Dream Warrior(Dark Hunter #16)

Dream Warrior (Dark-Hunter #16, Dream-Hunter, #4)Dream Warrior Summary:
We are the Dolophoni. Diligent. Vigilant. Fierce and inescapable. Servants of the Furies, we are the right hand of justice and no one stands before us.

The son of Warcraft and Hate, Cratus spent eternity battling for the ancient gods who birthed him. He was death to any who crossed him. Until the day he laid down his arms and was banished into exile.

Now an ancient enemy has been unleashed and our dreams are his chosen battlefield. The only hope we have is the one god who swears he will never fight again.

As a Dream-Hunter, Delphine has spent eternity protecting mankind from the predators who prey on our unconscious state. But now that her allies have been turned, she knows in order to survive, the Dream-Hunters need a new leader. Someone who can train them to fight their new enemies. Cratus is her only hope. But she is a bitter reminder of why he chose to lay down his arms.

Time is running out and if she can’t win him to her cause, mankind will be slaughtered and the world we know will soon cease to exist.

Dream Warrior Review:

This is the 4th book in the Dream Hunter Series. This means that we are introduced to a host of new characters. At this point lots of readers are scratching their heads wondering how to keep up with all this info. I'm in the same position even with the websites to help because it doesn't post spoilers, and I still can't find a solution. At this point I'm reading book to book, creating character and object descriptions to keep up. So readers could try doing that to see if that helps.

The story itself was pretty good. The action was there and it was paired well with sarcasm and just enough information/ background on the character's we're dealing with. It doesn't have large info dump sections, which some previous books have contained. I managed to keep up with the fast paced scenes and that added to the excitement of what was to come. There was never a dull moment and it was especially great to see previous characters. For example, we see Zarek and Astrid "discussing" their son's name. It was a great son, added some comic relief and brought back the good memories of the start of the series. The only problem I had with this book was the romance. While I don't read a book expecting it to contain a winning love story, I would hope that it was believable. There is insta-love and then there is Insta-Love. After a few days of meeting each other, paired with the fact that the book brushed over these days, they decided they were hot for each other and got married. It was too cheesy for my standards and it did take something away from the novel. On the other hand, together the two were well paired and the big secret at the end between the was exciting to read about.

The main characters were much stronger and more liked than Stryker and Zephyra. As I have never read about these two, I couldn't hate or love them and it benefited them. I didn't have an preconceived notions about them and that lead to me not judging them that harshly. On the other hand, they were not the most memorable characters. Don't get me wrong, they were great for this story and worked well together, but they were not an outstanding pair. We are into book 16 of the series and Ms. Kenyon uses the same abused hero and savior heroine formula. It does get a bit repetitive and that creates predictability to the characters which was lacking in the earlier books. You know the hero is going to be angry and mistrustful and the heroine to be angelic, and then together they will fall in love, heal all wounds and defeat the enemy. In the Dream Hunter series, this predictability seems to be more prominent, and others saw this. This could have led to a dislike of this series.

However, the secondary characters definitely made up for this. We have out comic relief with Zarek and Astrid. And once again, the mystery of Jared and Jaden. If you have read the CoN series you can kinda see who Jaden is, but to a DH reader he is a complete mystery. Sav, Ash, Urian, Medea, Madoc, Nick and a bunch of others helped to support the main characters and eased the plot a little. They also did a great job to help ease readers with the additional world building, and trust me there's a lot. This quote below is one that I has referred to twice and the other is to show that Nick is getting himself back!

“Psycho-ass? You're bringing psycho-ass back?" (Nick)
"That's Mister Psycho-ass to you, punk.” (Zarek)


“Menoeceus is a great name. (Astrid)
"For an old man or a feminine hygiene product. Not for my son. And next time I get to name the kid and it won’t be something that sounds like meningitis." (Zarek)
"You keep that up and next time you’ll be the one birthing it, and don’t mess with me, bucko, I have connections in that department. A pregnant man is not an impossibility in my neighborhood. "(Astrid)

Overall this book was pretty good. Could have been much better, but after reading One Silent Night, it had a much needed fix of believable leads. This was a 4-4.5 star read!

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