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Best in the Series... ...So far
on 29 January 2009
I write this review assuming you have read the first two books in the Immortals After Dark series. Although these books can be read out of order, because they cross over chronologically, I would recommend you go back and read from the start of the series. 'A Hunger Like No Other' is first, followed by 'No Rest For The Wicked'.
You are first introduced to Bowen in 'A Hunger Like No Other' and then again in 'No Rest For the Wicked'. In both books Bowen is a dark and tormented character pining for his lost mate Mariah. As a Lykae he only gets one mate and has mourned Mariah's loss for centuries. He blames himself for her death because she died running from him. On the night they were to mate and seal their bond, Mariah falters and flees from Bowen. During her frantic escape she tragically dies. Not able to cope with the loss Bowen changes and becomes a shell of his former self.
When Bowen meets Mariketa in 'No Rest For The Wicked' they are both competing in the Talismans' Hie, a mystical version of the Amazing Race, where the prize for winning is the chance to go back in time. This is Bowen's chance to get his mate back. However while competing in The Hie, for the first time since Mariah he is attracted to another woman. Mariketa is a witch, and because of this Bowen assumes his feelings for her are due to a spell she has cast on him. By the time you finish 'No Rest For the Wicked' Bowen has caused Mariketa to be trapped as retaliation for her sorcery, cursing him not only with feelings for her but also restricting his ability to heal from the gruesome injuries he's sustained in The Hie.
'Wicked Deed on a Winter's Night' is an immediate follow on from ' No Rest For The Wicked'. Bowen discovers that his entrapment of Mariketa is about to start a war between the Lykae and the House of Witches. He is tasked with retrieving her by the next full moon in order to avoid war. Upon his return to Mariketa he finds that in spite of her power she was not able to escape as he had assumed she would. In fact nothing about her is as he assumed. The book continues as they race against time to get Mariketa out of the jungle and back to The House of Witches. Can she remove the spells she placed on him? But more importantly, will Bowen want her to remove her enchantments? Can he go against everything he knows and forsake his one true mate and truly fall for Mariketa?
Mariketa the Awaited is a powerful witch and it is prophesised that she will be the most powerful and biggest asset to The House of Witches. However she is only 21 years old, has not yet been set into her immortality and when she tries to cast a spell she tends to blow things up more often than she would like. When she is confronted with the gruff Lykae he acts as a tuning fork for her spell casting but only on spells she casts at him. Once she is freed, she finds herself still trapped, only this time it's by a Lykae who treats her as his mate. Will this free-spirited witch flee him at first opportunity?
Kresley Cole has a wonderfully fluid style of writing which keeps you hooked as you progress through her books and series'. I always find it very hard to put her IAD books down and have re-read them several times. If you are a fan of paranormal romance I would highly recommend her to you.
I love this book - it's is one of my favourite Kresley Cole books. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.