Author: Kresley Cole
Mass Market Paperbound
432 Pages, 4.26 x 6.78 x 1.12 in
January 20, 2009
List Price: $8.99 CAD, $7.99 US
Rating: 3.5/5Genre: Paranormal Romance (adult)
Sabine, Sorceress of Illusions: the evil beauty who surrenders her body, but not her heart.
Rydstrom Woede: the ruthless warrior who vows to keep her at all costs.
THEY WERE NEVER SUPPOSED TO WANT EACH OTHER THIS MUCH...
With each smoldering encounter, their shared hunger only increases. If they can defeat the sinister enemy that stands between them, will Sabine make the ultimate sacrifice for her demon? Or will the proud king lay down his crown and arms to save his sorceress?
After I read Wicked Deeds on a Winter's night, I was excited to see how Rydstrom's story would play out in Kiss of a Demon King. I loved Rydstrom! He was passionate, caring, level headed and drop dead sexy - he was also in a constant battle for his throne, letting his relationship with Cadeon and his search for his Queen slip through his fingers. When Kresley takes us on Cadeon's journey we are introduced briefly to Rydstrom's story that would be coming next.
I was really hoping that I was going to enjoy this novel a lot more than what I did. I still liked the novel and would recommend it, but there was just something lacking in the relationship between Rydstrom and Sabine. Perhaps it was the fact that they were both constantly playing each other and using each other for their own personal gain. I felt Rydstrom's conflicting emotions - he goes through a lot of trial and tribulation in this chapter of the IAD series. I felt for Sabine and Lanthe, but I found myself attaching to Lanthe more ( her book will be good). I always want to feel a connection with the main characters, so not feeling one with Sabine was unpleasant.
What I did like about Sabine: Sabine was a strong woman who had suffered great pain in her past. This pain has scared her and enabled her from trusting anyone other than her sister Melanthe. She is a wicked sorceress and she was cocky. I loved seeing a female who was as equally cocky in her abilities and looks as the males usually are.
I found myself struggling to accept Sabine and Rydstrom's relationship. It wasn't as loving as Cadeon's affection for Holly or as passionate as Lachlain and Emma. It was cute, but it wasn't heart stopping. I just loved Cadeon and Holly so much. My favourite parts in the book were when Cadeon was there. Oh and one part I absolutely loved was when Kresley quotes A Princess Bride. It's one of my all time favourite movies, so to say that made me all giddy inside would be an understatement.
Now, the book read extremely well and there was never a dull moment. There was something always happening - between Rydstrom's capture to Sabine's capture (which we are privy to at the end of Cadeon's story). We also get to see and meet the infamous Omort as well. Rydstrom is such a damaged character and so is Sabine. They both have faults and it takes the length of the novel for them to find reason and truth in each other, confronting these faults head on. This book is a must read for Kresley Cole fans. Although it is not my favourite I still enjoyed it immensely and I found myself unable to put it down.