14383So book #3 in the Immortals After Dark is -so far- just as good as the first one I read, A Hunger Like No Other.

Here we are introduced to Sebastion Wroth, a medieval warlord of the Franco-Prussian war I believe, who was turned into a vampire against his will by his brothers on his deathbed.  Ever since then he had been living in misery and solitude, a life of undeath, drinking blood bought from a butcher until he meets his fated Bride.

Kaderin is a full blooded Valkyrie warrior who hunts vampires for sport.  She has had no emotions for over a thousand years after grief almost destroyed her when her sisters were killed in front of her eyes by a vampire she thought to spare.  Since then Kaderin never failed to take the fangs of any vampire she hunted until she happened upon Sebastian when attempting to ‘save’ a group of local villagers.

Needless to say, its inetersting to see how the woman with no emotions reacts to them once she meets Sebastian.  Apparently since she’s his Bride, he has the ability to lift her curse as well.  But that’s only when they’re together.  When they’re apart it seems like the curse comes back, so yeah.  One minute she’s wild and wonton, the next she’s on emotional lockdown.  Like I said.  Interesting.

We also see the set up for the two main characters of the next book, though I’ll be buggered if I can figure out how they’re going to work considering they both actively try to kill the other in this one.

No great surprises or revelations or wind up to some great big bad in this one.  Just a good, fun story.

Next, something I’ve been putting off for a while.  The Light Of Burning Shadows, book 2 in the Iron Elves Trilogy by Chris Evans.

6459561Musket and cannon, bow and arrow, and magic and diplomacy vie for supremacy once again in this second epic fantasy adventure from acclaimed author Chris Evans. As the human-dominated Calahrian Empire struggles to maintain its hold on power in the face of armed rebellion from within, the Iron Elves’ perilous quest to defeat the power-hungry elf witch, the Shadow Monarch, takes on greater urgency.

The Iron Elves, shunned by their own people for bearing the mark of the Shadow Monarch, and desperately wanting to forever erase this shame, became legendary for their prowess on the battlefield as the Calahrian Imperial Army’s elite shock troops. But when their commanding officer, Konowa Swift Dragon, murdered the Viceroy of Elfkyna, he was exiled, and these brave elves were banished to a remote desert outpost, doomed and leaderless, their honor in tatters.

Recalled to duty to reform his regiment from the dregs of the Imperial Army, Konowa thwarted the plans of the Shadow Monarch at the Battle of Luuguth Jor — ensuring that the fabled Red Star, a source of great natural energy, did not fall into Her hands. Now Konowa must cross storm-tossed seas to seek out the lost elves and the prophesied return of another Star somewhere in a desert wasteland roiling with mysterious power, infernos of swirling magic, and legends brought back to life in new and terrible ways. And the fate of every living creature will come to depend on a small band of ragged and desperate soldiers, whose very loyalty to the Empire they have sworn to serve is no longer certain. When death is but a temporary condition, a terrifying question arises: who is the true ally — and fearsome enemy — in a growing conflict that threatens all?