Thursday 8 March 2012

Review: Kiss of a Demon King - Kresley Cole

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His Obsession . . .
Sabine, Sorceress of Illusions: the evil beauty who surrenders her body, but not her heart.

Her Downfall . . .
Rydstrom Woede: the ruthless warrior who vows to keep her at all costs.

They were never supposed to want each other this much . . .
With each smouldering encounter, their shared hunger only increases.  If they can defeat the sinister enemy that stands between them, will Sabine make the ultimate sacrifice for her demon?  Or will the proud king lay down his crown and arms to save his sorceress?

Immortals After Dark Series:
The Warlord Wants Forever (Novella in the Playing Easy to Get anthology)
A Hunger Like No Other
No Rest for the Wicked
Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night
Dark Needs at Night's Edge
Dark Desires After Dusk
Kiss of a Demon King
Untouchable (Published in the Deep Kiss of Winter Anthology)
Pleasure of a Dark Prince
Demon from the Dark
Dreams of a Dark Warrior
Shadow's Claim (The Dacians book 1)
Dark Skye

For more information visit Kresley Cole's website

The story in Kiss of a Demon King actually runs along the same time line as the previous book Dark Desires After Dusk so I would highly recommend reading at least these two books in order (although you're better off reading the whole series in order to get the full IAD reading experience). If you've already read Dark Desires After Dusk (if you haven't stop reading this review right now!) you will know all about Cade's task to get the only weapon that can destroy Omort the Deathless so that his brother Rydstrom can get back his crown. You'll also know that early on in the story Rydstrom is captured and taken prisoner by the sorceress Sabine - Kiss of a Demon King fills in the gaps and lets us know what happened to him.

I have liked Cade and Rydstrom since they were first introduced into the series, Cade's book was one of my favourites so far so I was really looking forward to Rydstrom's story and it didn't disappoint. I obviously have a bit of a thing for the rage demons because I couldn't tell you which one of them I like the most. I love the fact that Rydstrom always comes across as so calm but that underneath he is on the edge of losing control - particularly whenever Sabine comes into the picture. I'll tell you right now that this couple have some serious chemistry but due to their circumstances and the fact that Sabine has Rydstrom as a prisoner they do a LOT of teasing before either of them will give into their attraction. I felt quite sorry for Rydstrom at the beginning and could easily understand why he took so long to trust Sabine.

When we first met Sabine I didn't think I would like her at all, she comes across as completely ruthless, cold blooded and selfish and not your typical heroine. However, the more you learn about her past the easier I found it to relate to her. She has never had anyone to rely on apart from her sister Lanthe and the pair of them have suffered a great deal in the past. Sabine is determined to do whatever it takes to protect herself and her sister but deep down you start to see that she isn't quite as hard as she makes out. Underneath the surface she is actually quite a softie and I really enjoyed seeing that side of her come out. I actually appreciated the fact that she is such a strong heroine and think she was just what Rydstrom needed, she is someone who is prepared to stand up to him and won't let anyone walk all over her.

I really liked the relationship between Sabine and Lanthe, in fact I hope we get to see more of Lanthe in the future so I'm keeping my fingers crossed she gets her own book. I'm also looking forward to Lothaire's story although I have a few others to catch up on first. I did feel that the final battle scene towards the end was over a bit too quickly, I would have liked a bit more action and the story was very character driven on the whole but this is still a strong instalment to the series and has left me looking forward to the next book.

Source: Library

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  1. This was one of my faves in the series - they are so addictive

  2. Hi Tyraa, I'm really enjoying this series. I must order the next book from my library!



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