Hades doesn’t often give second chances…
Xypher has one month on Earth to redeem himself through one good deed or be condemned to eternal torture in Tartarus. But redemption means little to a demigod who only wants vengeance on the one who caused his downfall.
Simone Dubois is a medical examiner with a real knack for the job. Those who are wrongfully killed appear to her and help her find the evidence the police need to convict their killers. But when a man appears and tells her that she’s more than just a psychic, she’s convinced he’s insane.
It was bad enough when just the dead relied on her. Now’s there’s the seductive Dream-Hunter Xypher who needs Simone’s help in opening a portal to the Atlantean hell realm to fight insatiable demons. The future of mankind is at stake — and so is her life. The only question now is: Who is the bigger threat: the demons out to kill her, or the man who has left her forever changed?
We first met Xypher in Devil May Cry where he helped Sin and Kat. For his help he is allowed to take a break from his eternal torture in Tartarus and granted a month on Earth to avenge his death and kill the woman who betrayed his trust and caused his downfall.
Hatred is your enemy. Vengeance is your friend. Hold it close and let it loose.
Simone Dubois is a medical examiner and has a special ability: she is able to see and communicate with ghosts. Her best friends are Jesse, a teenage ghost from the ’80s and Tate Bennett, a Squire and the parish coroner for New Orleans, whom we also met in the previous books by the way.
“Great history lesson on demons and their feeding habits.” Tate slapped his hands together. “So, out of curiosity, how do I write up my report? Random demon slaying? Yeah. That’s going to read real well.” He turned to Simone. “You think I can get a job as a janitor with a medical degree?”
Xypher and Simone are forced together by accident and of course they fall for each other. Rushed romance, lukewarm erotica, but the rest is pretty good.
“We’re bound together. If we get too far apart we die.”
“Tell me about it.”
The plot is perfect, and the Dark-Hunter world is enriched with new aspects. Many kinds of demons appear in Dream Chaser – you get a complete guide of demon races here. Just like in Kiss of the Night, where we learned that not all Daimons are evil, in Dream Chaser we get to know the Dimme demons from a very different side. Ms. Kenyon smoothly changes the basic attributes of antagonistic paranormal creatures with new information to make them likeable.
The secondary characters, Jesse, Tate, Acheron, Julian, Jaden are all awesome!
One serious problem though: the story is narrated alternately from both Simone and Xypher’s viewpoints. Annoyingly, the POV changes from paragraph to paragraph, totally randomly, making the story fragmented and hard to follow.
Not for the romance, but for another adventure in the Dark-Hunterverse, Dream Chaser is really worth reading.
He couldn’t breathe as those words sank into his consciousness.
She thinks I’m wonderful…
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