Many, many thanks to Kim, who sent over word that the blurb for Kresley Cole‘s next IAD book, Sweet Ruin, had finally been released. I have been checking for info every couple of days, but Kim’s tip paid off. This one is totally out of the blue…
Mesmerized by a beautiful supernatural creature unlike any he’s ever met, an immortal assassin is caught between desire and duty in this sizzling new novel from Kresley Cole’s #1 New York Times bestselling Immortals After Dark series, which RT Book Reviews declared “should be on your auto-buy list!”
A foundling raised in a world of humans
Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Her baby brother Thaddeus was as perfect as she was flawed; protecting him became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl…to would-be superhero…to enchanting, ruthless villain.
A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission
A threat to the Møriør has brought archer Rune the Baneblood to the mortal realm to slay the oldest living Valkyrie. Whether by bow or in bed, he never fails to eliminate his target. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty conceals a black heart. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, taking his forbidden blood—and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.
A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin…
Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must not trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. Despite his millennia of sexual conquests, he can’t ignore the unfamiliar longing she arouses deep within him. When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.
I headed over to Kresley’s Facebook page, and there was a little bit more info available. She said…
Background: I had a choice, either to start buttoning up the series to conclude, or continue on. These books are by far the hardest of any I’ve ever worked on. They take me twice as long, and demand buckets of blood, sweat, and tears. BUT I had this overall vision for the series that I haven’t deviated from and couldn’t shake.
—The Plan: leading up to the Accession, I’ll show Nïx as her enemies see her. We’ll have books from her adversaries’ POVs, including the members of the Møriør. To them, Nïx is a maddened arch villainess (we have been seeing her doing shadier and shadier things for several books). She and her bizarre allies must be stopped (we’ll revisit many of the previous IAD couples).
—Lead couple of this installment: Enter Rune, Møriør assassin, sexual weapon, and arrogant half demon/half fey badass. Only one female can keep up with him—street-smart Josephine (Thaddeus’s biological sister!), who’s a powerful phantom/vampire halfling herself.
—Their mission: assassinate Nïx. And the Ever Knowing One won’t make it easy for them!
I figured for sure it was Furie and Kristoff, or at the very least Munro and his mystery mate, so I was totally surprised by this. Not unhappy, but surprised. I don’t do well with hanging storylines, but then I haven’t been totally thrilled with the last couple of installments either so maybe a change of direction is in order. So, what is your take on this totally new couple? Are you disappointed that there wasn’t any payoff to the Furie and Munro teases in the last books, or are you happy with a new branch of the IAD?