Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark #11)
February 15, 2011
Paperback, 512 Pages
Reviewed by Mandi and Tori
Mandi’s Favorite Quote: Straightaway, she’d called to the guards, “Oh boys?” She’d sauntered to the glass in only her black lace bra and panties. “I need some assistance.” When they slowed, agog, she’d purred, “Can one of you help me find my orgasm?”
Tori’s Favorite Quote: “I can’t believe your going to sacrifice your archery mojo…who am I gonna hang out with when your a talentless nobody?”
Berserker Aidan the Fierce and Valkyrie Regin the Radiant have had a tragic love story over the past millennia. First meeting when Regin was 12, Aidan knew from that moment that she was his mate. But before they could consummate, Regin needed to grow up and Aidan needed to win enough wars to be granted Ohalla, or immortality. For the next seven years, Aidan was too worried about Regin’s wellbeing to concentrate on warring, so when they meet again, and Regin is of age, he is still not ready to mate. If he takes Regin to his bed, before wedding her, he will never be granted immortality. So they live together, and each day Aidan battles, getting closer to his goal – but one night he goes into a berserkrage, and they mate. When it is completed a vampire traces in and kills Aidan. As he lay dying in his bed, he asks his fellow berseker and best friend Brandr to always watch over and protect Regin. And this is his curse. For the next millennia, Regin meets Aidan in four different reincarnations. Aidan has no memories of his past lives until he kisses Regin (although Regin can recognize him) and each time, once they have sex, he dies an untimely death and Brandr is always a few minutes too late.
Now in present day, Aidan has been reincarnated as Declan Chase. Declan works for The Order, an organization set upon ridding the Earth of all supernaturals. He captures Regin (among others) and takes them to a prison clouded from the rest of the world. Here his team experiment on and torture these beings to gain information. Regin knows Declan is Aidan reincarnated, but Declan has such extreme hatred for supernatural beings (being tortured as a teenager and losing his family to them) that even though he feels this magnetic pull towards Regin, the thought of lusting after her makes him violently ill. Regin is not one to give up though, and knows her only escape out of this prison, is to convince Declan he is not who he thinks he is.
Mandi: Each book of the Immortals After Dark series just gets better and better. Kresley Cole has created this world of such unique characters. It is this combination of humor and violence that just makes for such intriguing stories. Regin and Declan’s (Aidan) book has been a long time coming. Such a tragic love story in this one. What I like is – Kresley Cole starts the book with a very long prologue of Regin at the age of twelve when she first meets and falls for Aidan. So you get a good grasp of their love and how honorable Aidan really is. Which is a good thing, because when you meet Declan, he is a hard dude to like. His only objective in life is to eliminate supernaturals. Let’s just say he is really not nice to them in this book. Like I said, Kresley Cole gives us tons of humor (the things out of Regin’s mouth – SO funny) but she also doesn’t slack on the violence. These creatures have been around for so long, violence is part of who they are.
Declan deep down knows there is something different about him. He has bursts of supernatural speed and strength when enraged. He has actively taken drugs his whole life trying to subdue that side of him. He becomes violently ill if he sleeps with a woman (because it is not Regin, but he doesn’t know that). Aidan and Regin have always been monotonous to each other – waiting and waiting for each reincarnation. Such a heartbreaking love story!
Tori-LOVE THIS ONE. I have followed the entire series but Cole has certainly ramped it up with this one and her previous one, Demon from The Dark. I see much more emphasis and development on the characters themselves and their individual story lines. Regin and Declan’s story is so tragic and filled with such blinding betrayal and violence. We get their backstory which goes a long way is setting the pace for the rest of the story. I actually emailed Mandi a few times telling her I wasn’t sure if I could do it. The sheer emotion imparted in this book is breath stealing you can feel the pain Regin and Declan go through.
It’s not all dark though. Cole’s trademark humor shines through in Regin’s dialogue with Declan and her fellow inmates.
Mandi: The actual sex scenes in this book are not as prevalent, because they can’t occur due to his curse. We do get lots of flashbacks which have romance and a very steamy bath scene. But this book is written so well, and there is much sexual tension, I don’t think this takes away from the book. Also, a good part of this book takes place in the prison, at the same time Carrow and Ruby (from the previous book, Demon from the Dark). So for those who have read Demon from the Dark, it is the same time period, just in Regin and Declan’s point of view. I think it is neat Kresley Cole does this (this isn’t the first time).
Tori- I agree. *bath scene-YUM* The sexual tension is so explicit that you don’t miss the actual scenes. And yes, Cole mirroring Demon In The Dark from a different view point really expands and elevates the storyline.
Mandi: We also get lots of pages in Lothaire’s point of view. I think this may be the first time for that. He is the great vampire, The Enemy of Old – and I LOVE HIM. He is SO conceded and intriguing that I want his book NOW (I hear it is coming out in 2012). We also meet a new character, Thaddeus who makes me smile.
Tori: Lothaire…SQUEEEE. He’s so in your face and we really get some great insight into his psyche and his motives. Don’t get me wrong, he’s not nice. But you’ll love him neither less.
Thad is the new character that is full of adorability. (Is that a word?) As the NKOTB (hee hee)I expect we’ll see some interesting developments between him and maybe a certain little witch??
Mandi: This book is long (over 500 pages) and I really didn’t want it to end. I think Kresley Cole has really hit her stride here. Such rich, funny, sexy characters. I think she has created once of the most fulfilling worlds and I don’t think I will ever tire of her books.
Tori: I could not put this down. Fast paced with no down time, the story flies. I can’t recommend this enough to everyone. I will say this. One villain go off way to easy for me. I may be blood thirsty after all because I wanted a few pages of them suffering.
As a bonus, the publisher is offering two copies of Dreams of a Dark Warrior to giveaway today. To enter, just leave a comment. Open to US/Canada (no P.O Boxes please). Contest open through Sunday February 20th.