“I love IAD and this only increased that feeling. The struggles the characters face and overcome are on par with the rest Kresley's extraordinary adventures.”Daria McMiller wrote this review Thursday, March 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"Lothaire", ancient vampire, aka The Enemy of Old, is the lates book in Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series. I have enjoyed every single book in this series, and this one does not disappoint! If you have yet to start this series - read no further and go get yourself a copy of the novella "The Warlord Wants Forever" and the first full length novel "A Hunger Like No Other"!!
Lothaire is a calculating evil SOB plotting out his End Game by collecting debts from many in the Lore for his "help", with the ultimate goal to rule over one and destroy another vampire kingdom. He had found his Bride in the Appalachian mountains years before, a human named Ellie hosting the soul of a goddess of death Soroya. He believed Soroya was his Bride, not a mere back country ignorant human. There's also a powerful Sorcerous after him for a certain ring he had stolen from her mummified body in the previous novel.
Poor Ellie is just looking to end her life, especially after every time Soroya rises and takes over her body (usually when she is sleeping or tired), she wakes up amidst carnage. Wanting to protect her family, she tries suicide by cop.... but ends up in prison on death row. She only ends up going from a mortal prison, to an immortal one at Lothaire's guarded home.
What I enjoyed most about this book is Ellie, and the battle of wills between her and Lothaire! She's much more intelligent and stubborn than he would ever give her credit for... and she figures that she must figure out a way to get him to prefer her over Soroya. A big challenge! I love how her brain works this out!
I don't want to give any more away, but we do finally get to see why Lothaire is the way he is through his memories. I also love how Ellie makes some allies of her own in this story! A very likeable character that can soften the most evil of vampires!”
“What do you do with a millennia old vampire who is arrogant, stubborn, bat-crap crazy, feared by all, and a colossal asshat? If you’re Kresley Cole, you give him his own book that is a fun, naughty, fast-paced, and long-awaited addition to the Immortals After Dark series.
For millennia, Lothaire’s life plan has been simple: avenge his mother’s death, take his place as King over two kingdoms, and have his Bride by his side to rule together for all eternity. Without fail Lothaire has plotted, savagely killed, and bargained his way toward his goal. In fact, it is his single-minded determination to achieve his goals that has earned Lothaire the name, The Enemy of Old. The culmination of centuries of work is at hand and for the taking if Lothaire can only figure out how to get rid of Ellie Pierce and release his Bride. As you might expect, Ellie is so not OK with this plan. Ellie Peirce is a kind hearted, stubborn, intelligent hillbilly who has had the great misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, repeatedly. To date Ellie’s bad timing has landed her in a state of possession (literally), on death row for a series of grisly murders, and the object of Lothaire’s unwavering attention.
Lothaire marks the eleventh addition to Cole’s wildly popular Immortals After Dark series and as a longtime fan I freely admit I was not disappointed. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised with Lothaire and think most fans of the series will enjoy what Cole has created with this character. As you well know, Lothaire has always been a part of the Immortals After Dark series and has made appearances in nearly every novel; to be fair, until recently, his appearances have generally been quite brief and offered the reader little insight into his character and/or motivations. It would have been quite easy for Cole to simply write off Lothaire as a minor character. Instead, she took him to the next level with a fully developed backstory that fits seamlessly into the fabric of the Immortals After Dark series as a whole. Lothaire and Ellie’s story is one of madness, violence, extreme passion, surprise, and the understanding that even one as old as Lothaire simply can’t fight destiny. Well played Kresely Cole, well played!
This novel reads like a roller coaster ride with tons of action, appearances by the Valkyrie (Regin is better than ever!), a ginormous butt load of steamy sex, and a plot line that is worthy of the Enemy of Old! I read this book in record time and am so stoked to see that it not only completely answers all the previously unanswered questions about Lothaire but also establishes him as a solid character that is surely going to play a vital part in the continuation of this series. And continue, it will! Cole made it abundantly clear that she is not done with the Lore and the Accession is just getting started. ”
“Intense story, great read. Really enjoyed the heroin and her ability to face what ever comes at her.”Sailon wrote this review Tuesday, February 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Probably a 4.5. This isn't my favorite book from this series, but I love just about everything Kresley Cole writes and I did enjoy this book very much. ”Malia Dobrev wrote this review Monday, February 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Lothaire, for me, was hard to love at first. I'll totally admit that. Despite how impossible it is for Ms. Cole to disappoint me, Lothaire himself was a hard man to love. His shell is extremely hard and goes quite deep, so Ellie had her work cut out for her when it came to breaking it down. Lothaire was definitely the most unique male protagonist she's written about though. Sure he's tough and brooding. But he actually is still pretty evil. Even when you breech the surface, he is still mostly an ass. Unlike previous heroes who melt for their lady quite quickly, Lothaire took some warming up to. So this was probably the hardest thing about the book and the main reason I struggled between four and five stars.
But when it comes down to it, I couldn't put this book down. It was just as gripping as all her other books and the story remained unique in it's own right. Ellie was feisty yet loveable, the sexual tension was as to be expected from Cole, and we even got more actual sex in this one than in the previous books. Actually, for that reason, it sort of took me back to The Warlord Wants Forever. Although we're bound to get near-painful sexual tension between the H/h in any IAD novel, the amount of actual sex in this one was more in line with the very first book in the series than all the others (not a bad thing though at all).
There were some things I didn't like though (other than the fact that it took awhile to warm up to Lothaire). I love how Kresley meshes and intertwines her storylines, and while we got to see a little bit of that in this one, it wasn't nearly as much as in the past. I felt like the story was a bit more disconnected and scrambled than I have come to expect from this series. Things just seemed to happen in the nick of time as opposed to happening for a reason. On top of that, the humor was toned down a lot. While there was some, my favorite thing about these books was the humor and I hardly laughed out loud with this one. :( Also...Nix. While I still love my Nixie-poo, most of her appearances were very, well un-Nix-like. She seemed way more lucid and less crazy-fun than usual. Maybe this is for a reason that we'll find out in the next book, but even though she definitely still is out of her mind, she wasn't as amusing!
Overall, this was a great book. If it weren't for the fact that I've come to expect quite a lot from these books, then I would have easily given this book five stars. But, since I know what Ms. Cole is capable of and for the reasons I talked about, I have to give it four stars instead of five. It was very good, but I didn't love it nearly as much as all the previous books unfortunately.
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“Um, Lothaire is a dominating shithead, but I love him anyway. I like how his character stayed true throughout the book. I kept picturing Alexander Skarsgard as Lothaire, so I imagine this helped my opinion too! ”Erin O wrote this review Tuesday, February 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Was sorely disappointed! Lothaire was a real a**hole and I kept thinking as the book went on that he would turn around and change and make me love him again, but doing so just the last few pages didn't work for me. Sex scenes didn't do it either! ”Rani G wrote this review Saturday, February 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Oh my god it was so freaking awesome i love this book . I was so elated to read it and i cound't put it down . Kresley Cole just makes you fall endlessly in love with her characters and the whole world she has written , she just sucks you in .
I have been waiting to read Lothaire book for what feels like forever and it was worth it , i think this might be the best in the series so far .
Lothaire is so hot and totally insane but he just makes you fall helpless in love with his character , it was upsetting how he treated Ellie at first but i like that she was the only want to stand up to him no matter what . I love the witty banter between the 2 them is was so funny ,they were made for each other.
I loved that we got to know new characters and i hope they get their own books too , they all seem really interesting .
I loved Nix in this book she was so awesome ,i badly want her to get her own book soon. I need another IAD fix, i just can't get enough of her books:).
If your a lover of PNR then you should read this seires right away.”
“Lothaire is the tenth full length novel in the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole and a Paranormal Romance from Gallery Books.
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 Daciano vowed years ago to rule both vampire kingdoms - his mothers’ Daci and his fathers’ Horde. After a millennia his Endgame is in sight. With the Ring of Sums in his possession and his Bride by his side - Lothaire is sure to be unstoppable.
Only he doesn’t quite have the ring...
And his Bride is trapped inside a mere human...
Elizabeth Ann Peirce lived the simple life of a mountain girl; hunting, fishing, working at the family’s Outfitter store. She had big plans to go away to college, get a well paying job and help her family find financial stability away from the mines.
All of that changed the day her nineteen year old body was invaded by a cursed deity - Saroya, the Soul Reaper.
Lothaire is determined that no harm befall the human girl Elizabeth - he needs her body intact for his Bride.
Elizabeth is equally determined to hang on to her body and her soul. But her heart? That is an entirely different matter - it may already be lost...
The Immortals After Dark is my all time favorite series. I absolutely love the entire Lore and its’ inhabitants - the good, the bad, the ugly and the really ugly bad.
I love it
Lothiare is a wonderful addition to this fabulous series. It just whets my appetite for more...
I give Lothaire 5 out of 5 stars.
Hardcover: 506 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books (January 10, 2012)