“A hunger like no other” is the first book in the “Immortals after dark” series. An adult, paranormal series of books about everything that can go bump in the night and kill you. And immortal love.
What’s not to like?
Kresley Cole creates a very interesting, fast-paced world, with many fantasy creatures. Vampires and werewolves, but even demons, angels, witches and Valkyries come out at night in New Orleans.
“A hunger like no other” is very much like your typical story of ‘beauty and the beast’ to me. He’s tortured and with anger problems, she is cowardly and meek. But through the course of the story, they change and they evolve.
Emmaline Troy is a half Valkyrie/half vampire who has been sheltered all her life, not only from the outside world, but from her own nature. By the end of the book, she’s the fighter she was meant to be, confident and freed. Emma even finds out the answers she was seeking at the beginning of the book, before she bumped into Lachlain MacRieve.
Meanwhile, Lachlain has been captured by the vampire Horde for years. He’s been sentenced to burn for centuries, just to have his immortality bring him back to life. He finds his soul-mate in Emmaline. The young vampire is able to calm down the rage inside of him and give him a more open-minded perspective.
Just because she’s half vampire, doesn’t mean she’s vile or evil.
But that’s what he thinks – understandably so with what he’s been through – in the beginning and it takes him a while to come to terms with the reality and accept how things are. Emmaline is his fated mate. She’s half vampire. She’s not evil.
Though, not one of my favourite in the series, it is still an enjoyable read, that is not without its issues of course.
There are many dark undertones and many of them are in Emmaline’s and Lachlain’s relationship that starts off on the wrong foot. He’s controlling, wrathful and he lies to her whenever it suits him. Their relationship is seen as abusive and their interactions to the point of being sexual assault, as Lachlain kidnaps Emmaline and repeatedly ignores every time she tells him no.
It didn’t bother me a lot, but it took out of the story and it is something he regrets afterwards and he tries to make it up to her. Still, it doesn’t much change his actions.
What did you think about this book? Have you read it? 🙂 I’m continuing with the rest of the series, as I want to catch up to the new books that I haven’t read.
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