This is the second official book in the Immortals After Dark series. There is, also, a short story in the anthology Playing Easy to Get. In this story we learn more of Kaderin the Cold Hearted, who is one of the Valkyrie's most deadly assassins and we meet Sebastian Wroth, a vampire who was turned against his wished by his brothers.
Kaderin is called Cold Hearted for after her sisters were killed, some force removed all of her emotions. As she can experience no emotion, she only lives to kill vampires and enter the Talisman's Hie, a fantastic and deadly race for immortals. Kaderin has been sent to kill a vampire who is terrorizing a town in Russia, as she comes upon the vampire something strange happens; she hesitates for the second time in her long life to kill a vampire. She experiences feelings that she hasn't felt in a long time while with this vampire.
Sebastian Wroth is the vampire who Kaderin comes to kill; only when they meet he realizes that Kaderin is his Bride, the female destined for him. After spending centuries alone he realizes there is something to live for, even though he has despaired at being turned a vampire. Kaderin runs from Sebastian as she recognizes the signs of a vampire finding his Bride and as she experiences her feelings return.
Sebastian is able to do things no other vampire is able to do and he quickly finds Kaderin and enters the race planning on winning it for her, he soon learns she has won before and is a deadly adversary. As the race prize is announced Kaderin realizes she now has a way to save her sisters and she will stop at nothing to win. As the race continues Sebastian tries to find ways to seduce Kaderin to him. The two slowly start to learn more of one another and to trust one another.
This book is another wonderful read by Ms. Cole. I could not put this book down! Ms. Cole has created such an interesting world that it is easy to get lost in, with sex scenes so well written you need a fan to cool down. Sebastian and Kaderin are so likeable and strong in character that it is a pleasure to read of them. I cannot wait to read the next installment in the Immortal After Dark series.
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Kresley Cole delivers a scorching tale about a foreboding vampire who lives in the shadows—and the beautiful assassin determined to hunt him down—in the “sensational” (RT Book Reviews) second novel of the Immortals After Dark series.
Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live. Until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead.
When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow—accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever Kaderin encounters Sebastian, her feelings—particularly lust—emerge multiplied. For the first time, she’s unable to complete a kill.
And when the prize of a legendary month-long contest is powerful enough to change history, Kaderin will do anything to win it for her sisters. Wanting only to win her, forever, Sebastian competes as well, taking every opportunity—as they travel to ancient tombs and through catacombs, seeking relics around the world—to use her new feelings to seduce her. But when Kaderin is forced to choose between the vampire she’s falling for and reuniting her family, how can she live without either?