Sunday, March 24, 2013

Review: Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Night Huntress World #2)

A immortal war has been brewing in the darkness...and now one woman has stumbled into the shadows.

Vampire. What other creature exist that aren't supposed to be real?

Eternal Kiss of Darkness, by Jeaniene Frost, is the second novel in the Night Huntress World series. It immediately follows the life of Mencheres, an ancient Egyptian Master vampire, after Destined for an Early Grave. Kira Graceling, a Chicago private investigator, was walking home one late night when she heard the moans of pain from a person in distress inside a warehouse. With her strong sense of duty and justice, she called emergency operators and rushed to the person's rescue only to find out that the victim and his bullies are not human. Her world turns upside down when a nearly fatal injury leaves her unconscious in the warehouse.

When she awakens, she is stunned that she is not dead. Her stomach wound also miraculously healed, leaving no scar in sight. Meanwhile, Mencheres thought he had seen it all. He couldn't believe a beautiful, fearless human would risk her life to rescue him. He also cannot read her thoughts nor does he want to send her away. He can barely control his passion and sexual urges around her, but he does not want to trap her in his world any longer.

However, the darkness continues to grow inside him as his greatest foe is bent on destroying him. After being framed for murders he did not cause, Mencheres have little time left before the Guardian Council decide his fate. He must choose his decision wisely: embrace an eternal life with Kira or face eternal destruction.

Frost provides a rare treat with this timely background story. Mencheres, a 4,000-plus Master vampire who thought he had seen it all. He had saved countless lives over the centuries with his visions and incredible super strength. His knowledge of the dark arts (black magic) were also an envy among many vampires. Although he is a main character in the Night Huntress series, I never understood him at a deep level. Now, I realize why he felt his time on earth was coming to an end. I am also grateful that Kira (whose name means "darkness") appeared just in time to provide the spark he desperately needed to save his soul from eternal damnation.

Stay tuned for the next novel in the Night Huntress series, The Other Side of the Grave.

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