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Dream Warrior Paperback – February 3, 2009
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- Publisher : St. Martins Press-3PL (February 3, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250230519
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250230515
- Item Weight : 9.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 0.72 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,473,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jericho/Cratus has had a completely craptastic exile. Honestly, you'd think that the exile thing would be bad enough but the way Zeus punishes him is brutal. I'm not the hugest fan of Zeus as it is, but his actions toward Cratus and the reasoning behind why he cursed the Oneroi just cemented his douchcanoe status.
Jerky gods are jerks.
So, Jericho/Cratus has an awful life. He's wary of trusting anyone -- with good reason -- and he wants to wreak a little vengeance on the Greek pantheon. Frankly, I don't blame him. Delphine is the exact opposite of him. She trusts. She's unswervingly loyal. She doesn't back down when the people she loves are in danger.
And this baffles Jericho. Man, watching as her kindness breaks through his walls makes me all mushy inside.
Meanwhile, the bad guys are bad, the good guys have a little infighting going on, and we get some big movement in the overriding arc. The whole Jaden/Jared thing intrigues me. I want to see more of them and unravel what they are to one another and how they fit in overall.
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
Delphine is a half-human Dream-Hunter. She has been sent by Zeus to convince Jericho to fight against Noir -- an evil god who has waged war against the gods and humans alike. Jericho only wants revenge against Zeus, so he takes Noir's side. Delphine is faced with a choice: seduce Jericho or kill him. If he regains his powers, he will have the ability to destroy the world. If she can convince him to fight with the good guys, he can save it. Jericho has waited six thousand years to exact his revenge, and it's in his grasp now. Delphine will have to be very convincing if she is going to change his mind. An army of good is forming against an army of evil. Jericho may once again have to choose his life or someone else's to save the world and the woman he loves.
I love the way Sherrilyn Kenyon beats, batters, and tortures her heroes almost as much as I love how sexy she makes them. Their painful pasts make them the warriors they become. Kenyon's descriptive writing style is unparalleled. Delphine is a woman who's never really felt emotions and Jericho is filled with rage. Those dynamics, plus Delphine's innocence, make their relationship fiery and intense. Aside from her amazing storytelling ability, Kenyon is a big tease. Dream Warrior is full of sneak peaks of what's to come. After Acheron's, Nick's story is the Dark-Hunter I am most eager to read about. Dream Warrior is one of my favorite Dark-Hunter stories to date. It has a great romance, lots of excitement, and an intriguing storyline.
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As a transitional story however, it excelled. The series is heading in a new direction and dissension among the "gods" makes the storyline interesting.
The one thing about Sherrilyn Kenyon's books that I truly love is that the characters from older books tend to show up in the newer ones. You really do not lose your favorite characters at the end of their books and she makes sure to add to them. Zarek has grown up some since last seeing him in Seize the Night. As Zarek is a favorite character, seeing him here was fun.
This is also a good choice to advance Nick's story. The "Dogs of War" make an interesting addition.
I think that the extra characters are necessary for the upcoming books where larger battles will be taking place.
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Delphine is a Dream-Hunter, an Oneroi, she protects humankind from the predators who invade their dreams. Her past is shrouded with secrets, her existence something one powerful God fears. When Cratus and she meet well things take an unexpected turn, altering the trajectory of both their lives. The pettiness and paranoia of Gods like Zeus, and their hunger for power mean danger is close at hand.
Insta-insta love takes place between Delphine and Cratus (aka Jericho) but despite it happening faster than I can blink, I really liked the two as a couple. There’s a sweetness there that just makes me smile in each re-read.
Plus, loved the glimpses of Zarek in this book (I really need to re-read his book - it’s been too long).
Love, Passion, Humour, Tragedy & Abuse Recovery.
Sherrilyn Kenyon is a fantastic writer & The Dark-Hunter Series expresses emotions of the lead characters (different in each book) & support characters so well within this fictional world & the genre of horror/supernatural that I can fully relate to them and usually am in tears or laughing out loud (trying not to when around family to avoid seeming insane)
All the books are inter-related plot & characters (Dark Hunter World) but can be read as individual supernatural love stories.
Kenyon describes the book as a 'lynch pin' between the arcs and IMO she has succeeded. The romance might be light but there are so many sub plots that catch your interest you won't mind. Jared & Jaden. Wow, they are some kind of beautiful and just what is their story? honestly, these two had me salivating at the mouth and I cannot wait to find out more about them. Nick also features in the book along with Ash and Zarek.
There has been some criticism about the author hurling more characters and pantheons at us and while this is true I happen to like it. She has certainly caught my attention and I feel excited about the new story arc. Also...isn't this what we expect from a Dark Hunter book? it's nothing out of the ordinary and in my case it seems to be having the desired affect. I didn't really care about the Dream Hunters before this but she does a good job with Delphine and M'Doc in this book and there are some major developments and new alliances are formed.
So yes, this book is a must read (I wish it was longer) you might be cross eyed by the end of it but it will definately leave you smiling.
This is the seventeenth book in the series and features Jericho (previously called Cratus) a Titan and previous warrior of Zeus and the Dream-Hunter Delphine. Jericho used to basically do Zeus' bidding whether that involved murder, tying other's to rocks (Prometheus,)etc, etc, he was Zeus' man until he was ordered to kill the Dream Warrior Leta's husband and child and found he just couldn't kill the baby. We have had an insight into why he was sent to kill Leta's husband and child in previous books and the real reason behind why Zeus wanted them dead is revealed in this book. Jericho took the child away and hid her with a mortal family to keep her safe and Zeus subsequently punished Jericho (he was known as Cratus back then) by replacing his God heart with a human heart and sentencing him to be cruelly tortured and murdered each night. With the uprising of Noir and Azura and the imminent attack coming on the Greek Gods, Zeus knows the only one who can stop them is Jericho so he sends the Dream Hunter Delphine to lure him over to the Greek Gods side. Jericho doesn't trust anyone and you can't really blame him after what he has had to endure each night for the last few thousand years so getting him to trust her won't be an easy task even more so since Azura has managed to get to him first and Jericho is currently on the bad guys team. Can Delphine manage to bring him over to the good side or will she have to kill him to stop him helping the bad guys?
No question this book makes more sense of that world, with artificial distinctions between dark-hunters and dream-hunters completely redundant. Reading this book and avoiding spoilers for previous books in either series is impossible. Read the others first if you hate spoilers...
Cratus is a god who is cruelly punished for disobedience by Zeus and banished to the human world, abandoned by the gods on Olympus. In his new world he goes by the name Jericho, and in this guise he gets tracked down by Phobos, one of the Dolophoni, and Delphine, a half-human dream goddess to help them fight evil gods linked to the Source, who are attacking the gods on Olympus through the dream gods (Oneroi and Skoti) and picking off any others they can get hold of.
Jericho and Delphine are thrown together after Delphine fails to prevent the evil Azura tempting Jericho to join the evil gods, and then gets captured herself. Having been so utterly betrayed in his past, Jericho is no mug, and is suspicious of his new best friends. The world inhabited by Azura and her brother in arms Noir is filled with demons of various types - and it's not a happy place to be - dark and full of suffering and torture. Still SK finds room for her trademark humour, not least in the guise of the rather delightful demon Asmodeus.
Delphine's mission is to win Jericho over to the side of the Olympian gods, not least the one Jericho hates the most: Zeus. The level of peril here is immense, as the consequences of not being safe even in their sleep could be catastrophic for all types of beings with an interest in life on earth.
SK deftly extends her world, whilst anchoring the new plot twists in familiar characters from previous novels, and gives us another fabulous love story with the lovers seemingly destined from the start to be together.