Here you have it: It's FINALLY HERE! A complete play-by-play of all of the events in Kresley Cole’s Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark #14), out today. This post is made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended only as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. (There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of Dark Skye here to whet your appetite, plus all our Kresley Cole content and a speculation post on Nix’s Perfect Mate here and catch up on Lanthe and Thronos's story before diving in with an Anticipation (and Speculation!) Post about their history!)
MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW THE JUMP.
SPOILERS SO MAJOR THEY WILL RUIN THE BOOK FOR YOU IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished MacRieve. This is a post to discuss the entire book. There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of Dark Skye here and other Kresley Cole content here.***
- A young Lanthe is hiding in a meadow, slowly starving when a young Thronos finds her. Thronos almost immediately knows she's his mate, but since she is only nine, he tells her they will become great friends.
- Flash forward, Lanthe and Thronos are great friends until the night Lanthe is betrayed and Vrekeners descend upon her family's home and her parents are killed.
The Order Prison/Escape
- As Lanthe and Thronos escape the prison they are surrounded in a tunnel by ghouls. Thronos is a BAMF and kills them. All of them. There were like 40—and he didn't get scratched at all!
- It's still a little unclear, but it appears that Thronos retained his collar because he was having evil thoughts at the time La Dorada invaded the prison. He's surprised (and a little relieved?) that Lanthe retained hers—it means that she might actually be “worthy” of him…and he can control her a bit more!
- Lanthe is a fertile Myrtle! It's her time of the month…year?…century? Either way, it's her fertile time of her Sorceri cycle, and she happens to be trapped with a virile Vrekner!
- It's been slowly revealed that Thronos attempted to protect Lanthe by ordering that no Vrekners were to attack or kill Sabine or Lanthe. It's also becoming abundantly clear that those orders were overruled—by Thronos's brother?! (more later…)
- Shortly after escaping The Order Prison, the pair are attacked by Fire Demons. Lanthe is severely burned. While she and Thronos are injured and falling unconscious, she has a dream about her sister from when their parents were killed. She wakes up and runs away from Thronos.
- After escaping, Lanthe is promptly hit in the face…with a log. She dreams again, this time of an unknown woman talking in riddles (is that you, Nïx?) about the Four Realms of Samhain Past, and Lanthe's journey into the different realms: “In one realm, hurt. In one realm, leave. In one realm, cleave. In one realm, shine.”
- Lanthe wakes up to find that she's been captured by the Pravus Sorceri—as has Thronos. Thronos thinks Lanthe will be pleased to be surrounded by her kind, but he's a bit busy being crazy jealous of one of Lanthe's exes—a HUGE jerk! Ember and Portia are there and they free Lanthe on the condition that she open a portal for them into the Centauri plane. However, it comes with another condition that they cut out her tongue so she can't persuade them to…say…jump off a cliff. They do (yuck!) but last laugh is on them because “Lanthe's persuasive commands didn't have to be uttered by her; they merely had to be heard by her victims.” Remember that handy-dandy telepathy power Lanthe picked up? Yeah, it's about to come in real handy! She tells everyone but Thronos to sleep so they can escape. Before they do, Thronos decapitates Lanthe's ex—he deserved it…though he was kind of unarmed and helpless.
- In all of the terror of the moment with the sorceri and Thronos and centaurs, Lanthe accidentally opens a portal, not to Rothkalina as she hoped, but to the demon plane of Pandemonia.
- While on the Pandemonia plane, Lanthe and Thronos have the chance to “talk”—Lanthe, telepathically; Thronos, verbally. Lanthe clears up a few things for Thronos, begrudgingly, about the past and why she “stayed” with Omort. This convinces Thronos that she isn't quite as evil as he feared/assumed: “Though she was lacking in so many other way, Thronos decided then that she would suffice as a wife.” I'm beginning to wonder if Kcole was at all inspired by Sherlock Holmes. The more we see into Thronos mind, the more logical and self-righteous he appears. Very Sherlockian!
- Remember that Sorceri cycle? Starting to come more into play: “ ”I accept that our existence together will be bleak. The most I hope for is that we can raise our offspring without killing each other.“ Lanthe's biological clock which had no idea Thronos was a kidnapping, judgmental prick—quickened at the words our offspring. ”
- THRONOS IS DEFINITELY A VIRGIN! There have been multiple references to once he found his mate, it's the Vrekener tradition to not touch another female until he's married to his mate. Seeing as Thronos found Lanthe when he was 12…
- Lanthe reads Thronos's mind while they're in a cave in Pandemonia and it's revealed that Thronos and his brother found Lanthe on the night that she lost her virginity to a vampire. Lanthe's guilt at hurting the boy, so long ago comes up again, and new guilt over breaking a young-immortal Thronos's heart is brought up again.
- While Lanthe sleeps in the cave, Thronos finds a temple made of gold. Lanthe catches sight of it when he comes back in, after she wakes up, and smells the gold no him. She wants him to show it to her—he does on the condition that she gets naked. Lanthe decides then and there to seduce Thronos.
- Lanthe tries to convince him to show the golden temple to her/seduce Thronos. She uses a little double entendre…that goes completely over Thronos's head: “I was seeing if I could get you to substitute a certain noun for the word gold.” She pressed her thumbs in, indicating what she meant. You want to show me your shaft. You want my fingers wrapped around your shaft, stroking it.
- Turns out the temple is a virgin sacrifice altar guarded by dragons…guess who the big ol' virgin in there is? Yeah, tons of dragons wake up!
- Turns out the dragons also woke up because they're about to scavenge the battlefield of warring demons.
- Lanthe continues to try and convince Thronos that he's not an angel descended from Gods, but simply a type of demon. Our dude is in serious denial. “Here, warriors regenerated from injuries, some regrowing flesh, some entire limbs. Others ate, drank, or whored. Thirty or so harried demonesses serviced the males, with lines forming. And my mate thinks me related to these brutes.”
- Melanthe and Thronos walk away from the demon camp, but stumble upon the Volar demon leader meeting his mate for an assignation. They watch... Since it's assumed the mate is a former camp follower, Thronos throws in a healthy dose of slut shaming about her—and subsequently Lanthe. However, one good thing is revealed: There are keys to a portal somewhere on this plane so Lanthe and Thronos don't have to wait for her powers to regenerate.
- Lanthe feels out Thronos on what he knows about his brother, the Vrekener king, and what he did to Lanthe. They also talk about what Lanthe's life would be like in Skye Hall—lots of quiet demure sex, and “selfless acts, helping others. Or even studious contemplation.” Not the Lanthe we know!
- Lanthe and Thronos find a nice little glade with water and a pool that they bathe in. Sexy times ensue...but Lanthe holds back, thinking that Thronos will just rain more slut-shaming on her if she does orgasm with him—even though he just did for the first time with her! Thronos is enraged at this, wondering why Lanthe will allow other males to pleasure her but not him. We know, don't we!
- Lanthe “persuades” Thronos to stay in the glade while she runs off to collect the keys. Thronos is frantic with worry for Lanthe and is able to break through her enchantment. Thronos finds Melanthe just walking through Deep Place like she has no cares, and shows that she's able to take care of herself—something I don't think even Melanthe fully believes!
- Later, Lanthe and Thronos walk into yet another trap. This one says: Pain confesses all. And Time cares naught. Suddenly, a hell hound appears and it chases/attacks Lanthe and Thronos. Unable to defeat the creature, along with many other environmental issues, Lanthe is killed.
- Thronos wakes up to find himself reliving the moments before Lanthe dies, he tries to save her over and over again, only to have her repeatedly die in front of him. It's pretty much Groundhog Day from Hell.
- Thronos wakes up again, only this time he's in a different reality where he has been seizing and Lanthe is kicking him to get him out of it. Thronos clutches Lanthe to him asking her if this is not real—very Hunger Games—and Lanthe explains that it must have been part of the trap. It all makes sense to Thronos now. He lived out his own personal hell and time just had him repeat it over and over, now he realizes he was being foolish about Lanthe's past and he just wants her back. “Time cared naught when it allowed itself to repeat...And pain clarified my thoughts about us.”
- After Thronos's confession, the pair are ambushed by angry demons who discovered Lanthe took the portal keys. They escape through a portal—Lanthe convincing the demons that she and Thronos are gods and she'll return with the keys when they stop warring.
Fake Feveris (aka The Land of Lust...aka The Belly of the Beast)
- Lanthe and Thronos find themselves on a shore—a shore Lanthe recognizes as the pleasure plane, Feveris. The Land of Uncontrollable Lust. #SexyTimes!
- The pair have “Hot interspecies action” before being interrupted by none other than Nïx! Nïxie, it's so good to see you!
- Nïx reveals that a) she was the one to hit Lanthe in the face—I thought that was you!—and b) this isn't actually Feveris! She'll tell L/T where they really are if Lanthe will hold onto something for Nïx—a lock of hair—and she'll only tell Thronos.
- Nïxie disappears...only for us to get a whole chapter of her! That appointment she left L/T for? It's because she's meeting ALL the GODDESSES at Skathi's stronghold to PETITION FOR GODDESSHOOD! Now we all knew this was coming, but it's truly exciting to see! Nïx is still very loopy, but there seems a purpose to her crazy these days. Then again, maybe that comes from an assurity of the coming events. The goddesses do not want to approve Nïx's petition because she doesn't have a cause. However she reveals that she will be the goddess of...wait for it...accessions! Chills!
- Also, the new big bad? Yeah, they're the Møriør, and they're coming. We have a lot more to learn about them, but the Bringers of Doom even had the goddesses quaking in her boots.
- Also, revealed that Nïx's third parent/second mother was human. I feel like we didn't know that!
- Meanwhile, Lanthe and Thronos realize they are in the belly of the beast! Lanthe somehow manages to create a portal...in the beast and she and Thronos escape.
- After narrowly escaping The Beast, Thronos and Lanthe are thrown into an ocean-like realm. Thronos can't get what he and Lanthe did out of his head...and Lanthe only wants to forget about it. Does that have anything to do with Lanthe's ticking clock? Me thinks the lady doth protest too much!
- Lanthe and Thronos are captured by Sthenos, sea-dwelling gorgons, and guards of the sea kingdom Sargasoe, which is ruled by Nereus—our favorite pervy, well-hung sea god, remember him?
- Did we mention Nereus is pervy? He separates Lanthe and Thronos, getting Thronos very drunk on his first—four—drinks of demon brew. He then conks them both out.
- Lanthe wakes up on a bed of...nereids. Nereus is next to her, and her worst fears are realized—Nereus wants to mate her! Nereus makes a deal with Lanthe. He's made his nereids smell like her to trick Thronos, if Thronos is able to deny their wiles, then Lanthe and Thronos can both leave through Nereus portal in his kingdom. If not, Nereus gets to mate with Lanthe. Ouch! And gross!
- As Lanthe watches Thronos with the nereids—who he is able to deny!—she catches sight of Furie! We know where Furie is! Is her book finally next?! Will she be freed!?
- Thronos and Lanthe reunite. Thronos is full of guilt over his actions, but tells Lanthe the truth. She is touched, and reassures him! They agree to go to Skye Hall together and face Thronos's brother—and, you know, consummate their union finally! Thronos agrees to take Lanthe fully powered to Skye Hall because he trusts her. It's the best thing he could have said to Lanthe to convince to go.
- Thronos reveals Nïx's advice on how to handle Lanthe: it was a reminder that “Before Melanthe was this, she was that,” or as Thronos realizes “Before you were my enemy, you were my best friend.” Cue the “awww.”
- “Like a fool in love...” Lanthe willingly goes to Skye Hall.
Skye Hall, then Rothkalina, and back to Pandemonia!
- Consummation time! Even with a traditional sheet between them, it was pretty sexy. All that pent up frustration and having to stay quiet. Good job on loosing your virginity, Thronos! **Slow claps**
- Once Thronos and Lanthe get out of his Bed of Troth...aka literally their marriage bed...Thronos introduces Lanthe to some of his knights, asking to see his brother. It's revealed that Aristo was killed—re-read Shadow's Claim if you want a reminder, lots of pertinent little factoids pop up!
- Thronos is king! Long live the king! Now, let's get ready for some change.
- Turns out Aristo was a very bad king. On top of trying to kill his brother's mate, he has performed countless acts of evil. What did that get him? Not one enemy, but five! Five factions are now gunning for the Vrekeners: The House of Witches (Carrow's revenge for kidnapping Lanthe), The Sorceri (for obvious reasons), The Deathly Ones (the demons Bettina is queen of, because Vrekeners tortured her and stole her powers. See, Sorceri), The Dacians (Bettina's mate, Trehan, is one and so Lothaire is backing him), and last, but not least, The Rage Demons (again because of Lanthe's supposed kidnapping).
- Luckily, Lanthe smooths things out...kind of. She calls of the House of Witches with a letter to Carrow saying her situation is kind of like Carrow/Malkolm's situation. The Dacians/Deathly Ones are a little harder, but because of Sabine's patronage to Bettina, that's easily settled. Plus a funny letter from Lothaire saying “Vrekeners actually exist?” Weren't people just saying that about Dacians, Lothaire? For shame! However, the Sorceri and Rage demons are harder to appease—as in they can't be. Sabine wants Thronos's head and thinks Lanthe has been brainwashed. Rydstrom does some big brother threatening and tells Thronos (via letter) that if Thronos can keep Lanthe happy then all will be good, but if he can't (and Rydstrom thinks he can't) then Rydstrom will rain all hell down on the Vrekeners. He cordially signs off that he prepares for war.
- Lots of correspondence! However, Lanthe has a treat for her king and husband. A nice relaxing...healing!...massage. She heals all of his torn and injured muscles from when she told him to go jump off a cliff as a boy. He's now fully healed, and the repairs seem to stick!
- Happy times don't last long. Sabine and Morgana storm Skye Hall. Thronos has the Hall evacuated and faces off against the two Queens. Lanthe begs her sister to call off their queen, but there is no talking anyone out of it. Morgana destroys Skye Hall, sending it crashing into the ocean, and Thronos with it. Lanthe is taken back to Rothkalina, fearing the worst.
- Thronos survived the fall—by tracing, he may have to acknowledge those demon roots after all—but Morgana ensorcelled Thronos that even if he did survive, he would not remember Lanthe. Sob!
- Morgana meets Nïx on a mountain top to watch Skye Hall fall into the ocean. To stop mortals from realizing something is up—and to stop a tsunami—Nereus rises up from the sea and swallows up the burning Skye Hall and subdues the waves. He gives Morgana a lusty look—Lanthe had tried to dissuade his interest earlier by telling him Morgana lusted after him—and disappears. Nïx mysteriously says “For better or worse, it's begun...” Earlier in the book, Nïx had called Lanthe a catalyst. What do you think Nïx has up her sleeve?
- Lanthe is desparate to find Thronos—and a Vrekener outpost. Sabine chastises her that she shouldn't be chasing after some boy, Lanthe snaps back that he's not a boy, he's her husband. The sisters are nowhere near to patched up, Lanthe is rightfully pissed at Sabine! However, she has an even more pressing issue of finding Thronos—and not just starting over with him, as he sister suggested: Lanthe's pregnant! Apparently her cycle wasn't quite over, despite being gone for weeks in The Belly of the Beast.
- Thronos settles his people in Pandemonia. They are restless and the plane is wartorn still, but Thronos feels drawn to it still, as he did before. His second-in-command, Jasen, is confused by Thronos's behavior and his king's insistence that he never had a mate. Are they supposed to act as if she never existed, he asks? Thronos is enraged and heads to a glade...the glade!
- Lanthe had hoped to find him here, she opens a portal to the glad and steps in—only to find Thronos right there waiting for her. I literally flailed at this part, you guys too? It's so sweet! Thronos is so cautiously optimistic, and Lanthe is so desparate to have him remember her. Thronos immediately senses that this is his mate, but he still doesn't remember her. They talk, and Lanthe tells him that they knew each other once upon a time, that she knows she's his mate, and he is hers; that they've known each other **wink, wink** Lanthe compells Thronos to remember her and slowly he does, recounting bits of their very first conversation. It's heartbreaking, and I have to give a slow clap to KCole for how touching this scene was!
- Lanthe and Thronos kiss...and then more! They wander back to the portals they found originally in Pandemonia, and decide to take The Long Way. They find a beautiful plane with a mountain, a babbling brook, and a dazzling violet sky. They know this is where they will settle their people: “It smells like you...It smells like sky. And home...” Sigh!
So what did you think?! We've been waiting for SO long! Is Dark Skye all you hoped? Is it as good as KCole promised? What couple do you think is next? Furie/Kristoff? Maybe Munroe and his bride (though she hates him...)? Or maybe someone else! I'm rooting for a Hag and her demon book soon!
Let us know in the comments and come obsess with me!!!