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Aug. 24 2010 Immortals After Dark
From New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes this scorching tale of a demon outcast poisoned with vampire blood and the vulnerable young witch he vows to protect—even from himself.

A DANGEROUS DEMON SHE CAN’T RESIST . . .

Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he’s pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.

A MADDENING WITCH HE ACHES TO CLAIM . . .

Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.

TRAPPED TOGETHER IN A SAVAGE PRISON . . .

In order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When Malkom becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?

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Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Game Maker Series, and five award-winning historical romances. A master's grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Her IAD books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the US and abroad. You can learn more about her and her work at KresleyCole.com or Facebook.com/KresleyCole.

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Demon from the Dark

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Demon plane of Oblivion, City of Ash

Year 192 in the Rule of the Dead

“Do we go to our death—or worse?”

Malkom Slaine gazed over at his best friend, Prince Kallen the Just, wishing he had a better answer for him, anything to ease the apprehension in Kallen’s eyes.

As the vampire guards shoved them along, deeper into their stronghold, Malkom suspected death might be welcome before the night was out.

“The rumors are likely untrue,” he lied, putting up a renewed resistance as the dozen guards forced them down a flight of stone steps. But his bonds were mystical; Malkom was unable to teleport or break free.

At the base of the stairs lay a subterranean chamber with an ornate throne on a dais. Though the floor was of packed earth, the walls were hung with rich silks and tapestries. Rare crystal and glass adorned the room.

At once, Malkom began analyzing every inch of the area for an escape. Ahead, a pair of winded demon slaves stood beside a freshly dug grave. More guards lined the walls, with swords at the ready. In the back, a black-robed sorcerer worked at a vial-cluttered table.

Gods, let the rumors be untrue . . . those whispers of the Scârbă—the abominations.

Kallen muttered, “Can you see a way out of this?”

Normally, Malkom could. Without fail, he figured his way out of seemingly impossible predicaments. “Not as of yet.”

The guards shoved Kallen and Malkom to their knees before the grave.

“Ronath will pay for this once I get free,” Kallen grated. Ronath the Armorer was a seasoned warrior, the strongest demon after Malkom. He’d once been Kallen’s favored commander. “The traitor will not see another night.”

’Twas Ronath who’d turned Malkom over to the vampires. Disastrous enough. But without Malkom’s unwavering defense, Kallen’s fortress had fallen just a week later. The Trothans’ beloved prince had been captured.

Blinded by his hatred for Malkom—a slave turned commander—Ronath had unwittingly doomed Kallen and all the Trothans.

Malkom had already planned his own revenge. As he was neither noble nor good like Kallen, his retribution would be far more vicious than the prince could ever envision.

Without warning, a vampire traced into the room, teleporting directly onto the throne. Clad in costly silk robes, the male was pallid, his skin untouched by Oblivion’s blistering sun. His eyes were wholly red, his visage twisted by madness.

The Viceroy.

When the vampires had conquered Oblivion and turned it into a colony, they’d dispatched the Viceroy, their most malicious leader, to act as ruler of the plane.

“Ah, my two new prisoners,” he said in Anglish.

Though Malkom and Kallen both were fluent in the language, they refused to speak anything other than their native Demonish—even as the use of that tongue was now punishable by death.

The vampire rubbed his narrow, clean-shaven chin. “At last, you have both been captured.”

Malkom and the prince were the leaders of the rebellion, and to break them would be to break the resistance. The vampire overlords had searched for them relentlessly.

When the Viceroy snapped his fingers, the two slaves exited the room, returning moments later with an unconscious demon boy. One of their own, handed over for a vampire’s refreshment. A leisurely repast.

Malkom started sweating. He strained even harder against his bonds but couldn’t get free before the vampire collected the boy in his arms, then bent over his neck.

At the sight, rage spiked within Malkom. Those sucking sounds . . .

He bared his fangs, overwhelmed with memories of his childhood as a blood slave. His only consolation was that this boy was unconscious, a luxury he himself had never been afforded. Nor had Malkom’s neck been taken, for that skin would have been readily seen—and he hadn’t been kept only for his blood.

“Steady, Malkom,” Kallen murmured in Demonish. “Keep your wits about you.”

How many times had Kallen said those exact words? The prince has long kept me sane.

The Viceroy dropped the boy from the dais to the ground like refuse, then dabbed at his lips with a crisp handkerchief. “I confess, you two fascinate me.” His red eyes burned with curiosity. “A friendship between a beloved royal and his brutal guard dog. The highest of the high, and . . .” He flicked his hand at Malkom.

No one had been more perplexed by their friendship than Malkom. Kallen was the crown prince of the Trothan Demonarchy, hundreds of years old, and filled with wisdom.

Malkom was the illiterate thirty-year-old son of a whore, raised as a vampire’s slave—and filled with rage.

Yet somehow he and Kallen had become comrades in arms, brothers by choice if not by blood. Kallen had said he’d recognized something in Malkom, an innate nobility. As if he’d known how badly Malkom wanted to be noble.

“Penniless, ignorant, and fatherless,” the Viceroy intoned. “The son of a demon whore who sold her body.” With a sneer, he added, “Until she could sell one of her offspring.”

Malkom could deny nothing.

“How easily you sprang to life, when you should have been no more than seeping waste in a back alley.”

“If Malkom is not noble in blood,” Kallen said, “then he is noble in deed.”

Kallen, still defending me.

The Viceroy seemed amused. “I can imagine none so lowly, yet you had the gall to resist us, knowing death awaited. Amazingly, you very nearly routed us from your world, demon.”

Malkom could scarcely comprehend this. Though he’d won numerous battles, he hadn’t imagined his foes were on the brink of surrender. Malkom had never known an Oblivion without the walking-dead vampires here.

Decades before his birth, they had arrived from an alien plane filled with myriad breeds of immortals and mortals, settling here for one reason.

Blood.

When the vampires consumed Trothan blood, it made them more powerful than they’d ever been, made them heal from injuries more swiftly. Blood had eventually become the currency in Oblivion.

“So very nearly,” the Viceroy continued. “But in the end, breeding will tell.” The vampire traced to stand just beside them. “You can dress in your fine warrior clothing.” He reached down to rip Malkom’s rich cloak from him. “But you can only mask what you truly are. Under those manacles at your wrists, I bet I would find bite scars.”

Again Malkom voiced no denial. He normally wore silver cuffs to conceal those shaming marks.

The details of his past weren’t necessarily held secret. All the demons in Ash knew how Malkom had earned his bread as a boy, how he’d eaten from their trash once he’d grown too old for a vampire lord’s tastes.

But for this vampire to know as well . . .

“Does not matter how you appear, demon—you are still nothing.”

“Do not listen to him, Malkom,” Kallen said. “You are a good man. A stalwart leader.”

“Who was betrayed at the earliest opportunity?” the vampire said.

A gang led by the powerful and devious Ronath had tricked Malkom. Before he could trace or attack, he’d been caught in a metal net and stabbed through repeatedly.

“You rose up high for the briefest time. But I will break you down once more.”

Malkom craned his head up to face the Viceroy. “Break me down?”

“You submitted to a vampire master once. You will do so again.”

“Is that why we live still? For me, save yourself time and kill me now.” Nothing this vampire could do would be worse than what the slave master of Malkom’s childhood had done. Malkom gazed at the demon boy, unconscious in the dirt. Nothing.

“ ’Tis not so simple,” the Viceroy said. “It never is with our kind.” Had he signaled something to the sorcerer at the back of the chamber? “You’ve destroyed so many of my soldiers that I have decided to create more, starting with you two, the strongest of your kind. You shall be transformed, remade in my image.”

The rumors . . . ’Twas said that the overlords had developed a rite to transform Trothans into Scârbă—demonic vampires who thirsted for the blood of their own. A demon and a vampire united, an abomination stronger than both.

The Viceroy drew his sword from a scabbard at his hip. “You will drink my blood, and it will open your veins to the ritual. Your deaths will be the catalyst.” He ran a finger over the edge of his sword, while in the shadows his sorcerer began to chant, fueling a sinister curse.

Power emanated from the sorcerer with every utterance, filling the room with forbidden black magics. Some unseen force seemed to wrap around Malkom’s body, digging in.

Even more guards closed in, heaving tight on Malkom’s and Kallen’s chains. One of the largest vampires jammed his knee into Kallen’s spine, forcing his head backward, while another wedged a bit between Kallen’s teeth.

“No, no!” Malkom roared, twistin...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IAD is irresistible Aug. 27 2010
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I want to start by saying I am a huge fan of the series but...This was not my favorite installment. As one reviewer already mentioned Malkom had a lot in common, and in some ways reminded me of, a character from JR Ward's BDB series. This is not necessarily a bad thing it just seemed unoriginal in comparison to what I have come to expected from Ms. Cole. Carrow is a great character and in Demon from the Dark she goes from the fun party girl to a more robust character. Cole takes the time to make her into a more three dimensional person and she is pretty damn special - she comes a close second to my fave female Mari. There is a lot of action in this installment, including some set up for characters that have yet to find their HEA, like Lanthe and Regin. Even with all the action there is a large amount of time in Demon from the Dark when we only see Malkom and Carrow. I found I missed the other characters - there is very little from NIx, Regin, or any of the secondary characters till much later in the book. This installment is a bit darker in both tone and humour, and I am wondering if this is in preparation for the ascension or just a temporary thing related to the characters themselves. It also has me wondering about who will be next and if any of the baddies will get HEA's before we are done, similar to what she did with Sabine. I am still waiting for Lothaire's HEA - I have to admit to having a bit of a crush so I am fervently hoping he has one coming to him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS SERIES Sept. 16 2010
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What more can I say, I ADORE this series. I can hardly wait for the next one to come out. Once you start reading it you can't put it down. I love the caracters and all the interactions with past heros and heroines. Even a caracters that seemed evil in a previous book can turn out to be a hero. Kresley Cole has one incredible imagination to come up with these different factions and all the lore. It's an excellent read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the same Kresley COLE book. Sept. 11 2010
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I just finished this novel from the Immortals After Dark Series. I was surprised by the slower pace of writing as I was drawn to the writing style of the previous books. The pace is drawn out a bit in this one. The characters have a language barrier for a majority of the book and for me that held back on the bonding into the relationship with the characters. I felt uncomfortable with the whole translation stuff and it went on a bit long. My girl NIX doesn't have a presence much and I so much love her in the series. However, I was excited when my baby Rydstrom makes a brief appearance but his presence isn't the same strong character either. The overall mingling of characters is nice but it was a bit hard to relate to the build up at the end of the group planning a rescue and then a cliffhanger on what happened. It is still a good read and I enjoyed the intermingling of story lines. The whole He's my fated one and I am going to retaliate has been a theme on this novel and it was surprisingly old by the end. I still liked the book and found it intreguing... a must have for the series. Let it roll baby! Bring on the next one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This story reminded me of Beauty and the Beast. But what a sexy beast!! Aug. 24 2010
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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Demon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark Series, Book 8) by Kresley Cole
Paranormal Romance- Aug 24, 2010
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In her latest IAD Kresley Cole finally reveals where and why members of the Lore have been taken! And we find out more about missing Regin the Radiant. (I can't wait for her book!) We are also treated to a new type of demon one who has been changed against his will and been so traumatized and tortured that this reader cannot help but want him to find his fated mate.

Malkom is a bad tempered and miserable hero who trusts no one. Why? Because his only and best friend betrayed him. His mother sold him to an abusive vampire who used him for sex and blood. And now the demons he saved all want to kill him! Bitter, a little. Untrusting, a lot! Alone and living in Oblivion, a hellish plane with little resources his life is pure torture but he refuses to give up. But poor Malkom doesn't know what is coming at him next!

Carrow is one of the most beautiful witches in her coven but her powers are held in check by a collar and she is imprisoned against her will. When she is `asked' by her captors to find and lure the powerful demon/vampire Malkom into a trap she refuses. But when Ruby, a young witch that she cares for is taken hostage Carrow knows she must obey their orders or Ruby will be killed.

Carrow courageously enters Oblivion but when she finds Malkom she runs away in terror! He is huge and dirty. But his body is delicious... And Carrow knows if she doesn't capture him Ruby's life will be forfeit. As Carrow works to gain Malkom's trust she also comes to care deeply for the man hidden beneath all the grime. A man who has been so abused and mistreated. In his loneliness she sees her own. Although her background is wealthy, Carrow never had her parents love and she knows how it feels to be unwanted. But can she betray a man who has become more to her that she ever realized?

This story reminded me of Beauty and the Beast. It definitely was not one of the author's more lighthearted reads. The relationship between Malkom and Carrow is slow in the beginning since they both must learn to trust each other. I really felt for Malkom and admired his courage and ability to try to trust again after so many disappointments and betrayals. I found Carrow an interesting character and it did take me a while to warm up to her because I really wanted Malkom to have a mate who would be worthy of him and I didn't want her to betray him.

As with all of Kresley Cole's stories this was a moving story and I did find myself falling in love with Malkom. He really is an admirable character. Despite all of the injustices he has endured his caring nature shines through. I just really wanted for him to be happy.

But what I found myself enjoying the most were actually the secondary characters! The author alludes to Regin the Radiant and her capture and I wanted more details! Plus there is also a very intriguing story about a Sorceri named Lanthe and a fierce winged demon Vrekener who she has injured. And is he mad! If anything this book whet my appetite for her upcoming books which I hope will feature either Regin or Lanthe.

This book will have you anticpating the next IAD, please Kresley Cole, make it soon!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars  Demon +  Vampire = a whole lot of hot Vemon! Aug. 24 2010
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Amazingly, Kresley Cole has topped herself with a new Lore hero! Malkom Slaine, a vemon (1/2 demon / vampire), is damaged by his troubled past and has spent centuries being haunted by the beatings and betrayals he has had to endure. He lives for vengeance. Once you betray him, you pay. Enter Carrow Graie, party witch extraordinaire with her own damage. Carrow has been captured by The Order, an evil group rounding up immortals for their own nefarious reasons. The Order threaten to kill Ruby, Carrow's orphaned neice, if Carrow doesn't lure Malkom to the Order. Even though neither speaks the other's language, they are able to communicate. Many LOL moments with Malkom and Carrow "negotiating" in sign language! Though Carrow is falling for her vemon, she knows she must save Ruby. Yet another betrayal for Malkom, who is mesmerized by his mate. Will Malkom be able to forgive Carrow, just when she realizes she can't live without him? Whether he forgives her or not, Malkom's not about to let her go and will go to any lengths to keep her.

Kresley Cole delivers yet another amazing installment in the Immortals After Dark series! And as an extra treat we get to catch up with favorites like Mariketa and Bowen, Rydstrom and Sabine. Malkom and Carrow's book is a page-turner you won't be able to put down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and the paranormal Beast... Dec 10 2010
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`Demon from the Dark' is the tenth book in Kresley Cole's `Immortals After Dark' paranormal romance series.

Carrow Graie has been kidnapped. Along with hundreds of other immortal creatures, from vampires to nymphs, she has been captured by human military-types who lock her up in glass cages and intend to do experiments on her witchy-self. The stakes are raised when a witch from Carrow's coven is murdered, and her daughter taken prisoner. Now Carrow has to rescue herself, and little witch Ruby. And it just so happens that the humans have a proposition for her...

Carrow is to travel to a demon dimension and retrieve a vemon (demon-vampire hybrid) to be bought back to the prison for experimentation. There are only for vemons in the entire world, so Malkom Slaine is very rare indeed. . .

Carrow is on a mission - capture Malkom and bring him back to be experimented and tortured. Should be easy, since Malkom is a horned, ravenous, hairy beast. . . but what happens when Carrow introduces him to personal hygiene and he keeps saving her life in the demon dimension? What happens when Malkom turns out to be hot and hunky and Carrow suddenly can't stand the idea of betraying him?

I wasn't sure going into this tenth instalment, since I've had a few hits and misses with the `Immortals After Dark' series. I tend to only like the books concerning the Lycans and Valkyries - because I love the Lycan's Scottish brogue and the Valkyrie have some hilarious secondary characters (Nucking Futs Nix!).

I was also a little sceptical about this tenth book because Carrow and Malkom were completely unknown characters to me. I hadn't been anticipating their story, because they weren't secondary characters in past book. Carrow may have been mentioned in passing, but not enough to pique my interest about her HEA.

So I went in to `Demon from the Dark' very sceptical, but I came out with a new `Immortals' heartthrob to lust after!
`Demon from the Dark' is a paranormal retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Carrow is a witchy party-girl who grew up in the lap of luxury, but had an isolated childhood. She's had many boyfriends, but few honest relationships... until she travels to a demon dimension and meets Malkom Slaine.

I was initially wary of Malkom as a love interest because his physical description is so foul. He's tall and towering; with wildly long hair, no concept of tooth-brushing, caked-on dirt and he eats chicken blood. Eew. To top it off, Malkom has two large horns above his ears and is a blood-drinking vampire. Carrow's first-impression of Malkom is not helped by a language barrier between them. Malkom can only speak demon but no English, Carrow knows some Anglish and neither of them can understand a word the other says. . . Kresly Cole's signature hilarity ensues.

Malkom definitely starts out beastly, but is eventually transformed. Carrow bathes him, introduces him to a tooth-brush and cuts his hair, and realizes that beneath the dirt is a burning hunk o' vemon man! We also learn that there's more to Malkom than the ravening beast he starts out as. He actually has a very tragic past; he was a child blood-whore and sex slave, then he was a prince's friend, royal betrayer and when Carrow meets him he is in the midst of his centuries-long punishment. . . he's perhaps the most complicated `Immortals' man we've met in the series, but he's also the sexiest.

Carrow and Malkom's sexual relationship starts out rocky. Malkom recognizes Carrow as his mate from the moment he smells her, but the language-barrier prevents him from explaining his maddening lust to her. . . there's no rape, but Carrow has to lay down the law where Malkom's lustfulness is concerned.

But when these two do get hot n' heavy. . . watch out! They burn up the page! These two are the absolute cutest couple to come out of the `Immortals After Dark' series. Their Beauty and the Beast, will-they-or-won't-they tension is delicious and Malkom is so manly and rough around the edges! I loved these two together, and I especially adored Malkom. `Demon from the Dark' is my favourite `Immortals' book after `A Hunger Like no Other' - and that's a big call!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kresley Cole does it again! Jan. 21 2011
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I dont know how she does it but every book that Kresley Cole has written in the IAD series is just outstanding. Her plots are NOT all about sex. They are actualy plots that make a reader wonder how the heroine and hero will overcome the obstacles before them. Its riveting and funny. I love the banter between the characters. We even get to see some old ones in previous books make an appearance. I can't wait for the next IAD to come out. I hope Kresley doesnt lose her touch and keeps on writing these awesome storylines.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Odd Segue and Plot Dec 28 2010
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This one had an odd segue. It was so abrupt I kept thinking I missed a book. But blammo...you've got Carrow, Regin, Melanthe, Lothaire, and a whole host of other Lore imprisoned on a cloaked island run by the Initiative, erm...I mean the Order. They're mortals who don't trust the Lore, want to investigate them, and somehow make them stop. And at their helm is Declan Chase who may actually be a lackey and may actually be Aidan the Bezerker (which may explain why he likes to perform daily vivisections on Regin). In the fray comes 7 year old Ruby, baby witch, and hostage for Carrow. Declan wants her to go to Oblivion a hell dimension and bring back the baddest Vemon ever, Malkom Slaine. He's so beyond "humanity" and "redemption" that he himself only lives for death and punishment of his enemies. And given that he's hording water on a desert world...that's pretty much anyone. But as with all "villains", you realize there's a reason for his pain: he's a much abused man, former child blood slave used for other reasons as well (think Zsadist from BDB series), betrayed into that slavery by his mother, etc., etc. He's a Toranth demon turned Vemon by a Horde viceroy. Naturally, Carrow is the one who's blooded and mated to him and he goes bezerkers in a non-Aiden kind of way. I guess this is the beginning of the Accession? I liked how the self-proclaimed gutter trash ends up with the noble blood witch. And 4 barbells? Yikes!
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