Thursday, February 17, 2011

Review: Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole

Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark, Book 9)
by Kresley Cole

  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (February 15, 2011)
Goodreads Description:

HE VOWED HED COME FOR HER . . .

Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives.

SHE AWAITS HIS RETURN . . .

When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals—unaware that he belongs to their world.

TO SATE A DESIRE MORE POWERFUL THAN DEATH . . .

Yet every reincarnation comes with a price, for Aidan is doomed to die when he remembers his past. To save herself from Declan’s torments, will Regin rekindle memories of the passion they once shared—even if it means once again losing the only man she could ever love?

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Wow! This book is ridiculously awesome...seriously. The whole series is amazing and I really didn't think it could get any better but it did. Regin isn't my favorite character, I mean don't get me wrong she is awesome and totally badass, but she isn't my favorite female character in the series and despite that this is my favorite book in the series now. Regin the Radiant is one fierce Valkyrie who has a history with a berserker who reincarnates over and over (without memories of his previous lives) to seek her out and reunite with her. The problem is that once they kiss and have sex he remembers their pasts and that is when tragedy strikes and he is killed...every time. This time though, Regin's beloved berserker is not sweet, loving and caring. He is Declan Chase, the magister of the facility that has been capturing Loreans and doing terrible things to them. He is hated by all Loreans and even feared by those he works with. His whole life is his job and he hates Loreans with a passion. He is also unaware that he is a Lorean himself. Regin is captured but Declan himself and taken to the facility.

Out of all the pairings in the previous books in this series this has to be the one fraught with the most complications. There is so much for them to overcome that it seems impossible. Even if they managed to it seemed like Declan would be a dead man walking because of the things he did, so what was the point? I also thought it would be impossible for me to really like Declan Chase. He's the bad guy and he has done horrific things, yet somehow I found myself rooting for him to come out of this a better man and not a dead one. For that I think Kresley Cole is a genius. I love that the events in this book happened simultaneously with those of the last book because it gave a different view on what all was happening at the facility and after it fell. Near the end of the book my curiosity about Lothaire's endgame really intensified and I also want to know what Nix is doing as well.

5/5

I received a copy of this book for review. Any opinions expressed are my own.

CymLowell
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3 comments:

Lilith said...

SPOILERS
SPOILER WARNING
MASSIVE SPOILERS

You mentioned several problems with the romance but stated that you were satisfied in the end. Unfortunately, I have the opposite opinion. IMO, the ending was too easy.

I have a review on my blog that explains my problems with the book at greater length.

http://humorous-paranormalromance.blogspot.com/2011/02/dreams-of-dark-warrior-by-kresley-cole.html

Rain Maiden said...

I loved this book as well. Kresley Cole's endings always shock me.

Elizabeth said...

I am stopping by from Cym Lowell's Book Party Review.

Hope you can stop by mine as well.

http://silversolara.blogspot.com

There is also a book blog giveaway ending tonight, February 23, on my blog if you want to stop by.