August 19, 2010

Dream Chaser by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title : Dream Chaser
Author : Sherrilyn Kenyon
Reading Dates : 10 Aug - 12 Aug 2010
Dream Chaser (A Dream-Hunter Novel, Book 3)
The Dream-Hunter series.
Dream Chaser is the third book in the Dream-Hunter series. Check out the link below for a listing of the books in the series.
From Amazon :
Hades doesn’t often give second chances...

Xypher has one month on Earth to redeem himself through one good deed or be condemned to eternal torture in Tarturus. But redemption means little to a demigod who only wants vengeance on the one who caused his downfall.

Until one day in a cemetery...

Simone Dubois is a medical examiner with a real knack for the job. Those who are wrongfully killed appear to her and help her find the evidence the police need to convict their killers. But when a man appears and tells her that she’s more than just a psychic, she’s convinced he’s insane.

Now the fate of the world hangs in her hands...

It was bad enough when just the dead relied on her. Now’s there’s the seductive Dream-Hunter Xypher who needs Simone’s help in opening a portal to the Atlantean hell realm to fight insatiable demons. The future of mankind is at stake—and so is her life. The only question now is: Who is the bigger threat: the demons out to kill her, or the man who has left her forever changed?

Book Review of Dream Chaser.
I found Dream Chaser to be boring and not one I'd read again except for the fact that it answers some old questions while raising new ones vital to the Dark-Hunter or Dream-Hunter world.

Because I have a predisposition to like the Dark-Hunter and Dream-Hunter series, I tried really hard to like the main protagonists but just couldn't. Xypher was much more interesting in Devil May Cry. Unfortunately, the constant “woe is me” tirade left me feeling annoyed and bored with Xypher. As for Simone, I just couldn't see what made her character unique as compared to the heroines of earlier books. Worst of all, there were plenty of times where I felt she was just window dressing. The only time when I warmed up to them was one brief moment when Simone takes Xypher shopping for clothes.

Aside from that, the story itself as I mentioned is boring. Apart from the revelation about the Dimme and Simone's father, which I already knew since this is a re-read, nothing much happens in this book that can't be easily guessed. The entire tale feels contrived, switching from one coincidence to another, in order to first bring the main characters together, then put us in touch with some old ones before finally introducing new ones. I even noticed an inconsistency in the story. Simone first meets Jaden when she overhears a conversation between him and Xypher. Yet, she doesn't immediately recognize him the next time he appears to her at the end of the book, going so far as to ask him who he is.

Most disappointing of all, is meeting old favourites like Acheron and Kat but not learning more about them or having them make any significant contributions to the story.

Still, followers of the Dark-Hunter and Dream-Hunter series should not give this one a miss. In this book, we learn what becomes of the Sumerian demons after their escape in Devil May Cry. We also learn that the youngest member of New Orlean's bear clan may not be your average shape-shifter. Most intriguing of all is the introduction of the demon broker, Jaden, who has some scheme of his own. After Acheron, Jaden and Savitar's stories are among the ones I'm most eagerly anticipating in Sherrilyn Kenyon's series right now.

My conclusion : Only for fans of the Dark-Hunter and Dream-Hunter series; not to be read on its own.

My favourite books from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter and Dream-Hunter series so far :

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