I love reading a book that breaks some of my rules and wins me over. By “my rules” I mean things in books that I normally don’t like. Kresley Cole does just that in her book, Dreams of a Dark Warrior, one of her Immortals After Dark series.
It is a paranormal and I was strangely drawn to the book in the first place. I picked it up, read the cover, put it down, walked away. But I kept thinking about it and had to go back and get it.
It “reads well.” The writing is good and flows smoothly, I was drawn into the story immediately, and then…Kresley skips a lot of what I thought I was going to get to read. Aaagh! That was a teaser, but I didn’t know it at the time.
I continued to read and that’s when she did something else I normally hate. She filled the book with flashbacks. To me, a flashback halts the story to go back and fill in something while I wait impatiently to get on with the story. I have used flashbacks in my own writing, but not a lot. Kresley has a lot of them. And I savored every one. Here were the missing pieces she left out at the beginning. And now I saw that she was wise to skip them and feed them back to me piecemeal. They didn’t slow the story down a bit. And that surprised me. No, each flashback urged the story forward. There were things in each flashback that impelled the story line ahead. Wow, I thought, this is great writing!
Another thing Kresley did that I normally hate was to make her heroine too “sassy” for my taste. She was mouthy and sometimes a bit coarse-mouthed. And usually I just hate that in a heroine. But for Regin, it fit. I enjoyed her turns of phrase. I loved her pithy comments. I laughed over her similes and metaphors. This is who Regin is. She would not have been such a great character otherwise.
So, Kresley, I salute you. You broke some of my “rules” and not only got away with it, you made me love the book because of it.
For more information about Dreams of a Dark Warrior and author Kresley Cole, go to her website at: www.KresleyCole.com