Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: St. Martin's
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 hes' 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-Hunters 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?
As the book title suggests, it's a Dream-Hunter novel and the story is set up in the Dark-Hunter world. Where a rogue dream god meats an archaeologist off to find Atlantis.
Personally, I always thought the Oneroi (the dream gods) had a small role in the Dark-Hunter world and I was content with it. Really, never wanted to learn anything more about them. There were (and still are) so many mysterious and fascinating characters to choose from, those emotionless gods would've never been my preference. Despite that, I opened the book without prejudice and tried to enjoy it. The Dream-Hunter
had its finer points. The moments of humor. Some interesting characters. Unfortunately, despite it all, it sank deeper than Atlantis itself.
There are so many books with heroines I do not like, that dampen my mood, but none of them compares with Geary, I so fervently despised. She was the most aggravating, annoying, infuriating, ungrateful and mistrustful person for the part of heroine, ever. I couldn't believe what I was reading. Her rudeness, stupidity and ... actually everything about her made me mad beyond comparison. Plus, it was one of these books where the heroine is the typical "poor me, I am a average looking gal who could never dare even hope of attracting something like the hero" woman, and who always attracts. For the reasons unknown to the mankind.
I still don't understand what Arik ever saw in her. Sure, he came to be her because of her vivid dreams that made him feel, but other than that...
The story itself was somewhat predictable and not exactly grabbing. I am sorry to say, but The Dream-Hunter
was my worst read of Sherrilyn Kenyon up to date.
-> Romance books
-> The Dream-Hunter