Friday, May 6, 2011

Book Review: Kresley Cole's Wicked Deeds on a Winters Night

Book 3 in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series is Wicked Deeds on a Winters Night.  Cole is such a phenomenal writer that you’re almost always guaranteed a great book, let alone series.  Her cast of bizarre, likable and complex characters always somehow stick with me.  Each time she introduces a new character, I wonder if or when she’ll write their story.

A case in point is in Wicked Deeds on a Winters Night, Bowen MacRieve  (a Lykae and close friend of Lachlain – the King of the Lykae/werewolves) was introduced to us in the first book, A Hunger Like No Other (my review.)   His sad story began when his life mate, Mariah, died while running from him during their mating ritual.   And once she died, so did Bowen’s reason for existence. 

Fast forward to nearly a century later and now Bowen is on a quest to find Thrane’s key.  Every five hundred years, immortals convene and compete in the Hie; an immortal race equivalent to the human’s “Amazing Race” but far more deadly.  The key holds the chance for Bowen to go back in time and right the wrong that stole Mariah away from him. 

During the competition, Bowen meets Mariketa: The Awaited.  She’s a witch and a damn powerful one too.  Bowen doesn’t trust her because she’s a witch.  And when he starts lusting after her, he believes she’s enthralled him somehow with her sorcery.  He curses her while his body craves her.  His desire is awakened, forcing him to question if she's his new life mate or is she bewitching him?  Mari is attracted to Bowen too, but she’s wary of Lykae.  Her future was foretold that a powerful Lykae would claim her as his life mate and that his overprotective and controlling nature would cause strife in her coven.  And that’s just the beginning, folks.

Neither one of them trusts each other, which doesn’t make for a great start in any relationship.  Between the backstabbing, the deadly spells and the never-ending old flame (Mariah), you wonder if Bowen and Mari are even meant to be.  I won’t tell you what happens only that it’s…oh so goooood!

Cole is an amazing storyteller, weaving intricate plots and sub plots so methodically and effortlessly.  After reading just a few IAD books, I began appreciating not just her writing, but how she artfully or thoughtfully crafts the entire series.  How does she keep it all connected?  Her skill is a mark of a master, no doubt. 

For me, a Wicked Deeds on a Winters Night was a 4.  Reading Cole’s Immortals After Dark is almost like eating Lay’s potato chips – cuz you can’t just have one.   

Mina B.

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