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Deep Kiss of Winter (8) (Immortals After Dark) Mass Market Paperback – December 28, 2010
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Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers Series, and five award-winning historical romances. You can learn more about her and her work at kresleycole.com or facebook.com/KresleyCole
- Publisher : Pocket Books; Reprint edition (December 28, 2010)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1451600054
- ISBN-13 : 978-1451600056
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.1 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #346,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Out of the 17 of her novels that I have devoured so far, this is one of the slightly weaker ones, though still enjoyable.
SPOILER ALERT! If you have not read the book yet, then read no further. It is worth the purchase price, so read it and then come back to my review.
OK, if you're still with me, then there were a few issues that I've had with this installment. One of the aspects of Cole's writing that I most enjoy is that she creates a fantasy world that is still believable. It follows its own natural laws, and she does not usually create paradoxes. For example, her explanation of the Lore is that they evolved in other, harsher dimensions, and find our own world to be absurdly easy to live in. Their adaptations to their own harsh real of origin seem to be super powers to us. Thus, their powers make a sort of sense.
That said, the Ice Fey are said to have evolved from the Feodal (Fey) of Draiksulia, after they arrived in Gaia (Earth). Since they split off and acquired their unique icy physiology after they arrived here, what was the environmental driver? How does it make sense that the Ice Fey would require temperatures so freezing cold that contact with a 98.6 F human skin would cause a blistering third degree burn, and that they would develop this need on Earth? Even penguins who live in the Arctic Circle do not get third degree burns from being touched. And if a mere 98.6 was equivalent to a hot flame to us, then how does Daniela exist in Louisiana, where the ambient temperature was often above 100? I've been to LA, and it's hot and muggy and lush. That would be like her existing in a fire, so why would skin give her a higher burn than the ambient temperature? I'm sorry, but wearing skimpy clothes would not cool her off enough. If 98.6 was an open flame to her, then even 0F would be excruciatingly hot. So in this case, I felt the author got a bit tangled up in the mythology she created.
The Valkyrie do not eat, but the fey do. So...what do they eat underneath their ice dome in the Arctic Circle? There is one single sentence where she said a few plants grew from the ice. Do they produce enough oxygen to fill the dome? Is that what they eat? She usually fleshes out the background quite a bit more, but this one seemed kind of glossed over. And the background is usually so well done that it's a pleasure to immerse yourself in this world.
Also, the entire race of Ice Fey live in one single city underneath a dome? A tiny population of people? That's their "realm?" It's more like just a hidden city than a realm. And it would be doomed to be the most boring place in the world, which Danii herself does comment on. There is literally nothing to do but sit there, in a white on white on white color scheme. Maybe make some ice sculptures, but that's it. They would be literally house bound in a bio dome, because venturing outside would be like traveling into flame. So I suppose it would be like living on Mars eternally, where the entire planet was inhospitable except for one teeny tiny little dome.
My other issue is that the Valkyrie are described as being able to throw trains. Literally. Human beings are laughably no match for their strength. They are the most awesome fighters in small sexy packages. And yet Danii was kidnapped by a mortal Roman emperor, who took her out of a cage and burned her. She is treated like an everyday, weak, girl. Even when she fights the Icere at the beginning, the fight is heard but not seen, and then she is thrown, shot in the chest, and begs for mercy. She seems to be more like Emma, but with no explanation. Overheating doesn't explain it, because she describes herself as being just as good a fighter as her sisters. So how did a human being capture her, hold her, and torture her if she would have been strong enough to rip the bars of her cage apart?
That said, I loved her persistent hope, vulnerability, but ultimately strength of character which meant she didn't tolerate Murdoch's shit. Which is why he respected her. As is often the case in Cole's books, her male lead is such a jack ass in the beginning that most of us are rooting for Danii to get over him and find someone better. But he wins us over in the end.
UNTOUCHABLE by Kresley Cole: This novella is the eighth book in the Immortals After Dark series. Daniela the Ice Maiden is a Valkyrie and the Rightful Queen of the Icere the Fey of the Frozen North. She is a reluctant because the touch of any person other than those from her homeland create terrible pain for both her and the man. Murdoch Wroth is a vampire soldier who was a rake in his human life and is one vampire who doesn't want to find his Bride (the one woman who can make the vampire's heart beat again). Of course, Daniela is Murdoch's Bride and the two begin a contentious difficult on again off again relationship.
I thought this was a great holiday story. It begins at the beginning of the series and then follows the entirety of the series. It ends with the four vampire brothers and their brides. I enjoyed this replay of the series from a different viewpoint. The other part I really enjoyed was the difficult relationship between Daniela and Murdoch because of her touching issues. I liked that the book did not brush that issue aside. These two have a long difficult road to travel for their happiness and I appreciated the complexity and breadth of the story. Rating: 4.25 stars.
TEMPT ME ETERNALLY by Gena Showalter: The story of Aleaha Love a shapeshifter who has taken the identity of Macy Briggs, who is a cop with alien investigations. She ends up going out on a mission for the first time. She encounters Breean Nu, a golden skinned warrior who has come to planet with his men trying to find a new home. When he sees Aleaha, he has an attraction to her and decides that he doesn't want to let her go. He takes her captive.
This was the first thing I have read by Showalter and I thought the story was strange and interesting, but I didn't feel the connection between the characters. I believe the story is part of a series and perhaps it would be better if I had read those books first. I did find the shifting heroine to be intriguing and I wish I knew more about her. Rating: 2 stars.
I'll say this book along with a few others in the Immortals After Dark series strikes me as being almost too confined to the bedroom, but I get it with the characters involved in it. Ha! She writes so well I'm invested and now thinking "Well of course so-and-so would act this way, its just how they are!". I definitely prefer her books with more adventure, action, and excitement in the mix, but the romance is touching, sexy, and makes you root for the couple to the end!
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It felt like the majority of this book was a catch up on how things had gone for the brothers Wroth so far in the series, with a heavy retelling of the other brothers stories and how they met their brides. And while it was nice to see the other stories from a slightly different perspective I felt like maybe Daniela and Murdoch were being left out.
However, there was still plenty of Murdoch and Daniela left to be discovered. Having two characters who want to accept the blooding and bond would be too easy and I did wonder if Cole was taking the easy road until I realised Daniela's parentage meant that she was unable to be touched by anyone who wasnt of her own kind. Ok so if I had read the synopsis (or even paid attention to the title) I would have known this. I think Cole does an amazing job of having both characters attempt to be sexual and intimate with each other without actually touching and I found those scenes to be more erotic and intimate than if they had been able to bed each other in the convential way.
UPDATE: After running out of Cole books to read, I decided to give Gena a second chance. I read the Alien Huntress series without realising that the novella which appears in this anthology is part of the Alien Huntress world too. Now that I've read the others, this story makes much more sense - you MUST read the Alien Huntress series in order (with Maya/Aleaha's story taking place between the third and fourth books) in order to understand and enjoy this novella (and so that you don't spoil the other books as it's part of a continuing story arc). The reference to Cole's world seems a bit forced but it's amusing nevertheless.
Kresely Cole story: I would suggest that you need to have read at least the first 3 or 4 of the Immortals After Dark series and especially the short story in Playing Easy to Get in order to get the most from this story. It can stand alone but I wouldn't personally reccomend that approach. This story is Daniela the Ice Maiden's. She cannot be touched because any heat direct to her skin causes excruciating burns. How then, is she to cope with the fact that she is a vampire's bride; when he must touch her or be in excruciating pain himself? That problem is in addition to the fact that she is also fending off members of her own race who are trying to assassinate her for a crown that she doesn't even want.
This is up to the expected high Kresley Cole standard and fits nicely with her other stories in the series. I really enjoyed it.
Gena Showlater story: I had low low expectations of this but I was surprised! The story is about Breanna who is hiding among special forces, wearing someone else's body and appearance. In an operation gone wrong, she finds herself captive to a group of peaceful aliens trying to resurrect their own race and avoid the disease that decimated them in the first place. How can she go about resisting the infinite charms of the alien leader whilst freeing her associates, keeping her identity hidden and without endangering the peaceable aliens that have captured her? This story had plenty of action and plenty of sizzle too.
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought and I would recommend it to fans of either author because both of the stories are of good quality. It bodes well for a collaboration that seems to be coming up between Cole's Immortals series and Showalter's Underworld series featuring Nix and Torin...
I do wish it wasn't two books inside one as it does sorta screw up my book shelf system but I think i'll survive.
Deep kiss of winter:
Love it, thought this was a good addition to the rest of the series, not the strongest of them but still a good read regardless.
Tempt me eternally:
I did really enjoy this. I know it wasn't the first of its own series but whilst reading it I didn't feel as if I was missing anything crucial.
I really enjoyed it, I've now got the rest of the series ordered and cant wait to read them in order.
Both these ladies are awesome and definitely worth buying you just get absorbed into these fantasy worlds and I really struggle to put the books down and actually get some sleep!