Review – Eternal Kiss of Darkness
Well, if you are reading and enjoying the Cat and Bones series by Jeaniene Frost, this second offshoot is a must read. This one book is about Mencheres and his finding his own babe, if you remember he has been celibate for 900 years because of his loony, crazy, pretty darn evil wife…so he is pretty hot and heavy with lust and desire when he meets Kira.
So Mencheres starts out pretty tired. His visions have stopped and all he can see is a large wall of darkness coming his way. He is convinced his time has come and he is going down and has decided to go out his own way. Kira hears him moaning and playing the victim to a couple of gouls, and she runs into trouble to help save him. Needless to say, she becomes enmeshed in the paranormal world, things happen and then more things happen so that Mencheres is being framed for doing bad things which could result in his death by vampire enforcers, so that he has to go on the lam.
Kira is a pretty good character. She is strong, a little pig-headed and has that cop mentality of complete and utter fairness. She is a good pairing for Mencheres because she has a conscience, cares about fair play and power won’t seem to go to her head. He is so strong and been a ruler his entire life that he needs someone who knows what it is like to be without power and at the hands of someone ruthless. She softens him a little and makes him a little more human. We get a bunch of his background though which is interesting and Cat and Bones make an appearance…but the best character from the main series is Vlad. I really hope we get a spinoff for him. That would be great. Both Cat and Bones were a little weird from Kira’s point of view and it just didn’t feel like them, but Vlad was pretty much himself. Granted, he got a bigger part in this story and was more involved, so there was more time for him to be his normal charming self. Love it!
So this book was fun, the action was pretty good. Mencheres had to get over himself, as he learns that he doesn’t always know what his visions are telling him. Because I knew this world and a lot of the characters, I think I enjoyed the story more. I don’t think it would be as good/appreciated as a stand-alone book. This novel takes place between books 4 & 5 in the Cat and Bones/Night Huntress series. Kira seems like a good addition to the cast of characters even though she doesn’t have all that much to do in This Side of the Grave, book 5. Like I said, a read this book if you are enjoying the Night Huntress series, which is really good by the way! If you haven’t picked them up, find Halfway to the Grave now!!