Jan 11 2014 2:45pm

Cover Alert!: Kresley Cole’s Dark Skye

Today, Heroes and Heartbreakers is thrilled to share Kresley Cole's Dark Skye Readers will finally get the long-awaited story of Lanthe and Thronos. On Kresley's Facebook page today, she shared that she had wanted to have “groovy colors (purple and green) and a gorgeous mode—uh, a gorgeous *backdrop*! Oh, and lightning for wings And they delivered!” We think so, too! Here's the cover blurb:

In this highly anticipated fifteenth novel in the Immortals After Dark series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole spins a sultry tale of a mighty warrior scarred inside and out and the beguiling sorceress with the power to heal him—or vanquish him forever.

Eternal Obsession
As a boy, Thronos, Lord of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body—and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

Endless Yearning
Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.

Can the heat of desire burn brighter than vengeance?
With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?

To us, this sounds like a classic Romeo and Juliet story, but with Cole at the helm, we have a feeling it won't be ending quite so tragically! What do you think of the cover? Dark Skye comes out August 5, 2014.

For more Kresley Cole, be sure to check out H&H's Kresley Cole Collection, which includes fun posts about IAD worldbuildingspeculation about Nix's perfect match, and more.

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Glass Slipper
1. GlassSlipper
Negative Nelly alert:

I don't quite like it. I like the purple, but not the green. I think the lettering would look better as a silver or purple or both. The wings are awesome! I don't like the model. He doesn't look like a wild, crazy stalker type. He needs to look slightly demented with wind-blown hair, a little bit of sweat and dirt, and some scars. Isn't Thronos darker with long hair? That's how I remember him. It looks too cut and paste.

I have not liked the direction Cole has taken with her heroes ever since Dreams of a Dark Warrior. They are too gamma and unlovable. I used to have the opposite problem with some of her heroines. I haven't read MacRieve yet, though. I really hope Thronos is not a jerk the whole book.
Jennifer Proffitt
2. JenniferProffitt
@GlassSlipper, I see what you mean, but I'm actually okay with the cover. I think Thronos doesn't look as stalker-y in this because honestly I don't think he IS as stalker-y as we think. After all, we've only heard and seen their story through Lanthe's eyes who has been fighting her family and her feelings for who knows how long. My one complaint is that I thought Thronos was supposed to be super scarred, so it would have been cool if there was a gnarly scar down his face that mimiced the lightning or something. And as far as who is going to be the bigger jerk, I think Lanthe might create more issues for me, but no matter what I'm just SO EXCITED! for this book. Now we just need Thad, Balerie, and Nix and maybe that one nasty female Lykae from the first book (I can NEVER remember her name), and I'll feel really good about this series.

As far as Cole's heroes go...Read MacRieve and it might change your opinion. At the very least Chloe is a revelation and I LOVE her--my favorite Cole heroine. Additionally MacRieve's story is just heart shattering--past heartbreaking!
Lucy D
3. Lucy D
We just had an office conference about this cover the the consensus was a resounding - Boo! Thronos has a jagged scar. He is dark in coloring and in personality. One comment here was that this looks more like a book from her teen series.

Cover gets a general thumbs down but personally I have been desperate for this story for years now so I can't wait to have it in hand.
Jennifer Proffitt
4. JenniferProffitt
I mean, I think her publisher is likely to push her (meaning her covers) to be more appealing to a larger demographic--i.e. for the gateway readers to romance who have been turned off by the heaving bosoms and rippling chests of the past. Look at the last three covers. Lothaire, Macrieve and now Dark Skye. All male faces that look super smexy--so still obviously romance--but not a couple or anything sexual since Dreams of a Dark Warrior. I'm actually fine with that because the content inside remains some of the best PNR I've ever read.
5. JaxGarren
I like it. But then I like green and purple together; I think it stands out well. Plus the electric wings are cool! As for the scarring, well, having had a book series out with a very scarred hero and zero scars on the far as I can tell, it's impossible to get a publisher to do that. I think that's sad, but I've learned to shrug and move on. Maybe if we all complain loudly enough they'll change their collective minds? *ASSIMILATE TO READER DEMANDS FOR SCARRED HEROES WITH COVER SCARS!*

I, too, loved Macrieve. It was a pick me up after I was somewhat less enamored of a previous book or two. (That's "somewhat less" than my typical utterly enthralled, which is still not bad!) I'm a huge IAD fan. It's been my favorite PNR series pretty much since they came out!
Jennifer Proffitt
6. JenniferProffitt
@JaxGarren, I feel much the same about IAD. The book that I like the least, is still one of my favorites of all time, so not too shabby! Please tell me Lothaire wasn't the one you were less-than-enamored with! Elizabeth is one of my favorite heroines!
7. JaxGarren
@JenniferProffit....It was. *ducks* I loved Elizabeth. Cole writes amazing heroines; it's one of my favorite things about her books. In fact it hurt my enjoyment of the book that Ellie was missing for parts of it while we had the (intentionally) hateable goddess-chick. It was Lothaire that I wanted to dropkick out a window. When Ellie was gone, there were two mean characters being, well, mean to each other. I think a lot of it was that Lothaire is one of my favorite side characters (still is; I seem to like him better that way) and I was super-excited about the book.

I should read it again. It might just be that my expectation for what would happen didn't match up with what Cole wrote--which is not her fault. But he was SUCH an asshat. For like the WHOLE BOOK. In other books he's a hilarious asshat, but in his own book for some reason I had less sympathy for him, which is unusual. (Declan's turnaround in Reagan's book--I forgot the title--was amazing; I adored him when I got his POV despite me going in to that book with no clue how she was going to salvage him.) But Elizabeth was hilarious and awesome. I need to read Lothaire again. I may change my mind now that I know better what to expect! :)
Jennifer Proffitt
8. JenniferProffitt
@JaxGarren... ... ... *chucks book at you!*

No, but seriously, I get exactly what you're saying. I think that the main purpose of Ellie and Lothaire's journey was to get him back to sanity--not make him a purring kitten on her lap. He was supposed to stay bad and I think--at least for me--we wanted him that way! I think the point of Saroya and Lothaire was for us to look at them and realize that while they appeared "made for each other" they weren't actually what the other needed--well, Saroya needed to burn in hell but Lothaire NEEDED Ellie.

I'm going to go full-on nerd here, but Lothaire might be to IAD, what the Weeping Angels were to Doctor Who. WA were TERRIFYING when they were first introduced, but unfortunately, the more we got to know them, the less terrifying (and like in Lothaire's case) awesome they got. I sincerely hope KCole opens up her Dacian series again so that we DO get the chance to see Lothaire and Ellie, but from a slightly farther away view.

As for your comment on Declan...he and Regin might be to me what Lothaire and Ellie are to you. I LOVED Regin as a side character. She was funny, sassy, had some freakin' great one-liners, and you could tell her story had some great depth and tragedy. Unfortunately, but the time we got around to it, I didn't like knowing more. But, again like you, this could just be me needing to re-read IAD again--or at least Dreams of a Dark Warrior (D and R's book), Conrad's story, Sabine's story, and MacRieve. All of which I've only ever read one time (my average for every other story is around 3) and deserve another look.
9. JaxGarren
OMG. The Weeping Angels. I rewrote my opinion of them in The Angels Take Manhattan. I still think they're scary as hell, but...crap, I'm picturing Amelia's face as she stared at that angel in the graveyard and I'm tearing up now. I BLAME YOU!

There was a modernist weeping angel sculpture at the end of the hallway of the last hotel my DH and I stayed in, and we almost didn't check in. CREEPY! But, yeah, they were less scary the more they were used. We're still planning to stick a statue in our fellow Whovian friend's yard this April Fool's Day if we can find an affordable one.

I liked Lothaire a lot at the end of the book, and I, too, was glad to see he was still bad. I'm not sure why he annoyed me so badly during the book itself. I do need to reread and see if I feel the same! And I would totally love to read more Dacian books! I loved the first one.

I can see what you're saying about Regin. She wasn't my favorite heroine, but I loved what KC did with Declan so much! Plus, I love Vikings. Berzerkers are cool. (Not as cool as bow ties, but, I mean, what is? Besides a fez.)

I'm so glad they're naming the IAD books by the characters now. (Or Dark Skye; I like that title.) For the first eleven of them, I randomly stick the words Dark, Deeds, Desires, Night, Needs, Warrior, Wicked and occasionally Wednesday together and make up a new title each time, e.g. Dark Deeds of a Wicked Wednesday : The Lykae/Huntress one. For the life of me, I can't remember the real ones.
Jennifer Proffitt
10. JenniferProffitt
@JaxGarren, OMG, I want to be within sight of that prank if you wrangle it. That's so awesome...and terrifying! And I'm sorry you're tearing up now... that did redeem a lot of the season for me. The feels are good. Roll into the feels!

I would have died if I'd seen that fact did you tweet about it? That sounds very familiar...?

Yeah, I don't know. A lot of people around the office are with you that they didn't love Lothaire--book or hero--and some didn't even like Ellie. I guess you're allowed to not like that book. I mean heck, it's in my top 5 but it's not my favorite IAD book, either. That being said it did offer one of my favorite moments when Lothaire literally rips out his heart and sends it to her and she sends him back a special present.

And yeah, I really do love the mythology that Kresley puts in. You can tell that she meticulously researched lore and then made it her own.

Berzerkers are not as cool as bow ties, but they might be close--obviously you know, thanks to your fella!

As for the titles, I agree. I think it's good that they're not quite so complicated now and have a little more to do specifically with the book. Also I think there are only so many romance-related titles you can have for a book before you run out. Because Dark Deeds of Doom... not so romantic. Dark Needs at the Dentist (okay, creepy, I don't know where that one came from)...not cute. I honestly remember the third books titles best (Bowen and Mari) which...I believe is Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night. Which until the end of that book, I always thought was a weird title choice since it takes place largely in the Amazon. Lol.
11. JaxGarren
Haha! Those titles are awesome. I didn't even notice that about the Winter in the Amazon. That's funny. I swear they drew words out of a hat. I did love the part in Lothaire about the heart. That was exactly the Lothaire I love! I didn't dislike the book. It's not even the bottom of the IAD pack. I think I was expecting it to be my FAVORITE because I love Lothaire so much and that's never a good expectation to start a book with.

I did indeed tweet a picture of the statue at the hotel. I haven't been on Twitter in forever. Trying to spend less time on the interwebs, as you can tell by my writing treatises here. And if we manage to pull of the AFD prank, I will totally let you know! Heehee
Patricia Wilkerson
12. Proofreaderpat
@JenniferProffitt-"Dark Needs at the Dentist" made me chuckle but,waay creepy! I don't know if that would be romance,horror,or erotica. How about "Wicked Dark Deeds of the Needy Dentist of Doom on a Winter's Night"?
Jennifer Proffitt
13. JenniferProffitt
@Proofreaderpat: I think if we went with "Wicked Dark Deeds of the Needy Dentist of Doom on a Winter's Night" there would be very little room left for the hunky chests and glaring mugs. But I like where your head's at...which is in a much better place than when I came up with Dark Needs at the Dentist--gross!

Two bets here though:
IF Dark Needs at the Dentist were to be a book title, it would be for a horror/erotica
I bet there already is a book with the same sort of theme there if you go digging through the Kindle Self-Published books. Just a guess...a horrible, horrible guess.

@JaxGarren: Well then that's okay. Lothaire actually isn't my favorite or least favorite either--in the top 5, as I said, but yeah... I think the expectation for that book was actually what led a few people in the office to feel the same way you did. For me, I had only dived into IAD a few months before Lothaire came out, so I MAY have binge-read it and so MAY have liked it more than I would have if I was drawing them all out. Which book IS your favorite? I have a soft spot for the very first book in the series (as I do with most series I love), Bowen's and Cade's, also rank pretty high.

Once you started telling the story about the Angel, I thought it sounded really familiar...unless of course I actually saw an Angel at a hotel but then The Silence came and wiped my memory so that it only ever felt like deja vu! Good for you for staying off the interwebs. I should do that more often, but since my job is kind of slightly related to the internet. But I bet I would write more if I tweeted less. *Le Sigh*
Lucy D
14. mwells
I love love love this cover,heck if Kresley wanted it to be silver (which is my favorite color mind you) it would indeed be that color,but miss Cole has her own visios for a book cover and for a good reason (being she is the one to write the book) stop judging and enjoy the womans taste in book covers as much as you do her writing.
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