Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Night Huntress World Series #2)

Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Night Huntress World Series #2)

by Jeaniene Frost

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ISBN-13: 9780061783166
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/27/2010
Series: Night Huntress World Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 178,449
Product dimensions: 4.60(w) x 11.08(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to nineteen different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling—by car. Airplanes, children, and cookbooks frighten her.

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Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Night Huntress World Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 790 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Ancient Egyptian Master Vampire Mencheres believes his life is coming to an end. Ti protects those he cherishes from an in family civil war to replace him by designating Bones as his co-ruler; especially since he expects a life and death showdown with his enemy Radjedef. In Chicago, Ghouls seemingly have trapped Mencheres, but mortal private investigator Kira Graceling saves his life; at least she thinks so when she courageously dives into the fight. Stunned by the mortal's bravery, Mencheres finds himself dazzled by Kira who is attracted to him though fearful of the strange world she discovered when she jumped into his fight. However, as he now has a reason to live, he fears her distraction and attraction will kill both of them. The second sidebar spin-off from the superb Night Huntress saga (see First Drop of Crimson) is a great urban fantasy as the Master vampire falls in love at an extremely bad time. Filled with action, as Mencheres tries to keep his beloved from becoming a pawn in the death match with his adversary a great risk to his existence, Jeaniene Frost continues to be one of the sub-genre's top Master mages. Harriet Klausner
Yvette4 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Frost has done it again. Mencheres and Kira are as endearing as Cat and Bones. You will love this story. You will route for Kira who is so brave and headstrong (just like Cat). Mencheres is taken by her bravery and honesty and by her love for him. Bliss, this was pure bliss for me. Keep 'em coming, Ms. Frost!
Charmed47 More than 1 year ago
Another great book to te Halfway to the Grave series. I love JF books. The only thing I would like to see is the endings being a little less cut and dry. The whole book just builds and the ending is like ok we win, Love ya bye.
hrmherron More than 1 year ago
I really like J. Frost, the Night Huntress Series, and loved First Drop of Crimson. However, I didn't like this book as much. I probably didn't like it as much because I didn't really have a connection with the main characters. In First Drop of Crimson, I already knew the two main characters. In this book, I only knew of the main lead character, and even then there wasn't much I knew about him from the other books. Overally though, I thought it was a good book.
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi 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.
MiMomof3 More than 1 year ago
Jeaniene frost truly knows how to draw you into a great adventure with memorable characters such as collective and mysterious master vamp, bones whos sexy and outright bad boy vamp with such loyalty ect.. love how all the stories entertwine with familiar characters, action and emotion.. points of outright laughter . All time favorite author .. night huntress series ect amazing reads
JaxRox More than 1 year ago
I cannot express how much I have enjoyed these books! This one is a stand alone and will not give anything away like Spade's book did, but you should still read this before book #5 of the Cat and Bones series. I sincerely hope that Vlad gets his own story! I love his wit, and he could certainly support his own story......maybe Vlad and Justina.....would that be too weird?
Seree More than 1 year ago
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.
FastReaderMJ More than 1 year ago
I loved this book...could not put it down. I liked getting to know some of the other characters from the "Grave" series with a little dash of Cat & Bones. Liked this one just as much as First Drop...hoping for a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, like the others by Jeniene Frost, was amazing! I love the way she has such an exciting way of mixing the story to keep you wanting more and the story never gets boring! Great add to the series, I still want more!!!
bookaphile on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I love the Night Huntress series but this one bored me alittle. Menchares is an interesting character but Kira is sadly lacking. She bothered me with her attempts at humor and her weak bravado. The story centered around their relationship and some ancient feud Menchares has with Radjedef. The villain was a carbon copy of a dirty cop, vampire style. I will still continue the next in the series but I hope it is as good as the original Cat and Bones books.
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing 6 months ago
This is the latest spin off book from Jeaniene Frost in her Night Huntress World and it is focuses on Mencheres. In all the books we have seen him in the past, he seems to be sad and unhappy with his life. I guess I never really thought about it before, but he has been alive for thousands of years, most of them he spent married to a woman who hated him. If that wasn¿t bad enough, she also tried to kill him and his line out of fear. This resulted in him having to put actions into place to kill off his own wife and now the guilt he feels is overpowering him. He has thousands of years of blood on his hands, no wife, and while he is surrounded by people who respect him, there is not really a whole lot of love in his life.Enter Kira, she happens to stumble upon Mencheres being attacked by ghouls (though she does not know that) and tries to help him. She ends up getting hurt in the battle and Mencheres has to heal her, during the process Mencheres also realizes she has seen to much and takes her with him to wipe her memory. This turns out to be a problem because he cannot seem to do it and so Kira stays with him a while. While time goes by Kira¿s attraction to Mencheres grows and soon she finds she may not want to leave even if she can.The emotion that took me by surprise the most in this book was Mencheres¿ sadness, well really it is depression. It is always present as the book evolves and he is constantly trying to talk Kira out of being around him. He feels like his life has been to full of pain and suffering and he does not deserve her in his life. Kira does not want to hear it though, she is judging him for what he is now, not where his past actions led him. Which you have to admit is a lot easier said than done. That is how people should look at others, but it rarely actually happens. It is almost a blessing that she did not know Mencheres before though because she essentially gives him a clean slate to start over with her.I love Kira, she is tough, strong willed, and not afraid to fight for what she wants. She is also not afraid to stand up for Mencheres which is a rare event in the vampire world. He has made a lot of enemies and not everyone trusts him. Even some of his closest friends throw insults his way. They are probably meant to be in jest, but they still affect him and Kira sees it. She does not care about what they think they know about him because she has undying faith in him and she is proud to stand by him. I found that quality in her quite admirable and it was refreshing to see Mencheres get a fair shot at things. Sure, he has done a lot of things in his past, but doesn¿t everyone deserve a second chance? I think so, and that is what Kira is for him.Bones and Cat make a couple brief appearances in this one, which I love. I also liked seeing Cat and her brief interaction with Kira. Cat is one bad a$% chick, if I ran into her I know I would be intimidated. But Kira holds her ground with Cat and does not seem to be intimidated at all. It was quite impressive and knocked Kira up a notch in my book. I hope we get to see her again in the future Cat and Bones stuff. Oh, even Vlad comes into play a couple of times, I miss that guy. I know he is supposed to be scary and what not, but he is one of my favorites. I hope we get to see a spin off book with him in it because that would be really interesting.Overall, this book was fantastic. I loved getting to know Mencheres better and I feel like I understand him more now. In the past books I have not really taken to him, but this book changed my mind. Once again Jeaniene has managed to keep me completely engrossed in her world and I loved every minute of it :)
RuthiesBookReviews on LibraryThing 6 months ago
This book was just as good as the rest. Mencheres meets a human woman who attempted to save his life in the beginning. But finds it hard to stop thinking about her, she has awoken something in him. He tries to erase her memory of the events but can't. When things become worse, he is forced to kill her but then brings her back as a vampire. Now he feels like he has something, or rather, someone to live for. After a long time of fighting Radje, he finds himself in a very precarious position and Radje wants him dead for good. But Kira won't let him give up that quickly and certainly won't let him go. After his visions of the future disappeared he decided that it was his time to go, but now things have changed and Kira has lightened the darkness at the end of the tunnel for him. Of course, Cat and Bones made an appearance because this is the man who passed on his powers onto Bones. A lot of action, romance and sex. It was a thrilling book and I can't wait to see what Ms. Frost is going to have next! This world is incredible and most of all, these characters are a lot like you and me, They struggle, they hurt, they love and the live!
pacey1927 on LibraryThing 6 months ago
This is the second in a series of novels based in the same world as the Night Huntress series. These stories have a much larger emphasis on romance. In this book Mencheres the vampire is ready to die and leave Bones to rule. Then he meets PI Kira who throws him for a loop. As the two are forced together for some time, Mencheres jealous enemy sees his weakness for Kira and the fun begins. I love the Night Huntress series by Jeanine Frost. It is exciting and well written. The characters are so multi-dimensional that they just come off the page. Bones and Cat have a relationship that is real and believable. Their sex scenes are HOT. What I am finding with the Night Huntress WORLD is that I don't feel that relationship intensity here. The books are still well written and Frost in undeniably a great writer and creative world builder. I enjoyed Mancheres more than I believed possible and I even liked his love interest Kira. These tend to read more like paranormal forumla romances, like those created by Kerrelyn Sparks or Lynsay Sands. This one especially met the generic formula of human meets vamp. Human comes to terms with vamps. Vamp loves human who can't succumb to his vampire powers. Their love is threatened physically. The good guys prevail. Love triumphs and happily ever after. Even the sex scenes here were dull. This shouldn't be possible from the author who wrote the historically hot Chapter 32! If I read the word 'loins' ever again it will be too soon. The portions of the story not focused on the love/sex aspects were fresh and engrossing. It just feels like these characters and this AMAZING world, are too big to properly be fit into this romantic and formula based series.
calclan on LibraryThing 6 months ago
This was a really good book. Having "met" Mencheres in the Night Huntress series, I really didn't think one way or the other about him. Now that he's been fleshed out by Ms. Frost, I found him a great character. He is so lonely and desolate after living for over 3000 yrs, and you just feel he's tired. Kira comes to his aid and he is quite astonished that this mortal woman has courage, spunk, and risks herself to help him. He battles with himself since he doesn't want to involve her in his life, yet his feelings for her start to flourish.Of course there is an evil protagonist, his Uncle, Radjedef. He is one of the Law Guardians, you should know, every vampire tale has a judicial system they follow and this is theirs. Using his position of power, Radjedef is out to get Mencheres once and for all, feeling slighted all those hundreds of years ago before they were even vampires. Wow, that is a reeeeeally long time to hold a darn grudge, ya know!Needless to say, Mencheres does not want Kira caught in the cross-fire of this mess and he tries to keep her away. His "grandchild" Bones wants to help and all Mencheres wants is for Bones to take care of the flock. Here is were we see that there is a heart in him. His worry for his followers is evident. We also meet Vlad again, as he assists Mencheres as best as he can. You find out just how powerful Mencheres really is. He is the Grand Pooba of all vamps being so darn ancient and that becomes quite evident as the story progresses.There's a part where he allows himself to sink to the bottom of the pool and just has silence. What thoughts must go through such an ancient mind must be staggering and he does this to escape.There is plenty of suspense, a bit of a twist that I really didn't expect at all, a nice introduction to Kira, and it all getts tied up in a pretty bow. Fast easy reading, a bit of suspense, just what I like. Jeaniene Frost does not disappoint! I can't wait for #5 in the Night Huntress series and I sure hope she gives Ian his due in a book of his own.
flemmily on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I'm not a huge fan of Mencheres, and really that made the book not so great for me. As a character he's a little too powerful and inscrutable, and just not very endearing. I liked Kira a bit better, but she didn't help much.However, for a romance where I didn't care for either of the main characters, it was still enjoyable. It's fairly standard plot wise, but paced really well. A quick read.
xbetty on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Eternal Kiss of Darkness is the second in the successful Jeannie Frost `Night Huntress World¿ series. This time we get to peek into the world of Mencheres. An older than dirt vampire, who sees nothing more than his departure from this world in a void of darkness, and no he¿s not being melodramatic. He¿s gifted with the power to see visions of the future and lately his powers have been on the fritz. He can¿t see through the darkness that engulfs his visions. Leaving him to interpret them as a sign that his time is coming to an end.In his attempt to get his affairs in order so to speak, he runs into Kira who saves him from an attack from a gang of ghouls. Fearing that she knows too much and being draw by her, a feeling that hasn¿t surfaced for decades, he takes her into his world. Risking both their lives in the process.Mencheres was introduced in the Night Huntress series and is Bone¿s `vamp granddaddy¿ of sorts and now the co-ruler of their line and is certainly an intriguing character. But it seems his loss of his visions is his undoing. Believing that that they signify his end he moves to put his affairs in order before leaving his line and it¿s responsibilities to Bones. The trouble with knowing what is going to happen before it does is a luxury he¿s grown far too dependent on, rather than live in the moment his visions are his crutch. Once they¿re gone his own existence is brought into question.Kira is an interesting character also, she¿s not afraid to speak up and is not content to sit back and allow others to take care of her, she reminds me a bit of Cat. A private detective by trade it¿s her inability to help others that finds her entangled in a world that she once considered myth. Because Mencheres cannot wipe her mind of the events she¿s witnessed she has no choice but to stay with him.Final Thoughts¿My innocent illusions of Disney¿s Thunder Mountain will forever be tainted by a certain, ahem, acrobatic performance. It certainly puts a whole new meaning to `climbing the walls¿.I love the Night Huntress series and when Jeannie Frost announced that there would be spin offs I was very eager to see what she had planned. While I¿ve enjoyed the series thus far, the knowledge that there will be no further books exploring these characters besides their stand alone books, leaves me feeling a little deflated.Don¿t get me wrong, I enjoyed both books, but I couldn¿t help but feel sad at the end knowing that the next time we will see these characters will be behind Cat and Bones as secondary characters in their next book.If you¿re a fan of this series and the world Frost has created, I urge you to give this book a read. While it doesn¿t focus on the series main characters, which may not be appealing to some, it still is a fun read. While the mystery and suspense is easily wrapped up in the last couple of pages there¿s enough going on and appearances from old friends to keep you turning the pages.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 6 months ago
This is the second book in the Night Huntress World series. This was a decent story, I didn't like it as much as the Cat and Bones books, but it was fun to learn more about Mencheres's past.Mencheres is incredibly old and has been feeling death's call for some time. That is until the beautiful and tough, Kira steps in to save Mencheres from some ghouls. Mencheres would like nothing more than to erase Kira's memory, but Kira is proving resistant to his mind control. With one of Mencheres's old vampire feuds spinning out of control, Mencheres ends up having to keep Kira close to him to protect her. Mencheres is drawn to Kira like no other woman in centuries. Maybe if Menchres can survive his feud and beat back the darkness his future holds, he can finally come to terms with what him and Kira feel for each other.If you enjoyed the first Night Huntress World book then you will enjoy this one. These are much more paranormal romance than the Night Huntress series, as such there isn't as much fightting and action and I tend not to enjoy them quite as much.Still this book gives the reader a chance to see into the mind of one of the most powerful and mysterious characters from the Night Huntress series, Mencheres. Mencheres is unique both in his three thousand year or so age and in the absolute control he usually displays. It was interesting to learn more about Mencheres's past and to see some of the thought behind that complete control.Kira was an excellent heroine and a force to be reckoned with. She is tough, but not overly rash...she has a mind of her own, but does try to listen to reason. There are couple of times where she did some pretty stupid things out of ignorance, but these were well-founded. I enjoyed reading about her and enjoyed the deeper look into her character that I had previously missed by only reading the Night Huntress series.It does bug me a little bit that you have to read these more romancy books to fill out the story, otherwise you are a bit lost as to what was going on in the Night Huntress series. I kind of wish the two series weren't so interconnected and dependent on each other.Overall it is a decent story. Much more romance than the Night Huntress series and I didn't enjoy it as much as those books. Still it was nice to finally learn Mencheres's past and to gain some additional understanding of his character. I definitely recommend this is you are a fan of the Night Huntress series; although much of the action and humor that is present in those books is absent in this story.
crazybatcow on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I have no idea how Frost does it. There are a LOT of vampire "romance" novelists out there but most of them either don't know how to write sexual suspense (they write porn instead) or they don't know how to write sex that doesn't sound like rape or they forget that there has got to be some filler between the sex scenes to show the characters kicking butt, or solving problems, or whatever...This book is a bit lighter in the kicking of butts and a lot heavier in the character exploration and development (and THANK YOU for the female character who is not a sniveling weakling and who actually might initiate and enjoy a good sexual encounter)... and I liked it quite a bit.To be fair, though, there was a "lull" around the middle where we had not much going on other than Kira getting used to her new life, but since we've already read all the other books in this world by now, it's a bit redundant to hear yet another story of a new vampire. That and there are some number of pages of story which are there only for the sex - normally I like the sex to have a purpose, but anyway, it was still a 4 star story (and, other than JR Ward's works - it's MUCH better quality than comparable vampire "romance" stories)
wenj on LibraryThing 6 months ago
As an avid lover of Jeaniene Frost¿s Night Huntress series, including her new spin off series the Night Huntress World, I was a little disappointed at first blush when it came to Eternal Kiss of Darkness. It seemed to lack the traits that I¿ve come to expect from Frost¿s work-a certain amount of sass and sarcasm as well as full throttle action and steamy romance. However, while it may have started more slowly for me then her previous books it finished with her usual flair and became yet another wonderful installment that shouldn't be missed.Mencheres has always been something of a secondary character in the Night Huntress series though he's always been quite interesting. Previously we were given only short glimpses at him and his powers, but have always been well aware of his Master status within the vampire world. So, because of this you can understand my reaction when in the first chapter he is allowing himself to be captured and tortured by Ghouls. It is only after Kira, a good Samaritan and human, risks her life rescuing him that he lashes out against his captors killing them almost instantly, but not before Kira is mortally wounded. Feeling a debt to the woman, he heals her but is unable to mesmerize her, a way to effectively remove the memories of what transpired from her memory. With only the option of killing her or waiting for a time when she may be more susceptible to him, he chooses to take her with him.It is from there that my problems with the novel stem. As we first begin to get to know Mencheres, he is apathetic to say the least. He is world weary and with his visions of the future gone he is left with only a looming darkness in its stead which he takes to mean that his time on this Earth is ending. Because of this he has appointed Bones the co-ruler of his line and imparted a great deal of his powers to him in his effort to tidy up his affairs and leave his vampire line protected. But, with the appearance of Kira into his life we find that there is more beneath the apathy in his character. By contrast he is also charming, generous and still quite powerful with an uncanny control of both himself and his powers. In other words, there is nothing old about him. In fact I would say that he greatly values life (human and vampire), but because of his recent history he is weighed down and in desperate need of a beacon in the looming darkness to give him a reason to carry on. However, we come to see that instead of the comfort of friends he only feels distrust towards those around him, thinking that anyone who would want to get close to him is only interested in his power, wealth and protection, but not actually in him. It¿s these insecurities that truly grated on my nerves as he pines for Kira, opting to stalk her rather then get close to her and give her a chance to like the man that he is. Which honestly, from where I sit, isn't bad at all.Kira is likewise maddening, however. She is instantly attracted to Mencheres, but due to her captivity she feels she can¿t trust that feeling. Instead she believes it might be a reaction of Stockholm syndrome, a syndrome where the captive falls in love with her captor. But, after Mencheres lets her go free with only a promise from her to not tell the human world about his kind, she comes to realize that she truly does want him in her life. In fact, that she may even love the vampire. Needless to say, she almost recklessly goes looking into any supernatural lead that she can find to help her search out Mencheres or someone that can lead her to him. Instead she finds a human girl that has been missing for several years being held prisoner by a vampire as his Property. Foolishly, she tries to extricate the woman, but is captured and tortured by the vampire until spilling Mencheres¿s name.It isn¿t until this point that the pace begins to finally pick up and we become steeped in the action of a centuries old feud and the romance between Kira and Mencheres as they finally b
LauraLulu on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I wasn't as crazy about this one as everyone else, in fact, I'm not crazy about this spin off series much at all. Actually, now that I think about it, I loved Cat & Bones in the first 3 books, but the 4th had them losing some of their charm for me, and I'm not much looking forward to the 5th.Anywho, back to this book. I'm just not a big PNR fan. I just find it all so unbelievable, the falling in love in 3 days bit. And yes, this coming from someone who reads mainly paranormal & fantasy, complaining about believability. :) But I have always had a soft spot for Mencheres, so it was nice to see him get his HEA, I just never believed it.
Brie.Clementine on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Last week I went on a Jeaniene Frost binge. I¿ve been avoiding reading her series mostly because I¿m not a huge fan of book series with a recurring main couple -I¿m always concerned about them breaking up- and because judging by the reviews Cat wasn¿t my type of heroine. But a friend of mine has been telling me to read them for over a year now so I decided to give them a try and I¿ve got to admit that I liked them. I can¿t exactly pinpoint why I liked them because I did find Cat annoying as hell, but the books kind of grew on me and now I¿m addicted. I¿ll probably do a review of the whole series, but meanwhile you can find Marie¿s take on This Side of the Grave here.Not only did I read all of the Night Huntress books, but I also read the spinoff series as well, and of those two my favorite was Eternal Kiss of Darkness. Both this book and the first one First Drop of Crimson are stand-alone from each other but not from the Night Huntress series, this means that even though you can read one without having read the other, you can¿t read either one without having read the Night Huntress series first -at least until the fourth book- because they are full of spoilers. So my suggestion is that you treat these two books as part of the original series and just read every book in order.In Eternal Kiss of Darkness we meet Kira Graceling, she is a private investigator who one nigh happens to come across a man being tortured by a band of nasty looking bad guys. What she doesn¿t know is that there is nothing ordinary about the man nor about the bad guys, you see, that man is a vampire and the guys torturing him are ghouls. It also turns out that the vampire is not even an ordinary vampire; he is Mencheres, a millenary master vampire and one of the most powerful vampires in the world. In the end is Mencheres who ends up saving Kira from the Ghouls and not the other way around. He takes her to his home to erase her mind of everything that happened (mind control is a common ability among vampires) but when he can¿t do it things get a little complicated, especially because he can¿t stop thinking about her and there is a powerful danger looming over him. When I discovered that Mencheres was this book¿s hero I wasn¿t that trilled, I didn¿t care for him until I read book four on the Night Huntress series. He is an intriguing character because he is really old and wise. I was curious about such character being a hero, but a little apprehensive as well because he almost seemed too old and too wise. I¿m happy to say I was wrong. All those traits that made me doubt his hero potential ended up being what made him a great hero. He has many layers and I think he is the most complex character in this word that Jeanine has created.The other reason this book worked was because the heroine is also an amazing character and had great chemistry with Mencheres. She is strong and independent, and she loves deeply. What I liked the most about this book was that Mencheres and Kira loved each other and you could feel it. It was almost sweet how this ¿old as dirt¿ vampire, who has a dark and troubled past, who doesn¿t see himself as worthy of someone¿s love and who is very powerful, finds himself falling helplessly in love with a human.Jeaniene¿s vampires have long teeth¿s, green glowing eyes, drink blood, get sunburned but aren¿t otherwise affected by the sun, might develop superpowers in time, and in general are quite similar to what we are used to in a vampire. But even if there is nothing particularly new about those vampires, the world that she has created is rich and complex and you really need to read the whole series to grasp that. I don¿t think you will enjoy this book if you haven¿t read the Night Huntress series, is a good book, but it won¿t be the same for you without the added background.If you have read the Night Huntress series, be warned that even though this is the same universe, and there even is a cameo of Cat and Bones, the style is completely diff
Slion on LibraryThing 6 months ago
The 2nd book in The Night Huntress World Books ¿The Eternal Kiss Of Darkness¿ is about the elusive and all-powerful vampire, Mencheres, and his lifelong feud with another powerful vampire, Radjedef. Thrown into the middle of this battle is Kira, a human private investigator, who happens to become the most important person in Mencheres long life. We open this story with Kira basically saving Mencheres from his own suicide plan, which was ¿death by ghoul attack¿. Mencheres could easily fight off a band of ghouls, but was allowing them to basically do what they want, until Kira showed up to save him. Mencheres is then required to save Kira as responsible for clearing her mind of all things supernatural. The problem occurs when Mencheres, over a week in Kira;s company, finds she is resistant to mind-control. He also finds he is extremely attracted to Kira, but believes he is destined for the grave. Mencheres has chosen this path feeling it will protect the ones he cares about and end the feud with Radjedef. The only problem is Kira makes him want to live.I personally loved this book as much as her last one about Spade. Mencheres proves to be a complex character with a long history of decisions that he has made because of his visions and knowledge. He is a very isolated individual emotionally because of what he has done, and some of the people he care the most for doubt his motivations. The really tragedy is that Mencheres feels that very few people in his life are there because they truly want to be, but stay because they have something to gain. The exception is Kira. He sees Kira as the one person who looks at him as an individual and likes what she sees. Throughout the book she will leave him speechless with each new time she `sees¿ him and only him. Kira is a great heroine for this novel and enjoyed her fire and energy. She relies on her instincts and feelings, which eerily have never been wrong about situations or people. She meets Mencheres and her instincts says,¿ Mine¿. She then goes out to find him, no matter what happens. She also deals with him being a vampire rather quickly, based on her instincts. Kira is strong and determined and loyal. She looks at Mencheres, a 4000 year old vampire, and tells him he is wrong and to trust her. Man, you got to love someone with this kind of confidence. I love the scene with Cat and Bones. Kira really shows her inner strength in front of 2 very strong individuals and people Mencheres needs and cares about. Kira also is practical and has confidence in Mencheres. She allows him to fight Radjedef, alone. Overall, I loved this book and give it my highest recommendation. I had only one complaint. I would have liked to seen and epilogue at the end of the book. How the book ended felt almost cut off, like there should have been something more. The ending was good, but adding an epilogue would have been the cherry on top of the sundae. 5 stars
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