Two young children fall into innocent love. Flights in the sky, picking of berries, sleeping in fields, these two did not understand that their kind were mortal enemies and they should not fall into such naive love. But fate was brutal with the young love and sent them off to become the people they are now. Reclaiming their love will take them through different universes and pit them against themselves, each other and the world. What a glorious adventure that left me gasping for more!
Kresley Cole’s writing style is so unique and her own. While I haven’t liked everything she has written, I know to stick with her because it will all come together in unlikely ways that will shock me. For such a long time I have been longing for Throno’s and Lanthe’s story. How two childhood best friends could go so tragically wrong, sets up a story that will have you cheering on both sides of the story.
Thronos and Lanthe met as children in a field. He was flying above and she was trying to find berries to eat. As young children do, they puffed up their importance in the world and tried to impress each other. He brought her berries to eat, she built up his ego as protector. The two flew above the earth with his wings, they offered shelter from the rain, and the two fell into an innocent love that was to be tragically tested. Lanthe believed he betrayed the location of her family to his father. Her parents and sister murdered, Lanthe used her powers to send Thronos out the window, commanding him not to use his wings. Turning her power on to her sister to command her to live. See Lanthe is the Queen of Persuasion. And so sets the course of their lives to present. Him searching for her as his hatred for her grows, she saving Sabine as they are hunted.
We have seen glimpses of these two throughout a few of the books and you wondered if Thronos felt anything for Lanthe other than hatred. Lanthe the same way. The story opens up with the two captured by the Order. Chaos has ensued as the evil ones are free and have use of their powers once again. Thronos collar is no more, but Lanthe (who thinks she is evil) still has hers tightly around her neck. All of Thronos anger has come to this, capturing Lanthe who is his fated mate. As a prince, he has the responsibility to carry on the family line, but cannot be with another woman or break his seal. Five hundred years of celibacy has made him a little cranky on top of broken wings, scars and a limp. Relying on Lanthe’s temperamental portal producing power, these two barely escape the island only to land in a world that just might be worse. Over and over Lanthe’s abilities come and go and you never know what you are going to get.
As the two learn to rely on each other to live, they also learn more of the story of their lives. Not everything is what it seems. Common ground isn’t always found and both stand up for what they want and won’t settle for less. Emotionally charged, they don’t always make the right decisions. Throw in a sexually experience heroine who isn’t afraid nor embarrassed with her sexuality then a hero who is a virgin and torn with how many men his mate has slept with. Lanthe doesn’t step down. She demands respect for who she is, what she has been dealt with and who she will become.
There is a lot of foreplay in this book…that will leave you panting for them to get on with it. But then again, foreplay is awfully nice. The sexual tension is always with these two as they journey from world to world. You almost get to the point only to be on the run once again for their lives. It was frustrating, exciting and oh so much fun!
Oh, don’t forget Nix. How this woman can say so little but it be profoundly important, I don’t know. You get some page time with her, learning just how brilliant and bat shit crazy she is at the same time. I really hope Nix gets her own story some day or I am going to throw a mighty fine temper tantrum!
While you could read this story as a stand alone, I really think you need to read the series to fully understand. You see a lot of past characters, threads from other story lines and even a different series is thrown in which had me stretching to remember it. Who doesn’t love childhood to adult love stories that triumph through long trials that prove love will win in the end?
So do you think love can beat anything? Do fated mates turn you on?