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 fo
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This was a strange world mankind lived in. No wonder they escaped into dreams.
Well, I expected more…
Aside from the secondary characters who are really worth mentioning, for me The Dream-Hunter was a boring, weak, and unimpressive story.
First of all, I have serious problems with the main characters, Arik and Geary.
Geary is totally inconsistent. She is not even a character, she is just put together by various but ill-matched personalities and behaviorisms thrown in a pile. She behaves illog
Second, in her behavior with Arik… (view spoiler)[Geary is very uptight, sober, and rational, even reserved and rigid in her life. But in her dreams she is wild and passionate. I can accept this contrast. She dreams about Arik for weeks (or maybe months?) before she fishes him out of the sea. As her dreams are vivid and detailed, she knows his name, knows every aspect of his face and body, even his voice. So she saves a drowning man who looks exactly like the man from her dreams, and even his name is the same. How does she react? An archaeologist who believes in Atlantis, and knows everything about mythology, mythical beings, and gods, even dream-gods!? She suspects that he is some kind of criminal, and accuses him with nonsensical things, and treats him like shit. Her style and repartees are not sarcastic, not amusing, just simply rude. She is arrogant and bitchy.
Oh, and the cliché I hate the most: the heroine’s hysteric reaction as a human to the existence of the supernatural. Well, Geary would get a prize for it.
But after Arik tells her (almost) everything, she falls for him almost immediately. Merely a couple of hours before she felt stalked by him, was in total discomfort, and suspicious about his motivations. And suddenly she is in love? (hide spoiler)]
Arik is boring, lame, dull, oh, just… blah… (view spoiler)[He is obsessed with Geary but in a selfish way. He knows nothing about her, and he doesn’t even care. He just wants to meet her in the flesh and to have sex with her. Literally. Because he wants to experience it for real. He makes his careless and despicable bargain with Hades, but I despise it not only because of the fact that he offered Geary’s soul (he had no emotions at the time after all, so it quite explains it), but because at the age of twenty-seven thousand years or so, he should have at least some experience dealing with gods. He had been unemotional, not stupid! Not so believable. (hide spoiler)]
His emotional awakening is not consistent. Sometimes he behaves like an alien, other times he is totally adapted.
Both Arik and Geary are too weak characters to do anything on their own. They highly depend on others’ help: Solin, Zebulon (aka ZT), a Dark-Hunter named Trieg, Kat, Apollymi (she was quite helpful), Hades and Persephone. Even in the last scene, when (view spoiler)[ Geary is rescuing Arik, Kat is there to help. As soon as they get out of Hell, there is D’Alerian who shifts them back to their apartment.
There is only one time when Geary saves Arik from the Dolophoni changing the scene in their dreams. That was cool! (hide spoiler)]
One would expect much more from the main characters.
Actually, I liked the secondary characters better, especially Solin, who was a much more complicated character than Arik. I appreciated his humor, the mystery around him, and ultimately his valor. Kat is a very interesting character as well. And I enjoyed Tory’s witty remarks, and the pourparler between Hades and Persephone was hilarious, even a little exaggerated.
The plot: forced. There are some fight scenes, but no real drama.
My favorite quotes on Tumblr.
Originally posted on my blog on January 25, 2014.
The 1st book in the Dream-Hunter Series which is also part of the Dark Series World….okay, you’re confused…so am I!!! All these “inside” series of a series!!! Ok, never mind…enough of that!!!
Dark-Hunters job is to protect humans from demons entering their dreams. This is the story of a once powerful member of the Oneroi who fell from grace!!!!
Arik was one of those protectors but things went wrong when he entered a human’s dream, resulting in him becoming a Skotos, losing all his feelings and
Arikos Catranides (Oneroi Skotos) and Megeara Kafieri (Human)
How far a man would go in order to sleep with the woman he wants…
Arik has been visiting Megeara in her dreams often. He is a dream god and an erotic Skoti. As a result, Megeara keeps having sensual dreams with intense feelings. Arik needs these sensations because, as the rest of the Skoti, he is cursed not to have any feelings and he really needs them in order to survive the nothingness of his existence. At some point, living in Megear