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About the Author
- ASIN : B003P2W396
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books (July 9, 2010)
- Publication date : July 9, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 839 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 385 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #54,759 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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One example of why I feel the way I do about Bones is his reaction to the murder accusations against Mencheres. He jumps to a conclusion that his normally calm grand-sire has flipped out because of his love for Kira. He only reluctantly gives Mencheres the benefit of the doubt and fears that Mencheres actions endangers their whole vampire line. I found this reaction particularly hypocritical, given that his hyper level of protectiveness toward Cat sometimes had him acting in a similar manner.
For those who enjoy vampire based books but would like to try one a little more low key, I would highly recommend The Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill. Ethan and Merit are two of my favorite characters. While there is some violence in that series as well, often times Ethan and Merit can diffuse a situation with words or a hard stare. To use a quote from my favorite Sci/Fi series, Babylon 5: "If you can strike terror into the heart of your enemies, you may not have to fight them."
In this novel set in the Night Huntress World, we finally learn more about Mencheres, a mega-Master vampire thousands of years old who is the leader of the family to which Jeaniene Frost’s Cat and Bones’ characters belong. Mencheres has been in most if not all of the books in the series thus far, but he was a peripheral character and not entirely likeable for the choices and decisions he made in past installments. He has done a lot to wreak havoc in Cat’s life.
He rules over a vast empire of vampires, and his power level is so great that he can kill without even touching his opponents. One of his gifts has been his ability to see visions of the future. When his visions stop, he is convinced that the darkness he sees indicates that his existence will soon end. He is overwhelmed with guilt over past deeds, and he decides that he has ruled long enough. Although he physically resembles a man in his mid-20’s, his thousands of years of existence weigh heavily on him and he is ready to die. He plans his own death.
He doesn’t expect to be rescued by a human female who comes across him giving up in a battle that he could easily have won. Kira Graceling is a private investigator on her way home when she hears the sounds of someone in pain. Kira is dealt a fatal blow by Mencheres’ attackers, and he must give up his wish to die to in turn save her life. Once she has seen that he is not human, he cannot just let her go as he finds that he is unable to erase her memories.
I really liked this book, and I like how Frost is writing about characters other than Cat and Bones. She incorporates her two main characters in to these Night Huntress World books and they become peripheral characters while the other characters get a chance to shine. I liked that fairly early on in the book we learn that Kira is in love with Mencheres and not long afterward, he confesses that he loves her, too. I’ve never been a fan of romance-type stories where the confessions of love happen at the very end. I also like that Kira’s love never wavered. She stayed steadfast and true, no matter what happened. She was a strong character. In this book the two main characters nicely complement each other and work together against the evil that they face.
I guess I just wasn't in the right mind set the 1st time I tried to read this,I really enjoyed it once I got it to it,skimmed a bit in places because I hate it when villains capture someone and get in their face w/all their evil BS but otherwise I had a good time,just was crazy how it ended... No spoilers per say,just wish it had ended w/Mer and Kira in each other's arms getting married or something not just Mer sending the villain on his way...
It's not like ii don't know they stay together after reading up to current on the "Night Prince" series but my romantic heart just would have preferred them together not apart...
Though one question , here I could swear ( not up to date on Cat and Bones atm ) Kira is described as having auburn hair, yet when ever she's mentioned in the "Night Prince" series , Lelia describes her as having blonde hair not anything dark,huh...
Any way I enjoyed myself,soo glad I was finally in the right place from r Mer and Kira's story ;)
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But hey, there's a sex scene on the ceiling and underwater, so ... there's that.
And here we have Mencheres. Oooo - the quiet ones are the worst, it's true what your mother tells you. Mencheres - calm, unflappable, stoic, completely in control - but underneath that.... oh my!
Frost has a magnificent way of blending hormones with plot, because as sizzling as this is, there is still a story there, and you don't have to dig to find it. The plot drives the romance, not the other way around, making for an all-round story that just drags you from one page to the next.
More! Definitely more Ian, but in any event - more!
HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE
ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE
AT GRAVE'S END
DESTINED FOR AN EARLY GRAVE
FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON
ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS
THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE
ONE GRAVE AT A TIME
This book is about Mencheres, a 4000 year old Master Vampire who we have previously seen as the Grandsire of Bones in the Night Huntress series. He's had a bit of a supporting role in the previous books and to be honest has come across a bit ruthless and severe in those books so I was a bit surprised that JF was dedicating a whole book to him. I'm so pleased that she proved my doubts wrong though, I really enjoyed learning more about him as a character.
In typical JF style, there is a lovely, gutsy heroine; this time it's Kira who is a private investigator and stumbles across Mencheres being attacked by a group of ghouls (although she, being human, doesn't know that the paranormal world exists). She steps in to save Mencheres and the story starts....
I would class this as a bit more of a paranormal romance than the usual urban fantasy tag that I give JF's Cat & Bones series, but that shouldn't really take anything away from the story. It's about Mencheres losing his interest in life after he feels that he's no longer useful to his people - he's pretty damn old, and has lost his way a bit. Enter Kira, who is a feisty, sweet woman and starts to help Mencheres find his lust for life again (literally!). I found some of it a bit unbelievable, but I know you should suspend belief when reading paranormal! What JF does best is plot and characters, and it was good to see the family of characters that we have come to know and love (or hate) in her books, whilst being able to learn about new ones.
There's humour, compassion, a good dose of suspense and a fair dollop of sex in this book. Just the thing needed for a nice bit of escapism.
I'm really looking forward to reading Vlad's stories and I'm also hoping we have an Ian book in the future.