Review: Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole

Reviewed by Jen

Here’s the thing about the Immortals After Dark books: they are consistent. Sure, Kresley Cole tweaks the particulars, but you can almost always expect a funny and feisty heroine facing off with an alpha immortal who will most likely underestimate her. Cole does it well. But it’s a double-edged sword. I have loved her books for a long time and at this point, picking one up is like finding an old favorite sweater in the back of my closet with $10 in the pocket. One on hand, I loved that cardigan for a reason, but it’s still my old sweater.

OK. Maybe not the best analogy. What I’m trying to say is that I liked the book, but I felt like I’d read it a few times before. And that will be the reason most IAD fans will either love it or feel lukewarm. If it were the first one I’d read, I’d probably give it an A. It’s smart and sharp and sexy. It’s a Beauty and the Beast trope, which I love. It’s sexy and I laughed more than once. It just felt like 90% of the other books in the series.

This book features new characters, which I know was an irritant for some readers still waiting for Fury or Nix to get their HEA. New characters don’t bother me though. Sian is the primordial demon who is on the verge of slaughtering the fey. He is 10,000 years old and dreams of the reincarnation of the mate who betrayed him. Not for love, but for revenge. Now her arrival has finally come.

Lila was a fey princess betrothed from birth to the king of her people, but she was cast into the human world at 13 because her parents plotted against her fiance. Nix orchestrates her capture and delivery to Sian, with a promise to her that if she helps take him down, she can finally go home and rule as queen. (This is the Big Secret we know is going to blow up at the least opportune moment.)

Lila is nothing like her former self. She is adaptable and resilient and stands up to Sian at every turn. Even as he hates her, he can’t help being drawn to her. And despite his monstrous looks, the attraction goes both ways. We watch them snipe at each other, flirt with each other, and ultimately fall for each other despite all their intentions to do otherwise.

It was very reminiscent of Demon From the Dark, which was actually my favorite installment in the series. One of the things that is different, though, is that Cole is establishing more of the Morior characters and giving hints that they are more than they appear. I also liked twist after the Big Secret came out. And I’m looking forward to meeting Orion. One day. Maybe before I’m a grandmother. Or a great-grandmother.

So bottom line: it’s classic IAD. Good, but doesn’t tread any new ground.

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Wicked Abyss
by Kresley Cole
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books

Comments

  1. I still have this one on my TBR and have been dying to get to it. I’m so behind in a lot of my favorite series! I’m not sure about all these new characters. I was hoping to see Nix’s HEA by now, but I think maybe that would put the series at an end. I would hate for that to happen too.

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