Maybe I just don’t know enough about mythology, but this book felt disjointed at times like I’d missed something or had actually started the series several books in. This installment of the author’s Immortals After Dark series is actually billed as #2 now, but when I bought it, it said #1 (it says #1 in my Kindle). There is a story before this one, and it’s part of an anthology and billed as ‘the remastered 10 year anniversary edition’. Had I known it existed, I would have read that story first.
There were a lot of characters in this book, and they were all otherworldly immortals or mythical beings. It got confusing, and I found myself re-reading often, hoping for clarification. Perhaps this is just the author’s style, but I found myself wishing for either less going on or more backstory to explain the chaotic storyline. There was a glossary of sorts at the beginning to explain the creatures and the lore, but it didn’t explain the individuals and why they did what they did. I note that the author’s website does include a character descriptions page that does give a little more detail but only for some of the characters.
This one opens with Lachlain MacRieve, King of the Lykae (werewolves), having been held imprisoned and tortured by the vampires for centuries. His hatred of the vampires and his desire for revenge has kept him sane. He finally escapes when he senses his one and only mate is near. He is surprised when he discovers his mate is the half-vampire/half-Valkyrie Emmaline Troy. He kidnaps her to take her home to his kingdom in Scotland.
I found the Valkyries (Emma’s family) to be particularly annoying. They didn’t think Emma was strong enough or brave enough, and they seemed to hate everyone who wasn’t Valkyrie, too. I didn’t feel sorry for Emma. She proved that she was more than a match for anyone she went up against. I did like Lachlain and the Lykae (a Celtic people with a wolf spirit) a lot. I kept reading trying to decipher the characters and the storyline because of him and all that he’d suffered.
I do hope the series gets easier to understand as it goes on.