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In the Dark of Dreams (Dirk & Steele Series #10)

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

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    This is a tremendous Dirk & Steele thriller

    Twelve years old Jenny found the injured silver boy on the beach. She is taken aback somewhat by his fins, but also fascinated by them and him. She comforts him until a merman arrives to take the wounded lad home. The sea adult frightens Jenny as he ignored the boy's pleading not to take him back to the sea. Every morning that summer and several years afterward, Jenny would return to the beach hoping her sea friend would return; he never did but she never stopped hoping.

    Because of that incident at the beach, Jenny became a marine biologist. Her goal is to find the silver boy who she considers a friend and more though their acquaintance was for a short duration. Meanwhile, Jenny's family is divided as some have joined the Consortium while others like her work for A Priori.

    Exiled from his world beneath the sea, Perrin constantly thinks of the female surface dweller who befriended him when he needed help. Soon they connect through their dreams at a time when a world threat begins to emerge from a dormant respite at the bottom of the ocean.

    This is a tremendous Dirk & Steele thriller (see The Fire King) that grips the audience from the moment the pair meets on the beach and never frees the reader until the final apocalyptic confrontation. Fast-paced, the lead couple and the anticipated fight with the Monster from the Ocean Floor (Roger Corman movie) make for a strong entry as a chance short meeting on a beach as tweeners years later turns into a superb save the world romantic ocean fantasy.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    In the Dark of Dreams

    Marjorie Liu doesn't disappoint with her latest paranormal romance in the Dirk & Steele series. IN THE DARK OF DREAMS follows Jenny and Perrin as they try to solve a murder and save the world from a monster that slumbers in the deep of the ocean. The chemistry sizzles throughout, and the adventure kept me turning the pages, unable to put the book down.

    As a child, Jenny stumbled across a child with fins -- a mythological merman. That fleeting encounter changed her life as she dreamed of her friend, conjured walks on the beach and conversations. Perrin, the young boy of the sea, shared those same dreams and he knew that they weren't just figments of the imagination. As they grew older, the visions stopped -- but Perrin and Jenny never forgot each other and each continued to hope that they would, one day, meet again.

    When earthquakes and tsunamis begin to occur with frightening frequency, Perrin knows that he must act. Despite his exile from the ocean and despite the danger, he knows what is causing the earth's turmoil. A leviathan awakes. Guardian mermaids (or mermen) are selected every generation to dream for the mythical beasts, keeping them dormant by sharing visions more satisfying than waking would be. Perrin doesn't know what happened to the Guardian in the Pacific region, but he's determined to find out. When his investigation leads him to a marine scientist, he's amazed to find the little girl from the beach so long ago. Jenny is shocked, too, and unsure whether to trust, but together she and Perrin must solve the mystery of the missing Guardian and somehow deal with the Leviathan before it fully awakes.

    IN THE DARK OF DREAMS is a beautiful book. Marjorie Liu has a way with words that is lyrical and I would find myself re-reading a sentence just to fully experience the beautiful pictures she paints with her prose. The dangers that Jenny and Perrin face are palpable. Added to that, the chemistry and tension between the two is always there, always building, so that when they finally admit how they feel for each other, it's a meaningful experience in the book. Every element of the story is combined just so, making the experience something more than just reading a good book. Marjorie Liu is truly an artist with a pen.

    If you're a fan of the Dirk & Steele series, IN THE DARK OF DREAMS will satisfy by continuing the world-building introduced in earlier novels. There are also cameo appearances from characters from earlier books. If you're new to the series, though, you should still be able to dive right in and not feel as though you're missing out on the story. IN THE DARK OF DREAMS is a fantastic read, filled with passion, adventure and enchantment.

    Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Wonderful Addition to this Series!

    Marjorie M. Liu is a wonderfully talented writer. All too often authors of supernatural tales churn out shallow works which never meet any depth within the characters or the story itself. Marjorie however truly bring characters and their lives to full vivid life while creating a complex storyline close to real life. While myth is involved in her stories she makes it seem natural and believable. There is nothing superficial with any of her works and I deeply enjoy her stories. I appreciate getting real value for the money I spend. Sometimes I feel ripped off by an author, but with Liu I always know I will happily hand over the price of admittance.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    Yet+another+hearts+delight

    For+me%2C+there+is+magic+to+be+found+in+words%2C+in+phrases+that+glow+so+vividly+in+the+soul.++Marjorie+Liu+is+a+magician+with+words.++She+brings+to+you+heart+truths+that+you+did+not+know+you+needed+until+you+have+read+them.%0A%0ASwim+the+seas%2C+shift+your+shape%2C+burn+at+heart+none+of+these+wonders+can+steal+the+wisdom+from+her+truths.++Miracles%2C+pearls+rounded+by+time+%26+tragic+sorrows+that+are+as+real+in+the+world+at+large+as+in+her+storylines.++%0A%0AThe+Consortium+is+peopled+by+those+whose+souls+have+been+blinded+to+joy.++A+Priori+is+peopled+by+those+who+find+pleasure+in+caring+%26+sharing..+they+are+members+of+the+same+family+torn+apart+from+within.++And+that+is+the+tragedy+of+humankind+today.++It+is+only+when+Dirk+%26+Steele%27s+folks+bring+human%2C+loving%2C+passion+back+to+the+mix+that+they+get+it+right.++Maybe+it+was+a+lack+of+the+fire+of+passion+that+drove+the+fae+away%3F

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    Great Read

    Once again Marjorie M. Liu gives the reader a wonderful tale brimming over with love and magic. Her characters are always full of depth and the stories take you far away into a magical world full of mystical beings that we believe only exist in our imagination.

    The latest book In the Dark of Dreams is no exception. The main characters are wonderful. Jenny is a smart and independent woman and Perrin has lived a hard life and become even stronger living for the woman in his dreams.

    When Jenny and Perrin finally meet there is no denying the sparks that are there. The two must find a way to save not only themselves but also the world. I enjoyed watching their relationship blossom as both Jenny and Perrin begin to open up to each other. While both have feelings for each other each is afraid to show them but the bond begins to form anyways as they are only fighting the inevitable. The love that they have is strong and both rely on it strongly during their trials showing us that such a love is worth fighting for.

    Fans of this series will not be disappointed. This is a well-written and fast paced book that takes the reader on a magical ride that continues even after you have finished the book. Filled with action and romance, this is a book that should not be missed. I know I am already eagerly awaiting the next installment in this wonderful series.

    Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews.

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