Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Series: Immortals After Dark #11
Published by Audible Studios on January 10, 2012
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Length: 16 hrs, 42 min
Source: Audible Purchase
All fear the enemy of old.
Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness—until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.
A deadly force dwells within her.
Growing up in desperate poverty, Ellie Peirce yearned for a better life, never imagining she’d be convicted of murder—or that an evil immortal would abduct her from death row. But Lothaire is no savior, as he himself plans to sacrifice Ellie in one month’s time. And yet the vampire seems to ache for her touch, showering her with wealth and sexual pleasure. In a bid to save her soul, Ellie surrenders her body to the wicked vampire, while vowing to protect her heart.
Centuries of cold indifference shattered.
Elizabeth tempts Lothaire beyond reason, as only his fated mate could. As the month draws to a close, he must choose between a millennia-old blood vendetta and his irresistible prisoner. Will Lothaire succumb to the miseries of his past—or risk everything for a future with her?
Lothaire is a character I’ve long looked forward to learning more about. He’s the Enemy of Old to be sure but I’ve found him to be quite a lot of fun, too. I was excited to get his book. Even more so to see what kind of woman would bring him to his knees.
Ellie – Elizabeth to Lothaire – was a spitfire of a girl. Growing up in the mountains of Appalachia and enduring what the mines did to her family only sharpened the girl she was. She was whip-smart, witty, tenacious, resourceful, and determined. That she’d been inhabited by a demoness and ended up on death row after the occupier went on a killing spree was nothing Ellie couldn’t handle. When circumstances changed and she ended up in Lothaire’s care, we got to really see what Ellie was made of.
Lothaire’s history was such that he rather loathed humanity. I understood why he had the feelings he did. Truly. But his arrogant belief that fate wouldn’t be so cruel as to give him a human bride? Well, pride does come before the fall. He was ruthless in his belief that Soroya was his bride – you know, the being that took up residence in Ellie’s body. Watching him be so dismissive and heartless toward Ellie as he tried to figure out a way to bring Soroya to the surface permanently was painful. His continued pomposity towards Ellie even after he began having feelings for her was doubly so but also kind of comical as he did get his comeuppance.
Lothaire’s book was all I was hoping it would be with one exception. His treatment of Ellie. Of course, it aligned with his character but his prejudice towards her not only because she was human but also a “backwards” mountain girl? One who could never be worthy of him? Well, it was hard to swallow. I so enjoyed seeing Ellie best him in many ways. It was gratifying to watch as Lothaire realized he shouldn’t have been so awful to her and that she was more than worthy of him. It was he who might be lacking.
I adored having Nyx play a prominent role in this installment. She’s always fun and I appreciated getting her and Lothaire’s back story. We’re also introduced to the Dacians – Lothaire’s mother’s people. I’m excited to get better acquainted with them. There was also some continuation of the plot thread with Dorada and the ring. But mostly Lothaire dealt with the titular character coming to terms with how he’s spent his existence and going about winning his bride’s heart.
Robert Petkoff was, naturally, exceptional in his narration. I know I’ve said it before but he excels at performing the story, not simply narrating it. I don’t think I’d enjoy this series nearly as much if it weren’t for him.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: