Regin The Radiant has always been at the top of my list of favorite Valkyrie in the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. That’s saying a lot since the entire IAD series is packed with outstanding, highly entertaining characters. But I’ve always loved Regin’s carefree, sharp-tonged party girl attitude. As she tosses up a braid of hair as an offering to the wraiths that guard Val Haul she exclaims:
“Make a hole bitches.”
…and they grant her passage.
Dreams of a Dark Warrior takes place during the same time as Demon From The Dark. However the prologue takes us back to when Regin was twelve years old when she first meets Aidan the Fierce her fated mate. Once Regin comes of age they begin their love affair only to have it prematurely ended when Aidan is assassinated. Every one hundred years or so, Aidan is reincarnated and the lovers are reunited only to suffer the same loss over and over again once Adian remembers his past. But with his next reincarnation Regin is determined she will not let it happen again. She will not let her lover die. That is until she realizes Aidan has come back as the monster that ordered her horrendous torture and the incarceration of many of her Lore allies.
I’ve faithfully read every book in this series and these books just keep getting better and better. The world that Kresley Cole has built around her cast of characters is simply superb. I am constantly impressed with Ms. Cole’s storytelling and completely enthralled with the IAD world. After reading Demon From The Dark I did have to wonder if the series had hit its peak though. That book was one of my favorites and after finding out that Declan and Regin would be the next hero and heroine I had my doubts as to how Kresley Cole would pull off a romance between the two characters. These two would-be lovers didn’t have a few obstacles to overcome; they had major, major issues making for a romance that more of a slow burn rather than the smoking hot, passion filled relationships we’ve seen in past books. But don’t worry, Regin and Declan do scorch the pages, but there is much to overcome before they can take their relationship to that level and there is plenty of action and adventure to keep you flipping the pages.
Declan is such a tortured, almost ruined hero. His hatred for the Lore because of hideous crimes committed against him and his family by dark Lore has consumed him and he has dedicated his life to eradicating all members of the Lore. He must come to terms with who he is and his attraction to Regin before he can heal and make amends for his own crimes though. His journey is intense and heartbreaking to say the least.
Regin is faithful not only to her sisters and allies but also to her beloved Aidan. She waits for him each time after his death, never knowing another, only to lose him to death all over again. There is a scene where she prays to her father Woeden asking him to let her have her love this time. It was such an emotionally intense scene made even more so because we see Regin at her most vulnerable stripped down state.
As always in IAD books the secondary characters play important roles in the story. In Dreams of a Dark Warrior we get cameos from several well-known IAD players, meet a couple of new ones but the big gun this time is The Enemy Of Old, Lothaire, evil vampire extraordinaire. He makes a strong impression in later part of the book and leaves hints as to his role in future IAD book(s). Lothaire is sarcastic and cool, deplorable and untrustworthy, and always out for himself. His Endgame takes priority always and he grants no favors without a price. By the end of the book I was fully in love with the detestable vampire and I simply cannot wait for his heroine to take him down a notch or two. It should be a fun ride.
Dreams Of A Dark Warrior is yet another outstanding addition to the Immortals After Dark series and I remain a steadfast fan. I eagerly look forward to more from this highly entertaining series.
He gripped her nape. “I fuckin’ love you, Regin!” Rain spiked his lashes as he gazed down at her, commanding her, “Love me back!”
“And speaking of females, if I call you by one’s name while my fangs are plunged deep in your neck, just run with it”.