Thursday, January 26, 2012

Review (Paranormal Romance) - Lothaire by Kresley Cole

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
ALL FEAR THE ENEMY OF OLD 
Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness—until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience. 

A DEADLY FORCE DWELLS WITHIN HER 
Growing up in desperate poverty, Ellie Peirce yearned for a better life, never imagining she’d be convicted of murder—or that an evil immortal would abduct her from death row. But Lothaire is no savior, as he himself plans to sacrifice Ellie in one month’s time. And yet the vampire seems to ache for her touch, showering her with wealth and sexual pleasure. In a bid to save her soul, Ellie surrenders her body to the wicked vampire, while vowing to protect her heart. 

CENTURIES OF COLD INDIFFERENCE SHATTERED 
Elizabeth tempts Lothaire beyond reason, as only his fated mate could. As the month draws to a close, he must choose between a millennia-old blood vendetta and his irresistible prisoner. Will Lothaire succumb to the miseries of his past . . . or risk everything for a future with her?


MY VIEW:
Lothaire is the twelfth installment in Kresley Cole's popular Immortals After Dark series of paranormal romances. Two very unlikely characters play the central roles of potential lovers and mates - Ellie a human who is possessed by a death demon and is on death row as a result of the creatures actions and Lothaire, the most feared vampire in the history of the Lore (the supernatural  community).  This combination raised a reading challenge for me - how can they possibly find common ground, establish a relationship and more. As I discovered, the author was very much up to the task.

Ellie is the ultimate underdog, starting the tale completely screwed with virtually no control over her life. Lothaire knows her to be his blooded mate (in Lore vampire tradition their meeting restarted his heart and desire) but chooses to believe it is the death goddess who inhabits her body. Ellie is exceedingly resourceful and makes the best of her limited options. Her inner dialogue is insightful and revealing of a deeply caring and intelligent person irrespective of her humble origins. Ellie is the reason to read Lothaire, compelling and believable. fresh and new.

Lothaire on the other hand is not quite Ellie's equal as the ultimate bad boy, exhibiting a lesser range of emotion and self-awareness, but having said that sufficient motivation is provided to fill out his character as a suitable counterpoint to Ellie. As one of the longest-lived Lore creatures, fans of the series will appreciate his many memory recollections that expand on the Lore world with many familiar characters on stage. His early life and many of the trials and tribulations he suffered are well illustrated generating a surprising amount of empathy for a character I felt early on was irredeemable.

Interestingly enough, one of the strongest scenes in the novel comes from a meeting Lothaire has with Nix (the crazy Valkyrie oracle) which leads to an epiphany about his love/hate relationship with her. I also loved the usual seemingly absurd vignettes that bring a delightful element of humour to the story;  the author combines characters such as an Elven oracle, with Ellie (possessed human) and a half-demon and humanizes them in a totally normal seeming situation which contrasts with their usual  supernatural origins and behaviours. Oh yes, and every scene at Valkyrie Hall is a hoot.

Lothaire is a welcome addition to one of the best-written series in paranormal romance with hours of entertaining reading. Readers unfamiliar with the series can start in with Lothaire, but may miss some of the nuances with  references to previous stories and characters. A handy glossary is provided in preface to the book which is handy and I wish more authors/publishers would include such material in series novels.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439136829
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Pages: 468
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Series: Immortals After Dark Series (#12)


Read an excerpt here.




1 comment:

  1. As I sit here and try to think how to explain Lothaire, all I can really is say is that he is just one of a kind. There isn't a lot of gray in his world. He is so old and his arrogance is so ingrained, that it is his way or else. Kresley Cole allows him to fall in love -- and still retain these characteristics. Because of his age, and the fact that when he drinks from people, he retains their memories, he is not lucid at all times. He is skirting the edge of insanity and fears he may not make it to exact his revenge.

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