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Product Details

  • Series: Dirk & Steele
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062020161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062020161
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Liu's powerful 10th Dirk & Steele paranormal romance (after 2009's The Fire King) is a satisfying adventure of intense emotion and compelling characters. After a chance beach meeting, young Jenny Jameson and merboy Perrin meet in dreams for years until they find each other in the flesh as adults. Together, they attempt to solve the mystery of a murdered mermaid Guardian and save the world from monsters who wake underneath the sea. Liu provides a delicious treat for those who like their romance based on love, connection, and shared adventures rather than raw lust and conflict. Tension comes from external dangers, and kissing, handholding, and magical dreams overshadow sex. Recurring characters keep this installment connected to the series, but new readers will be able to dive easily into Liu's world of supernatural researchers and explorers. (Dec.)
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From the Back Cover

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.

More About the Author

Marjorie Liu is an attorney and novelist, whose paranormal romance and urban fantasy series have made her a New York Times Bestselling author. She writes for Marvel Comics, including Dark Wolverine (with Daniel Way), Black Widow, X-23 -- and most recently, Astonishing X-Men, which was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for its "outstanding representation of the LGBT Community". Marjorie divides her time between Boston, Indiana, and Beijing, China.

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The main characters are wonderful.
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The only other book I've read in this series is the first one, Tiger Eye.
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Some of characters were a little too self-pitying.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Walker on November 30, 2010
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A true love story. A real world romance with believable conflicts, (yes, he's a merman and shape shifters and magic abound - it's still believable) motivations and emotions.

Liu writes like a poet. The phrase "beautiful turn of phrase" was created for writers with her skill. For example:

"And then those eyes disappeared, blown apart as though made of sand - each grain floating through the water toward his face, slow and glittering. Perrin watched, breathless. No longer hearing anything but the sound of his pounding heart."

Too often in today's romance novels hot sex (not that there's anything wrong with that & it does put in an appeareance here too) sucks up all the oxygen in the room and leaves none for love scenes. Dark of Dreams has oxygen enough for both:

"She wrapped her arm around his neck and pulled him close until his head rested on the cot, their cheeks pressed together, her mouth against his ear, whispering words that she forgot as soon as she said them, just that her heart was in her throat, she wanted him to feel her heart, and hear it, and know he wasn't alone."

The lead characters are Perrin & Jenny. Perrin - forgive me - is a fish out of water. Save me from super-natural beings who thrive in the human world. Shouldn't other-worldly beings have a tough time in a society that doesn't have a place for them? In the world Liu has built the "different" truly do have a difficult time fitting in and I think her books are better for it. Perrin is in full exile from his world and people; a true stranger in a strange land and he suffered accordingly.

Jenny is smart and capable, while still being in need of help. She does help herself as much as possible, but she does really need Perrin's support.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on November 30, 2010
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Once again Marjorie M. Liu gives the reader a wonderful tale brimming over with love and magic. Her characters are always full of depth and the stories take you far away into a magical world full of mystical beings that we believe only exist in our imagination.

The latest book In the Dark of Dreams is no exception. The main characters are wonderful. Jenny is a smart and independent woman and Perrin has lived a hard life and become even stronger living for the woman in his dreams.

When Jenny and Perrin finally meet there is no denying the sparks that are there. The two must find a way to save not only themselves but also the world. I enjoyed watching their relationship blossom as both Jenny and Perrin begin to open up to each other. While both have feelings for each other each is afraid to show them but the bond begins to form anyways as they are only fighting the inevitable. The love that they have is strong and both rely on it strongly during their trials showing us that such a love is worth fighting for.

Fans of this series will not be disappointed. This is a well-written and fast paced book that takes the reader on a magical ride that continues even after you have finished the book. Filled with action and romance, this is a book that should not be missed. I know I am already eagerly awaiting the next installment in this wonderful series.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AngelDucky on December 1, 2010
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When I saw this in Walmart last night, I literally jumped up and down for joy because I had forgotten it was supposed to be released yesterday. This is one of my favorites of the series. Marjorie M. Liu is one of the best authors I have read, evident by the fact that unlike many other authors, she only releases a very small number of books per year (no more than 1-2) and the care she puts into each novel is obvious. She paints a rich world and as another reviewer pointed out, unlike most other books where the supernatural just breeze through life, you can really feel how much Perrin and Jenny have struggled and how much they are able to help each other through their love.

I don't want to give too much away because it is truly a fantastic book and a must read for any fan. If you're looking for a great read that will tug your heartstrings with expertly written, emotional scenes then definitely read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Nix on January 6, 2011
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When Jenny was a child she discovered a boy on the beach, but not just any boy, a merchild. Her encounter with the boy had a profound effect on her. Jenny began having dreams about him which made her want to seek out the boy. She became a marine biologist in hopes of one day finding her silver boy from the sea. After many years of searching the sea for her dream boy, she has seen many things, has experienced horrible things that make her lose faith in herself and those around her.

Perrin is a Krackeni or merman. He has been living in the human world since his people exiled him. He had always dreamed of living in the mortal world or, more specifically, of finding the one little girl that stood up for him. But with nowhere to start looking, he has been forced to make the best life for himself he can.

Sixteen years after their fateful meeting on that beach Perrin and Jenny are thrown together once again but danger is upon them. They find themselves in the middle of a treacherous storm brewing within the sea. Everyone is out to get them and now they must rely on each other if they want to survive.

In The Dark of Dreams is a magical love story! Jenny and Perrin make me melt! I swear I was swooning while reading this! These two characters have faced extremely difficult paths to find each other. The journey makes the payoff that much more delightful. Unfortunately, things are not all rosy for Jenny and Perrin. In The Dark of Dreams is fraught with peril, menacing characters, and one big monster that could end the world.

In The Dark of Dreams takes you to this amazing unseen world. The ocean In The Dark of Dreams is a massive majestic world filled with unknown creatures existing within their own societies.
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