Saturday, 24 January 2009

Dark Needs at Nights Edge by Kresley Cole

Straight in chapter 1, the heroine is poignantly murdered by an obsessive admirer. And becomes a ghost fated to haunt her former home forever. So what does she do? She shows all the signs of falling in love with the hero, who gives out all the signs of being a violent total nutcase. Talk about repeating relationship cycles!

Whatever. This is an excellent story of two doomed lovers basically. There is a great build-up to a tragic climax. And inbetween, the author's usual trademark frivolous diversions into shopping and entertainment. In one scene the heroine eats the most enormous amount of food imaginable. Another author trademark is that she is surprisingly good at depicting the horror of violent deeds. Her Immortals should get some guns though. They do just as much damage as swords.

I actually cried when the heroine, Neomie, gets killed for the second time. Even though I fully knew that somehow there would definitely be a HEA.

I thought the first in the series was just too lightweight but this book has much tighter plotting and proper characterisation.

As urban mythology Immortals After Dark is now absolutely miles better than either BDB and the Night Breed series, both of which relentlessly continue their sad downward slide towards boring mediocrity.

Anyway. Very enjoyable. But alas. Also instantly forgettable. Which is the big drawback with many urban fantasies. That's why I usually avoid them. The novel is also completely formulaic in that many of the peripheral characters are either leads from previous books in the series or being set up to be the hero in future entries to the cannon. Blatantly mercenary. Still. Needs must.

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