Wednesday, July 14, 2010

First Impressions: Eternal Kiss of Darkness...(SPOILERS AHEAD))

Time is a cruel Mistress. Although, I work in a book store I don't have as much time to read as I used to. I commute two and a half hours every day, so I've fondly started to refer to my books as "my train books". I always have a minimum of two books with me, and my Kindle, at all times plus my blog notebook.

People say the first impression is the most important, so I want to add my first feature to the blog - First Impressions. I'll aim to post my impressions of the books I'm reading after the first five chapters.

Harper Collins just released the first 20% of Jeaniene Frost's Eternal Kiss of Darkness, the second book in her Night Huntress World spin-off series. It seems fitting I start with that one...especially since I love the Night Huntress books.

An immortal war has been brewing in the darkness...and now one woman has stumbled into the shadows.
Chicago private investigator Kira Graceling should have just kept on walking. But her sense of duty refused to let her ignore the moans of pain coming from inside a warehouse just before dawn. Suddenly she finds herself in a world she's only imagined in her worst nightmares.

At the center is Mencheres, a breathtaking Master vampire who thought he'd seen it all. Then Kira appears - this fearless, beautiful....human who braved death to rescue him. Though her burns for her, keeping Kira in his world means risking her life. Yet sending her away is unthinkable.

But with danger closing in, Mencheres must choose either the woman he craves, or embracing the darkest magic to defeat an enemy bent on his eternal destruction. 

To tell you the truth, I never really liked Mencheres. I can't put my finger on it, but something always seemed off about him. In the interview I did with Jeaniene Frost she calls him "unfathomable", I couldn't agree more. Perhaps it's his age that does it? Mencheres is, after all, a centuries old Egyptian, master vampire with an inconceivable amount of power. No matter how I felt about Mencheres I still looked forward to reading the book...and then I saw the book trailer for it. The phrase "hook, line and sinker" is the best way of describing my reaction to it.

From the beginning of Eternal Kiss of Darkness Frost starts stripping Mencheres exterior, and with every page we see a little more of his hidden depths. Yet, like with some many other things it takes a woman to get to the core of things.

Enter Kira Graceling. She's a fighter and a protector - to her detriment perhaps. Although, she just a mere human she has just as many hidden layers as Menchers.

My first impressions are very simple; this could very well be the best of the Night Huntress World, both in the main series and the spin-off series. I have high expectations for Mencheres's background story. I love Ancient Egyptian culture, I'm intrigued to find out how Jeaniene Frost tackles the aspects of that.

I can't wait to 'get to know' Kira better. From only reading the first 20% of the book I think so could take the spot at the top of my favourite heroine list.

Only 12 more days until release day.



I'm waiting for this book too! I have to say the Night Huntress books are my favorites, and I'm really excited for this one. I've been impressed by how Jeaniene Frost has made me fall for Mencheres, since I didn't care much for him until First Drop of Crimson, and now I'm counting the days for this release!

And the absolute best part about this book is that it will contain the first chapter of the next Cat and Bones book, This Side of the Grave!

Greenabsinthia said...

I know, I'm so excited about This Side of the Grave. I swear this whole year is like Christmas for book lovers.

Larissa said...

Oh My!!! I've felt the same way about Mencheres... so knowing that my opinion might change is awesome!!! Thank you!!! now Im dying to get this one, more than before =)))

T@m said...

Is this a good book? I'm into fantasy/vampire novels and I've been looking for a new addition to my collection.

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