Released: March 28, 2006
Title: A Hunger Like No Other
List Price: $7.99
Author: Kresley Cole
Pages: 356pgs; 357-360 “From the Book of Lore”; 361-384 excerpt from No Rest for the Wicked
Publisher: Pocket Star
A mythic warrior who’ll stop at nothing to possess her . . .
After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.
A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy . . .
Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents — until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae — and their notorious dark desires — ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.
An all-consuming desire . . .
Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?
Ok, first, this book is sold as the first in the Immortals After Dark series, but technically it’s the second because there’s a short story (Playing Easy to Get) that occurs partially before, but mostly parallel to this plot and ties in to the end of A Hunger Like No Other.
I’ve had this novel for a while (bought it after I read the short story) just never got around to it. Stupid of me. It’s actually pretty good 😉 Captured and tortured for 150 years (in the book they often say 15 decades, but 150 years sounds SO much more cruel don’t you think?), Lachlain, king of the Lykae clan finally breaks free of the horrible, continuous Fires. Why? Cuz he scented his mate. Duh. He’s extra hyped since he’s been looking for her (and collecting baubles) for 1000 year. (Try simplifying that to 100 decades. It’s still daunting.)
He’s tortured, angry, vengeful, possessive, behind the times (he gets angry at computers…easily), and horny.
His mate (although she doesn’t know it), Emmaline Troy is half Vampire and half Valkyrie. She’s timid, quiet, shy, hot, passive, and fearful of everything.
Now, in this series the mystical creatures are part of the Lore “…and those sentient creatures that are not human shall be united in one strata, coexisting with, yet secret from man’s”. Sure, they coexist with man…by not drawing attention to themselves, but they sure as hell don’t coexist with each other. In the back of the book is glossary of terms called “From the Book of Lore” and breaks down each group, who they are, what they capable of, and they enemies. Basically, they all hate each other and are constantly fighting to have their species on top. But, most of them hate the Vampires aka the Horde. Some have formed alliances, but there is still animosity – you don’t bother me, I don’t bother you. But, mess with me and you’ll be the last of you kind.
That said, the half Valkyrie/half Vampire mix is pretty rare and unbelievable. But, Emma exists. I liked the story because it showed Emma’s struggle with being appreciative to those who raised her, but also struggling to come to terms with who she is.
Lachlain has to fight the beast within him urging him to claim his mate, but he’s also struggling with the torture he endured at the hands of Vampires and accepting that his mate IS a Vampire.
Then, on top of that, the two have to overcome their differences and accept each other despite their conflicting personalities. Oh, not to mention the impending war, the jealous wannabe mate, and the coven of easily angered, overprotective, lightning-wielding Valkyrie.
It kept me hooked to the point where Emma forgot why she was mad at Lachlain and so did I. I definitely be picking up the next in the series (although I’m horribly behind) when I go out.
Rating: 4 stars
Oh! And Kresley Cole is awesometastic friends with Gena Showalter who you KNOW I have to recommend.