07 September 2008

Review: Sherrilyn Kenyon - Dream-Hunter

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1st edition (February 6, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312938810
ISBN-13: 978-0312938819

In the ethereal world of dreams, there are champions who fight to protect the dreamer and there are demons who prey on them...

Arik is such a predator. Condemned by the gods to live eternity without emotions, Arik can only feel when he’s in the dreams of others. For thousands of years, he’s drifted through the human unconscious, searching for sensation. Now he’s finally found a dreamer whose vivid mind can fill his emptiness.

Dr. Megeara Kafieri watched her father ruin himself and his reputation as he searched to prove Atlantis was real. Her deathbed promise to him to salvage his reputation has now brought her to Greece where she intends to prove once and for all that the fabled island is right where her father said it was. But frustration and bad luck dog her every step. Especially the day they find a stranger floating in the sea. His is a face she’s seen many times....in her dreams.

What she doesn’t know is that Arik holds more than the ancient secrets that can help her find the mythical isle of Atlantis. He has made a pact with the god Hades: In exchange for two weeks as a mortal man, he must return to Olympus with a human soul. Megeara’s soul. With a secret society out to ruin her expedition, and mysterious accidents that keep threatening her life, Megeara refuses to quit. She knows she’s getting closer to Atlantis and as she does, she stumbles onto the truth of what Arik really is.

For Arik his quest is no longer simple. No human can know of a Dream-Hunter’s existence. His dream of being mortal has quickly turned into his own nightmare and the only way to save himself will be to sacrifice the very thing he wanted to be human for. The only question is, will he?

This is definitely a solid start of Sherrilyn Kenyon with her Dream-Hunter series. She takes the reader to dwell in the world of the Gods, Demigods and cursed ones like only she can, and I loved every minute of it! Introducing so many new characters like Solin, ZT, and D’Alerian whom leave me in awe of them, but also Thia and Tory leave a sparkle in this novel making me hope, that I will see them back again at one point. It also has moments of pure joy, sadness, action and love, and it made me flip page after page just wanting to know how it all ended.

For those who have read all the other dark-hunter novels: Since the release of Dark side of the moon storylines are shifting dramatically and fierce new characters are introduced getting the reader ready for new things to come! This is also for certain elements within the Dream-Hunter novel but the main focus is on Arikos, Megeara and their love story. The only thing that left me a bit disappointed was the fact that Arikos’ character had to give in on his arrogance for he has a new world, body and emotions to explore, it definitely fits within the story and has probably more to do with personal taste, as I love my men to be dark, nasty, rogue and powerful!

Though it is slightly connected to the dark-hunter novels, this novel creates a vibe all of its own….making it a truly new edition to the Hunter world of Sherrilyn Kenyon!

Quote: Zebulon scoffed at the twins. “Did you miss my job description? Or were you just not paying attention the day I busted heads on Olympus? Fucking with you people is what I do. It’s what I live for and I’m really tired of you now.”

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