"The Warlord Wants Forever"
By: Kresley Cole
Summary from Kresley Cole.com:
Nikolai Wroth, a ruthless vampire general, will stop at nothing to find his Bride, the one woman who can “blood” him, making his heart beat and filling him with strength. Coldly interested only in the power his Bride will bring, he can hardly believe when Myst the Coveted awakens him body—and soul.
Famed throughout the world as the most beautiful Valkyrie, Myst has devoted her life to protecting a magical jewel and to fighting the vampires. Wroth provides her with the perfect opportunity to torment her sworn enemy—for with his new heartbeat comes a consuming sexual desire that can only be slaked by her. Denying him, she flees, struggling to forget his searing, possessive kiss.
She eludes him for five years, but he has finally chased her to ground and stolen her enchanted jewel, giving him absolute power over her. Now that she’s his for the taking, he intends to make her experience first-hand the agonizing, unending lust she subjected him to for half a decade. Yet when Nikolai realizes he wants far more than vengeance from Myst and frees her, will she come back to him?My Thoughts:
In preparation for "Lothaire," I re-read "The Warlord Wants Forever" by Kresley Cole. This title is the beginning of the Immortals After Dark series and is best charactorized as a novella at approximately 192 pages at length. A wonderful introduction to the world of vampires, valkyries, and witches, "The Warlord Wants Forever" is also a pretty wonderful romance.
Nikolai is a vampire who has never taken blood from a living person. Turned into a vampire on a battlefield, Nikolai is part of a new order of vampires intent on taking over control. As they are taking over a castle held by one of the most evil vampires around, Nikolai encounters Myst, a valkyrie. Of course, he doesn't know who or what she is, making her the victor in their warfare.
Even though it is the beginning of the Immortals After Dark series and a novella, the story is surprisingly thorough in character development, plot, and leaves you excited to read the rest of the series. While an abundance of characters are introduced, it isn't overwhelming and the bulk of the story deals with our hero and heroine.
Like any Kresley Cole book, the plot is fast moving, the characters witty, and the dialogue snappy. She uses modern phrasing and culture in an almost ancient world that works seamlessly. A great romance and a wonderful start to one of the best series out there, I would highly recommend "The Warlord Wants Forever."
Publisher: Pocket Books
Date of Publication: February 7, 2006
# of Pages: 192