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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 ...
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.

posted by Sondra1982 on May 31, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Too simplistic for my taste...

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The second story in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress World series takes us to a story about Mencheres, one that tells all about the joys of second chances and feelings of redemption.

Mencheres has lived a long life, but hasn’t f...
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The second story in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress World series takes us to a story about Mencheres, one that tells all about the joys of second chances and feelings of redemption.

Mencheres has lived a long life, but hasn’t felt the same vigor for living that he once had, ever since he helped deliver death to his estranged and evil wife, Patra. He no longer has visions and sees nothing, but darkness when he tries, which leads him to believe that his end is near. And, with his jealous enemy, Radjedef, after Mencheres’s power, he knows it’s only a matter of time before it’s taken from him and he’s killed. So, Mencheres decides to end his own life so that Bones and his people do not suffer from punishments handed down from Radjedef and the rest of the Law Guardians.

Mencheres decides to investigate a young vampire’s death and feels it’s as good of a time as any to die, once he is surrounded by the ghouls responsible. He just never expected a young human to intervene, putting her own life in danger. He is forced to save them both and takes her home with him.

Mencheres can’t read Kira’s thoughts and is unable to remove the memories of him and the ghouls from her mind. He keeps her at his house hoping that in time, he will be able to. Once, he determines that will never happen and that she needs to get back to her sick sister, he decides to trust her and let her go.

Neither expects the loss they feel at not having the other around anymore. So, when Kira’s mission to find Mencheres leaves her in a life or death situation, it’s up to Mencheres to come to her rescue. But now his greatest enemy has new ammunition to use against him to get everything he wants.

I really wanted to like this story, but I found the first half of the book to be incredibly boring, and I struggled to keep reading it. Once Kira starts looking for Mencheres it does get better, but it’s not Frost’s best work by a long shot.

It was nice getting a more thorough look at Mencheres and getting to understand his character better. Seeing him near death and brought back by love is a touching concept, especially with Kira being the first person who has ever truly loved him. I’m glad to see he’s finally found that and can be happy, I just wish getting to that point hadn’t been so dull.

Also, it was interesting to see the Mayan ruins, Chichen Itza, being the place where Kira was taken to after being kidnapped since I’ve actually been there and I could kind of imagine the scene.

It was pretty obvious once Mencheres met with Aken, who was going back in that boat though. There was no way that it would have been Mencheres or some innocent. But it was nice to see that Kira wasn’t willing to play the damsel in distress and aided in her own escape.

This storyline was pretty simple, a little too simple perhaps. This one is much darker than the other Jeaniene Frost books up to this point. There is no humor as this book is filled with Mencheres’s internal struggles and painful past. But the hot sex was definitely ramped up in this one, with the help of Mencheres’s power to act as an extra set of hands:)

“Kira knew that his tongue felt like a vibrator set to the speed of Oh Hell Yeah”

I would recommend reading this story to anybody that is reading the Night Huntress series so that they understand what has happened and don’t lose any important details, but I just wouldn’t go into it expecting very much.

posted by Openbooksociety_dot_com on November 10, 2012

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Not Frost's usual great writing, a bit bland and predictable

    I love Frost's story of Cat and Bones. She brought a fresh twist on what has become bland and predictable vampire love stories. Her ability to bring to believable life mythical beings and melding violence and darkness with perfect touches of humor is superb. I was really looking forward to this charactor breakout story. Sadly it was not even close to the caliber of writing I know Frost is capable of producing. This book is the same bland fare put out by less talented writers. The only saving grace is providing extra material on an existing major secondary charactor from Cat and Bone's story. If I had known in advance Frost was not going to put her true writing ability into this book I would not have bought it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

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    Can't say I enjoyed this book as much as I did the others; it was stop and go for several days - the same as with Spade's story.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

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    Ms. Frost’s Night Huntress series is one that I have follo

    Ms. Frost’s Night Huntress series is one that I have followed from the start, so when she decided to expand that world and give some of her more memorable secondary characters their own books I was thrilled at the idea. Her second “world” book, Eternal Kiss of Darkness, took a closer look at the inscrutable Mencheres, who is one of the oldest and most powerful vampires in existence. He is also, as we open this story, convinced it is his time to die. Enter our indomitable heroine, Kira Graceling.

    This book was a fun and fast read, both poignant and passionate in good measure. Taking a powerhouse like Mencheres and finding him a suitable mate who is able to understand at least some of his past baggage was a tall order and I feel for the most part Ms. Frost delivered. Where I had the largest problem was with the villain of this piece, Radjedef. I found him irritating. Not particularly scary, or believable as a powerhouse himself; just irritating. This, I’m afraid, did somewhat muddy the story for me; to the point that I broke one of my longer standing guidelines and flipped to the end of the book to see what happened. I was able to read the second half of this story with less irritation once I was assured that Radje reaped the fruits of his ill-deeds.

    However, Radje aside, I enjoyed the irreverence of this book—taking us everywhere from Disneyland to the Pyramids in our undead adventure—this story wove memorable characters, steamy love scenes, and a quirky humor into a fun yarn that had me enjoying it for hours. My only regret was that I was unable to spend greater time getting to know these characters, but I have high hopes that I will see them again in later Night Huntress books, and then—maybe—find more closure in their story. As it stands, this book gave insight into a very inscrutable character, and in so doing greater depth and breadth to the series as a whole.

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