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Welcome to the Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark-Hunter Re-Read. From the first time Simi used barbeque sauce… to listening to the Howlers play Sanctuary …to Ash (need we say more?!), this is where you can re-live the great moments of the series. Delve into posts written by DH experts and super fans picked by Sherrilyn, talk to your fellow Menyons, and earn points with the Kenyon Rewards Program all while enjoying a walk down memory lane, Dark-Hunter Style.
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Attention Kenyon Reward Program users: if you share this page, you'll receive an extra 150 points! And for even more points, visit the The Dream-Hunter book page to read the excerpt and earn a badge! Commenting below will also get you points, but those points will be added weekly, not instantaneously like the others!Recap In The Dream-Hunter, Kenyon takes us back in time—back before Night Pleasures to the mid 1990's where an American archaeologist and her team are on the trail of uncovering Atlantis and exposing a secret that could unravel the entire Dark-Hunter world. While Geary is busy being denied her dig permits for Santorini and is frustrated that her quest is being delayed at every turn, the sleep god, Arik is busy making a pact with Hades, Greek god of the Underworld. To escape his eternity of torture and punishment that he earned from “haunting” human dreams and driving humanity man, Arik will find a human to take his place in Tartarus within a month. But things are not so simple. Especially not when Hades dumps Arik into the sea and he’s hoisted out onto Geary Kafieri’s boat by her crew. While Arik, as a member of the Greek pantheon, has thousands of siblings, he’s never been part of a family. Not until he becomes a full fledged crew member of The Simi where he fits right in with the motley band of American and Greek sailors who tease and work together in their quest to find ancient Atlantis. Among them are two particularly odd members. Katra Agrotera, a handmaiden of the goddess Artemis, and Geary’s young cousin Tory; a precocious teen who is even more determined to find Atlantis than Geary is. Tory will stop at nothing to see the ancient antediluvian world uncovered and her father’s damaged reputation restored. Throw into the mix Arik’s arrogant and sarcastic Greek god brother Solin who invites himself along to watch the train wreck, and the sons and daughters of the Furies who’ve been sent to end them and you have all kinds of exciting fun that only Kenyon could conceive. Especially since they are being directed to the location of Atlantis by the Great Destroyer herself, Apollymi, who’s hoping they’ll uncover her seal and release her back into the world and she can destroy it once and for all. Action comes fast as everyone is out to end Geary and Arik, and Arik is finally learning to put others before himself. Whether it’s Tory or Geary or their strange crew, he learns to care for the first time in history. He finally understands why the war between the Skoti— the sleep gods who prey on human emotions— and the Oneroi— the sleep gods who protect the humans— is necessary. And why he was punished for harming humans. More than that, he learns to protect them again. But with a deadline looming, he has to make a hard choice. Return to hell or condemn the only friend he’s ever known to an eternity of punishment in his stead. In classic Kenyon style, we meet a new branch of Hunter that is set against the sub-conscious world of our dreams and we learn a lot more about the ancient gods who created the Hunters. We also see inside Acheron’s past and the ancient world that he called home. With a cast of remarkable characters and humor that left me laughing out loud, it’s one of my favorite books and it’s easy to see why it was a number one best seller. Favorite Quote
“I swear it on Solin’s life.” (Arik)
“Uh, excuse me?” (Solin)
“I would, but there’s truly no excuse for you.” (Arik)
“Vengeance only destroys the one who seeks it.” (Theo- Geary’s Grandfather/Acheron)
“Nick, space. Now.” (Acheron)
“Go, Nick, fetch. Here, boy, here. You should let me borrow one of those leather collars you wear and give me a tag with Kyrian’s number on it. ‘In case of loss, call my owner.’” (Nick)
“Yeah. Just keep the live feed going so that I can see it and pretend I’m there, too.” (Tory)
“Yes, my queen. Anything else you’d like?” (Geary)
“A million dollars and Brad Pitt.” (Tory)
“You forgot world peace.” (Geary)
“I’m feeling a bit selfish today. Teenage hormonal overdose, I think. Or just general excitement.” (Tory)
“Victory to the spider. Patience wins the day. And today my patience ends.” (Apollymi)
“No. Real love takes time to build. What you feel is just infatuation.” (Geary)
“But it doesn’t feel temporary.” (Arik)
“It never does at its onset. It’s only in hindsight that we realize the difference between infatuation and love.” (Geary)
“I don’t need friends. All they do is eat your food, drink your beer, then spew your secrets the first time you do something that displeases them. No offense, but when you have as many enemies as I do, you keep your secrets under lock and key.” (Solin)Conclusion For more about the story behind The Dream-Hunter, visit Sherrilyn Kenyon's site for The Story Behind the Story, Bloopers, Book Benies and more! Discussion Questions
1. If you were Arik and being tortured in Hades, would you make the same bargain? Do you think you could exchange places with anyone for any reason?
2. The expedition boat is named The Simi. Can you guess why?
3. Tory shares with Arik her favorite snack food. What is yours and have you ever tried a Tim Tam slam or a heated Moon Pie?
4. Do you think Atlantis is real? Have you ever considered looking for it? Where do you think it might be located?
5. If you were one of the last Chthonians on earth, where would you want to be stationed? Would you be like Savitar and have your own island, or more like Zebulon?
6. If you could go on an archaeological dig anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?Contributor Bio
Carl is the intrepid sole male moderator on the SK Facebook site that many fans mistakenly think is female. Something that often baffles him. Behind the scenes, he works with several other guys on the Mighty Barnacle/SK web site where he tries to solve nerve-shattering crises whenever the pages go down and fans panic. Usually, this occurs in the middle of the night, on weekends. Or whenever he tries to go out of town. Personally, he thinks it’s a grudge Artemis bears him for working with Sherri. At least that’s the story he’s sticking to. He has a lifelong addiction to all things SF and Fantasy, and has watched way too many episodes of Firefly and Stargate.