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on 11 February 2007
Arikos, an emotionless Erotikos Skoti is tolerated by the other Gods to help drain humans of excessive emotions; yet at last he has found a mind so vivid, inside her dreams he too can experience emotions. Drawn to this woman, he becomes so obsessed with wanting to meet her as a mortal he strikes a deal with Hades. For the opportunity of two weeks of mortality he is asked to trade the very soul of the woman he wishes to meet; and agreeing whilst still an emotionless Skoti, he has no idea of the hurt and anguish his decision will cause him in his human body.
Dr Megeara (Geary) Kafieri has witnessed most of her family die in their pursuit to prove the existence of Atlantis; however she too pursues the same goal relentlessly following a promise to her father on his death bed. Despite her quest, events in Geary's life are pretty normal until she and her crew rescue a drowning man; a man who bears an uncanny resemblance to her dream man, a fantasy lover who has erotically plagued her dreams for months. Although his in depth knowledge of Atlantis and ability to gain the permits she requires for excavation prove invaluable, Geary still remains wary of the mysterious Arik; however her attraction to this man is difficult to deny. Arik in turn begins to realise that maybe he was lucky not to have emotions; his own love for Geary now tempered by pain and grief that he has bargained away this woman's soul.
There is an almost dazzling array of characters in this book. Several Gods feature, including Hades, Persephone and Wink to name but a few, a new Dark-Hunter named Trieg is introduced and we encounter several additional supernatural beings, including Zebulon (aka ZT) a Chthonian (an immortal human more powerful than the Gods) and the Dolophoni (the assassins of the Greek Pantheon). The Atlantean goddess Apollymi the Destroyer features heavily, more so than in any previous Dark-Hunter book, and we in fact encounter a whole new side to her personality as she makes her presence known on the mortal world. We again encounter Katra, the handmaiden of Artemis who secretly loves Acheron; charged by one Goddess to hide the location of Atlantis by any means necessary, including the murder of Geary and her crew, and another which demands she free her. Not a difficult decision really; if Atlantis is discovered and Apollymi released the whole world and the Gods themselves face destruction. Lastly although hinted at in previous books, I think this is the first time SK conclusively reveals something of Acheron's mysterious parentage.
I did have some reservations about this book as I didn't find "Phantom Lover" (in the anthology "Midnight Pleasures") the only other Dream-Hunter story in print, to be as exciting as SK's Dark-Hunter books. As I expected, "Dream-Hunter" started off somewhat slower paced than previous books in this series; however SK soon swept me away with her paranormal romance. With plenty of action and this author's trademark wit (Arik soon discovers he can't treat Geary in the mortal world as he would in his dream world - well at least not publicly) I found myself enjoying "Dream-Hunter" far more than I thought I would, and in fact found it a better read than its predecessor "Dark Side of the Moon". I (as always) now eagerly await the next DH book; "Devil May Cry". Due for pub. July 07 this is the story of Sin, the ex Sumerian God of the moon and fertility tricked into servitude by Artemis.