Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Dark Side of Dawn by Kathryn Smith
DARK SIDE OF DAWN
(Nightmare Chronicles #2)
by Kathryn Smith
STOP RIGHT HERE if you haven't read the first book in the series and don't want spoilers!
LIFE CAN BE A NIGHTMARE. LITERALLY.
On the surface, it might seem like I, Dawn Riley, have it all. I've got a great job, a boyfriend who loves me . . . but my family life is a different story.
As the mortal daughter of the King of Dreams, I have an ability to exist between both worlds . . . which is terrifying to some. Now the Nightmare Council claims I've broken their laws and is threatening to have me "unmade." And if that's not bad enough, I need to track down a vicious criminal responsible for several savage attacks - before he finds me.
I'm lucky enough to have Noah by my side, and he'll do whatever it takes so that we can have a future together. In the end, though, this is my battle. The fate of a world rests upon my shoulders, and it seems the best that I can hope for is not to die in my sleep . . .
Dawn and Noah are back in the newest installment of Kathryn Smith's Nightmare Chronicles series. Their relationship faces a new strain when Noah's ex-wife, Amanda, is raped and Noah, still listed as her next-of-kin, rushes to her side. Dawn knows that she shouldn't feel jealous of a woman who was just beaten, partially scalped, and raped, but she can't help feeling that Noah may still hold a torch for Amanda. Meanwhile, Dawn's problems in the Dreaming are coming to a head. She must face the Council for bringing Noah into the Dreaming, so they can determine whether or not she is a threat and should be unmade. It's probably not a good sign that the Warden has it out for her. Between the rapist on the streets and the Council hounding her in the Dreaming, Dawn isn't safe awake or dreaming.
I fell in love with The Nightmare Chronicles when I read the first book back in February '09. It's such a fascinating concept, and, of course, I will read just about anything with Greek mythology. I am not too much of a fan of Dawn's occasional psychological ramblings - one too many sessions with a bad therapist, I'm afraid - but I love everything else about this series. Especially Noah. He can visit my dreams any time! Here's hoping that there will be a new installment soon!
The first book in The Nightmare Chronicles is Before I Wake. Kathryn Smith also has a vampire series called The Brotherhood of the Blood. For details, click here.