The Ultimate Killer (Battles In The Dark #2) – Kimberly Clark
Brought back to life, Kira awoke to a world where she no longer belonged. She was one of them now…a mythlend, the scourge that she’d lived her entire life hunting. What was worse, she had become the species that she and a number of other mythlends had tried desperately to stop from being awoken…the Hunrati.
But they had failed.
By the time Kira had opened her eyes, the Hunrati were already living up to their reputation, torturing, massacring, burning cities to the ground like all indestructible killing machines do when they see themselves as gods; any resistance to their actions were therefore deemed futile within days of their first appearance.
Kira wanted to stop them, but she had become their prisoner when she attacked their Queen out of rage for what they had done, and as such, she was rendered incapable of using any of her abilities.
Trapped, alone, and not knowing what had happened to those she cared about, her only way out was to earn their trust. That meant getting close to the volatile and extremely attractive Pheres, and doing everything he instructed, regardless of how depraved it was.
But how close was she willing to allow such a dangerous creature when he wasn’t the man she loved?
Better yet…how far was she willing to go before she lost her humanity completely?
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EXCLUSIVE REVIEW: THE ULTIMATE KILLER (BATTLES IN THE DARK #2)
As a loyal and huge fan of Kimberly Clark, I was given the Exclusive chance to review The Ultimate Killer (Battles in the Dark #2) before it hit Amazon’s shelves, in fact I managed to get a copy the day after it came back from the Editors with the final stamp of approval! Giddy as anything, I could not wait to delve back into Kira’s story to see what had become of her, because no amount of prodding or poking Kimberly would give me any answers since the first novel – she really can keep a secret and is super tight lipped about what happens next for Kira!!!! So before I go ahead with this review I want to make something very clear – This IS an EXCLUSIVE REVIEW, it DOES contain SPOILERS, although I will try and keep them to a minimum! buckle up Guys and Gals because in The Ultimate Killer you are in for some sever thrills and spills!!!
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OK, are you ready? So we begin right where the last novel ended, the Hundrati have been awoken and it is up to the surviving Mythlends to fight to try and save the World (no exaggeration here). The entire World is now in jeopardy, not just for the Mythlends but for Humans as well. Humans have survived for thousands of years in the dark about what type of creatures go “bump in the night” unless you happen to end up being the wrong place at the wrong time and become dinner, but hey you wont be telling anyone else about your encounter! But with the new and more powerful, well unstoppable ancient creatures awoken, there is no pretending any more and humans become aware of Mythlends causing a World wide panic, unrest and pure chaos! Just how the Hundrati like it. They feed from death, destruction and fear……….
So what did happen to Kira in that chamber? Now that is the sixy thousand dollar question isn’t it?………….Well I’m not going to say how or why but when she wakes up (Yay! She isn’t dead!) She discovers she has become her worst nightmare, she is now a Mythlend and no ordinary one at that, she is now a Hundrati with an inner beast that needs sating…..All of this is new to her and if she wasn’t indestructible she would just go off and kill herself, she has become what she has always hunted, loathed and to a tiny degree feared yet respected. The raw pain in the memory of her lost love plagues her dreams every night proving she still has that unique mix of blood within her that made her so special… but just what does that mean? The Hundrati Queen takes a great interest in her not only because of this but also because of her fighting spirit that shines through forcing even her to bend a little in its wake. Fitted with a collar to make her “be a good girl” is her punishment for not embracing her new life, a gift no other has received in thousands of years. the collar makes her do exactly what the queen wants her to do without question, making her nothing more than a drone within a hive of beasts all ready to dominate the world for their Queen.
Seeing potential within Kira and interested in just what she can achieve she puts together a tournament of sorts so that Kira is able to fight collar free, killing other Mythlends. she puts her up against bigger and harder opponents, of whom she decimates creating a form of blood lust, she is finally behaving more like an Hundrati everyday that passes. In the same time that passes Kira has formed a plan in order to get the queen to trust her, to get her gate keeper Pheres to help her but in order for this to happen she must behave, do as they say, behave as they do, feed as they do and act as they do. when sex, blood and violence all mix into one, something that tastes so sweet and tempting to Kira can she resist? Not knowing what happened to her friends and learning of the desolation the Hundrati have left in their wake all over the world already… what can a small lick, a tiny sip and taste harm right?………….
Just as her plan becomes to show some fruition and Kira begins to earn trust she comes face to face with an enemy she didn’t expect in the arena and it has he fighting for her life! Because in the arena you either fight to win or you fight and die………..What will Kira decide? What choice can she make???
Meanwhile behind the scenes so much more is going on, something I am NOT going to cover because it is TOO much to give away but lets just say that there is another plan going on to defeat the Hundrati as no one is aware Kira is still alive, and with a race against the clock to complete their mission in order to “save the day” so much more is going on than meets the eye. There are some amazing twists in The Ultimate Killer, some that will have you sitting there totally stunned, you are going to laugh, cry in parts, fume in others and be, well, all over the place emotionally. Most of all if you are a fan of the first novel in this series, I guarantee you are going to love this one equally if not more! Can Kira Save the Day? Can She Change Back? Can her Friends Save Her, Can She Save them? All of these questions and more will be answered with a few more created by the end ready for book #3!! If I could give more than 5 ***** Stars I would – Excellent, Entertaining, Fast Paced, thrill a minuet with a huge amount of twists and turns!!
For Those Of You That Missed The Species Within (Battles In The Dark #1) by Kimberly Clark, This is Where Kira’s Story Begins:
Kira, a huntress plagued by dreams of fire and pain has worked tirelessly to rid her city of the scourge that has nearly destroyed it…nostvores, mythlend creatures with dark and vast appetites for blood and sex. She does this not only because they had killed so many people in her life, but also because she has an edge that no other human had…she has their abilities. The problem was, these abilities were killing her and she feared time was no longer on her side.
So the moment she found out that Darius, a nostvore leader was threatening to awaken an indestructible species to help him enslave all humans and mythlends, and that she may be the key to his plan, she knew her only choice was to risk her life with the little time that she had left and join her enemy to find out why, and to make sure his plan failed.
If that wasn’t dangerous enough, the more time she spends with the Vanatre nostvore Emmerich, and the mooran Kuron, who she brings with her for protection, the less she wants to kill them. Instead, she feels an unexplainable attraction towards them both, and she fears surrendering to such desire with either is a deadly game to play, for she would not only be risking her life, but quite possibly her heart.
Kimberley lives by the idea that everyone should have a bucket list of things they want to accomplish in life, but not only to have a list, but attempt to mark off as many items as possible. One goal that was high on hers was writing a novel and having it published. This idea of writing a novel wasn’t new to her, but an inevitability, as her love of reading books and watching movies inspired her to create her own stories. When the day came that she finally did start to write, she realized that this was going to be something that she wanted to do more than once, emphasized by the fact that her first novel was to be book 1 of a trilogy, and that there are many more stories waiting inside her head ready to be created. Her hope is that not only for people to enjoy hers books, but that people are inspired by them as others have inspired her.
Kimberley was born in Sydney, Australia, and currently resides in the Gold Coast hinterland.