Review: ‘Kiss of a Demon King’ by Kresley Cole
Kiss of a Demon Kingby Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #6
Published by Pocket Books on January 20, 2009
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: AudioBook, Paperback
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From New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes this spellbinding story of a demon king trapped by an enchantress for her wanton purposes -- and the scorching aftermath that follows when he turns the tables and claims her as his captive.
HIS OBSESSION...Sabine, Sorceress of Illusions: the evil beauty who surrenders her body, but not her heart.
HER DOWNFALL...Rydstrom Woede: the ruthless warrior who vows to keep her at all costs.
THEY WERE NEVER SUPPOSED TO WANT EACH OTHER THIS MUCH...With each smoldering encounter, their shared hunger only increases. If they can defeat the sinister enemy that stands between them, will Sabine make the ultimate sacrifice for her demon? Or will the proud king lay down his crown and arms to save his sorceress?
First Read: May 2010
Second Read (Listened): March 6-8, 2019
Third Read: December 10-16, 2021
Kiss of a Demon King is the sixth book to Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. This would be my third time reading this book. I read it the first time in 2014 and then again in 2019. I’m re-reading the series since the next book, Munro releases in January 2022. I needed a refresher of the series since it’s been a while. I love re-reading this series. I always fall harder for Kresley’s characters in this world.
Storyline/My Thoughts: First, I realize this book is a lot of readers’ favorite, but unfortunately, this has to be one of my least favorites. It’s not just because of the female character Sabine, but also because of Rydstrom. There’s also the issue of Omort the Deathless in this book. There are villains you hate, but there are villains that are sick and twisted, and this one was sick and twisted. I felt ill the whole time with him in the story.
Here’s the gist of the story without giving too much away. If you had read Cadeon’s story before this book, you would’ve found out that Rydstrom was captured by a so-called damsel in distress who was the Sorceress of Illusions, Sabine (She’s the half-sister of Omort the Deathless. Omort is the one that stole the crown from Rydstrom.) Sabine now has Rdystrom in the dungeon of his castle in his kingdom. She’s on a mission to get pregnant by Rydstrom by his baby and be the Queen of his kingdom. There’s also something else in the story that needs to happen that Omort needs for her to do. Omort does not like that his half-sister has to sleep with the Demon King. This is when the readers find out that Omort has feelings for Sabine. There’s also something that Omort does to Sabine and her sister that is unforgivable, and I find it very disturbing. I hated this part of the book. This was at least one thing I aligned with Sabine in the story and wanting revenge against Omort. I could not stomach Omort and found him disturbing. He is the worst villain in the series (at least so far).
Here’s the thing that bothered me about this book, though. Rydstrom changes when he becomes captured due to how Sabine tortures him. (Cadeon and Rydstrom changed personalities, and you can tell within this book.) There’s also the issue that he knows she’s his fated mate. He’s fallen for her, but Sabine doesn’t want to fall in love. I can understand, though, because Kresley goes into detail about some of Sabine’s past and why she is the way she is, and there is her sister she loves dearly. I couldn’t connect with Sabine, though. I couldn’t connect with Rydstrom, too, especially towards the end of the book, when Sabine was trying to get back to her sister. There are some scenes between both the characters that are disturbing. I sometimes thought they shouldn’t be fated mates. Although, in the end, I could understand why they were fated mates after everything happened. They actually were made for each other in a weird kind of way. I’m glad, though, that Sabine and Melanthe have a strong relationship as sisters, and you get that in this book.
I was more excited that Cadeon and Holly appeared in the book, and there was a follow-up to their book. Rydstrom was surprised to find out the news of Cadeon and Holly when he didn’t want revenge on his fated mate, Sabine.
The question is if Rydstrom will get his crown back in this book? You’ll have to read it to find out. He definitely didn’t have it easy getting it back, and he should be very thankful for what his brother had to go through to get the sword from Groot.
Oh, if you are a fan of Gena Showalter’s Lord of the Underworld series, you’ll hear Nix mention that she has to go to Budapest to meet the Lord of the Underworld guys. I love that series and will be re-reading that series next because I’ve missed that series too and have a few of the books to catch up on in that series. I love the fact that Nix played a role in that series. 😉
I give Rydstrom and Sabine’s story 3.5-stars. It may not be my favorite because of the characters, but I still enjoyed the storyline. I really liked the ending.
Standalone or Part of Series: It’s part of the Immortals After Dark series, and I recommend reading in order.
Steaminess: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 💫
Trope(s): Fated Mates; Enemies to Lovers
Would I recommend this book? Yes. If you are a fan of PNR, then I recommend the Immortals After Dark series. Kresley Cole is the Queen of Paranormal Romance.
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