Wednesday 18 January 2012

Review: Dreams of a Dark Warrior - Kresley Cole

Genre: Immortals after dark #11
Genre: Paranormal romance
Pages: 515
Published: 2011
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Source: Bought
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 memories 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 the memories of the passion they once shared-even if it means once again losing the only man she could ever love?

My thoughts:
I liked the book, since it is Kresley Cole after all, I just did not like the actual story in a way. Let me explain:

First of all it takes place in a prison where all the immortals taken are being dissected and experimented upon by humans who are idiots. I already disliked this in Stolen by Kelley Armstrong. So not a fan of prison stories.

But in the end the thing that was that made me frown a bit was not that. It was the love story. If I was Regin I would just have cut of his balls and fed them to him, or let someone else do just that. We all know they end up together so that is not a spoiler, we all know they live happily ever after so then why does everyone forgive for the moment just cos she loves him? I'd still rip out his intestines and then staple them back together inside of him. Because this is what he watched everyday. He looked upon and approved of torture that was not even torture. Now, it was just too horrible to even think about. There should be a new name for it. Because immortals do not die easily therefore they are alive while people play with their rib cages and pull out everything inside. So you  get the picture, the "hero" is a bad bad bad bad man. He is the kind of man who watched a little girl's mother get killed and then throw the child in a prison. And would surely look when they dissect her later too. Which is why I just could not like him as a hero, and thought that an ending where Regin kills him would have been much better. Aww, now that would have been a happy ending. And then Regin could have waited 100 more years for him to be reborn as someone nicer.

These immortals forgive too easily. I fear if they are that nice then the bad side would really win.

But I still bloody like the book cos it is Kresley Cole. Just in my mind, they smexed and he died. HEA for me. The end.



  1. oh, sad you didn't like this one..but I think I would dislike it for the reasons you gave as well. Great review :)

  2. Kimba
    It was still good, oh, the evil peeps were just so evil

  3. This story sounds like it would freak me out!

  4. "they smexed and he died" LMAO. Good one!

  5. Hmmm...just that. It made you think murder is better than HEA. I don't know.

  6. Amused
    I would not say that, Nothing graphic after all.

    I have my moments ;)

    I fear so. I guess I am just not that forgiving

  7. Wow, 11th in the series. this reminds me of The Lords of the Underworld books that I read.
    That hero does sound too dark for my taste.
    'I'd still rip out his intestines and then staple them back together inside of him'<-sounds intense!
    Too bad this one wasnt better, they cant all be great I guess.

  8. Naida
    It was mostly cos at the end I felt like, what is up with all the roses? People should hate more. And that is not really they way to feel...still it was good.

    And I have so many books in this series that I have not read. Books 4-8

  9. I like the US cover better on this one:

  10. Immortals after Dark! This series has been on my TBR forever. Hopefully someday I'll get to it, but yeah the prison setting would probably have me cringing too.

  11. You are quite violent!! LOL!! I need to read a Cole book but not this one.

  12. You want to rip out his intestines? What did he do????

  13. I really want to get around to reading one of her books. They always sound like something I'd like.

  14. Can you believe this is the first book in this series I read? Yes, you know me... so I'm sure you could believe that. LOL

    OMG! I LOVED Aiden the Fierce and hated Declan until the very very end. However, I hadn't fully forgiven him, but at least felt he did feel more than horrible for all he was a part of.. but still...

    I had to laugh at your alternative ending. LOVED the way you put it! ROFL

  15. ...I agree with you! I would wait 100 years for him to come back instead of loving a bad bad man. *sighs*

    Sounds like a pretty epic series.

  16. Lol great review Blodeuedd. And well, the torture is awful, but not lasting harm is done after all. And he just needed his memory back. Not sure how much you will like the next one :)

    And I do love this new cover. Very bold.

  17. Chris
    I do not like that one at all, I do prefer the Uk version over that one.

    It was just...kind of boring. Cos not much happens in a prison

    I must be o_O Lol

    Well, those things I talked about doing to him he pretty much did to others.

    I do like them

    I hope you find the time

  18. Melissa
    *shakes head* Oh you...well I read the book before first ;) But you are one degree worse.

    Aidan I liked but I just could not forgive Declan. He did not deserve the happiness he got. The nice peeps were just too nice

    She had waited for 1000 years so what is a 100 more?

    Oh I am sure I can enjoy it, I love baddies. I just do not like baddies like this. All cold and horrible. And it was not the torture that bothered me, nah, bring it on.

    I just did not like how everyone forgave him. I mean come on: Oh yes you ripped out my heart and played football with it, but you know what, I forgive if

  19. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the series (I think I am on Book 4)! Looking forward to the rest of them :)

  20. lol. Love your conclusion to this one. ;D Thanks!

  21. Felicia
    Have fun with the rest :D I have a few to pick up too

    Hihi, glad you liked it

  22. I'm not a fan of prison stories either :(



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