Friday, August 3, 2012

Review: Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole

Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark #10) by Kresley Cole
Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.

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.

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?
My Thoughts: So. This book is not my favorite in the series. I liked that we got to see another version of the events that went down on Immortal Island and I liked that we got to dive into Lothaire's world a bit. I liked Declan and Regin's story but... I didn't so much care for the glimpses of Declan's past lives as the aspects of Aidan. Honestly, I thought they slowed down the story and I kept grumping at Regin to hurry up with the past loves part and get back to Declan. Because Declan was awesomely tortured and damaged and all manner of crazy before he learned to get a handle on things. I *liked* Declan. Even when he was being a right awful bastard and doing really horrible things.

It's hard to wrap my head around the fact that I loved the end of the book and I sort of trudged through portions of the beginning and middle. I did love seeing the different factions of immortals. I loved that Natalya (Regin's cellmate) was obsessed with getting laid. I'm dying for Lothaire's story now. That guy is just... borderline crazy with a side of all powerful. Nix is always amusing in a completely cracked sense. There was so much fun going on and yet I didn't love it.

That said, I do think it's an integral part of the overall arc. We got to see aspects of Lothaire that were new (to me, at least). We got to meet the Order and see what lengths they'll go to "protect" mortals. There's all this stuff happening and the Accession keeps marching closer. Did I love all of this book? No, but I did love the resolution and all the tortured Declan bits. So... I'm confused.

Books in this series
.5. The Warlord Wants Forever
1. A Hunger Like No Other
2. No Rest for the Wicked
3. Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night
4. Dark Needs at Night's Edge
5. Dark Desires After Dusk
6. Kiss of a Demon King
7. Untouchable (Deep Kiss of Winter)
8. Pleasure of a Dark Prince
9. Demon from the Dark
10. Dreams of a Dark Warrior - Paperback | Kindle
11. Lothaire

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  1. Heck Fire---you make me want to pick the series back up!

    Don't you know I don't have time---your killing me :)

    Now that I have been dramatic this one actually sounds like what I thought of Dark Needs at Night's Edge which is where I stopped. I like K.C.'s writing but her storytelling is a little uneven at times :(

    1. I've enjoyed the series as a whole but you do have to approach it with the right mindset. It's that whole mood-reading thing. If this is what I'm in the mood for, this is what I'm in the mood for.

  2. I love Regin, but I agree. I was a bit disappointed. Lothaire was really good!

    1. I'm waiting for the price to drop on Lothaire and then I'm THERE!