Posted by: Jennifer | January 18, 2009

Kiss of a Demon King – Kresley Cole

Cole, Kresley. Kiss of a Demon King. (New York: Pocket Books, 2009). ISBN – 9781416580942.

Main Characters: Sabine, Sorceress of Illusions and Rydstron Woede

Related Works: This is part of Kresley Cole’s The Immortals After Dark Series. Other books in the series include the following:

  • Playing Easy to Get – the story of Nikolai Wroth and Myst the Coveted.
  • A Hunger Like No Other – the story of Lachlain MacRieve and Emmaline Troy
  • No Rest for the Wicked – the story of Sebastian Wroth and Kaderin the Cold Hearted
  • Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night– story of Bowen MacRieve and Mariketa the Awaited
  • Dark Needs at Night’s Edge– story of Neomi Laress and Conrad Wroth
  • Dark Desires after Dusk– story of Cadeon Woede and Holly Ashwin

Description from Book:

His Obsessions

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

Her Downfall

Rydstron Woede: the ruthless warrior who vows to keep her at all costs.

They Were Never Supposed to Want Each Other This Much

With each smoldering 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 ars to sae his sorceress?

My Thoughts:

In this installment of Kresley Cole’s Immortals after Dark series, Sabine plots to capture the Rydstrom Woede, the rage demon king. Sabine’s brother, Omort the Deathless, had defeated Rydstrom and taken the rage demon’s home, the Castle of Tornin. Rydstrom has been exiled from his home plane of Rothalkina since the defeat. Getting his kingdom back has been Rydstrom’s sole goal. Prior to the start of this book, Cade is on a quest to find a sword made by Groot the Metallurgist that is rumored to be able to kill Omort. This part of the story was told in Cade and Holly’s story, Dark Desires after Dusk.

Sabine is successful in kidnapping Rydstrom and keeping him locked in a cell in his former castle. Sabine’s goal is get Rydstrom to mate with her and impregnate her with his child. An oracle foresaw that Sabine was Rydstrom’s mate and that their child would be the key to unlocking the Well of Souls – which is housed within the Castle of Tornin. While in captivity, Sabine torments and tortures Rydstrom in order to make him say the words that would bind the two of them together. Rydstrom, however, is able to resist. He does give Sabine a vow – a vow to get revenge – but tricks Sabine into believing that the two of the are married. The two do consummate their relationship, but Rydstrom resists fully mating with her.

Soon after, with the help of the vampire Lothaire, Rydstrom escapes imprisonment and turns the tables on Sabine. They journey to his home in New Orleans. Along the way, the two get to know each other and grow closer. Despite this, Rydstrom still treats Sabine as a captive. She does finally get free when she convinces someone that she can save them from an attacking dragon. While Sabine and Rydstrom seem to be together at this point, there are many unresolved issues. Sabine is being poisoned, and only has so long before she must return to Omort for the potion that will hold death at bay. Rydstrom is still trying to figure out how to defeat Omort. Cade has since returned with Groot’s sword, happy now that has found happiness with his mate. Of course all does end well.

I loved this book from start to finish. Sabine is a very different kind of heroine. I truly wasn’t sure about her for a bit. She is billed as an evil character – the sister of Omort who is plotting with him, against him, and in any way that will benefit herself and her sister, Lanthe. Yet, she isn’t really evil. We see several cracks in her armor that let us know this. She loves her sister and will do anything to help protect her. She develops feelings for Rydstrom and has trouble dealing with Omort’s plans for the demon. Then, there is Puck – the young boy who lives with the caravan of demons in the Grave Realm. Sabine wants to not care about the boy, but she does.

When she gets free while in the demon camp, she can’t allow the dragon to kill the demons – especially Puck. She uses her ability to talk to the dragon and work the situation out with the dragon. Her interactions with Puck were some of my favorite parts of the book (second to her interactions with Rydstrom, of course).

I admit that I wasn’t always sure what to make of Sabine. She has a tough shell and works hard not to let anyone through that shell. She had a softer side, but was more than reluctant to let her emotions out. Fortunately, Rydstrom is able to get through to Sabine, although not without difficulty. I thought they made a perfect pair – and excellent ruling couple.

I was definitely intrigued with Lanthe and her Vrekener enemy, Thronos. I’m hoping their is a story to be told there.

Read first on January 7, 2009

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Responses

  1. I completely loved it too! I have bought every book book of hers, and have to say that this is now my close second favorite …. AHLNO is still my absolute favorite of hers, and my first read of Coles.

    Ohhhh and I totally agree with you on hoping that Thronos and Lanthe have a story coming up. Thronos’s original reaction to Lanthe as a child and the secret of a prior meeting just sparks my imagination about them!! Can’t wait for Lanthe’s story now!! I love how Cole always sets up another characters future story within her current release, excellent strategy to whet the readers appetite!

  2. Farscapegirl, I am so hoping for a story about Lanthe and Thronos. I loved that aspct of this book – as well as all of the others.

    I definitely loved A Hunger Like No Other. I can’t quite make up my mind about which book is my favorite so far. So far, I think that Bowen MacRieve and Nicholas Wroth are my favorite heroes so far!

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