Monday, June 17, 2013

Review: The Dream-Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Dream-Hunter (Dark-Hunter #11, Dream-Hunter #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Synopsis (Goodreads):
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?
My Thoughts: Hmm... okay. I'm going to admit it - this has never been one of my favorite books in the series. And I think my disconnect lies in the beginning. It's slow. Things don't pick up until Solin and Arik start slinging verbal barbs at one another and Arik's all O.O SHINY THINGS ARE SHINY in the mortal world.

Now, I'm not saying that I hate this book. I really don't. I like the foundation that's laid out for later books in the Dream-Hunter cycle. I like that we're seeing aspects of the D-H world that we haven't seen before. I like that Apollymi gets to flex her muscles a little.

It's just not my favorite.

I think this is one of those times where there's so much going on in the background (Apollymi's story, how the Dark-Hunters fit in with everything here, the build up to things happening in later books with the Dream-Hunters, even how this story and these characters fit in down the line) that Arik and Geary's story almost gets drowned out. Honestly, the repercussions to some of the things that are revealed in this book are HUGE. BIG! GINORMOUS!

So while this isn't my favorite, I do think it's pivotal to later happenings in the overall arc. THINGS HAPPEN HERE, PEOPLE. Things you need to know about. The romance isn't a dud, either. It's just... I don't know. I DON'T KNOW. I like parts of the book. I'm iffy on parts of the book. I like what some of the things that happen here mean for characters down the line.

It's still not my favorite, though.

The Dark-Hunter Universe
1. Fantasy Lover
2. Night Pleasures
3. Night Embrace
4. Dance with the Devil (Dark-Hunter #4, Were-Hunter #1)
5. Kiss of the Night
6. Night Play (Dark-Hunter #6, Were-Hunter#2)
7. Seize the Night
8. Sins of the Night
9. Unleash the Night (Dark-Hunter #9, Were-Hunter #3)
10. Dark Side of the Moon (Dark-Hunter #10, Were-Hunter #4)
11. The Dream-Hunter (Dark-Hunter #11, Dream-Hunter #1) - Paperback | Kindle
12. Devil May Cry
13. Upon the Midnight Clear (Dark-Hunter #13, Dream-Hunter #2)
14. Dream Chaser (Dark-Hunter #14, Dream-Hunter #3)
15. Acheron
16. One Silent Night
17. Dream Warrior (Dark-Hunter #17, Dream-Hunter #4)
18. Bad Moon Rising (Dark-Hunter #18, Were-Hunter #5, Hellchaser #3)
19. No Mercy (Dark-Hunter #19, Were-Hunter #6)
20. Retribution (Dark-Hunter #20, Were-Hunter #7)
21. The Guardian (Dark-Hunter #21, Dream-Hunter #5, Were-Hunter #8, Hellchaser #4)
22. Time-Untime (Dark-Hunter #22, Hellchaser #5)
23. Styxx

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  1. I finally caught up even though I didn't get to do a full re-read I finished Time-Untime on Saturday WHEW!

    1. I have Time-Untime but I was holding off on reading it until I had reread the series. I need to get back to this. I neeeed to!

  2. *sigh* I remember first laying eyes on this cover. I mean, I couldn't read the damn book because I wanted to stare at it for hours on end. :) If I remember correctly, there weren't a ton of the dream hunter books, right? I need to reread this series one day, but I no longer own the books. Doh!

    1. There are 5 Dream Hunter books. I'm excited to get back and see what kind of shenanigans these crazy Dream Hunters are up to!