In the Dark of Dreams

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In the Dark of Dreams

Dirk & Steele, Book 10

Jenny met him when she was just 12 years old on the beach at her family’s home. They couldn’t communicate but yet there was an instant connection. That brief meeting influenced her life and the small scale that the boy left behind was her only reminder that mermen were real.

Now, many years later, Jenny travels the world’s oceans investigating sightings of unknown creatures. She’s never seen a merman again but she’s sure that they are out there, somewhere. Now, in the southern Pacific, Jenny and her crew of two are with a representative of the company she works for meeting some islanders who have a female creature captive. They arrive too late, and the female who looks human is dead. Jenny locates another scale though. Could this unknown female be a mermaid?

Perrin has dreamed about Jenny since they met as children. Eight years ago, though he was thrown out of the water and made to live on land. He hates it and dreams of the ocean. Now, he’s on a mission that will not only connect him with Jenny but relies on them to fix a problem before most of the world is destroyed by water.

Jenny and Perrin are going into unknown and known dangers. Former friends turn on them and they must rely on new friends. Mystery clouds much of what they must face and learning the answers may come at a higher price than either are willing to pay!

This book is part of Marjorie M. Liu’s Dirk & Steele novels. Dirk & Steele is an organization that takes in shifts. Most of the members who join Dirk & Steele think they are the last members of their particular race. Gargoyles, dragons as well as eagle and mermen are all part of this group. They work together for good and each must respect the rest.

Though this book is part of this series, very little is seen of the members of Dirk & Steele. Most of the book revolves around Jenny and Perrin and their quest to quiet the ocean floor. I missed the interaction with the members of Dirk and Steele and would have liked to see a bit more of it.

The characters of Jenny and Perrin are done very well. You get their histories and learn how they got to the current points in their lives. They share most of their feelings and you get wrapped up in their struggles.

Many of the other characters are not so well done. Perrin’s father comes across as a very angry merman with little reflection on his actions. Other members of Perrin’s community seem to be brainless robots that follow orders with no thought. It’s as if life is a ridged set of rules and even if breaking one makes life better, you’re still wrong and no one will listen to reason.

Violence is a major factor throughout this story. People are trying to hurt or kill Jenny and Perrin through most of it. Murder is acceptable to some as long as it gets the end result that they are after. Poor Jenny and Perrin seldom have time to relax as they struggle from one set of problems to the next. Blood flows as does old hatreds.

I generally like Dirk & Steele novels. This one felt only marginally related to that series. However, it was a good story if you can take that factor out of your expectations. Though there are a few characters from Dirk & Steele present, they make little difference and have minimal impact on the story.

Given all that, Jenny’s quest to find mermen, particularly Perrin, is good. The need to dream to quiet the creature sleeping in the depths of the ocean is a bit far fetched but an interesting story in and of itself. Perrin’s needing to be with Jenny, needing to help those that threw him out of the ocean, was excellent.

Jenny’s family and its break and need to find those that are different becomes a major driving factor in this book. I expect that Dirk & Steele will be taking a more active role in this break.

While I enjoyed this story and I look forward to more Dirk& Steele novels, I hope to see more interaction within the members of Dirk & Steele.


Book Blurb for In the Dark of Dreams

He 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.

 


Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2010 4.00