I do love Kenyon’s Darkhunter series, but to date I’ve not been such a fan of the Dreamhunter stories. They have never quite had that spark the other books do. I picked this book up expecting it to be ok, but not great. Sometimes there’s nothing better than being wrong!
The writing had the sparkle I’ve missed in some of Kenyon’s more recent books. In parts it reminded me a little of Acheron one of the absolute best in the series, in my opinion, although not quite as brilliant.
Seth sold as a slave into hell when he was thirteen has the tortured hero part down perfectly. Embittered, empty, unknowing of any emotion other than pain. He is a hero screaming for a happy ending.
Lydia is a mute, were-jackal, dreamhunter. She’s one serious tough cookie and more than a match for Demi-God Seth. I liked them both straight away and totally fell for Seth. In fact, it was Seth that made this book, but I really do love a good tortured hero, and Seth has been tortured… A lot.
The love story was a real slow burner, you don’t even see a kiss until the second part of the book. I really enjoyed this, I enjoy it when the romance and chemistry builds slowly and carefully. Also given Seth’s past I don’t think the story would have worked the other way around.
I was slightly disappointed at how Lydia’s muteness was dealt with. A wave of Seth’s hands and she can talk again just like that. It just felt a bit too convenient and I would have enjoyed a story more about them overcoming her muteness, rather than curing it.
As with all Kenyon’s books there is plenty of action, sword fights and demons. I did miss seeing some of my favourite darkhunters making an appearance, although the story around Jaden gets more and more intriguing. I’ve read virtually all of Kenyon’s books and I have to confess even I get confused around some of the storylines, so I wouldn’t say this book was for newcomers to her writing.
The ending of the book really could have done with some more pages. It was all wrapped up so quickly, before I knew it, and it would have been a bit nice to flesh out some of the final plot-lines. I do hate it when books do that, as though they’re trying to come in under a certain word count. I didn’t spoil the story, it just could have made it even better to be just slightly longer.
The best Kenyon book I have read in a while. A great, action packed paranormal romance, with a brilliant, dark and tortured hero. Did I mention I loved Seth? Not a recommended first time read of the series, start with one of the earlier books if you haven’t already. But fans of the series will lap it up!
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- The Dream Hunter
- Upon the Midnight Clear
- Dream Chaser
- Dream Warrior
- Dark Bites
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