- Series: Immortals After Dark (Book 13)
- Hardcover: 506 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (January 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439136823
- ISBN-13: 978-1439136829
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (712 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lothaire (Immortals After Dark) Hardcover – January 10, 2012
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In millennia past, before Lothaire was frozen as a vampire, his mother was brutally slain by mortals, sacrificing herself to save him. Since then, he has wanted only two things: vengeance and his Bride. He’s had much of his vengeance, gaining a reputation as the most feared and most powerful vampire in the Lore. Now he wants his Bride.
An oracle tells him Ellie Peirce is the one. Appalachian poor, she is young and from a family that has seen only hard times. But they love her. When the evil goddess, Saroya, possesses Ellie’s body, she fights back. Lothaire sees Ellie but thinks Saroya is his Bride. He doesn’t even consider the one could be a mortal hillbilly.
Ellie would rather die than continue to allow Saroya to kill indiscriminately using her body so she plots her own death. Lothaire finds Ellie’s body sexually attractive and thinks to slack his lust on her while waiting for Saroya to “rise”. He can’t actually have sex with her until he makes his Bride immortal and for that he needs a key another possesses. Much of the story involves Lothaire’s criticism of Ellie and his obsession with finding the key.
While this would not be my favorite in the series, not even my favorite vampire story, it’s well told, if a bit overlong, and the dialog is witty as always. My favorite part is the last quarter when Ellie comes to the home of the Valkyries and the “girls” dish out some of their charm. If you like the series, this one will entertain. My favorite one is the first: A Hunger Like No Other.
The two main characters:
Lothaire… a single-minded, arrogant, merciless millennia-old vampire whose endgame is the acquisition of a vampire queen, two thrones, and lots of bloody revenge. He is somewhat mad and has a lot to learn!Ellie Ann Peirce: a beautiful young Appalachian trailer-dwelling hillbilly whose body is a vessel for, Saroya, a cursed ex-goddess of death and destruction, whom Lothaire believes he must free and marry in order to attain his goals. Ellie’s soul is meant to be destroyed.
Saroya and Lothaire have great contempt for Ellie, who was on death row for 5 years because Saroya, while in possession of Ellie’s body, murdered 5 deacons who had tried to exorcise Ellie of the demon goddess. Ellie worked toward a degree in psychology while in jail. She is as sharp as a tack!The book has all the death, destruction and grisly mayhem of books of this genre. But the story is written in an endlessly amusing manner and all the characters have lots of personality, especially Lothaire, who never runs out of snide comments about Ellie’s background, and Ellie herself, who is a clever and brave survivor.
I laughed my way through this book.
FINAL DECISION: Dark and macabre at times, this book fits one of the evil characters in the IAD universe. Lothaire's mate is exactly not the woman he expected and that makes this so good.
THE STORY: Lothaire the Enemy of Old is an ancient ruthless vampire. The bastard son to the former king of the Horde, Lothaire has sworn to take over the Horde and also the kingdom from his mother's family. Elizabeth "Ellie" Peirce is a mortal on death row and is possessed by what she terms a "demon". Soroya an an ancient evil vampire ex-goddess and Lothaire believes that she is his mate. He intends on finding a way to exorcise Ellie and claim Soroya as his own. The complication is that the longer Lothaire is in the presence of Ellie and Saroya, the more he begins to fear that his mate might now be who he thinks it is.
OPINION: I love the struggle that Lothaire has in determining his mate. He treats Ellie terribly and one might expect that it is she who is his mate. Ellie is certainly not evil, but she isn't a sweet, innocent miss either. Even better, she doesn't really change Lothaire much -- readers of the series can be assured that Lothaire doesn't turn into Mr. Nice Guy, but rather controls his darkest impulses.
The story is very dramatic with sneaky and intriguing dilemmas and clever, dark solutions. Lothaire and Ellie have a very dark and dangerous journey to their happiness.
Lothaire's mysterious past is revealed which once again adds understanding but not excuse to Lothaire's behavior. There are big things here that effect all of the Lore.
WORTH MENTIONING: Lothaire rips out his own heart and sends it to Ellie. Weirdest courtship yet.
CONNECTED BOOKS: LOTHAIRE is the twelfth book in the Immortals After Dark series. It can be read as a standalone. It is better to read it as part of the series, however, because there is an overarching story and intricate relationships that are not really understandable to new readers.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.