Kresley Cole‘s Immortals after Dark (IAD) is one of those auto-buy series. And like a loyal fan, I pre-ordered Dreams of a Dark Warrior (book 11). One of the things which continues to impress me with Ms. Cole is she’s managed to keep the story line fresh even after 10 novels. That being the case, I’m always a little scared going into her next book. How long can she keep it up? Well, before we find out, how about a little blurb from her website:
He vowed he’d 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—only an endless yearning.
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?
So here we are… book 11. Let’s just cut to the chase. After reading Dreams of a Dark Warrior, I turned to my husband and said, “Kresley Cole is my favorite author.” Yep… that’s right, I’ve graduated Ms. Cole from one of my favorite authors to my favorite author. I’m not going to lie and say this is the absolutely best book I’ve read. However, Ms. Cole continues to remain consistent with putting out quality work. The woman just knows what she’s doing. I <3 her!
The characters: We’ve got Regin the Radiant. She’s your typical bad ass Valkyrie. She doesn’t get in much fighting time, but her mouth is as wicked as ever. 🙂 One of the things I love about this particular love line is the Valkyrie isn’t in denial about her feelings. She recognizes she has them, but doesn’t want them because of the consequence that go with giving in to her feelings. Then we have Declan. I have to say he’s the most tormented character I’ve yet to encounter in the IAD series. He’s like a very tame version of Zsadist from JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. He’s undeserving of love, and even if he did deserve it, he wouldn’t want it from some crummy old Valkyrie. 🙂
As for the plot, this one overlaps with several other novels in the series. I’ve noticed Ms. Cole doing a lot of that lately. I’m so freakin’ excited. It makes me think we’re leading up to a grand finale. Did she know where the story was going way back when she wrote A Hunger Like No Other? Damn it! whose story is next?!!? Lothaire? Nix? Please put me out of my misery. Regin and Declan’s story. I have to admit, I predicted how it would resolve early in the novel, but it didn’t keep me from enjoying the book anyway.
- “Time for you to die, Chase.” [Brings back memories of Everquest “Time to die, a skeleton!”]
- “Everyone makes a bad day trade now and again…”
So once again, I highly recommend the IAD series. Not just Dreams of a Dark Warrior but ALL OF THEM. If you’re looking for a series that’s not going to disappoint, this is it!
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