It’s been several months since I read the last book in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series but with Macrieve it felt like no time had passed and I was quickly swept up in the world of Lykae, Valkyries and others of the Lore.
One of the best things about this book is that it’s actually a pretty good place to start getting into the Immortals After Dark series if you’ve never read any of the previous books. The reason for this is that Chloe Todd, the heroine of the piece is human at the start of book and has no idea that the Lore even exists. However, even then she’s aware that something is not quite right with her not that she lets this put her off her goal of playing soccer in the Olympics.
I liked Chloe a lot. Whilst not the first human introduced to the Lore that the series has seen she has more in common that the immortal fighters like Myst and Regin with her ‘rub some dirt on it’ attitude.
The titular hero of the piece, Uilleam Macrieve is also a very likeable Lykae and has been given quite the back story. And does his history ever interfere with their relationship! As is typical with the books in this series, the path to spending an eternity together as fated mates is never smooth and it’s no different for Macrieve and Chloe. In fact it’s not only Macrieve’s childhood traumas that affect them both but as Chloe learns as she discovers who and what she is, those two things don’t help either. In fact, there probably couldn’t be two who are probably worse for each other but that could be said for a lot of the couples in this series.
Given that a lot of the action takes place in either the Lykae compound or the Macrieve ancestral home in Scotland, we don’t get to see a lot of the other characters although most are mentioned. Nucking Futs Nix makes a delightful but short, batty appearance and Regin can be heard over a phone conversation. However, it was a pleasant surprise to see Cassandra who I don’t think has been seen since A Hunger Like No other, the first book in the series, not counting the prequel. But perhaps apt given that that is Lachlain Macrieve’s and Emmaline Troy’s story.
One word of warning; whilst Macrieve doesn’t end on a cliff hanger as such because Chloe and Will’s story is resolved, its ending is definitely of the ‘to be continued’ variety and now I have to wait so long until the next instalment.