, and I don't think fans will be disappointed.
My only really beef is this: Eternal Kiss Of Darkness is set in-between books 4 and 5 of the Night Huntress series, and while the series still makes sense, you may feel like you're missing a few details if you don't read this in order. I'm all for side novels, and I loved it, but still...
Books in This Series:
- Halfway To The Grave
- One Foot In The Grave
- At Grave's End
- Destined For An Early Grave
- First Drop Of Crimson (Night Huntress World #1)
- Eternal Kiss Of Darkness (Night Huntress World #2)
- This Side Of The Grave
- One Grave At A Time (September 2011)
- As yet untitled book 7, expected 2012.
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