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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Review: Dreams of a Dark Warrior

Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark Series, Book 9)Title: Dreams of a Dark Warrior
Author: Kresley Cole
Page Count: 528 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review provided by the publisher in anticipation of an honest review

50 words or less: Regin the Radiant and Aiden the Fierce have been fighting to be together for hundreds of years.  Too bad every time Aiden, in his current incarnation, recognizes Regin, he dies.  Oh, and this time around, he's Declan Chase, sworn enemy of the Lore.  How's that for a sticky wicket?

Wowza.  I was really excited to see that there would be a tour for this much-anticipated installment in the Immortals After Dark series, and I'm really excited to say that I wasn't disappointed.  The romance was intense, the plotting was tight, the hero was beyond tortured (seriously folks, holy crap) and the happily ever after was worth waiting for.  If you're a newcomer to the series then I highly recommend starting at the beginning to get the full experience, and if you're a fan of the series then I can definitely say that the good times roll on with this installment.

This is a dark book- there is a ton of violence, and the issue of drug abuse plays a central role in the book.  Declan is, by all accounts, not a nice man; Regin is destined to be in love with him anyway, which should destroy him.  To be perfectly honest, it almost does.

This book also contains a lot of setup for future books, and we start to see the sides firmly taking shape for the Accession, which we've been hearing about since the first book but haven't really seen, so to speak.  We finally meet Lothaire, bad guy extraordinaire, and the always popular Nix has a pet bat, which I found endlessly entertaining.  This book officially wins the award for best use of the phrase "batshit cray cray" in a published work.  I am stoked to see what happens with her in future books- I can definitely speculate but I hope it's way too early to tell one way or another.

It's hard to really discuss this book without giving stuff away and the absolute last thing I would want to do is spoil this book for anyone so I'll say this: buy it. Buy it now.  Buy the rest of the series, get it out of the library, do what must be done, because once you pop the fun, as they say, will not stop.  This is one of my favorite series (it now shares the title with a couple of others, but that's no shame! The more the merrier!)

Overall Grade: A
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