Title: The Dream Hunter
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark-Hunter, #11
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Imprint of Macmillan)
Date Published: February 6th, 2007
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?
The Dream Hunter is Kenyon’s first formal introduction to the Dream-Hunters (also known as the Oneroi and the Skoti) within the world of the Dark-Hunters. Although we have met and heard of them in a few short-stories and full-length Dark-Hunter books. I can’t say that they’re my favorite thing about this series though. I don’t hate them, I just don’t find them particularly interesting at all.
So right off the bat I wasn’t too interested in this book, but I also went into it with an open mind. However, it still isn’t a very strong representation of the Dark-Hunter series. I’ve always found Kenyon to be very good at building relationships within a short span of time. But with Arik and Megeara/Geary I didn’t really ever feel that spark between them. It could have to do with the fact that we never really witnessed their first encounters within the dream realm, we were only told about them. But even so I didn’t really feel the connection between them. It seemed to me that Arik came to the human realm for one purpose — to get laid — and even so I didn’t feel an emotional or physical attraction between them.
In addition to that, I felt like the humor was really lacking in this and the last book. I miss the sarcastic and witty tidbits we typically get in these books so I hope Kenyon brings some of that back soon.
But some good did come from this book. We meet a few new faces such as Kat/Katra and Zebulon/ZT, both of whom I found to be really interesting characters who I hope to come across in future books. We also get a glimpse of some Ash action going on that sets this book as taking place before/around the same time as the first few books (Kyrian and Zarek’s books) in the series.
Although those were very small things in this book it was interesting nonetheless and cool to see some other parts of the Dark-Hunter universe having to do with the gods and goddesses we hear so much about.
Overall this definitely wasn’t my favorite book in the series, probably just about my least favorite, but it wasn’t terrible and I’m happy to have learned a little more about Ash and met a few more interesting characters. I’m just counting down the books until I can finally read Ash’s book — and no I’m not cheating and skipping ahead.
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