Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole: Review

Dreams of a Dark Warrior

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8534799-dreams-of-a-dark-warrior

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4428.Kresley_Cole

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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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My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review: As a long-time reader of Krelsey Cole’s Immortals After Dark Series I was ridiculously excited to see Regin’s story in print – finally.  Regin has been such a wonderful, playful, and seriously bad-a** character throughout the series that it was time to have her story told.  Maybe I just got too excited and expected way too much but by novel’s end, I felt a bit disappointed.  Regin didn’t really get the story she deserved although she did have some spectacular moments and comments.   As with all of the books in this series, Dreams of a Dark Warrior traces the moments and events that lead to the major character finding his/her mate.  In this instance, it is Regin finding (after several centuries & deaths) her one true mate, Declan Chase.  Where Cole shines is in her ability to make the reader first hate and then adore a character.  In this respect, I was not let down.  Declan Chase began as a nasty bit of work with a life-long grudge against all beings of the Lore.  It takes Chase’s encounter with Regin and a few other Loreans for him to realize that nothing is as it seems and maybe his hatred has been misplaced.  Of all the characters in Dreams of Dark Warrior, Chase’s character has the greatest evolution.  Cole transforms him right before your eyes turning him into one of the most endearing mates of the entire series!

In every series there is what I tend to call set-up novels; that is, the author begins to focus more on previously unimportant or less important characters and introduces new characters and/or plot lines.  Essentially, the reader is being set-up for the next several installments in a series.  Dreams of Dark Warrior is one of those novels and this is why I feel Regin didn’t get the story she deserved.  Cole not only had to tell Regin and Declan’s story but she also had a lot of work to do and ground to cover in this novel in order to set up the future of her series.  It is in this set-up portion of the book that I got over my disappointment, at least marginally.   Cole gave more information about Lothaire, the Enemy of Old (who knew he had a sense of humor?); introduced the seriously naïve but learning quickly Thad, the half-vampire half-phantom (WHAT???); and of course, Nucking Futs Nix who now has a pet bat and is still legally barred from seeing Mike Rowe.  Nix might be one of my all-time favorite characters and in this series, her actions and predictions seemed to hint at future plot lines – but who can really tell where Nix is concerned.  Based on the hints it seems that in the near future we are going to be learning a great deal more about Lothaire, Nix, and the Valkyries never-ending sear for Myst.  Did anyone else pay attention to the fact that Lothaire vowed he had no knowledge of Myst’s location?  Hhmm…..

As with all of the books in this series, Dreams of a Dark Warrior is a solid well-written read but not something I am going to pick up again anytime in the near future.  Don’t skip this book by any means but don’t expect to be all tingly and excited at the end either.  By the way, I so wish that last statement weren’t true – I adore this series and have rarely been let down or disappointed by Cole.   At the end of the day however I was much more excited by the tidbits of information concerning the future of this series; Cole really seems to be setting us up for the next (several??) installments.  Since I can’t find any information regarding the next book in this series, here’s my request:

 Dear Kresley Cole,

I would like the twelfth book in this series to be Nix’s story.

Sincerely,

A Nucking Futs Reader

 

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