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No Rest for the Wicked (Immortals After Dark, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – October 31, 2006
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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.
A master's grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.
Her IAD books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.
You can learn more about her and her work at kresleycole.com or facebook.com/KresleyCole
- Publisher : Pocket Star; 1st edition (October 31, 2006)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1416509887
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416509882
- Item Weight : 6.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.9 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #602,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I kept reading only to hope that she would in some way make all his sacrifices for her worth it. But... nope! Not ONE SINGLE TIME!!!! Seriously. Let’s stop and consider this if you disagree. He did everything within his power to help her, never touched her if she said not to, protected her repeatedly, sacrificed his very life for her MULTIPLE TIMES - willing to die instead of her, endured scorching sun, starvation, extreme bodily injuries (some inflicted by her) and even sacrificed having his own family so she could save hers.
Yet, even after ALL that and at the very end when I’m hoping against all hope she will FINALLY do something to be worthy of him - she leaves him for her sisters and doesn’t come back. And, once AGAIN, he is left alone and devestated and finally has to go to her. HATED HER!!! With a red fueled, fire spitting, burn the book vengeance. To say he deserved so much better doesn’t come close to covering it for me. Blech! Spfffttt, Gaaaaggg!
BTW.... the two stars (rather than a big fat minus zero) is because any author who can write well enough to get me this invested and worked up has some serious talent!
Sebastian’s character arc may have been typical of alpha romance heroes when this book was first published, but it doesn’t hold up as well in 2019. He starts the book a bit stalker-ish, he has some minor consent issues when he and Kaderin do interact sexually, and he has a massive dose of “nice guy” syndrome. As in, “I’m such a nice guy, I’ve done a bunch of favors and given her lots of gifts, why doesn’t she want to be with me?”
On the other side of things, we have a woman who is experiencing emotions again for the first time in centuries. This could be a fascinating roller coaster, but everything interesting about it is buried under Kaderin’s angst about her relationship with Sebastian.
All of this takes place against the backdrop of an epic world-wide scavenger hunt with bonus timey-whimey shenanigans at the end. And that’s what saved this story for me, because Sebastian and Kaderin’s interactions in the scope of this event dragged me through the book.
This book was a fun escapist read. But the characters had so much lost potential.
Also, the whole Hie competition thing?? SO FUN TO WATCH. All those mythical creatures running around trying to kill each other and fighting for random stuff made this super exciting. I loved it!
It’s also starting to become fun for me to guess who the next books are going to be about too. Regin started talking about her true love who keeps getting reincarnated for her and I thought Well, there’s one. It’s fun how all these books and characters are connected together and it really gets me motivated to read more.
↬ FINAL WORD
Two thumbs way up! The story was awesome and the romance was super cute. Loved it!!
I did enjoy the two previous books in the series and based on that I plan on buying the next. However, at the rather high cost of the Kindle books in this series if the next book isn't better I won't be purchasing anymore. I've also been reading the J.R. Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood series and so far after having read the first 3 in the series have enjoyed those books far more and have no problem investing both my time or money reading them.
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The premise of the Immortals After Dark series is that all the mythical beings you thought were make believe are not and that they all exist; Valkyries, Vampires, Werewolves aka Lykae, Fey and Witches. They call their world the Lore and live amongst us but they don't all get on and the good side (Vertas) wars with the bad side (Pravus). Every five hundred years there is an accession which is a time where both sides are destined to fight and destroy each other and only the strong will survive.
This book sees Kaderin the Cold Hearted Valkyrie sent out to kill a lone vampire who has been scaring the local villagers with his roaming around the local castle. Kaderin loathes leeches as one was responsible for the murder of her two sisters and is her coven's top vampire slayer. Sebastian Wroth was turned against his will into a vampire by his elder brothers when they returned home to find him and their other brother fighting for their lives after a bunch of marauding Russian soldiers murdered the rest of their family. He has never come to terms with being turned and craves the eternal death that this Valkyrie now offers him. However when he becomes blooded from her and his heart starts to beat again for the first time he realises that she is his fated bride. Kaderin runs from Sebastian as what can be worse than being a vampires fated mate? When she enters into the Hie which is a supernatural contest with a very special prize of a key that can take you back to any point in time and her sole way of going back to save her sisters from their deaths she is surprised when Sebastian also enters. It soon turns out that Sebastian is there to help her though even though he does so without her knowledge. But when she has to choose between him and saving her sisters who will she choose?...........
A brilliant second installment and the Hie really makes the book different to the rest of the series and stand out. We meet the stars of the third book during the Hie too (Mariketa the awaited and Bowen MacRieve) and this is the first book where you start to see the Lore character's stories start to intermingle. A definite must read series for fans of paranormal romance and one of my still favourite series alongside The Lords of The Underworld by Gena Showalter.
This is the second in the Immortals after Dark series by Kresley Cole (after Hunger Like No Other ) and it is better than the first. I love the idea of the plot being split between the romance and the story of the Talisman's Hie - a supernatural scavenger hunt organised by Riora, the goddess of impossibility. The world is expanded with new races of creatures and lots of weird items on the list for the Hie.
The Hie adds a layer of action throughout the entire book, and I really enjoyed watching Kaderin and Sebastian compete, along with Bowen (a Lykae introduced in the previous book). Bowen's book ( Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night ) is next in the series and this one does a brilliant job of setting it up.
Unlike with the previous book I liked both lead characters from the very start. Sebastian is sweet and a bit of a nerd, while Kaderin pretty much exemplifies the idea of a kick-butt heroine. Sebastian isn't pushy or cruel like Lachlain, and he tells Kaderin that she is his Bride when they first meet. This book deals more with Kaderin's reluctance to fall for a vampire than the heroine being pursued, and I found it more enjoyable to read.
Oh, and the handy guide to creatures of the Lore (basically anything not human) at the back of the book has been expanded to include the new species introduced in this book.
All in all, this was an awesome read and I'm really looking forward to Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night .
The story follows Kaderin as she tries to keep Sebastian at arm's length while she competes in a dangerous competition which, if she wins, will allow her to change the past and bring her sisters back.
This book is every bit as good as the first. In some ways, it is more exciting particularly because of the competition element and Sebastian's desperation to win her over. He is a more endearing hero than Lachlain in many ways, less forceful (although he can be when he wants to!) and more broken. We also learn more about Kaderin and Emmaline's family- particularly Nix the fortune teller and Regin. We also get introduced a little better to Myst and her vampire husband, Nicholae, who happens to be Sebastian's brother. Bowen, who also appeared in the first book competes in the competition against Kaderin which is a good lead in to book 3 which, I believe, focuses on him.
It's a really good book and could be read on its own but I would read book 1 "A hunger like no other" first personally because it introduces a lot of the characters that you meet again here. I would recommend it and have read it twice in 2 days. Shame about the awful book covers. It's really worthy of something more modern and less trashy looking.