Dream Warrior

Dark-Hunter, Book #16

Dream-Hunter, Book #4

By Sherrilyn Kenyon

ISBN# 9780312938833

Author’s Website:  https://www.sherrilynkenyon.com/

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

Cratus was a solider under Zeus’s command.  He did everything he was ordered to do without question.  That is until the day he was instructed to kill an infant.  Holding the baby in his hands, he couldn’t harm it.  He took it and gave to a couple to raise.  However, that one act caused a lifetime of pain.  Zeus punished him by taking his powers from him, forcing him to live in the human world, and not allowing him any kind of wealth or happiness.  Every night he is tortured and killed only to be brought back to life the following day.

Source Gods, Noir and Azura, are set on destroying the Olympians.  Now Delphine has been tasked to convince Cratus to fight on their side.  If he doesn’t the Olympians won’t survive. 

Delphine and Phobos find Cratus working as a mechanic pretending to be mute and going by the name Jericho.  He wants nothing to do with the Gods.  Delphine, being a sleep god, decides to approach him in his sleep, but Azura gets to him first!  She convinces him to fight with them in exchange for returning his powers to him.

Delphine goes back home as a failure, but gets captured when Noir attacks the Oneroi.  Azura gives Delphine to Jericho as a gift once she sees his reaction to her.  The attraction he has for her is undeniable, but he refuses to take advantage of her, even when Azura drugs her and she’s begging him to have sex with her.

The two grow close, despite everything, but war is brewing and they must figure out what side they’re on, who they can trust, and how to survive.

I typically don’t like the Dream-Hunter books, but I found myself really enjoying this one, for the most part.  It was probably because they have emotions now! 

I also really enjoyed Cratus/Jericho.  He came off as harsh to people around him, but after what he’s been through who could really blame him?  Of course, I figured out Delphine’s link to his past rather quickly!

We got to see plenty of characters from earlier in the series such as Ash, Jared, Nick, and Zarek, which always makes me happy. 

“Her face distressed, Astrid handed him off to Zarek. “Menoeceus wants his father.”

Zarek glared at her. “Bob is crying because he wants his mother to stop calling him that crap-ass name.” Zarek cuddled the small boy to him as he rocked him gently against his shoulder while he continued to wail. Loudly. “It’s all right, Bob. Daddy’s got you now. I’m saving you from Mommy’s bad naming taste. I’d be crying, too, if my mom named me after an idiot.”

“Menoeceus is a great name,” Astrid said defensively. 

Zarek snorted. “For an old man or a feminine hygiene product. Not for my son. And next time I get to name the kid and it won’t be something that sounds like meningitis.”

Astrid stood with her hands on her hips, toe to toe with her husband. “You keep that up and next time you’ll be the one birthing it, and don’t mess with me, bucko, I have connections in that department. A pregnant man is not an impossibility in my neighborhood.”

She started away from him.

“Yeah, well, I’ll be glad to birth it if it means I can name him something normal,” Zarek called after her.”

We also got to see more of Jaden, and my heart broke for him to see what horrors he is living with.  He helped out a lot in this book, and didn’t even charge for his services.  I’m sure his book will be another epic one when I get to it and I can’t wait!

I really liked this story, but toward the end it got a bit too busy.  It became hard to keep up with at that point and drug my enjoyment level down a bit.  Otherwise, it was good.