Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Review: The Dream-Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: The Dream Hunter
Series: Dark-Hunters, Dream-Hunters
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: February 6, 2007
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 0312938810
ISBN-13: 9780312938819

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 rating:

In the world of dreams there are champions who protect the dreamers from the demons that prey on tem.

Stripped of his emotions, Arikos is one of such demons. He can only feel what other people feel in their dreams. He’s spent eternity sifting through dreams on the hunt for sensations until he finally found a dreamer whose dreams fill his empty existence.

Dr. Megeara Kafieri comes from a family of crack pots. Or so the scholarly circles claim. Her father and her uncle have died on their quest to find Atlantis and though she wanted no part in the downfall of her family name, a deathbed promise to her father binds her to fulfill his dream.

Her mission to clean her father’s name brought her to Greece, but the authorities and deities (luckily she doesn’t know about those) are doing their best to keep her from poking around submerged ruins.

Her luck turns when she pulls a drowning stranger from the sea. She’s never seen him before. Awake, that is. But she’s seen his face in her dreams. Her dream man has made a pact with Hades, though. Arik has bargained her soul for two weeks in the human realm as a mortal man.

Though the premise is promising, this was a complete downer. I think it was Sherrilyn Kenyon's worst book I’ve read (and I read them all, at least in this series).

I was determined to read it from cover to cover and never in my life did it take so long to finish a book. In the end I found myself skimming the pages. The story just didn’t pull me in, it was like reading a manual or a text book.

The characters were dull, the dialogue plain, the story seemed stretched out, and a little too generic for my taste.

With the few scenes that shed a little light on the “bigger picture” strewn here and there in the plot, this book was nowhere near the books at the beginning of the series. If this is an indicator of what this spin-off series is all about, I most certainly shall think twice before venturing into the realm of the Dream-Hunters.


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