Series: The Halfling Chronicles #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by BURST on July 1, 2013
Also in this series: Instinct
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"A powerful half-demon is kidnapped, bloodthirsty werewolves are on the rise, and a planet is dying. A demon warrior and dark elf joining forces are the least of their worries."
Demon warrior, Slade Aesus, is determined to destroy the werewolves controlling his cousin. But a beautiful elf, consumed by her own vengeance, finds the wolves first. Botching her assassination attempt, Annwyn has the most powerful Packs in the world biting at her heels. Both fiercely independent, can the two join forces long enough to fulfill their missions and stay alive?
J.A. Garland is back with Dysus Dreamer, the second book in the Halfling Chronicles series. The first book, Instinct, follows Rory, a werewolf Tracker, and a very powerful Halfling named Amber. In Dysus Dreamer we revisit the intriguing world of Trackers, Ghosts and Shadows, along with vampires, demons, elves, and werewolves. The second book in the series features the demon Slade on a quest for revenge against a group of werewolves known as the Dirty Dozen: the very organization that terrorized his cousin Amber in the first book. Plans change however once it’s revealed that Amber has once again been kidnapped. Now Slade needs the help of his fellow team members and friends if he wants to save Amber from the clutches of a mad man.
Slade just might be my favorite character so far in this series, and although the point of view switched between characters, I was very happy that he got most of the focus in this book. As someone who likes to be in control and favors working alone, Slade finds himself longing for a partner of his own. When he meets a dark elf named Annwyn, it’s the first time in a long time he feels ready to take on a partner. However, Annwyn seems to have her own agenda, and it’s difficult for Slade to fully trust her. Not to mention there’s an underlining attraction between the two that could end up as a distraction for them both. But for Slade, rescuing Amber is his highest priority, and Annwyn has her own mission to accomplish, which doesn’t leave time for romance, only duty.
I liked this book even more than the first. Mainly because some of the issues I had with Instinct, such as the overly busy plot, the terminology that wasn’t clearly defined, and the rushed romance between the main characters, did not exist in Dysus Dreamer. There was still a lot of new terminology introduced on top of the old, which is why I believe a glossary would be beneficial for readers. Most of the secondary as well as main characters remain just as compelling in this book as they were in Instinct. I’m glad we got to meet some new characters and revisited some old ones as well.
There wasn’t really any romance this time around. I did however like their interactions. Slade was attracted to Annwyn, but he mainly struggled with learning to trust her and accepting her as his partner on the job. I was disappointed that we didn’t get any chapters from Annwyn’s point of view, as I found her interesting and would have liked to get more insight into the character. Maybe a future book will delve more into the character.
Overall, Dysus Dreamer was an enjoyable read, with an exciting story, likeable characters, and enough twists and turns to keep any reader interested. The plot itself is a little more complicated than what the synopsis reveals, and we learn more and more about this world and its’ characters as the series progresses. I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, so I’ll leave it up to readers to delve a little deeper into the story and characters than my review does. If you’re interested in paranormal and urban fantasy, then this is a series worth reading. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover).