REVIEW: A Hunger So Wild by Sylvia DayThursday, August 2, 2012 1:00
I could read Sylvia Day every day the rest of my life and be quite happy and content. I’ve not read a book of hers yet that has disappointed me, but if by chance that ever does happen, I know it will still be a damn good book despite any issues I may have. She’s just that good. And she takes this reader through every emotion imaginable when cruising through her stories.
I enjoyed meeting Elijah in the first book in this series and was glad his book would be next. He’s a trusted friend of Lindsay, mate to Adrian, leader of angel sentinels who keep the Fallen in line. Elijah is also Fallen, a werewolf enchained to assist the angels whenever there is a need. He hunts vampires, who are also Fallen, and revels in it. When we last saw Elijah at the end of Touch of Crimson, his werewolf pack had just revolted against their servitude, forcing him to take the lead as Alpha, something he truly does not want. The rebellion is now a done deal and Elijah is doing his best to keep everyone alive. He knows Adrian will be upon them soon.
Vashti is Syre’s lieutenant, his right-hand woman. Both are Fallen vampires and are currently trying to combat an illness that is destroying any of their kind who it infects. After her initial meeting and reaction to Elijah, Vash wants nothing to do with him, but Syre insists an alliance with the wolves will be beneficial and sending her will send the right signals to all involved. Not wanting to work with the animals that murdered her mate, Vash reluctantly complies, and her world as she’s lived it for so long is about to come to an end. As much as she wants to despise the wolf Elijah is, she can’t deny the man is one put-together package. He has it all, including rank. Her former mate was not her equal, and this new relationship building with Elijah turns her on. But once his promise to help her find her mate’s killers, Elijah is a dead man.
There’s not one thing not to like about this book. Elijah and Vashti are perfect together, their hunger for one another so palpable every time they’re together. The scene where Vash chains Elijah to the bed so she can be in control of their passion is so alive it flies off the page at you. You feel her need to be the one calling the shots, but you also feel Elijah’s whole being ripping apart as he’s restrained and taken in such a way. Their need to gain vengeance against the other for deeds amassed in this war they wage against the other’s faction is what drives them in the beginning. And you watch that need slowly develop over the course of the book into their hunger for each other -it’s poetry in motion.
As they work together, the mystery they’ve been trying to solve begins to come unravel, uncovering betrayal no one saw coming. This uneasy alliance between vampires and werewolves has come a long way, and Elijah is not willing to leave Adrian on the outside, especially after what they discover. The whole of their world has now been altered, and more is to come. Whether they realize it or not, both factions, as well as Elijah and Vashti, have become stronger when working together. Is it possible to be even more so if Adrian and Sentinels also join them? That remains to be seen. There’s no telling which way this series is going to head now.
It’s great to see Adrian and Lindsay again, and, goodness, the one scene that is firmly imprinted in my head is that in which Adrian flies them both through the skies toward the heavens, almost daring his maker not to intervene with their love and loving as they’re soaring on those crimson wings. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that scene. Whew!
I’m so taken with every aspect of this series, and I can’t wait to see what happens next, because the end of this book certainly leaves everything wide open. And Syre is next. It’s going to be very interesting to see how Ms. Day brings this hero to his knees with that perfect heroine.
Elijah Reynolds is the most dominant of lycans, a rare Alpha whose skill on the hunt is surpassed only by his primal sexuality. When the lycans revolt due to the iron fist of angelic rule, he steps into command, becoming both enemy and coveted ally in the conflict between vampires and angels.
Vashti is the second most powerful vampire in the world, a lethal beauty with a path of devastation in her wake. Tasked with proposing an alliance between vampires and the lycans who killed her mate, Vash approaches Elijah, whose need to avenge a friend demands Vash’s death even as his passion demands her surrender.
Soon, their enmity erodes beneath an all-consuming desire. Elijah has never encountered a woman whose warrior spirit and fierce sexual appetite rivals his own, while Vash is faced with the one man strong enough to be her equal. But as war looms, each must decide where their loyalty lies–with their own kind or with the enemy lover they can no longer live without.
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