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Deep Kiss of Winter (Immortals After Dark) Mass Market Paperback – Import, 28 Dec 2010
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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 Game Makers 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. You can learn more about her and her work at KresleyCole.com or Facebook.com/KresleyCole. Sign up for Kresley’s email newsletter to receive the latest book release updates, as well as info about contests and giveaways (KresleyCole.com/Newsletter).
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Out of the 17 of her novels that I have devoured so far, this is one of the slightly weaker ones, though still enjoyable.
SPOILER ALERT! If you have not read the book yet, then read no further. It is worth the purchase price, so read it and then come back to my review.
OK, if you're still with me, then there were a few issues that I've had with this installment. One of the aspects of Cole's writing that I most enjoy is that she creates a fantasy world that is still believable. It follows its own natural laws, and she does not usually create paradoxes. For example, her explanation of the Lore is that they evolved in other, harsher dimensions, and find our own world to be absurdly easy to live in. Their adaptations to their own harsh real of origin seem to be super powers to us. Thus, their powers make a sort of sense.
That said, the Ice Fey are said to have evolved from the Feodal (Fey) of Draiksulia, after they arrived in Gaia (Earth). Since they split off and acquired their unique icy physiology after they arrived here, what was the environmental driver? How does it make sense that the Ice Fey would require temperatures so freezing cold that contact with a 98.6 F human skin would cause a blistering third degree burn, and that they would develop this need on Earth? Even penguins who live in the Arctic Circle do not get third degree burns from being touched. And if a mere 98.6 was equivalent to a hot flame to us, then how does Daniela exist in Louisiana, where the ambient temperature was often above 100? I've been to LA, and it's hot and muggy and lush. That would be like her existing in a fire, so why would skin give her a higher burn than the ambient temperature? I'm sorry, but wearing skimpy clothes would not cool her off enough. If 98.6 was an open flame to her, then even 0F would be excruciatingly hot. So in this case, I felt the author got a bit tangled up in the mythology she created.
The Valkyrie do not eat, but the fey do. So...what do they eat underneath their ice dome in the Arctic Circle? There is one single sentence where she said a few plants grew from the ice. Do they produce enough oxygen to fill the dome? Is that what they eat? She usually fleshes out the background quite a bit more, but this one seemed kind of glossed over. And the background is usually so well done that it's a pleasure to immerse yourself in this world.
Also, the entire race of Ice Fey live in one single city underneath a dome? A tiny population of people? That's their "realm?" It's more like just a hidden city than a realm. And it would be doomed to be the most boring place in the world, which Danii herself does comment on. There is literally nothing to do but sit there, in a white on white on white color scheme. Maybe make some ice sculptures, but that's it. They would be literally house bound in a bio dome, because venturing outside would be like traveling into flame. So I suppose it would be like living on Mars eternally, where the entire planet was inhospitable except for one teeny tiny little dome.
My other issue is that the Valkyrie are described as being able to throw trains. Literally. Human beings are laughably no match for their strength. They are the most awesome fighters in small sexy packages. And yet Danii was kidnapped by a mortal Roman emperor, who took her out of a cage and burned her. She is treated like an everyday, weak, girl. Even when she fights the Icere at the beginning, the fight is heard but not seen, and then she is thrown, shot in the chest, and begs for mercy. She seems to be more like Emma, but with no explanation. Overheating doesn't explain it, because she describes herself as being just as good a fighter as her sisters. So how did a human being capture her, hold her, and torture her if she would have been strong enough to rip the bars of her cage apart?
That said, I loved her persistent hope, vulnerability, but ultimately strength of character which meant she didn't tolerate Murdoch's shit. Which is why he respected her. As is often the case in Cole's books, her male lead is such a jack ass in the beginning that most of us are rooting for Danii to get over him and find someone better. But he wins us over in the end.
UNTOUCHABLE by Kresley Cole: This novella is the eighth book in the Immortals After Dark series. Daniela the Ice Maiden is a Valkyrie and the Rightful Queen of the Icere the Fey of the Frozen North. She is a reluctant because the touch of any person other than those from her homeland create terrible pain for both her and the man. Murdoch Wroth is a vampire soldier who was a rake in his human life and is one vampire who doesn't want to find his Bride (the one woman who can make the vampire's heart beat again). Of course, Daniela is Murdoch's Bride and the two begin a contentious difficult on again off again relationship.
I thought this was a great holiday story. It begins at the beginning of the series and then follows the entirety of the series. It ends with the four vampire brothers and their brides. I enjoyed this replay of the series from a different viewpoint. The other part I really enjoyed was the difficult relationship between Daniela and Murdoch because of her touching issues. I liked that the book did not brush that issue aside. These two have a long difficult road to travel for their happiness and I appreciated the complexity and breadth of the story. Rating: 4.25 stars.
TEMPT ME ETERNALLY by Gena Showalter: The story of Aleaha Love a shapeshifter who has taken the identity of Macy Briggs, who is a cop with alien investigations. She ends up going out on a mission for the first time. She encounters Breean Nu, a golden skinned warrior who has come to planet with his men trying to find a new home. When he sees Aleaha, he has an attraction to her and decides that he doesn't want to let her go. He takes her captive.
This was the first thing I have read by Showalter and I thought the story was strange and interesting, but I didn't feel the connection between the characters. I believe the story is part of a series and perhaps it would be better if I had read those books first. I did find the shifting heroine to be intriguing and I wish I knew more about her. Rating: 2 stars.