There are lots of other characters that are casually referred to that I think must be in other books in the series, and they all seem to turn up throughout the book- truly The Order seems to be having a good few weeks, as so many of the characters that are relevant to the story line are brought in recently, and all to the same facility. Kudos to them. So they capture enough people that eventually someone else's bad deeds and terrible repercussions turn up and all the shit hits the fan, which was good because by that point it was getting a little snore and there was no progression.
Cole's writing style is so typically paranormal romance. It's all "oh, my past anguish, but I won't think about that until later when it is revealed after about a million oh-my-inner-turmoil moments", and lots of one sentence paragraphs where the person plays their own devils advocate briefly before reverting to their original thought pattern.
And so much stuff happens off page that is so casually referred to that I can't decide if it's alluding to other books in the series or if it's just some lazy ass story telling going on. I'm always wary of books that have lists of definitions before the story; again, is it lazy, or just that complicated? I did appreciate some of the definitions, but at some parts of the story it felt like Cole was just taking liberties just because she had already given random facts. Like in the definitions the Valkyrie are described with a note that without training, most can be mesmerised by shining objects. Then, a few chapters in, "Regin dug into her copious chest of jewels, containing no glittering stones, of course." just seems like a pointless thing to mention, as it wasn't necessary and didn't even fit in with the characters current train of thought. I don't even think it was mentioned anywhere else in the book.
I kinda feel that I'm bitching about this book way too much, cos its actually not all that bad. Sure, the vivisection is pretty nasty, and there are flaws, but Regin is funny, and it ticks all of the standard boxes for paranormal romance, has plenty of steamy bits, and Cole just about pulls it all together at the end after a few wobbly bits, for both the characters and the reader. 6 stars.
Edit... I wrote this months and months ago, and really struggled to remember all the plot points when trying to edit this. It seemed rushed in places, and so long and dragging in others. BUT, I am going to give Kresley Cole another chance to wow me and try to read the first of this series sometime soon (because this is the 10th one, and its always difficult starting in the middle, especially as they aren't stand alone books).