Sebastian Wroth was forcefully turned into a vampire by his brothers. He lived in solitude for centuries and had never drunk straight from a source having detested the fact that he's a vampire. He lives a meaningless life until he meets the woman who has come to release him from his curse and before he knows it his heart beats for her, returning all the hope wrenched from him. For the first time after all those years he wants to live but with a sudden jolt she runs away from him into the sun after their first meeting.
Kaderins heart was frozen from any emotions after losing her sisters in a draw of compassion for a vampire many years back only to have him repay her by ending her sisters' lifes. She was utterly broken that she prayed for all her pain and to disappear and had her wish granted by an unknown source. So gods help her when all emotions long frozen, melts and comes rushing back with one touch from the vampire she came to kill. Overwhelmed by all the emotions denied to her for so long, she couldn't resist the lust building in her. When she comes to her senses, she is filled with guilt and takes off leaving the vampire baffled.
Smart Sebastian finds a way to reach his bride despite not knowing anything about her other than her first name. She is about to compete in the Talismans Hie, a Lore race. When he sees her among all these beings, he feels protective and possessive of her as a result of the blooding. Upon seeing her imminent interest in the prize, he decides to win it for her. In pursuit of her he realizes that Kaderin is far from the women he knew; she is ruthless. He observes the beings of the Lore are afraid of her and later discover that she a Valkyrie. As he learns more about the new age, the lore and her, he realizes that there is more to his Bride than meets the eye.
Somehow, he appears at the Hie gathering at Rioras temple few days later and to her dismay enters the competition as well, offering to win it for her! She needs the big prize badly; a key to go back on time and bring her sisters back to the future. Throughout the competition, Sabastian appears off and on in the absence of the direct sun to assist her in the; she sometimes appreciates the extra protection but other times he is a pain. He has a contradictory personality and Kaderin doesn't know what to make of him.
"She's fascinated him, frustrated him. And every hour since she's blooded him, he needed her but even he understood that it wasn't love"
In attempt to win her he keeps rubbing her the wrong way with his "uncharmly" words. Gradually he tries to work his way around her hatred for vampires. In the process, he begins to lose a little of his gentlemanly demeanors with her, letting out a darker side. Just when he thought he had made a progressive step with her, she runs away yet again into the sun...He soon meets a dead end with her still unwilling to accept him; he sees that there is no way that she would ever accept him and that he would be fighting with her for eternity out of fatal compelling. Then he decides; he is to be the first vampire to forsake his bride. After he left her a week ago, he finds himself still unable get past her, constantly being overwhelmed by thoughts of her. He needs to hurt her as she did him. He traces to her in the middle of the mining field as she was fighting Bowen, the Lykae to get to the prize, a trinket. He seized the box and held his hand out for her; another bargain. On the mining field, he sees something in her he's never seen before that falters his resolve... As he continues pursuing her, he discovers that she is destined to die in the Hie....
Later she is shaken by a premonition from Nix the soothsayer and decides to give in just a tad to the lust she feels for him but he makes her second think her decision when he hints for a permanent tie. At a club in Columbia any good impression or she had of him comes crushing down. A week later he appears at her task spot and seizes the prize forcing her into deal to obtain it. He is different; ruthless, not the gentleman he once was but she followed him nevertheless to get away from the mine. After a passionate night with him, she wakes up a new person feeling him grow warm on her. She realizes there may be something more to her attraction to him.
A very compelling story with an Awesome Hero and Heroine; really loved Sabastians contradicting personality and Kaderin the fearless Valkyrie. The chemistry that burns between them is amazing...Love the intensity of the characters with their internal struggles, love for their family and their fight against a force that has connected them together... Not to mention an array of entertaining secondary characters. The Best of the series so far!! Impressive imagination and writing from Kresley Cole.show more
by Dr Stephen Haines