Note: This review and the book reviewed reviewed contain adult themes. Please, do not read either unless you are above the age of 18.
SUMMARY (from Goodreads): 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.
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?
I had been excited about Regin’s story since the very first book in the series and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Since the first half of the book happens in the same timeline that the previous two books, it seemed a little tedious at a few spots, because I was so eager to find out what happened next. Nevertheless, the already recounted events are presented from new perspectives, therefore they are as much novel as they are familiar.
Dreams of a Dark Warrior is probably the first book in this series where I was able to almost guess the solution to the main problem. However, there were still enough twists all around which kept me pleasantly surprised throughout the novel.
Considering his deeds in the previous book, Declan is a different type of hero, a little difficult to get to love, despite the sympathy he invokes with his brokenness, but eventually he won me over with his determination and independent will, picking up the pieces of his life and reshaping them to his need, and fighting for Regin, even against himself.
I loved Regin’s fierceness and vulnerability, her wit and her inner battle with her own recklessness and proneness to act instead of think, her newly found tendency to self-reflect, as well as her weighing her old knowledge against the new.
I loved the sarcastic and witty writing, the battle of words running alongside the actual physical battles. And, there was even a LOTR reference. It doesn’t get any better that that.
In Dreams of a Dark Warrior, Kresley Cole stays true to what I love most in this series: the broad scope of her world with so many intertwining characters’ stories, which she keeps completely consistent with one another, and yet still unpredictable and surprising. I loved the new characters she introduced as well as the reminders of some details from the previous instalments and the elements setting up the following ones.
To conclude, Dreams of a Dark Warrior is much more than just Regin’s and Declan’s story; it’s the story of their individual lives, finally merging into one against all odds, and at the same time yet again an epic setting up for the following stories, especially Lothaire, which I cannot wait to read next.
RECOMMENDATION: Dreams of a Dark Warrior is yet another great instalment of IAD series, about love overcoming all obstacles, adding still more flavour to the amazing world Kresley Cole has created in this series.