- Title: The Warlord Wants Forever
- Author: Kresley Cole
- Series: Immortals After Dark #1
- Genre: UF, PNR
- Format: eBook
- Source: Own Copy
- Reviewed by: Soo
- Rating: 2 out of 5
Description: Nikolai Wroth, once a ruthless human warlord in the 1700s and now a general in the rebel vampire army, needs to find his Bride, the one woman who can render him truly alive. As a turned human, he doesn’t enjoy a heartbeat or breaths and is consequently weaker than fully blooded vampires. He wants his Bride for the power she will bring him and can hardly believe it when his heart beats for Myst the Coveted, a mad, fey, mythological creature.
Myst is known throughout the world as the most beautiful Valkyrie, part chillingly fierce warrior, part beguiling seductress who can “make you want her even as she’s killing you.” She has devoted her life to protecting an ancient, powerful jewel and to fighting the vampires, and she now sees a way to torment one—for with Wroth’s heartbeat comes consuming sexual desire that can only be slaked by her.
She eludes him for five years, but he has finally chased her to ground and stolen the jewel which commands her, giving him absolute power over her. While he possesses it, he can make her do anything, and he plans to in order for her to experience first hand the agonizing, unending lust she’d purposely subjected him to for half a decade. Yet when Wroth realizes he wants more from her and frees her, will she come back to him?
Review: The man once known as the Overlord has been turned into a vampire upon the bleak remains of a battlefield. Centuries later, Wroth leads a decisive battle that takes control of an enemy’s stronghold and finds himself inexplicably drawn to a flame haired vixen with claws.
I was warned that this book is the weakest book of the series. That it’s worth finishing in order to read the other books in the series. Well, I’ve read other series that start off with a weak story. However, I don’t think I’ve ever continued to read a series that fails to catch my attention with the first book. Now that I talk about books with hundreds of readers online, I try things I would normally drop.
I am a sucker for big, strong warriors and spunky ass kicking women. With that said, I think Wroth and Myst are very pretty but their personalities leaves much to be desired. Everything seems cheesy, light and without a lot of depth. Myst comes off as a spoiled brat. For the first quarter of the story, I was left wondering what timeline the story is taking place. The basis of how the vampires and Valkyries work doesn’t sit well.
Perhaps I would have been better served to have started the series with book two rather than one. I didn’t hate reading the story but I didn’t love it. I do love my friends and they love this series. So, I’ll give the next one a go before I table it completely.