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 he's 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-Hunter's 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?
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.
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Santorini, Greece, 1996
"my kingdom for a gun."
Shaking his head at Geary's hostile words, Brian calmly opened the car door for her as she approached their small taxi that waited in the heart of the crowded Greek thoroughfare. "You don't have a kingdom."
She paused on the sidewalk to glare at him. Given the fury in her system, she couldn't believe he'd dare point out the obvious to her. She'd been known to verbally let serious blood when only half this riled. Truly, the man had no sense of self-preservation. "And I don't have a gun--looks like I'm shit out of luck all the way around, huh?"
Still, he was his ever present calm self--which didn't really help her mood. For once, couldn't he get ticked off, too? "I take it you didn't get the permits . . . again."
She could have done without that "again" part. Really. "What was your first clue?"
"Oh, I don't know. That stomping stance as you walked down the street, clenching and unclenching your fists like you're already choking someone, or maybe it's that way you're looking at me like you could claw out my eyes when I haven't done anything to piss you off."
"Yes, you have."
She could tell he was fighting a smile. Thank goodness he had the good sense to keep it hidden. "And that is?"
"You don't have a gun."
He snorted. "Come on now, you can't shoot every Greek official who gets in your way."
Brian stepped back to let her enter the taxi first. At six three, he was a good-looking man in his mid-forties. Very distinguished and intelligent. Best of all, he was independently wealthy and more than capable of financing their latest venture in futility without complaining too much.
Unfortunately, he wasn't into bribing public officials.
Was it too much to ask that she find a corrupt financier? Surely Brian should have some vice, and at the moment she couldn't think of a more self-serving one than that.
"So what do we do now?" he asked as he joined her in the car.
Geary sighed, wishing she had an answer. Her team was waiting on her boat at the docks, but without the permits that allowed them to excavate the mounds she and Tory believed to be a city wall, all they could do was dive over the surface of what they'd found and do nothing more than admire it.
Sad comfort that. It'd been the best lead they'd had in years. "I want another silt sample."
"You've already tested and retested those."
"I know, but maybe it will help to convince them to give us the permits." Yeah, right. She'd been given the run-around particularly good and the words from her latest visit still rang in her ears.
"This is Greece, Dr. Kafieri. There are ruins all around us and I will not allow you to begin tearing up the floor of the Aegean, which is a busy shipping area, when all you can give me is another this-is-Atlantis story. Really. I've enough treasure hunters trying to pilfer our national history for their own gain. I don't need any more. We here in Greece take our history most seriously and you're wasting my valuable time. Good day."
It was enough to make her want to bang her head on the man's desk until he either relented or had her committed. This wasn't about treasure, but trying to tell that to him had been as futile as trying to fly with wax wings.
"There has to be some way around this."
Brian stiffened. "I won't be a part of anything illegal."
And unfortunately, neither would she. "Don't worry, Brian. I don't want to go to jail for this, either."
But there had to be something else she could do. . . .
If only the pain in her head would let up enough so that she could think. But the throbbing pain, much like the official, seemed determined to ruin her day.
She leaned back in the seat and watched the beautiful buildings and landscape of the town drift by while people went about their business on the sidewalks. How she wished she could be carefree enough to roam in and out of the stores, shopping and laughing like the majority of them. Unfortunately, she'd never once been a tourist anywhere.
Geary Kafieri was always all work and no play.
Neither of them spoke as the taxi wended its way through the narrow streets to the dock where their research boat was waiting. While Brian paid the fare, Geary got out and made her way up the gangway to face their team with her gloriously redundant failure.
Tory met her first. At fifteen and very average in height, Geary's cousin had long drab brown hair and thick glasses. She was an awkward teen who had more interest in her books than much of anything else. Even though Tory didn't remember her father, Theron, she was just like him. Finding Atlantis was her only ambition.
"Well?" she asked, her young face expectant.
Geary shook her head.
Tory let out an expletive that made Geary gape. "How could they not let us excavate? What's wrong with those people?"
"They think it's a waste of time."
Tory screwed up her face in distaste. "That's stupid! They're stupid!"
"Yes," Geary said drily. "We're all stupid."
Tory scoffed at that. "I'm not stupid. I'm a certified genius. But the rest . . . Stupid."
"I told you not to bother."
Geary looked past Tory's shoulder to find her other cousin, Cynthia, joining them. Named for the Greek goddess of the hunt, Artemis, Thia hated everything to do with Greece. The only reason she was here was to get college credit and follow her latest fixation, Scott, who'd thought this would be a fun summer activity. Not to mention the small fact that had Thia stayed at home in New York, she'd have been forced to work in her mother's deli, which she hated even more than Greece.
At a cool six two, the titian-haired beauty was also one of the few women taller than Geary--something that was quite a feat given the fact that Thia was barely eighteen.
Geary frowned as she noted Thia's long blue skirt and white long-sleeved embroidered Grecian blouse. "I thought you were sunbathing," Geary said.
Tory leaned forward to whisper in her ear. "She was, and she took her top off earlier, hoping Scott would see her bare boobs and join her. He didn't, but the men on a passing boat almost fell overboard before Justina made her go belowdecks."
Thia curled her lip. "You little nark. While you're confessing things, you should tell Geary how you almost set fire to her reports because her cat scared you and you knocked over Teddy's Bunsen burner."
Tory blushed before she pushed her glasses up on her nose. "Genius, but not graceful. C'est moi."
Geary smiled at the girl as Tory spoke the terrible truth. Grace had never been Tory's virtue, unlike Thia, who had more than her fair share. "It's okay, Tor. I'd have just made you redo them."
Thia gave a heavy sigh as she cast her gaze around the deck. "Is this not the most boring place on earth? I can't even get Scott to come up from below for more than a split second."
Obviously. If nudity didn't inspire the man to come up, nothing else would.
"He's down there with Teddy," Thia continued in an irritated tone, "draped over an excavation map--like that's ever going to happen. What is it about this godforsaken country that every time I bring a guy here he loses his mind?"
"Maybe it's from being around you too long," Tory said, tucking a stray piece of hair behind her ear. She leaned forward to whisper to Geary in their own unique language of ancient Greek and Latin. "I think she sucks the testosterone right out of them and then digests it for her own."
Thia went instantly stiff. "What did she say about me?"
Geary shook her head at Tory before she responded. "Why does it always have to be about you, Thia?"
"Because it is." And with that, she flounced off.
Tory let out a tired breath. "One day I hope she finds someone who can put her in her place. I'm tired of watching her emasculate poor Scott. I swear she has to be part succubus."
"Oh, don't go there. I wouldn't wish her on anyone."
"Good point." Tory paused before she turned a probing stare on Geary. "So tell me what happened."
As if she wanted to relive that misery. "Not much to say. They refused to give us permits . . . again."
Tory actually stomped her foot. "Ah, man. That's so not fair."
"I know," she said, patting Tory's arm. "We just have to be patient."
"To heck with patience. At the rate they're going, I'll be in retirement and will have to dig with a cane." She let out a sound of supreme disgust. "This is the closest we've ever been to finding the city. I know Atlantis is right there. I can feel it!"
A chill went down Geary's spine. Tory was just a little too close to their fathers in personality for her tastes. The same insanity that had possessed them drove Tory, too. It was like a madness in her blood that kept her working late into the night after everyone else had retired.
There were times when it truly scared Geary. All of the people in their family who'd ever shared Tory's level of dedication had met with an early death. It would destroy not only Geary but also their grandfather should anything ever happen to their youngest family member.
She was what they lived for.
Then again, Geary had often suspected that Tory used it as a way to distract herself from the pain she felt at being an orphan. The poor thing had no memory of either of her parents. Their work was the only way Tory could feel close to them. It was all they'd left their daughter.
"It'll be all right, Triantafyllo." Geary used the nickname their grandfather had given Tory. "Now I'm going to lie down for a bit and see if I can stop some of this headache that's brewing."
"Okay. I'll be below with Scott and Teddy reviewing the data that will be absolutely useless if we can't excavate. But what the heck? I'm young and have plenty of time to waste. You on the other hand . . ."
Geary blew her a raspberry. "I'm not that much older than you."
As she sashayed off, Tory tossed back, "Yeah, uh-huh. Get a cane, Grandma."
Geary shook her head at Tory's play, then cringed as pain sliced through her brow and throbbed behind her eyes.
Brian frowned as he joined her on deck. "Are you okay?"
"Another headache." She'd been getting a lot of those lately. Of course with her luck, it was an inoperable brain tumor and she'd probably end up at Thia's mercy so that her cousin could finally torture her without end . . . perish that thought. "I'll be fine. I just need to lie down for a few minutes."
"If you need anything, call."
I need a permit. Hello?
If only she could say that out loud and not lose her much-needed funding.
"I will. Thanks." And with that, Geary headed belowdecks to the small room she shared with Tory. There wasn't a lot of privacy on a research boat, but honestly it didn't bother Geary. Not like it had when she'd been Tory's age. The difference between them was striking. While Geary had hated the lack of personal space, Tory was ambivalent to it. All the girl cared about was their quest.
But even with their differences, Geary adored her cousin. Tory was the closest thing she'd ever had to a sister, and since Tory's parents had died before the girl reached six, their entire family had embraced her and raised her as their own.
Copyright © 2007 by Sherrilyn Kenyon. All rights reserved.
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Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of the best writers I have come across she has a way of making you think the characters in her books are real people and you get so caught up in the story that you live it with them. Each book in the Dark Hunter and Dream hunter tell the story of one main Character how they became the way they are and how love helped them conquer. At least so far in what I have read. I wish I could spend time with her and pick her brain to get insight in how she creates such wonderful stories. She would become a best friend. If you have a chance read all her books it is worth it. My personal favorite is the first book I read of hers which was Acheron I actually cried at what happened to Acheron and wanted to console him. I am sorry I don't like to tell the story cause it ruins it for me so If you choose this book or another Sherrilyn's you won't be disappointed Ok I will say the men in her books see beauty that comes from the heart. Each Man has a past that has been so brutal that they have close themselves off to love but then you have to read to find out. I like how even when someone deems themself unloveable someone finds something to love in them and it changes thier life.
When I initially read the review on this book, I was enthralled. Being fascinated by Greek Mythology had something to do with it too. The names grabbed me as well. Arik & Geary. She has this thing for coming up with great names. To me the choice of a name for the hero and heroine is as important as the book itself. The hero, Arik, was fascinating in that he came from her dreams. How unusual and great is that? I was captivated by this concept. This story had me hooked from beginning to end. Sherrilyn Kenyon made me feel like I was there in Greece along with the characters. And what characters they were! Her secondary characters were as wonderful as the main ones. Especially Tory and Persephone. I loved them! All of the descriptions of the Greek Gods and Goddesses just came to life for me. Their interaction with each other made them very real. It was just a beautiful love story. I hated for it to end. Night Play is my favorite book by her and this one is next so far. I'm sure there will be others as I continue reading the series.
Sherrilyn Kenyon has long been one of my favorite authors and this book easily keeps pace with its companion Dark Hunter books. The Dream Hunters have been briefly mentioned in several of the Dark Hunter books, but now we get to explore their world - This first book should be read just before "Acheron" to keep a sequential flow of events, but if read out of order, no harm done as this book can easily stand independently. The Dream Hunter world opens up a new bunch of characters, and with Arik as the first, I am definitely wanting more! Follow Arik's journey from Olympus to Greece as he learns what it truly means to sacrifice for love!
I was looking for a series to replace my JR Ward series since I was all caught up. Sherrily Kenyon has done this and more. I am so enjoying this series. I am now on book #8 and will continue reading them all until I have completed hers too!
This is another one of Sherrilyn Kenyons' Drk Hunter series and it's great.I like the story line and the characters. I hope Sherrilyn does a book with tory in the future. That would be lots of fun
This is one of the first books I read from this author, and I will be reading more.
Arik is an immortal who feeds off the dreams of others to feel. He's found Megeara, an archaeologist hunting for Atlantis to vindicate her father's obsession, who has such vivid dreams that they have attracted Arik. Little does she know that there are a lot of people trying to stop her from finding Atlantis, if she finds Atlantis she might free Apollymi, and no-one really wants that.What she also doesn't know is that Arik promised her soul for his humanity, and they've got two weeks.Kenyon has written a great story here, it's fun and interesting and the politics are understandable, along with interesting interleaving into the rest of the series while being it's own book. Knowing the side characters helps but it's also quite a good story on it's own.
Arikos is a dream hunter who has been condemned by the gods to foever live with out experiencing emotions. He is only capable of feeling the emotions of others while he wlaks through their dreams. Arikos has discovered one dreamer who displays so much emotion that it makes him feel whole.Dr. Megeara Kafieri made a death bed promise to her father that she will recover his reputation. To do so she has travelled to Greece to prove that the lost city of Atlantis is indeed real. There she pulls a man from the ocean, a man she has only seen in her dreams.Arikos is mortal, for now, but soon he must return with to the gods with a human soul, Megeara.To Susan Arikos has the missing key to Atlantis,a pure answer to her dreams. Unaware of the danger that waits ahead.
An okay read, with enough elaboration on the Dream-Hunter world to keep fans interested.
One of my friends chided me for having never read Sherrilyn Kenyon in all my reading, so I attempted to start with the Dark Hunter series through my library, but after months on hold, it was removed from their catalog (the horrors), so I finally added the Dream Hunter series to my requests and I'm glad I did.I loved the Greek mythology mixed into the current day world. I loved that no one in these books - gods or not - was perfect in any way, but not inherently evil either. The main characters were compelling. Geary was smart, wary, and while she kept her guard up emotionally, she loved those in her life fiercely. And of course, Arik has his on interesting story of wanting to experience emotion and moving from his own selfish needs to an act of selflessness and trust.This is one of those books that proves how a typical writing trope can be used well in the hands of a good writer. I'm intrigued to continue on with this series (when the library will let me have the book - sometimes it's hard being at the hands of the library gods).My only recommendation is not to follow my lead if you start this series. I would suggest starting with the Dark Hunter series. While it wasn't a major part of the storyline, at times I felt like certain scenes would've packed more umph if I knew the dark hunter background.Very good read from start to finish.
I really enjoyed the story of Geary and Arik but at the end it through me for a loop at the end when I realized that this was set pre-book 1. I really liked that she placed the book here because it was refreshing to see how the ending played into previous books. All in all this was a better one of the series even though it was a Dream-Hunter book.
This series is seriously starting to annoy me. If I didn't want to know more about Ash, I'd give up on the series. I hate the mash-up of multiple series into one.That said, I did not like Arik. I liked Geary, that's the only reason I liked this book at all.
The Dream-Hunter was the sixth story in the Dark-Hunter series that I've read this year, and I'm beginning to think that perhaps I've read too many of them in too short a time span. I've been quite anxious to get to Acheron, and in my haste to make headway in this exceedingly long series, I'm starting to become rather apathetic about it. I had really enjoyed Phantom Lover, a Dream-Hunter novella that came early in the series, so I thought that in spite of the Dream-Hunter books generally not being fan faves that I might like them better than others did. Unfortunately, this first full-length Dream-Hunter novel ended up being as lackluster for me as it was for many other readers.Arik and Geary were fairly likable characters, but I just never felt like I got to know them very well. Arik had spent his immortal life as an Oneroi (a dream god) in an emotionless state, until he went Skotos (basically the bad side of the Oneroi). Even then he could only feed off the emotions of the humans whose dreams he shared. When he found Geary, her dreams were so vivid they made him want to find out what it would be like to have human emotions, so he made a deal with Hades to make that possible. We eventually find out that Arik's emotions were essentially beaten out of him at an early age and between that and the punishments he received for defying the Oneroi, he carried many physical scars. Because of this, Arik could have been an extremely tortured hero, but he never really seemed like one to me. At times, it felt like he was almost as emotionless as he would have been had he remained Skotos. Mostly, it just seemed like I was being told about his feelings rather than experiencing them. Initially, the author did a pretty good job of bringing out how Arik felt when he first found out what it was like being human, how all the stimuli around him was an assault to his senses and emotions. However, for someone who had basically lived in a state of sensory and emotional deprivation for hundreds of years, he adjusted a little too quickly in my opinion. It was also cute how he didn't really know much about the human world, and was almost like a kid experiencing certain things for the first time. I really wish that more of these moments had been included in the story. Geary is an anthropologist who is carrying on her father's work of trying to locate the lost civilization of Atlantis. She is having difficulty getting the necessary permits to excavate on the ocean floor, but when Arik arrives in human form, he is able to pull strings and cut through the red tape for her. For some reason which I never quite figured out, she is able to hear the voice of Apollymi, the Destroyer goddess of Atlantis (and Ash's mother). It may have had something to do with the Atlantean artifacts that her father left her, but it almost seemed for a while like there was something special about Geary herself that made it possible. Maybe I missed something along the way, but that part was rather confusing to me. In the end, Geary had to show a lot of strength and fortitude to rescue Arik from his fate, but in spite of that, she was just never a stand-out character to me.I had high hopes for this couple at the beginning of the story. The main thing that had drawn me into Phantom Lover was the whole concept of the hero and heroine meeting in her dreams. Since the same thing happened in The Dream-Hunter, it got off to a good start. I really enjoyed the dream sequences, and Geary's reaction to seeing Arik in the flesh for the first time after he had starred in her steamy dreams was pretty intense, almost like sparks were flying off the page. Sadly, that was pretty much where the romance ended for me. I just didn't feel the same deep connection between them after the dream sequences ended. All in all, I felt like there was a lot of potential in these two characters and their relationship, but in my opinion, it was never ful
I read the Dark Hunter series voraciously for years, until I got caught up in other author series. I decided to catch back up to the new releases and, sadly, this is where I had to start. Frankly, if this were the first book I had read in this series I wouldn¿t continue. I struggled to finish it because I kept putting it down; it is lacking the magic of Kenyon¿s other books in the series. I just did not care about these characters, and they were too far removed from other familiar faces in the Dark Hunter universe. The Dark Hunters and Were Hunters are dynamic, complex and interesting creations. Oneroi who exist without emotion, and try to siphon it through humans like a drug when they go bad as Skoti, just didn¿t click for me. Arikos was one-dimensional, and boring. His heroine Geary was interesting, but needed more fleshing out. And, outside of dreams (dream sex isn¿t as good), I just didn¿t see their relationship evolve into being a couple. Despite these issues, I gave the book 3 stars for a couple reasons. First, Kenyon¿s mythology is rich and detailed. I love getting more information about her world-building ¿ especially the gods and their relationships. It was really cool to find out Hades is totally hot and Persephone loves him. Also, the horror and unjust punishment of the Oneroi is interesting, just not as a basis for romance. Plus, Acheron made a cameo, which is always good. Second, the ending was actually exciting when Geary has to go to the Underworld to win Arikos back. Overall, it was okay but just not up to the high standards of the novels that came before it. If it hadn¿t been so hyped that we meet Ash¿s heroine in this book, I probably would¿ve skipped it.
I was bitterly disappointed with this book. I have always heard good things about Ms. Kenyon's books and thought I would love this story. The basic premise is excellent and should have been captivating, instead, it seemed to drag on and on. A book that normally should have taken me 2-3 days to read, took several weeks because I just wasn't that interested. I am not sure if it would have been better if I had read her previous works, but I felt it should have been a stand alone read. I found myself more interested in the peripheral characters like Solin, than I was in the hero and heroine, and that is never a good sign.
Arik is a fallen guardian now addicted to the pleasures he can find in the dreams of humans, a pale echo of the emotions stripped from Arik and his brethren by an ancient curse. Drawn to the dreams of one human in particular, Megera, Arik is consumed with a desire to experience her emotions in the human world beyond the dream plain. To be with Megera Arik strikes a deadly bargin, using Megera's soul as barter.Sherrilyn Kenyon has woven another amazing tale in the world of her Dark Hunters with The Dream-Hunter. As her tale unfolds through the course of the story her characters become deeper and more complex, no one more so than Arik. Kenyon is the master of taking a character who might otherwise be unredeemable and makes you care about him. I will say that the last chapter of her story was jaw dropping as the ever powerful subplot prevelant throughout her DH series clicked in to place. I'm definately looking forward to reading more about Kenyon's world as her series and characters continue to evolve.
This series is really becoming a little too "same old, same old." I'm only still in it because I like the author's invented Atlantean mythological backdrop, but if the stories don't pick up, I may just bail.
I always love reading this book....lost count how many times I have.
This was a good read Always loved her books hope to read what ever she writes ???
A heart-rending start of the book, but then a journey to Atlantis and love. A promise to her dad, may cause her to lose even more than she already has. Her entire family!
Dream Hunter is the first book in the Dream Hunter series. My local state has an audio book library, and I found this treasure available, and since I have yet to read the series, I thought that I needed to give it a try. This book was a riot of fun, passion and some Greek adventure. This series is connected to the Dark Hunter series, and we see in this book and other books in the series, connection to characters to the Dark Hunter series. Dream Hunter is a story that just won my heart over from the beginning, And the narrator, is one that from what I have seen has done most of the books in these connecting series, and he is fantastic. It is rare for me to love a male narrator, since I have mostly listened to female narrators, but he is one of the best I have ever listened to. I loved the way this story develops, and it has some twists that are unexpected, and boy was I surprised over a few things, and what became most endearing was seeing how these two fight for a future together. Dream Hunter is a story that won me over, with these charming characters, a story line that is packed with adventure, greek gods, and a romance that is bound to captivate you. What was most provocative about this story was seeing the way these two come to fight for one another. Arik, who at first is conceited and arrogant, but when he learns the error of his ways is willing to give up his own soul for the woman he loves. Then we have Megeara, when she learns the complete truth about Arik, she goes to drastic lengths to bring him back to her, even if that means facing Hades herself, loved the courage and tenacity and the will to be together. The supporting characters are quite fun and added a certain flair to the story that gave the story the humorous edge it needed.