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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Review: Eternal Kiss of Darkness

Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Night Huntress World, Book 2)Title: Eternal Kiss of Darkness
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Page Count: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was purchased by me

50 words or less: Chicago PI Kira's life is changed forever when she goes in the warehouse where Mencheres, a Master vampire who is older than dirt and just as tired.  Kira seeing Mencheres at all means she's seen to much, but will he be able to let her go now that he's finally met someone worth keeping around?

Aside from having the worst cover I've come across in quite some time, this story is a very solid and enjoyable offering.  Admittedly, the author in this case is kind of a sure thing as far as I'm concerned, but I do enjoy seeing the setting of a series I already enjoy (Cat and Bones) expand and increase in depth to encompass a different set of characters and story elements (the Night World books.)  It's nice to know that the town is big enough for the two of them, so to speak.

This book is one of those that, I think, either works for you or it doesn't.  It's a good example of needing to consent to what's going on in a story in order for the illusion of reality to be maintained (here's a really good article from Dear Author on this concept).  If that consent is given, whatever goes on in the world feels authentic and makes sense.  If the consent is not given or is withdrawn, the whole shebang collapses like a house of cards.  At the time that I read it, I consented to the situation that was presented and so was able to enjoy the story, despite some elements that admittedly, in retrospect, kind of make me scratch my head.

The conflicts and drama with Mencheres have been a long time coming- his visions have dried up, existing has become a bore to him, and he's ready to finally die- for real this time.  He's in the process of trying to do that when Kira stumbles upon him.  Mistakenly thinking that he's in mortal peril, she intervenes on his behalf.  This totally blows his mind, because he can't figure out why anybody, human, vampire, or otherwise, would want to do that.

Kira is one who calls it like she sees it.  When presented with a situation that seems crazy (like, oh, I don't know, Mencheres is an ancient vampire) she accepts it as reality until she gets some tangible evidence to the contrary.  She's kind of irritated that she was kidnapped, but not too much, she's really really concerned about her super sick sister and her loser of a brother, and concerned that she's going to lose her kind of crapapple of a job when this whole being kidnapped thing is over.

These two fumbling their way towards love was entertaining, and their dealing with a pressing PR issue for the supernaturals is entertaining (did Mencheres kill someone on camera? If so that would be a big problem...) and the whole story wraps up nicely at the end.  We figure out why the visions have "dried up" for Mencheres- turns out one person's blackout is another person's symbolism.  Who would have thought?

All in all, this was an enjoyable story that wasn't too taxing, but wasn't too predictable either.  I'm interested to see how the couples in the World books play into future Night Huntress books.

Overall Grade: B+

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