- Publisher: POCKET BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 109mm x 170mm x 33mm | 136g
- Publication date: 2 February 2009
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1416580948
- ISBN 13: 9781416580942
- Edition statement: Original
- Sales rank: 7,832
For centuries, Rydstrom, fallen king of the Rage Demons, has fought to seize his crown, never relenting, until he is tricked into the lair of a exquisite enchantress. If she can tempt him to her bed, everything he's worked for will be lost. Sabine the Sorceress of Illusions has long accepted her fate: to seduce a demon king. But once she kisses the brutal warrior, she realizes seduction is far from the punishment she'd feared. Yet just when they begin to fall for each other, one will be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice. Will Sabine give up the only life she knows to save her demon? Or will the proud king lay down his crown and arms to keep his sorceress...?
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Kresley Cole has a Master's degree in English from the University of Florida and a lifelong interest in nautical literature and sailing. You can visit her website at www.kresleycole.com.
By Niina C 30 Oct 2011
Rydstrom is a dethroned King of the Fire Demons, he and his brother who cost him the kingdom have been trying to find a way to defeat Omort the Deathless for 700 years. With the Sword that can finally kill Omort in the brothers sight they set off to fetch it, but before they can even embark, a woman appears in front of Rydstrom on a deserted road and seduces him to follow her.
Sabine, hasn't had an easy life, and growing up in her stepbrothers corrupt and disgusting invaded castle has left her, a Sorceress, wicked, evil and selfish. Her destiny is to receive the child of The Demon King to open The Well of Souls in the middle of the castle to help either evil or good to win in the coming Accession ( a Lore doomsday of sorts ). As she lures Rydstrom into his old castle, now corrupt by evil and death, through a portal, she drugs him as he refuses to buy into her Illusion and sleep with her, and shackles him into a bed in his old dungeons.
As Rydstrom discovers where he is, and who she is, he's enraged, promising to destroy her and Omort for this - and she sets out to seduce him, tease him until he proclaims her his mate and Queen and then she'll sleep with him to get his heir. Rydstrom learns that prefers sex a little differently than he thought, instead of being kind and gentle like he has been with other women he's tried, Sabine brings out his dominant features. As Rydstrom realizes she's his mate, confusion sets in, who on earth would give him an evil mate, related to his archenemy, he doesn't want her - but he sure as hell won't let her go. She's his, no matter the shackles, the evil tendencies, her cruelty and the fact that she's making him insane.
"She may be an evil bitch, but she is my evil bitch. And I'll have no other."
Now, wow, haven't read a plot like this, ever. A Queen of Illusions kidnaps a demon, bounds him into her bed, seduces him to the brink of insanity and then refuses to sleep with him until her makes her his Queen so that their child can be the legal heir of the Castle.
This is one seriously hot read! Even two weeks later I get butterflies in my tummy recalling some of the shackled scenes. ;) So if you are at all squeamish about sex this book isn't for you. But if you like a little play on dominance, and one angry ***** demon then, there you go.
I personally would have liked this story a bit sweeter, and the beginning was bit hard to swallow at times, as I like my heroines brave, strong and good, so rooting for Sabine was very hard at first. And it isn't until towards the end of the book when her compassion is shown that she really grows on you and it's all good and she becomes a truly great character, a quasi-evil but kind "queen" who destined to bring the women fire demons out of the meek and ignorant middle-ages.
"When a group of young females had asked her what one should name her horse, she'd answered, "I like the sound of Fellatio."
When Rydstrom had confronted Sabine about it, she'd said, "Do you know how priceless it was to hear that demoness sigh, 'I love my Fellatio'? Even gold can't buy moments like that!" "
Rydstrom I have loved since Wicked Deeds On A Winter's Night ( #3 ) he's honorable, a king, gracious but can hack down incubi like there's no tomorrow, he's determent to get his crown back and even though Sabine is quite wicked he still sees some good in her even though she masks her tell-tale expressions with Illusions in the beginning.
Now I cannot help but to mention few things! I bet Cole used some Finnish in this book! Like the castle is Called Tornin ( Torni = Tower in Finnish ) and Rydstrom is practically a Finnish last name ( RydstrÃ??Ã??Ã??Ã?Â¶m )! Go Finnish language. ;D If I ever have the chance to talk to her that's def gonna be in my guestions. ;)
If you like the Immortals After Dark series then do not midd this! And if you haven't read IAF series but you want to read this one then definitely read Dark Desires After Dusk first ( trust it's no chore ;) ) as these two books are like one book all wrapped up together.
By Shayla 25 Aug 2011
SPOILERS ALERT!! Scroll to bottom to avoid!
Rydstroms life's purpose is to reclaim his crown and his kingdom Rothkalina and the only way to do so is by killing Omort the Deathless; permanently. So when Groot the Metallurgist offers him a sword that will do just that for the vessel in return, he seizes the opportunity.
Sabine the Queen of Illusions is known to be worst than her brothers but she hold many untold secrets driving her. An oracle had professed that she will bear the child of Rydstorm, the rightful king of Rothkalina and that child will unlock the powers of the mysterious well in Omorts court. When Omorts finds out that his brother is going to hand to Rydstorm the sword that will kill him, he sends Sabine to shape her prophesy but Sabine has her own motives. She wants to take over the kingdom and free herself of her brothers' hold.
Before he could start on the chase after his lifes mission, he gets captured by Sabine as a prisoner in his own kingdom cell forcing him to rely fully on his unreliable brother Cade to retrieve the sword that to by handing in his mate as the price.
If Sabine though this task would be easy, she was wrong. She tries to tempt and torture Rydstorm into submission but he too strong willed. Then another problem is that the child will not be a true heir if they are not married.. Rydstorm is confused as to why fate has delivered him his mate in Sabine, an evil socceri, the one he will seek his revenge on for torturing him; as soon as he escapes.
Sabine thinks she eventually succeeded but Rydstorm had tricked her into believing that she's his Queen with his vow of revenge in demonish. Rydstorm gets his wish when he is helped to escape by Lothaire. He takes Sabine as a prisoner and begins their journey to the portal. He enacts revenge by repaying her. On their journey, they began to warm up to each other and Rydstorm believes that Sabine will make a strong queen but there are other obstacles....
This book has two very strong personalities as the main character. I really loved Sabine; she's wicked, sassy and she looks out for herself. Both characters were developed very well throughout the book especially Sabine. I found it realistic and believable that she didn't have a drastic change in her character. And Rydstorm the level headed demon with a wild side. Both of them glue well with each other. For some reason I couldn't get into the story emotionally though I was able to appreciate the book. Read this book for lots of fun, humor, sarcasm, and two strong main characters.