Cover Chat: Kresley Cole's MacRieve

Recently Kresley Cole has ventured into the Young Adult genre with Poison Princess, but this doesn't mean the author is giving up her adult romance roots. In fact, Cole is getting ready to release the fourteenth book in her Immortals After Dark series.

Named one of RT’s most anticipated paranormal reads of 2013, MacRieve will be on shelves July 2. And to make this wait even more interminable, today we are teasing you with the cover of this upcoming release.

But first, let’s do a bit of a catch up on the IAD series. Cole’s books presume that mythical creatures of all kinds exist. Vampires, check. Furies, check. Fey, those too. In fact, not only do these darker-than-night supernaturals walk among humans, but they are immortal and will outlive us all. If you are ready to face a reality with shifters, valkyries and other fearsome creatures, then we can’t recommend this series enough. But be warned, these stories are not for the faint of heart. RT reviewer Jill M. Smith described these books as having “bloodshed, passion and death-defying thrills”.

And while we have yet to get a look inside MacRieve, if we are judging this book by it’s cover, then we are guessing that we have some major pulse pounding action coming our way. Here is the official blurb for the book:

Uilleam MacRieve, a centuries-old Lykae warrior, was captured, caged, and experimented on by a shadowy human order, along with other immortals. During a prison break that devolved into one of the bloodiest massacres in recent history, he escapes. But the aftermath of his unspeakable torture preys on his damaged mind, while the wolf inside him roars for vengeance and carnage. In the days leading up to the full moon, can MacRieve rein in his beast, even when he encounters his mate — a vexingly impossible female unlike anything he’d ever dreamed for himself?

Looking at the shaggy-haired man, it is not hard to imagine the beast inside of him fighting to get out. Who wouldn’t want a little payback after being tortured? With his steely stare and armor, this is a warrior looking to pick a fight.

A glance at the MacRieve cover has us thinking of another Kresley Cole book — Lothaire. Released last year and nominated for 2012’s RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance, like MacRieve, Lothaire has that penetrating gaze that makes us shiver — with delight, but also with a bit of apprehension. Trust us, you wouldn’t want to tangle with either of these men!

Comparing these characters' looks has us wondering just where the similarities end. Anyone who has read Lothaire will remember that he has spent most of the series as an archvillain. While his book has him redeemed — as much as an Enemy of Old can be — no sane reader would ever call Lothaire safe. Is it possible that MacRieve has some similar darkness in him? If so, we wish his yet-to-be-named heroine the best of luck. Because she is going to need it when facing down MacRieve, a centuries old warrior more interested in vengeance than finding love.

Have you pre-ordered your copy of MacRieve yet? We'd love to hear your thoughts on this hero and any guesses you have for his heroine. And for more dark thrills, make sure to check out our Everything Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Page!