This series is wicked and I can't wait for more. Also I'm soooo glad Robert is doing the narration, it gives great continuity between the series. I hate it when narrators are chopped and changed. His accents are great and he does the female voices really well. And his rendition of dear old Nix is great, seriously quirky and out there, the Lykae Scottish accent and the Dacian one is knee melting. The British accents Cockney and otherwise are really authentic. The story was great full of emotional twists and turns - Kresley Cole is awesome. Shy placid heroines usually annoy me. But I loved Bettina - her godparents may have tried to undermine her but she outdone them and got what she wanted. The girl has serious potential I hope this pair pop up again. Their passionate byplay is entertaining.
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It may have been exacerbated by the fact that I didn't care for the narration, but this book really got on my nerves. I thought all of the characters were really one-dimensional and not very likeable, and Bettina was just annoying. I also thought it was about 3x longer than it needed to be. There were a couple of bright spots with the humor -- the mundane world references to things like Rocky Horror and Cracker Barrel were kind of funny, but they seemed very random and out of place. The sylph Salem was the only character that I really liked, but he still seemed like a caricature. There were quite a few sexy bits, but something about the language seemed too crass to me and the Dracula-style accent that the narrator gave to Trehan was really disconcerting. I also really dislike the romance novel tropes of "Oops -- I had sex with you by accident, thought you were someone else!" and "Well, since I can't have sex with who I really want I'll just practice with you." Overall, bleh.
This was a great alternate story though I love all the original intertwining characters. One stands out among the others LOTHAIRE ❤️ will forever be my favorite.
There are no two better together than Cole and Petkoff! I've read every book by Cole and listened to every one by Petkoff and each time I anxiously await the other!!!
One of the most action packed books of the series. There is such intensity between The Shadow Prince and his future queen. Betina and Daciano need each other. The love that develops and the heat is enough to raise flames and burn down the demon kingdom.