The Dream-Hunter Re-read
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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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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)

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“Vengeance only destroys the one who seeks it.” (Theo- Geary’s Grandfather/Acheron)

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“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)

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“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)

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“Victory to the spider. Patience wins the day. And today my patience ends.” (Apollymi)

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“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)

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“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?

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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.

  1. 1. Considering Hades wanted the soul of the one he desired most, no. I couldn’t make them pay for my choice.
    2. After Ash’s Simi of course.
    3. Heated moon pies are good but chocolate death is so much better.
    4. Considering Plato and several other ancient philosophers have mentioned it, there is a strong possibility.
    5. Savitar had the better idea. Sometime you just need to escape from
    6. Greece would be fun or Egypt.

  2. in my mythology class we learned that there could be truth to the myth behind Atlantis. Around the area of Greece there was once a really small island it was thought that a volcanic eruption and then an earthquake caused the island to disappear; creating the myth of Atlantis. that said id be looking around Santorini and Greece for Atlantis.

  3. 1. No. When you make a deal it would always turn on you. It is hell after all. There are people that I would protect even in death.
    2. After Simi of course!
    3. Red vines! Nope.
    4. Yes. Yes. Not sure…. yet.
    5. Give me the island!!!
    6. As with any destination….. Greece!!!

  4. 1. I hope not. Making deals with Hades just doesn’t seem like a smart plan, and I hate the idea of sacrificing someone else. But then again, I’ve never been tortured.

    2. Simi must have had something to do with it.

    3….What’s a Tim Tam Slam? I’ve heard of a Moon Pie, and I may have eaten one, but I could be wrong…My favorite snack is chocolate!

    4. Yes. And who hasn’t wanted to go search for it?! The only problem is it’s probably in ruins, and therefore undistinguishable. But it’s not as if we’ve searched every nook and cranny of the ocean yet, sooo…yeah. No idea where it might actually be, though.

    5. I claim North America, and will have my house on a deserted mountain with a large ‘KEEP THE HECK AWAY’ signs. And then, since I’m a Chthonian at this point, build my own Island of the coast of California. Because why not.

    6. Greece. There are a bunch of reasons, but I guess I’ve always been fasinated by the Old Greek Legends and Myths. Since they’re based around places in Greece, it would be like walking inside your favorite story.

  5. 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?

    Answer: If tortured enough I thin anyone would make the same bargain. I am not sure if I could change places with anyone I knew, but if it was someone I didn’t know. Probably.

    2. The expedition boat is named The Simi. Can you guess why?

    Answer: I think that’s a little hint about the ties between some of them and Acheron. kind of a small foreshadowing. Sherri is good at that.

    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?

    Answer: I’ve never tried either of those, nor heard of them until sherri’s books. it’s still on my two try list. My favorite snack food would have to be chips and dip, and sugar cookies. nothing really to different.

    4. Do you think Atlantis is real? Have you ever considered looking for it? Where do you think it might be located?

    Answer: I think it was real, whether or not it went by Atlantis is debatable, but there are signs of the civilization all over the ancient worlds, Greece, Egypt, Sumerian, they all mention something like that. I’m not sure where it would be located. They also recently found a rare metal said to only of been traded via Atlantis.

    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?

    Answer: I think I’d like to be stationed somewhere different and interesting. I don’t think I could be alone like savatar.

    6. If you could go on an archaeological dig anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

    Answer: Japan, they have a few interesting places I think would be interesting. Egypt with the new satalite imaging, more and more of it is being unearthed I think that would be fun but everyone does Egypt and Greece, so I think somewhere further south in Africa, or maybe even south America where theres still a lot to be found would be more exciting.

  6. 1. No, i couldn’t let someone else take my place it wouldn’t be right for them to suffer in my place.
    2. Probably due to the fact that Ash knew Geary’s grandfather. You can tell just by the way he spoke of him that he knew Ash.
    3. Smores, never has a tim tam slam but i will be trying the moonpie in the microwave.
    4. Yes i beleave there is some truth in all mythology. It would be a dream to be able to discover Atlantis. I would probably start off the shores of Greece.
    5. Probably Savitar with a little more interest with what is going on in the outside world, I always want to fix things or make them right.
    6. I would gladly go anywhere to be on a dig. North America, Greece, Egypt these are all wonderful places to explore.

  7. 1) If I was being tortured in Hades, then I think yes I would have done the same, it’s Hades not the most friendliest place, as for changing places with some, come on we have thought about living someone else life at less once.
    2) That’s too easy, if you’ve read the books, you know it’s for Simi
    3) No I haven’t tried the Tim Tam slam or the heated up Moon Pie, but I have shared my favorite snack, Candy Corn. It always makes me laugh at the people the love it in secret, they are the first ones to attack the bag when ever it’s out.
    4) Yes I think that Atlantis is real, as for where I would begin looking for it, I haven’t a clue, though I don’t think I would start off Greece.
    5) I think that I would pick the island, though all there is to do is surfing, there never really seems to be any real boring moments on the moving island.
    6) All the Celtic nations, I’m a Celtic Studies student. I think that we are just beginning to touch the surface of the Celtic people. That’s what I think anyway.

  8. 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?
    When I read about Elysian Fields and Tartarus I think of our Heaven and Hell. It’s not really that different. I have read many times of demons trying to attack such as the Gorgon. If I knew I could save a person that I loved dearly I would trade my life but I wouldn’t bargain a life. The Good Lord could save me by His love just as Geary saved Arikos.

    2. The expedition boat is named The Simi. Can you guess why?
    Acherons Simi or possibly because the boat was her fathers ‘baby’ ((Charonte demon for “baby”)) and on their quest they met many unforeseen demons that hindered their research.

    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?
    I grew up on cold and hot Moon Pies. I have never heard of a Tim Tam slam.

    4. Do you think Atlantis is real? Have you ever considered looking for it? Where do you think it might be located?
    I think it could be a real place, maybe just named differently. In my mind it’s a beautiful place perhaps destroyed by a Tsunami many years ago. The world is a mysterious place and I am sure we will never know every inch of the world or it’s meanings.. Reading books bring characters and places to life. If I had to start anywhere looking for the Atlantis I would start in Greece. Never know what clues the gods could have written on the walls and someone missed the clue.

    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?
    I like people. I wouldn’t mind being on an island but I would wish to have company and interact. Many days alone could make the mind go mad.

    6. If you could go on an archaeological dig anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
    I would go to Greece. It seems so mysterious. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could travel to Olympus….wow!!

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