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Dark Side of Dawn by Kathryn Smith
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Mar 16, 10

bookshelves: contemporary, paranormal
Read from March 14 to 16, 2010

Kathryn Smith did it for me again with this second installment of the Nightmare Chronicles. I couldn't put this book down.

If you haven't read the first one, then it'd probably be a good idea to do so. There's not much back-tracking to explain what's going on and what has happened until this point. She gets right into it basically.

In this story, Noah, Dawn's current squeeze gets some bad news about his ex-wife. Of course he asks Dawn to help the ex-wife, which brings up a lot of insecurities about him and what he feels for her.

At the same time, in the dream world, she is fighting for her life. Being a child of a human and the Dreamkin God, Morpheus, she is both revered and hated. A faction of the Dreamkin world are out to destroy her and her father and the constant power plays that go on are totally delicious, keeping up the tension.

I'd say what carries this story is Kathryn Smith's excellent world building. The dreamworld and how it works, the hierarchy issues, the rules, how, while these beings have powers that humans don't have they still operate with human type flaws, all come together to make a fascinating read. There's something freeing in reading such things in a world that is set in contemporary times, but which is not based completely in current reality.

The second thing that carries this story is Dawn herself. She's just an amazing character. Very real with flaws and normal chicky concerns about her weight, and jealousies, not wanting to be this pivotal being that could save or destroy a whole universe. She's so honest but ready to kill if needed. I love her inner conflicts as she tries to defend herself and Noah against her enemies, while trusting people she doesn't know really. And her constant references to everyday things women chat about makes her really down to earth.

The third thing is Dawn and Noah's relationship. Their getting together happened in book 1, but since they are still working things out and Dawn is like a super hero of another world, there are a few kinks that need to be dealt with. On the whole though, Noah is a yummier than chocolate cake with whipped cream on top. He's that perfect hero, even if he is more of a supporting character. His calmness and readiness to jump in there and take care of Dawn,, be her rock without acting cocky or stupid is so my perfect hero type.

Again, as in the last book, Dark Side of Dawn was left with a new, open-ended twist, so there's more to come. Yay!



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