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

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

by Marjorie M. Liu

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She could never forget the boy with the ice blue eyes . . .

She was only twelve when she saw the silver boy on the beach, but Jenny has never stopped dreaming about him. Now she is grown, a marine biologist charting her own course in the family business—a corporation that covertly crosses the boundaries of science into realms of the unknown . . . and the incredible.

And now he has found her again, her boy grown into a man: Perrin, powerful and masculine, and so much more than human, leaving Jenny weak with desire and aching for his touch.

But with their reunion comes danger. For Perrin and Jenny—and all living creatures—their only hope for preventing the unthinkable lies in a mysterious empire far beneath the sea . . . and in the power of their dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062078490
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Series: Dirk & Steele Series , #10
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 333,114
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney and New York Times bestselling author of paranormal romances and urban fantasy. In the world of comic books, she is also the writer of NYX: No Way Home, Black Widow, X-23, and Dark Wolverine. She lives in the American Midwest and Beijing, China.

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In the Dark of Dreams 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i recomend it to anyone who enjoys romance mixed with mystery and adventure. very thrilling. i had a very hard time putting it down once started.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series just keeps getting better.
Arkali More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story opens with a young girl finding a merboy stranded on a beach, and sets the stage for the rest of the story, which is beautiful and terrible (in a deeply romantic sort of way, not in a bad way). Like all of Liu's books in this series, it's hard to read sometimes, but if you're a fan I think you'll be very pleased.I received a digital ARC of this book through NetGalley.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jenny met the boy on the beach when she was twelve. She had a sketch book. He had a tail. Now that she's all grown up, she's still hunting for traces that what she saw did exist - and with a custom-fitted cabin cruiser and the backing of A Priori behind her, proof if it's out there, should be easier to find. But in all the years she's searched she's only found three small scales. For Perrin, life after the beach meeting when nowhere but up - onto land, that is. Exiled by his own people, he's been forced into an unfamiliar alien world - one ultimately toxic and deadly. Now fate and a murderous alliance of forces has brought Jenny and Perrin together again. So much has changed... will they be able to trust one another again? If they can't, our world is doomed.Only loosely Dirk & Steele - and not Liu's best.
ShariDragon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once again Ms. Liu has written a great book. I really enjoy the Dirk and Steele books. This is the 10th book in the series and the 10th book I've read.
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After reading the other books in this series, I found this one lacked the character deveopment and pacing her other books had . Skimmed through some parts. Interesting concepts but too slow with redundent dialogue.
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QueentuttsWorld More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable Paranormal Romance Read! Mermen fascinate me and when I found out this was about mermen I had to read it. The story was great; the romance was sweet even though I wish the author would have had some erotica in there but the author¿s writing made up for it with her easy to read descriptions of the surroundings and the action that made you feel as though you were right there among the characters. Jenny (human/Fae) and Perrin (merman) met once when they were 12 years old for a few moments on the beach and within those few moments, a destiny was set in place that neither one of them were aware of. As the years passed on they each led separate lives. Jenny worked for her grandparents as a marine biologist charting her own course in the family business while Perrin lived on shore amongst the humans since his exile from his own mermen tribe. During this time they¿ve only seen each other within their dreams not knowing if it was real or not. But when disaster (earth quakes, flooding, etc¿) threatens the humans and all living paranormal (immortal) beings upon the earth, Perrin risks going back into the sea to stop the motion of disaster and once again Jenny and Perrin¿s paths run across each other as destiny leads them on an adventure of a life time when in the dark of their dreams come true as their love unravels and new bonds are made. Even though this is the 10th book in the series, it was my first read and it stood alone without having to read the others first. Very easy to follow but made me want to read the ones prior to this one to find out more about the other paranormal creatures that exist in our world. Great ending, I will definitely be reading more from this author.
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mcfan More than 1 year ago
Very good story, very good love story, very good writing. There is a ribbon of sadness running thru this book that stays with the reader almost to its end. A must read for Ms. Liu's fans and others. Bunny
JYKWA More than 1 year ago
I picked it up on a whim at the library but almost didn't read it due to all these negative reviews. Now I am glad that I did. I liked the different focus from the usual - sea, mermen/mermaids - and I liked the angle of creating a connection through Jenny's and Perrin's childhood encounter that reverberate and shape their characters and choices as they grow up. I liked the slight reversal to the formula - the hero suffers a lot from being a fish out of sea (literally and figuratively) and she's the one who comes from a wealthy background - and I cheered for them as they were both strong characters who overcame a lot of adversities and betrayals. I didn't know it was a part of an ongoing series, but the story could be read as a standalone volume. I'll now check out her other works in the series.
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Seree More than 1 year ago
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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