In an interview about Lothaire in 2011, Kresley Cole said she has at least 10 more books plotted out in her head for her Immortals After Dark series, not even including (one would hope) her spin-off series, The Dacians. One of the recurring characters in the series is Nucking Futs Nïx the Ever-Knowing, Proto-Valkyrie and Seer without Equal. In layman’s terms, that means she really old and really crazy. It’s her craziness that makes her a much-loved character in the series. She’s like your really old, really meddling great-aunt—except she has the body of a super model and the strength of sumo wrestler.
Cole has hinted on her site that while Nïx will get a book, it will be a long time coming as it will be one of the last if not the last book. While Nïx’s day may be long awaited, that leaves plenty of time for us to think about who she will end up with. As with all of her characters, every super-Alpha male needs a strong female to be his foil. This heroine may not seem like an Alpha female at first glance, but sooner or later she’s chopping off people’s heads and fulfilling prophecies.
In the case of Nïx, she is already an Alpha female—she may even be as crazy as Lothaire was prior to meeting his Bride. That means she’s going to need someone strong but gentle who can temper her particular brand of crazy. We know little to nothing about Nïx’s life before her relatively recent insanity took hold outside of the brief glimpses of memory we saw in Lothaire.
She has a kind heart and deserves a kind hero but he has to be strong enough (not that Cole’s heroes ever really have that problem) to reign her in—that’s when he’ll swoop in, give her a cuddle and soothe her mind.
This is where Cole will really have to push with heroes. We want him to be the strong male we’ve come to appreciate and expect from Cole’s heroes. However, in this case, Cole will have to replace her naturally nurturing female characters with a nurturing and soothing male. Nïx’s mind—while ever knowing—is fragile. Any manhandling from an Alpha will result in her mind breaking.
Then again, I have high hopes that she will become a goddess and smite whatever jerk inevitably breaks her heart, even if it just for a few chapters-worth of angst.
My gut reaction was that it has to be a god or demi-god of some sort. In recent books, Nïx has mentioned that she’s just a few acts of valor and a few more years of crazy visions away from being put on goddess level. A god would be an interesting match for Nïx as they would have the power to ease the strain of some of her visions, they would certainly be strong enough to handle her ability to (probably) move mountains, but there is the problem of the needed gentleness. I imagine even if she became a goddess, her mind would still be fragile and no Alpha male will be able to handle that—then again we need a male who will grow as much as Nïx does, so there’s hope! In one of her mad mumblings she said she was betrothed to Loki once upon a time. There is precedent in Nïx’s mind, but then again she also thought Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe was in love with her when in reality she was stalking him.
Recently Cole has started to pair her characters with human or near-human mates—Cade, Lothaire, even Regin, and now Uilleam MacRieve all face the possibility of losing their mates to mortality. Cole has always been able to work it out with some loophole: Cade’s Holly was suppressing her Valkyrie nature due to OCD, Lothaire magically turned Ellie into a vampire, Regin’s Berserker Aidan the Fierce/Declan Chase became immortal due to a gift from the gods, and Uilleam’s Chloe…well, we don’t know yet but love with the specter of death in a paranormal is just not fair when it has worked out for everyone else!
That being said, I think a human might be good for Nïx. It’s highly unlikely, but I wouldn’t put it past ol’ KC to pull the wool over our eyes by giving Nïx a human. I can just see it—Nïx has been made into a goddess (I keep going back to this because there’s just too much foreshadowing in the last few books for it to be ignored!), and she goes a little crazy. Not crazy as in, “I have all of time and space, all that ever will be swimming around in my head so I’m a little nutty,” but as in “I’m the great and powerful Phenïx and you shall crack under my glorious power until the day I smite you” kind of crazy. So Nïx is a psychotic goddess creature and then her mate, whom she hasn’t had the “I will always run into your arms” moment yet, talks her down from destroying Tokyo or the French Quarter. He is human, and I bet she does something to hurt, maim, or kill him, and it snaps her out of it, she sacrifices her god-hood to save him and they all live happily ever after. KCole, I hope you’re listening.
My final hypothesis: Kristoff. I know he’s going to get a book of his own. Once again, it’s been foreshadowed enough that it can’t be ignored. With the Accession growing nearer to its climax, he will play a pivotal role in whether good prevails or evil wins the day. The question is, do I think he will get his own book with Nïx. Not really, but I think they would make an interesting pair. He’s young, leader of the free-world (of vampires), and he hasn’t been matched up with anyone else so far. Granted, my reasoning is weak, and I do think he is going to have a book waaaay before Nïx gets hers, but the little we’ve gleaned about him so far is that he’s strong yet gentle and wants what’s best for his people—and what’s best for any woman who would be his Bride.
What characters or a type of character can you imagine coupled with Nïx? What future couples are you looking forward to in Immortals After Dark/The Dacians series? Personally, it’s been a long-time coming for Lanthe, Sabine’s sister, and Thronos, the Vrekener who wants to save/kill her, Balery or “Hag” as she was referred to in Lothaire, and of course we still have a whole coven of Valkyrie, The House of Witches, and Lykae clans to consider!
Jennifer Proffitt is a Midwest transplant to New York City. She spends most of her time reading and writing about romance, but you can follow her other adventures on Twitter @JennProffitt. She works for Heroes and Heartbreakers and Criminal Element.