The Dream-Hunter Mass Market Paperback – Feb 6 2007
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“I love the world that Kenyon has so painstakingly developed over the years. And with this new series, she's delved into new territory that is sure to delight old fans as well as new ones.” ―Romancing the Book
“Love it!!!” ―My Vamp Fiction
“Kenyon is the reigning queen of the vampire novel.” ―Barbara Vey, Publishers Weekly
“An engaging read.” ―Entertainment Weekly on Devil May Cry
“Kenyon's writing is brisk, ironic, sexy, and relentlessly imaginative. These are not your mother's vampire novels.” ―The Boston Globe on Dark Side of the Moon
About the Author
In the past two years, New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon has claimed the #1 spot twelve times, and since 2004, she has placed more than 50 novels on the New York Times list. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. With more than 23 million copies of her books in print in over 30 countries, her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, Lords of Avalon, BAD Agency, Chronicles of Nick and Nevermore. A preeminent voice in paranormal fiction, Kenyon helped pioneer and define the current paranormal trend that has captivated the world. She lives with her husband, three sons, a menagerie of animals and a collection of swords.See all Product Description
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That brings us to the Dream Hunter. I've given Kenyon's Were-Hunter novels low marks before, but as much as I hated the books, I never took more than three days to read them cover to cover. I bought this on release day and it sat on my night stand for three weeks before I finished it.
I hate to sound like a broken record, but this book is another one of the ones that is trying to build suspense to Acheron's book. As far as I am concerned, I never care if that much promised book is ever published at this point because it is about two years too late. Sure, at first everyone was in love with that character and wanted to know what his deal was. I don't think many people still care, because after many books of teasing and still never getting any real answers, Acheron has turned into the Dues Ex Machina plot device from Hell and a character that almost rivals Anita Blake as most annoying reoccurring character in a series.
Dream Hunter features Arikos, an incubus god of sleep, and Dr. Megeara Kiferi, global trotting PHD in search of Atlantis. Arikos is infatuated with Megeara after giving her naughty, naughty dreams at night. He gets high off sucking emotions out of wet dreams, and decides he wants to experience the real thing. He cuts a deal with the god Hades to make him human for two weeks, but forgot to read the fine print at the end of the contract that stipulates he will have to bring Megeara's soul to Hades in return. Wonderful, a junkie who uses and endangers other people to get his fix is just what every girl should want.
Megeara is an ugly duckling with a PHD. Despite supposedly being smart and focused enough to get a doctorate before she turned thirty, she talks and acts like a dumb valley girl. She's supposed to be an expert in ancient Greek culture but she seems to be totally ignorant of basic points of their mythology. Oh, and Ms. Kenyon and all the other romance authors, being an academic or smart doesn't already automatically translate to being unsociable, a loser, unsexy, and frumpy like you guys seem to think. I spent most of the book wanting to give both these characters a giant slice of clue cake.
There is a plot in here somewhere about excavating the Lost City of Atlantis and the gods fearing a possible resurrection of Apollymi the Destroyer who is sealed up in the ruins. Honestly, it kind of gets lost in between introducing about five new characters to the Dark/Were/Dream Hunter world that ultimately don't serve any purpose.
Kenyon just needs to cut back on books like these. They aren't any good, and they are making the otherwise fine main series seem stale before its time.
After finishing this book, I realized that the whole point of it was to set up a foretelling of what may happen in future books and of what has already happened in previously published books, specifically involving Zarek the Dark Hunter up in Alaska, and the current conflict involving Nick Gautier. It merely in-fills bits and pieces that weren't missed by the readers to begin with. My problem with the book was that I felt that the secondary characters in the book would have been better used as the primary characters, and the main love interest relegated to the subplot. I think that would have worked better.
I'm not going to say don't buy it, because it's not a bad book. But if you're a Kenyon reader, just know that this one isn't on par with her better ones. My rating was based on the fact that I am a Kenyon reader and I know that she can do better than this.
I LOVED all the Greek Pantheon of Gods characters, and the tie-in with her Atlantean god characters. Fascinating stuff there, if you've read other parts of the extended story. Some of the material here is not to be missed. I found myself loving the humorous contemporary language employed by the ancient beings.
However, thought I like Kenyon's heros, this protagonist is the least likeable of them all. He is a seriously selfish little git, though he grows as the story unfolds. The secondary characters are the ones I found most interesting. Also, Kenyon seems to write everything in the same 'voice.' Sometimes you wonder if it is just the names that are different from story to story.
Nonetheless, the overall voice is a wise-cracking one. The story has a certain charm. I'm very interested in these characters overall, and this is a nice interlude along the way to the rest of the story. I recommend it. I give it a 'B.'
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