The vampire world the author has created is one you can´t forget once started. And the design of the German editions was what made me want to read her books. Over the years I dug deep into the world of Cat and her - more or less friends - and discovered a fascinating beauty when it comes to the Cat and Bones universe. I might not agree with some of the things that happen in this novel, but the writing style and language the author uses give you a wonderful reading pleasure. And to see Mencheres from a different side was well worth my time.

Eternal Kiss Of Darkness*
by Jeaniene Frost
Night Huntress World #2
Publisher Avon Books on July 27, 2010
Genre Vampire
Pages 361
Format Paperback

Chicago private investigator Kira Graceling should have just kept on walking. But her sense of duty refused to let her ignore the moans of pain coming from inside a warehouse just before dawn. Suddenly she finds herself in a world she´s only imagined in her worst nightmares. At the center is Mencheres, a breathtaking Master vampire who thought he´d seen it all. Then Kira appears, this fearless beautiful … human, who braved death to rescue him. Though he burns for her, keeping Kira in his world means risking her life. Yet sending her away is unthinkable. But with danger closing in, Mencheres must choose either the woman he craves or embracing the darkest magic to defeat an enemy bent on his eternal destruction.
The private investigator Kira unintentionally witnessed how a defenseless man is attacked and mortally wounded by a group of men. She does not know that the man is the master vampire Mencheres and the attacking group is ghouls. But Kira gets injured in the incident too, and Mencheres sees no other option than to kill the ghouls and take Kira with him – as the police are already on their way. That way, Kira comes in the unwanted enjoyment of Mencheres hospitality. And finds out that vampire actually does exist, and that she´s landed in the midst of the millennia-long feud of Mencheres and his uncle Radjedef. A feud that demands a high price from Kira and changes her life completely.

Jeaniene Frost´s writing style is very direct. She names things by name, even if there is a character who not only expresses a great deal of choice but is also a bit old-fashioned. The plot is full of groovy dialogues and a fast-paced and absolutely compelling story. The author skillfully plays with the most different fears and strengths of individual characters. The reader experiences the exciting story of the private investigator and the master vampire and gets to know both the minds of Kira and Mencheres. And dives into a world full of emotions that connects the different worlds of man and vampire in a rather unusual way. In terms of action, this novel is to be classified directly after the first volume of the Night Huntress World novels (who would have thought) and before the fifth volume of the Night Huntress series. 

Passionate emotions of both positive and negative nature break through the different characters on different paths and seduce the reader with a huge spectacle of revenge, hatred, despair, love, and power. It was fascinating to see a master vampire being introduced to a new way of thinking by a human being, and thus completely changing life from the ground up. But the evil does not stop intriguing, which enhances the tension between the two main characters in a charming way. Jeaniene Frost is again able to convince with her characters and to present them profoundly and surprisingly versatile. And to mix the whole thing with a dash of reality – magnificent!

With her second single novel for the Night Huntress series, Jeaniene Frost has again achieved a true firework of passion, gloom, and exciting action. Strong characters, a captivating storyline, and an ingenious plot make this novel a true experience. Although the individual novels are self-contained actions, I recommend reading the titles sequentially, as the full magnificence of the story unfolds, and the reading experience is greatly enhanced. 

Happy reading

*I read the German edition by Penhaligon.  

Jeaniene Frost
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Jeaniene Frost is a New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author whose works include the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, and the Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cookbooks frighten her. 


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