The Dream Hunter was decidedly one of my least favorite books that I have read by Sherrilyn Kenyon. While part of its own series, Dream-Hunter, it also falls in the Dark-Hunters world. Not really realizing this, I was trying to stay true to the course of reading the books in order. This one actually takes place along side some past events and in doing that and other things, I found myself skimming to just get it over.
As with anything in this series, you have to have a lot of backstory. Dr. Megeara Kafieri and her family consider themselves Atlantians even as they can’t prove Atlantis ever existed. All of Geary’s life her father had one busted mission after another to discover Atlantis’s location. Dying brokenhearted, Geary’s father leaves her a few artifacts that prove the existence of Atlantis. After years of distancing herself from her family and the mockery of their lives, she now must vindicate her father’s dreams and immerse herself back into the hunt.
Arik is a Dream Hunter. There were several sects to this and really it just became too much to figure out a new world I wasn’t interested in becoming more involved with. Arik latches onto Geary’s dreams, which they are never to single out one dreamer. Lacking emotions from a curse put upon his people, Arik is drawn to the vivid, seductive dreams he share with Geary. Making a deal with Hades, Arik becomes human in exchange for bringing Hades Geary’s soul.
So how believable is all of this? NOT! Arik shows up and he is the man in Geary’s dreams. He’s making deals to get her permits to dive, but also getting emotions for the first time. So he is touchy feely besides the fact he served up her soul for this little visit to the mortal realm. He just comes across totally wrong. Not sensual. Not lusty or passionate. Just creepy. I found myself bored with the two of these characters almost immediately.
Then throw in The Destroyer, Apollymi, Acheron’s mom. She’s still looking for a way out of her living Hell. She gets her chance to be freed, but it never happens. Hades gives up his quest for the soul for his wife and the Dream-Hunter guys that rule do some back and forth framing another. By this point I was truly skimming to just get the Hell out of the book. What happened to the series?
It all felt like it was rushed, pushed, crammed and not reviewed. The continuity felt off and in the end I really didn’t give either of the main characters much respect as they didn’t do anything to make me like them or endear me to want them to remain together forever. In fact, I was hoping they would die so I could forget Dream-Hunters exist.
So as I read my Never Ending Series, I am skipping the ones with Dream-Hunters. Just not interested in any of them or what is going on. Hoping the rest of the series picks up.