The Dream-Hunter

Mass Market Paperback | February 6, 2007

bySherrilyn Kenyon

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In the ethereal world of dreams, there are champions who fight to protect the dreamer and there are demons who prey on them...

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 found a dreamer whose vivid mind can fill his emptiness.

Dr. Megeara Kafieri watched her father ruin himself and his reputation as he searched to prove Atlantis was real. Her deathbed promise to him to salvage his reputation has now brought her to Greece where she intends to prove once and for all that the fabled island is right where her father said it was. But frustration and bad luck dog her every step. Especially the day they find a stranger floating in the sea. His is a face she's seen many times.... in her dreams.

What she doesn't know is that Arik holds more than the ancient secrets that can help her find the mythical isle of Atlantis. He has made a pact with the god Hades: In exchange for two weeks as a mortal man, he must return to Olympus with a human soul. Megeara's soul.

With a secret society out to ruin her expedition, and mysterious accidents that keep threatening her life, Megeara refuses to quit. She knows she's getting closer to Atlantis and as she does, she stumbles onto the truth of what Arik really is.

For Arik his quest is no longer simple. No human can know of a Dream-Hunter's existence. His dream of being mortal has quickly turned into his own nightmare and the only way to save himself will be to sacrifice the very thing he wanted to be human for. The only question is, will he?

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In the ethereal world of dreams, there are champions who fight to protect the dreamer and there are demons who prey on them... 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, searc...

In the past two years, New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon has claimed the #1 spot twelve times, and since 2004, she has placed more than 50 novels on the New York Times list. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. With more than 23 million copies of her books in print in over 30 countrie...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.84 × 4.22 × 0.94 inPublished:February 6, 2007Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing What a new take on some ancient legends and mythology. Love the mixture. Plus finally someone passes the test
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Dream-Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon Another wonderful read :-) :-) :-) <3
Date published: 2013-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dream hunter Awesome and true to form. Another great book from sherrilyn kenyon. I just love the dream hunters. I couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2013-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different This was a very different addition to this series and I was unsure about it but it turned out to be great. I really like this book I found it really interesting and I was hooked on reading it, I loved the charcaters and all of the different storylines that tie everything together. I have to say Hades and his wife were awesome they made a great couple. Overall I really liked this book I thought bringing in the Dream Hunters were great and I also really like Kat as a character can't wait to see more of her. I look forward to the next in the series I'm getting closer to Ash's book. :0)
Date published: 2011-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Seemed like a new start... Technically speaking, this was not the first Dream Hunter book Kenyon wrote. However when taken in context with the rest of the Dark/Were/Dream Hunter storyline, it certainly feels that way. Chronologically this takes place after Julian's story in Fantasy Lover but before Kyrian's story in Night Pleasures. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but it was a bit slower that her other books action wise. The characters were enjoyable, and the storry was interesting. We learn of the dream gods the Onorei and how they came into existance and lost their emotions. I like what's revealed of Apollymi. We've only gotten reference for the most part as to who she is and what caused her to be imprisoned, but here we get a littel bit more information and context which only makes you want to keep reading. Loving this series! So glad I picked it up.
Date published: 2011-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Who knew good things came from selling your soul to the devil! Geary is looking for Atlantis. She thought that her father’s quest for the fabled city a waste for time. When he died she thought that she would be done with it. Soon enough Geary is on her own search for Atlantis. All the Gods are trying to stop her as she might accidentally let out an ancient evil that lies beneath the ruins under the sea. Arik is a dream-hunter that has gone rogue and Geary’s vivid dreams pull him to her. Arik makes a deal with Hades to be human for two weeks to meet Geary in the flesh. After two weeks one of them has to repay Hades with their soul. Arik agrees to give up Geary’s soul. In an attempt to be human and get Geary to trust him, Arik helps Geary find Atlantis only to bring down the Gods, protectors and a few other immortals on them. When all the truths come out can Arik become the man that he is destined be and will Geary still trust, let alone love the man that offered up her soul to Hades. Book eleven. Wow is it book eleven already! Once again I find that this book is more about the overall story line than the couple. It was a good book, but not great. I also found that I really did not like Arik in the beginning, and that his turn around was really quite quick. Like all the books, it moves quickly and there was a quirky fun play to it. Ah the foreshadowing of what is to come in their series has me quickly jumping to the next book!
Date published: 2010-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from breathtaking Nice change, dream hunter instead of a dark hunter. Wonderful read, pulls you in from the first chapter. It kinda makes you wonder what it would be like to go into other people's dreams and experience them. If you like the dark hunter novels, you will for sure like the dream hunter. Kenyon's writing is great.
Date published: 2009-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great addition Another great novel to add to the series, at this point i don't think i need to tell you how great an author Sherrilyn Kenyon is. This was her first Dream-Hunter novel and I was a little nervous about reading it, considering it wasn't about the Dark-Hunters. Vampires and werewolves are more my type. Arikos and Megeara were a great couple. They had me laughing throughout the entire novel. Arik with his very blunt and straight forward ways, and Megeara with her sarcasm. Also we get introduced to many Gods, Hades and his wife were probably my favorite, they were fun, and Hades is completely whipped. Anyways, it was a great novel, packed with action and next one should be even better.
Date published: 2009-09-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Was more interesting to read about the Dream Hunter universe and how it connected to the Werehunters and Dark Hunters. Didn't like Arik. Thought what he did was extremely selfish and couldn't feel much sympathy for him because of it.
Date published: 2009-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Never Doubt Detail So a new novel in the ever growing series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. This is a bit different because we're getting into a new branch of hunters, the dream hunters. Although this doesn't really concern many of the characters previously mentioned in earlier books, many of the characters are mentioned in passing so this book wouldn't really be considered a side story, though the time period in which it is set is totally different. And it might take place a whole decade before the series begins but the reading order still stands with Fantasy Lover being first. Otherwise it wouldn't make too much sense. Although it has the same basic plotlines as her other stories, its the details that make this story unique from the others. I really enjoyed this one. Sort of makes me want books for D'Alerian, Solin and M'Adoc.
Date published: 2008-09-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What happened ??? What happened to the Dark-Hunters ? This books feels like it was written by somebody else, I can't believe that Sherrilyn Kenyon wrote this - too dull, slow, no passion.......... very disappointed........
Date published: 2007-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing-Dull Since I am a big D-H fan, and Lords of Avalon fan I was looking forward to yet another series called Dream Hunters. I could not believe I was reading a book written by Sherrilyn Kenyon! Dull! Dull! Dull! The two main characters Geary(the love interest) and Arikos the dream hunter had no spark, no chemistry between them. In fact, Geary seemed to have no feelings at all for this man. Arikos was supposed to be the god with no feelings, yet Geary had no feelings for him or for anybody! About the first 5 chapters (too many) were devoted to Geary and how her father and brother had lost their lives looking for Atlantis. Sooo boring. Yet only a few sentences were devoted to our very first Dream Hunter and his life! All we got was, "He was punished if he exhibited feelings." None of the wonderful flashbacks and vignettes Kenyon uses, to give us a good background on our hero. I personally did not like the love interest Kenyon created in Geary. She seemed cold and heartless. There was no spark, no flame, not attraction to Arikos. I kept waiting for the book to get interesting. The only redeeming quality in the story was when Acheron and some of the other dream hunters and goddesses made an appearance. If this book is a precursor of future Dream Hunter books, I will wait for the reviews and probably buy it used. This book does not live up to the superb writing talents of Kenyon and even Kinley McGregor.
Date published: 2007-02-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A short story... This felt more like a short story than a complete book. This wasn't up to par with the other dark hunter novels. Her previous novels made you want to read the book over and over again. This novel was the opposite. It was missing something... is it the relationship between the main characters? or how the story was developed?
Date published: 2007-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG!!! I couldn't put it down! This story takes place just before Kirian & Amanda's story. (Night Pleasures) It is an excellent stand alone story that weaves in some background on several of her other books (including Dance with the Devil & Kiss of the Night) as well as setting up Acherons' story. The love scenes are hot, especially in the dream sequences, & Ms. Kenyon portrayes Arik's confusion about the difference between reality & dream worlds in a way that is entertaining & believable. When I sat down to read this story, I very quickly found myself drawn into the story. I read it in one sitting. If you've ever read any book of paranormal romance, you must read this one.
Date published: 2007-02-13

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Chapter One Santorini, Greece, 1996 "my kingdom for a gun." Shaking his head at Geary's hostile words, Brian calmly opened the car door for her as she approached their small taxi that waited in the heart of the crowded Greek thoroughfare. "You don't have a kingdom." She paused on the sidewalk to glare at him. Given the fury in her system, she couldn't believe he'd dare point out the obvious to her. She'd been known to verbally let serious blood when only half this riled. Truly, the man had no sense of self-preservation. "And I don't have a gun--looks like I'm shit out of luck all the way around, huh?" Still, he was his ever present calm self--which didn't really help her mood. For once, couldn't he get ticked off, too? "I take it you didn't get the permits . . . again." She could have done without that "again" part. Really. "What was your first clue?" "Oh, I don't know. That stomping stance as you walked down the street, clenching and unclenching your fists like you're already choking someone, or maybe it's that way you're looking at me like you could claw out my eyes when I haven't done anything to piss you off." "Yes, you have." She could tell he was fighting a smile. Thank goodness he had the good sense to keep it hidden. "And that is?" "You don't have a gun." He snorted. "Come on now, you can't shoot every Greek official who gets in your way." "Wanna bet?" Brian stepped back to let her enter the taxi first. At six three, he was a good-looking man in his mid-forties. Very distinguished and intelligent. Best of all, he was independently wealthy and more than capable of financing their latest venture in futility without complaining too much. Unfortunately, he wasn't into bribing public officials. Was it too much to ask that she find a corrupt financier? Surely Brian should have some vice, and at the moment she couldn't think of a more self-serving one than that. "So what do we do now?" he asked as he joined her in the car. Geary sighed, wishing she had an answer. Her team was waiting on her boat at the docks, but without the permits that allowed them to excavate the mounds she and Tory believed to be a city wall, all they could do was dive over the surface of what they'd found and do nothing more than admire it. Sad comfort that. It'd been the best lead they'd had in years. "I want another silt sample." "You've already tested and retested those." "I know, but maybe it will help to convince them to give us the permits." Yeah, right. She'd been given the run-around particularly good and the words from her latest visit still rang in her ears. "This is Greece, Dr. Kafieri. There are ruins all around us and I will not allow you to begin tearing up the floor of the Aegean, which is a busy shipping area, when all you can give me is another this-is-Atlantis story. Really. I've enough treasure hunters trying to pilfer our national history for their own gain. I don't need any more. We here in Greece take our history most seriously and you're wasting my valuable time. Good day." It was enough to make her want to bang her head on the man's desk until he either relented or had her committed. This wasn't about treasure, but trying to tell that to him had been as futile as trying to fly with wax wings. "There has to be some way around this." Brian stiffened. "I won't be a part of anything illegal." And unfortunately, neither would she. "Don't worry, Brian. I don't want to go to jail for this, either." But there had to be something else she could do. . . .  If only the pain in her head would let up enough so that she could think. But the throbbing pain, much like the official, seemed determined to ruin her day. She leaned back in the seat and watched the beautiful buildings and landscape of the town drift by while people went about their business on the sidewalks. How she wished she could be carefree enough to roam in and out of the stores, shopping and laughing like the majority of them. Unfortunately, she'd never once been a tourist anywhere. Geary Kafieri was always all work and no play. Neither of them spoke as the taxi wended its way through the narrow streets to the dock where their research boat was waiting. While Brian paid the fare, Geary got out and made her way up the gangway to face their team with her gloriously redundant failure. Tory met her first. At fifteen and very average in height, Geary's cousin had long drab brown hair and thick glasses. She was an awkward teen who had more interest in her books than much of anything else. Even though Tory didn't remember her father, Theron, she was just like him. Finding Atlantis was her only ambition. "Well?" she asked, her young face expectant. Geary shook her head. Tory let out an expletive that made Geary gape. "How could they not let us excavate? What's wrong with those people?" "They think it's a waste of time." Tory screwed up her face in distaste. "That's stupid! They're stupid!" "Yes," Geary said drily. "We're all stupid." Tory scoffed at that. "I'm not stupid. I'm a certified genius. But the rest . . . Stupid." "I told you not to bother." Geary looked past Tory's shoulder to find her other cousin, Cynthia, joining them. Named for the Greek goddess of the hunt, Artemis, Thia hated everything to do with Greece. The only reason she was here was to get college credit and follow her latest fixation, Scott, who'd thought this would be a fun summer activity. Not to mention the small fact that had Thia stayed at home in New York, she'd have been forced to work in her mother's deli, which she hated even more than Greece. At a cool six two, the titian-haired beauty was also one of the few women taller than Geary--something that was quite a feat given the fact that Thia was barely eighteen. Geary frowned as she noted Thia's long blue skirt and white long-sleeved embroidered Grecian blouse. "I thought you were sunbathing," Geary said. Tory leaned forward to whisper in her ear. "She was, and she took her top off earlier, hoping Scott would see her bare boobs and join her. He didn't, but the men on a passing boat almost fell overboard before Justina made her go belowdecks." Thia curled her lip. "You little nark. While you're confessing things, you should tell Geary how you almost set fire to her reports because her cat scared you and you knocked over Teddy's Bunsen burner." Tory blushed before she pushed her glasses up on her nose. "Genius, but not graceful. C'est moi." Geary smiled at the girl as Tory spoke the terrible truth. Grace had never been Tory's virtue, unlike Thia, who had more than her fair share. "It's okay, Tor. I'd have just made you redo them." Thia gave a heavy sigh as she cast her gaze around the deck. "Is this not the most boring place on earth? I can't even get Scott to come up from below for more than a split second." Obviously. If nudity didn't inspire the man to come up, nothing else would. "He's down there with Teddy," Thia continued in an irritated tone, "draped over an excavation map--like that's ever going to happen. What is it about this godforsaken country that every time I bring a guy here he loses his mind?" "Maybe it's from being around you too long," Tory said, tucking a stray piece of hair behind her ear. She leaned forward to whisper to Geary in their own unique language of ancient Greek and Latin. "I think she sucks the testosterone right out of them and then digests it for her own." Geary laughed. Thia went instantly stiff. "What did she say about me?" Geary shook her head at Tory before she responded. "Why does it always have to be about you, Thia?" "Because it is." And with that, she flounced off. Tory let out a tired breath. "One day I hope she finds someone who can put her in her place. I'm tired of watching her emasculate poor Scott. I swear she has to be part succubus." "Oh, don't go there. I wouldn't wish her on anyone." "Good point." Tory paused before she turned a probing stare on Geary. "So tell me what happened." As if she wanted to relive that misery. "Not much to say. They refused to give us permits . . . again." Tory actually stomped her foot. "Ah, man. That's so not fair." "I know," she said, patting Tory's arm. "We just have to be patient." "To heck with patience. At the rate they're going, I'll be in retirement and will have to dig with a cane." She let out a sound of supreme disgust. "This is the closest we've ever been to finding the city. I know Atlantis is right there. I can feel it!" A chill went down Geary's spine. Tory was just a little too close to their fathers in personality for her tastes. The same insanity that had possessed them drove Tory, too. It was like a madness in her blood that kept her working late into the night after everyone else had retired. There were times when it truly scared Geary. All of the people in their family who'd ever shared Tory's level of dedication had met with an early death. It would destroy not only Geary but also their grandfather should anything ever happen to their youngest family member. She was what they lived for. Then again, Geary had often suspected that Tory used it as a way to distract herself from the pain she felt at being an orphan. The poor thing had no memory of either of her parents. Their work was the only way Tory could feel close to them. It was all they'd left their daughter. "It'll be all right, Triantafyllo." Geary used the nickname their grandfather had given Tory. "Now I'm going to lie down for a bit and see if I can stop some of this headache that's brewing." "Okay. I'll be below with Scott and Teddy reviewing the data that will be absolutely useless if we can't excavate. But what the heck? I'm young and have plenty of time to waste. You on the other hand . . ." Geary blew her a raspberry. "I'm not that much older than you." As she sashayed off, Tory tossed back, "Yeah, uh-huh. Get a cane, Grandma." Geary shook her head at Tory's play, then cringed as pain sliced through her brow and throbbed behind her eyes. Brian frowned as he joined her on deck. "Are you okay?" "Another headache." She'd been getting a lot of those lately. Of course with her luck, it was an inoperable brain tumor and she'd probably end up at Thia's mercy so that her cousin could finally torture her without end . . . perish that thought. "I'll be fine. I just need to lie down for a few minutes." "If you need anything, call." I need a permit. Hello? If only she could say that out loud and not lose her much-needed funding. "I will. Thanks." And with that, Geary headed belowdecks to the small room she shared with Tory. There wasn't a lot of privacy on a research boat, but honestly it didn't bother Geary. Not like it had when she'd been Tory's age. The difference between them was striking. While Geary had hated the lack of personal space, Tory was ambivalent to it. All the girl cared about was their quest. But even with their differences, Geary adored her cousin. Tory was the closest thing she'd ever had to a sister, and since Tory's parents had died before the girl reached six, their entire family had embraced her and raised her as their own.  Copyright © 2007 by Sherrilyn Kenyon. All rights reserved. 

Editorial Reviews

"I love the world that Kenyon has so painstakingly developed over the years. And with this new series, she's delved into new territory that is sure to delight old fans as well as new ones." -Romancing the Book"Love it!!!" -My Vamp Fiction"Kenyon is the reigning queen of the vampire novel." -Barbara Vey, Publishers Weekly"An engaging read." -Entertainment Weekly on Devil May Cry"Kenyon's writing is brisk, ironic, sexy, and relentlessly imaginative. These are not your mother's vampire novels." -The Boston Globe on Dark Side of the Moon