Review: Dark Skye by Kresley Cole #GloriousAdventure

Posted August 13, 2014 by Shari in Reviews / 9 Comments

Review: Dark Skye by Kresley Cole #GloriousAdventure
Dark Skye

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Series: Immortals After Dark,
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Gallery Books
Released on August 5, 2014
Pages: 432
Format: eBook

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The Delight

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? 

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • This is such an amazing sounding love story. Nothing beats a romance that spans decades starting from childhood. One day I will read this series, maybe when I’m no longer blogging

    • Shari Delighted Read

      This series rocks. Not many are auto-buy, but this one has stuck with me. I started around book 7 or 8 and read them back to back. It was awesome. Now I just have to wait between them.

  • This is such an amazing sounding love story. Nothing beats a romance that spans decades starting from childhood. One day I will read this series, maybe when I’m no longer blogging

  • LOL this one is everywhere today. I’m listening to it on audio right now. I’m liking the story but struggling with the audio. I so shoulda just bought the print of it too instead of only audio (was on a car ride so needed something)

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Audio takes some time to get used too. I usually try to use it on books I can’t read like 1st POV. Those work better for me on audio. But I don’t have a ton of time for audio books. I also switch between audio and book. So when I drive I don’t have to put down the book and then I can pick up reading when I get back home.

  • I have wanted their story for several books so I’m so glad its here and its good. And so happy Nixie makes an appearance. I’m with you- she needs a book. 😉 Glad it was awesome, Shari!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Read it now! You won’t mind abandoning other books for it. My only real problem…the price. Ouch it hurt to pay that much for a book.

  • I don’t know why I can’t remember them 🙁 but I love K. Cole and her IAD series so I’m pretty stoked to try this one out 🙂 and you are so right. Nix with her crazy ass does need a story.

    great review

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I love IAD but I too forget some things between stories because it takes over a year usually for new books to come out. But I don’t let that keep me away from them, lol. Nix is bat shit crazy but that is why we love her!