Books of My Heart is hosting a year long read-along of the Night Huntress world books by Jeaniene Frost. COYER has adopted the read-along this year and is hosting chats for each book. You can see the schedule by clicking here. This is my first time reading the series though Halfway to the Grave has been sitting on my TBR shelf since it first came out. I’ve always enjoyed paranormal romance / urban fantasy, and vampires hold a soft spot for me. I’m excited to dive in. I’ll be posting reviews for each book the Friday before the chats. If you’d like to join us, find our group on Facebook here.
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Series: Night Huntress World #2
Published by Blackstone Audio on 2010-07-09
Length: 10 hours and 25 minutes
Reviewing Audiobook from TN R.E.A.D.S.
Reading Challenges: 2022 Audiobook Challenge, 2022 Backlist Reader Challenge, 2022 Beat the Backlist, COYER 2022
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 he 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.
I was really skeptical going into this book. Mencheres isn’t my favorite character, however I have to say I loved falling in love with him through Kira’s eyes. Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost is the second book in a standalone spinoff series set in the Night Huntress world and featuring characters we’ve met while reading Cat’s adventures. This one is about Bones’s grandsire, Mencheres, and it is one exciting thrill after another. I really had to pace myself because I wanted to binge it in one go.
The book opens with Mencheres being tortured by ghouls. This is of course by design because he is one of the most (if not the most) powerful vampire we’ve encountered in this series so far. He is tired of his existence. With his visions gone and his line safe in his co-ruler’s hands, Mencheres is ready to die. Only vampires don’t die easily and often need someone else to do it for them. Hence the ghouls. However what Mencheres didn’t foresee was a courageous human woman barreling in to save him.
I absolutely love Kira! I think I love her even more than Cat. She has not had an easy life, however none of that holds her back. She’s kind and empathetic, stands her ground, has a healthy respect for the law and cannot abide those that do not. As much as I love her, I respect her. It was easy to see how Mencheres fell for her so quickly. She is a fantastic match for him.
Overall, I really enjoyed Eternal Kiss of Darkness. I can’t say much about the plot because no one likes spoilers 😉 I liked seeing more of the Night Huntress world, learning more of its history and laws. And I loved Kira, but I already said that. So why four instead of five stars? The narration. Gilbert is good. She keeps my attention, however the accents can be distracting, especially Bones. The story itself is fantastic! If you enjoy paranormal romance/urban fantasy, I highly recommend this one.
*I read this with Anne @ Books of My Heart who rated this one 4 hearts
Join us for book five, This Side of the Grave, on June 10th.
I love Kira! I hope we see more of her in the future, along with learning more about Law Guardians. We talked about it on the facebook chat but it is very hard to know what is going on in someone else’s head and until we got Menchere’s POV we weren’t reading him exactly right. Also his visions are not all the same; some might be very clear and others very vague. I don’t think he controls what he gets.
Thanks so much for reading with me and joining us on this Read-along.
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