Saturday, March 5, 2011

Review: In the Dark of Dreams by Marjorie Liu

Book Description:

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 silver 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 mortal danger—from malevolent forces who would alter the world to suit their own dark ends.  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.


What a pleasant and unique surprise to have the male character be a merman, or Krackeni, as they are called in this latest Dirk and Steele installment. The story switched POV's between Perrin and Jenny with flawless precision, but I found Perrin to be the one I was most drawn to. His past is absolutely gut wrenching and at times I wanted to weep at his strugglesto stay sane while exiled to a life on land. It's unusual to have such an emotional male character, not like he was a big wuss or anything, quite the opposite because he could kick ass with the best of them, more like we were given very descriptive details to work with that delved deep into his thoughts and feelings.

I made the mistake of starting this book late in the evening, after the kids went to bed, and it was only out of sheer exhaustion that I finally put it down! In the Dark of Dreams is mysterious, magical and tells an exquisite love story. I'm going to go back and read all the Dirk and Steele books again, but for those that haven't read them yet, this is enough of a stand-alone that I wouldn't worry about it too much.

A few favorite scenes and lines:

*Each breath. Each breath he reached for her, inside. Each breath, begging, dying with her. He would die without her. He knew it. All his years surviving, and if he lost her, it wouldn't be a day before his heart gave out. Whatever bond they shared bound them too tightly for anything less.- Perrin, pg. 357

*An intentional miss. A fight was just a fight until someone's genitals broke. After that, anything was possible.- Perrin, pg. 25

*"You seem perfectly calm." She craned her neck to see his eyes. "If you're screaming, I can't hear you."
"Good," he rumbled. "I'd sound like a girl."

*"There was a girl who loved a boy from the sea,"said Jenny smiling. "And they found each other in dreams."

For more about the Dirk and Steele series, including reading order and comic book info, visit Marjorie Liu's website here.

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