July 29, 2010

Upon the Midnight Clear by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title : Upon the Midnight Clear
Author : Sherrilyn Kenyon
Reading Dates : 20 Jul - 22 Jul 2010
Upon The Midnight Clear (A Dream-Hunter Novel, Book 2)
The Dream-Hunter series.
Upon the Midnight Clear is the second book in the Dream-Hunter series. Check out the link below for a listing of the books in the series.
From Amazon :
Ever think Scrooge had it right before the ghosts ruined his life? Meet Aidan O’Conner.
At one time he was a world-renowned celebrity who gave freely of himself and his money without wanting anything in return...until those around him took without asking. Now Aidan wants nothing of the world—or anyone who’s a part of it.

When a stranger appears at his doorstep, Aidan knows he’s seen her before…in his dreams.
Born on Olympus as a goddess, Leta knows nothing of the human world. But a ruthless enemy has driven her from the world of dreams and into the home of the only man who can help her: Aidan. Her immortal powers are derived from human emotions—and his anger is just the fuel she needs to defend herself…
One cold winter’s night will change their lives forever…
Trapped together in a brutal winter storm, Aidan and Leta must turn to the only power capable of saving them—or destroying them both: trust.

Book Review of Upon the Midnight Clear.
To start with, the worst part of the book are the constant reminders of the pain Aidan is in. Due to the betrayal by his friends and family, Aidan distrusts the world at large and has chosen to isolate himself. This is made known to us fairly early on in the story but just in case we somehow missed it the first few times, this fact will be repeated at every opportunity to be clear we are aware that Aidan is the proverbial wounded hero. Unfortunately any sympathy I might have felt dried up pretty soon.

Apart from that annoyance, I also felt disappointed that more was not made of the role reversal in this Dream-Hunter book. Aidan is a mere mortal here while Leta the all powerful dream goddess on whom his life depends. Too bad, we do not get to see Leta wield much of her powers as a Greek goddess.

What did get me interested in the story was the portrayal of M'Adoc and Deimos. In The Dream Hunter, we see them as one of the ruthless enemies whom Arik and Megeara must battle. Yet, here they are loyal and caring friends of Leta. It will be interesting to see how such different aspects of the same person can be reconciled in the future books.

The best part about Upon the Midnight Clear though are the vignettes included at the end of the book where we look in on some familiar characters. Almost like unexpectedly meeting a long-lost friend.

By the way, I also realized from the spoilers at the end that I'd read the book out of order. This book should have been read after Devil May Cry.

My conclusion : Give this a miss unless you're a hardcore Dark-Hunter or Dream-Hunter fan.

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1 comment:

  1. I agree with this sentiment. I found that this would could be skipped without any major info being missed.


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