Title: In The Dark of Dreams
Author: Marjorie M. Liu
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Paranormal Romance (Shifter)
Publication Date: November 30, 2010
Print ISBN: 978-0062020161
eBook ISBN: 978-0062078490
Length: 384 Pages
She could never forget the boy with the ice blue eyes . . .
She was only twelve when she saw the silver boy on the beach, but Jenny has never stopped dreaming about him. Now she is grown, a marine biologist charting her own course in the family business—a corporation that covertly crosses the boundaries of science into realms of the unknown . . . and the incredible.
And now he has found her again, her boy grown into a man: Perrin, powerful and masculine, and so much more than human, leaving Jenny weak with desire and aching for his touch.
But with their reunion comes danger. For Perrin and Jenny—and all living creatures—their only hope for preventing the unthinkable lies in a mysterious empire far beneath the sea . . . and in the power of their dreams.
In the Dark of Dreams is the 10th book in the Dirk & Steele series by Marjorie Liu, stories full of characters from legends that live among us disguised out of necessity. The author has done a fantastic job with this story, continuing to add to the world building she began with the first book in this series. I fell in love with the hero and heroine and was happy to spend time again with some of the characters from previous books.
The heroine of this story, Jenny, was fantastic. She is full of inner strength and determination in the face of adversity. Refusing to give up on her dreams, she continues to search for the boy she fell in love with when she was 12 years old. Jenny considers herself an anomaly; she’s a normal human in a family full of people with paranormal gifts. She’s very open minded in regards to what is “normal”.
The hero, Perrin, has been exiled from his people because of his refusal to give up on finding the girl he knows is his “mate”, a human. He’s full of rage and hurt towards both his father and his people for turning their backs on their own laws and for forcing him to live among humans and the toxins in their world, which make him unable to dream of Jenny. Banishing Perrin also creates a problem that the “Krackeni” have yet to discover, it was Perrin’s dreams of Jenny that kept the “beast” from waking, something that is beginning to happen.
The scenes between Jenny and Perrin are fantastic; they have great chemistry and have never lost their attraction towards each other. Ironically they also have the same fear of rejection for who and what they are, something that they both eventually have to address individually and as a couple. The secondary characters are also well done and contribute quite a bit to the story, especially Perrin’s father, who Perrin must eventually face and deal with. Like the human world, the paranormal world has both good and evil members and Ms. Liu did an excellent job of reminding us of that.
The conclusion of this story was well done and resolved most of the issues raised, though there are other issues that will now have to be addressed in future books. I look forward to see where Ms. Liu takes us next, because this series has such deep world-building, I do recommend that you read the books in order. I truly enjoyed this book and I believe you will too.
FTC Disclaimer: This book was purchased by the reviewer for review.