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In the Dark of Dreams

(Dirk & Steele #10)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,027 ratings  ·  93 reviews
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marjorie M. Liu has captivated readers with her remarkable Dirk and Steele novels, proving herself to be one of today’s most brilliantly imaginative creators of paranormal romance. Lui reaches new heights with In the Dark of Dreams, the breathtakingly sensual story of a young woman’s passionate reunion with a magnificent man ...more
Paperback, 369 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Avon (first published January 1st 2010)
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Renee Sweet
Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010
IN THE DARK OF DREAMS is a book about yearning. It's also a book about the ocean, dreaming, merpeople, magic (both real and fictionalized), dolphins, loss, betrayal, trust, hope, failure, redemption, love, discovery, the power of believing, how 1+1 sometimes = more than 2, and a little bit about a kind, sad boy who can start fires with his mind. (Oh, Eddie! I can't wait for your book. <3) I loved this story for all those things, even the hard things, but most of all for the yearning. And, in my ...more
Missy Ann
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 soun
Ronda  Tutt
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Enjoyable Paranormal Romance Read!

Mermen fascinate me and when I found out this was about mermen I had to read it. The story was great; the romance was sweet even though I wish the author would have had some erotica in there but the author’s writing made up for it with her easy to read descriptions of the surroundings and the action that made you feel as though you were right there among the characters.

Jenny (human/Fae) and Perrin (merman) met once when t
3.5 stars - It's been way too long since the last Dirk & Steele - I love this series - so I may have come into In the Dark of Dreams with overly inflated expectations.

Both of the leads, oceanologist Jenny and exiled merman Perrin, with their tragic pasts are appealing. And I liked the idea of the psychic bond between them that developed when 1st they met on a beach as children, a bond which grew as they shared dreams for eight years before that dream connection was brutally severed. But we aren
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read
In the Dark of Dreams is the tenth book in the Dirk & Steele series of paranormal romances by Marjorie M. Liu. Thankfully for this reviewer, who had not picked up a book in the series previously, it could be read standalone with very little difficulty. I’m sure some of the nuances and inside jokes and comments were lost on me because I didn’t read the previous nine novels, but overall it didn’t cramp my enjoyment one bit.

There is a lot of subtext and hints at past books, but Liu kept the book fi
Jacqueline J
I'm a big fan of this series which uses non traditional magical creatures. By that I mean not the European tradition of vampires, werewolves and fae. These are full of shapeshifters from other cultures, people with odd ball pyschic abilities, and in this one mer people.

These two met in the prologue on a beach in Maine when they were about 12 years old. They communicate through dreams for the next 8 years. He is then exiled from the ocean and they can no longer contact each other in dreams. She s
Lynda Tatad
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
I just love the Dirk & Steele novels! No two novels are alike, as different characters are featured. There are so many different supernatural people in these stories. The main characters are a young woman, Jenny, who had found a young merboy on the beach of her family's home in Maine when she was only 12 and had never told anyone; and Perrin, now grown, scarred and wounded, and exiled from the sea. There was something that happened when the 2 met, even though they were separated, they started to ...more
Audrey Moore
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Well written, well constructed. I found it truly moving.
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Long stretch in between this and the last Dirk and Steele I read- I almost couldn’t remember what all went on beforehand. In the end, the not knowing didn’t deter too much from this story.

Oceanologist Jenny, met a mythical sea creature many years ago as a kid. In a moment of trauma, child of the mer people, Perrin forges a bond with young Jenny. Although separated for many years the bond remains as they share dreams and emotions neither even sure the other is still alive. Still they never give u
Kathy Davie
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Tenth in the Dirk and Steele paranormal-romance series revolving around a group of shifters and others with magical talents who have formed a detective agency if you will, with a two-pronged mission: save others like themselves and thwart the Consortium.

The Story
Weaknesses and fears force Perrin into exile. An exile made worse by the loss of his kra'a and the loss of the dreams he has shared for most of his life with Jenny, the girl on the beach. The human with whom he made a connection. Then a
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
In the beautifully written prologue to In the Dark of Dreams, a young human girl meets a mer-boy on the beach near her family home. The moment is brief and the two are torn away from each other, but they never forget each other and see each other in dreams for many years afterward.

Fast-forward to the present: Jenny (the girl) and Perrin (the boy) have both grown to adulthood and have picked up their share of physical and emotional scars along the way. Jenny travels the world hoping to find merpe
Lover of Romance
In The Dark Of Dreams is by Marjorie M Liu, its the most recent in the Dirk & Steele series. Jenny at twelve years old found a boy upon the beach, and had dreams of him, dreams of peace and love and a friendship that made her ache to find him, and to never stop searching for the boy that held her heart in his hands. Now she is a adult, and is part of a family that is both good and evil. Half of her family has tried to destroy the life that she has built for herself, the other half is part of the ...more
I'm not sure if I was so disengaged with this book because it's been such a long time since I read the last Dirk & Steele books, or if In the Dark of Dreams really was that much worse than all the others. Liu's never exactly been a wonderful prose stylist, but the previous books were compulsively readable, trashy paranormal romance fun, but this was a pretty leaden read—all opaque emotions, tell-not-show and... ominous... ellipses. The plot resolution also left me blinking. If I hadn't been stuc ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Perrin is a merman, or Krackeni, whose been exiled and forced to work on land among humans. Trying to survive for years without his natural element, he’s been working at Sheds’ aquarium. But that’s not enough. He still dreams of a human girl he met years ago and his dreams have been getting darker. Fearing that something awful is going to happen, he asks D&S for help.

Jenny is a marine scientist aboard her grandfather’s research ship. He owns the A Priori bioresearch company which happens to be t
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Perrin is a hot, sexy merman who has been exiled from his world, beaten, tortured and falsely accused of killing one of his own. Jenny is a courageous woman who has separated herself from her family due to different ways of seeing life and the treatment of those not considered normal. They met when both were very young and did not see each other for many years. Fate brings them together and they realize they were meant for each other. Their love is strong and survives many deadly and terrible ob ...more
Barbara Strickland
Loved every bit of this

This is my third book by this author and I loved every minute of this beautifully crafted novel. It is a clever and poignant love story set in a world that is eerily believable with equally believable characters that grab onto our heartstrings and don’t let go.
Just beautiful.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was a great book, I suggest readind the dirk and steel novels in order
Paranormal Romance
This book is very hard to summarize but I'll do my best. As children, the hero met the heroine on the beach. He, a merman, running from his destiny and the controlling society he longed to be free of. She, a human with paranormal family ties, desperate to escape the abuse of his childhood and be happy. From that first meeting a bond was created, one that connected these two souls for eternity even though they didn't know each others names or see each others features. They dreamt of the beach con ...more
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Marjorie Liu doesn't disappoint with her latest paranormal romance in the Dirk & Steele series. IN THE DARK OF DREAMS follows Jenny and Perrin as they try to solve a murder and save the world from a monster that slumbers in the deep of the ocean. The chemistry sizzles throughout, and the adventure kept me turning the pages, unable to put the book down.

As a child, Jenny stumbled across a child with fins -- a mythological merman. That fleeting encounter changed her life as she dreamed of her frien
Jenny was twelve years old when she met an extraordinary boy on the beach and she's been dreaming about him ever since. She's now a marine biologist searching for the mysterious and unknown. Perrin never forgot the girl from the beach who tried to save him. He was exiled from his people and had given up hope until he found her again. Now they must face the mysterious danger at the bottom of the sea. Only together can they calm the beast that could destroy the world.

Jenny and Perrin both come fro
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Have I mentioned yet how much I love Marjorie M. Liu books? If I were to ever go Kathy Bates on an author, it would hands-down be her. Except I'm much too lazy to expend energy going bat-crap crazy.

I actually got to meet her in 2006 at World Con. Made a total fangirling fool of myself, but she was so patient and kind and put up with me asking for an autograph and picture with a smile. See proof here:

But back to the book:

She keeps up her remarkable story
Jan 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'll preface this by saying that, though this is part of a series, I've never read any of the others. This was actually my first romance novel (well, romance novel geared towards adults - I did read Twilight), and I came into this book expecting it to be too much sex and not enough plot. It wasn't! I actually quite liked it!

There was a distinct through-line with lots of suspense and characters that had some depth. It drew me in and made me want to keep reading.

My roommates and I thought it woul
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr-stuff
Like most of Liu's books, this can be read as a stand-alone; but there are a couple of characters from previous books who make appearances, and mention of one (important) other. So having read any of the previous Dirk & Steele stories would help.

Jenny is - well, it doesn't really say what she is - but she roams the world looking for strange, unusual things and occurrences. Her main love is the sea which is why her home is an ocean-going yacht with high-security electronics and a fully-functional
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
IN THE DARK OF DREAMS by Marjorie M. Liu is a paranormal romance.It is a" Dirk & Steele Novel" but can be read as a stand alone. It is well written with depth,details,fast paced and action packed. It has romance, magic, family secrets,mystery, sensuality,bio research,merman,mermaids,shapeshifters,danger,betrayal,trust,murder,passion,undersea adventure,bitterness,forgiveness,enchantment,love, and human meet merman.This is a save the world undersea adventure full of high octane action. Girl meets ...more
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
First, let me start by saying it has been about a year since I read the prevous book in this series, The Fire King. So, my memories of the story line were rather vague. That might be why I wasn't thrilled with this book, because I was frustrated trying to remember the characters, the Consortium, etc. I felt like the characters talked about nothing with lots of helpful interruptions, while secondary characters made lots of meaningful glares amd glaces. Conversations in the book explaining everyth ...more
Laurie Gold
Oct 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
"It pains me to write this, but I think Marjorie Liu's Dirk & Steele series jumped the shark with In the Dark of Dreams. Like all the books in this series, I couldn't put it down, but unlike my experience with the earlier installments - which kept me continually turning the page out of excitement - this time I couldn't stop reading because I couldn't figure out what the hell was going on. Liu eventually makes sense of it all near the book's end but by that time my frustration level was through t ...more
Heroine has some sort of second sight, which she mostly suppresses. She's part of a family that tends to have "special" abilities. When she's 12 or so, she meets a mer-boy, and she never, ever forgets him. As an adult, she pretty much stays at sea, chasing rumors of weirdness and collecting what she finds, mostly to keep her distance from her family and the feuds it keeps getting caught up in.
The hero is the mer-boy, all grown up. I don't think that's a spoiler. He's been banished from the sea,
May 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: vamp-were, traded
I think I would like this one if it were a little less convoluted. Ok, the h isn't actually a member of Dirk and Steel. Rather, she's from the original group - the one that's occasionally assisted. And the H isn't really a member either; he's just an exiled merman who somehow became bonded to her as a child (are mermen/maids ever children? Or are they fry?). And the bulk of the events are essentially sea politics. With one backstabbing "friend" who seems to have an inability to do anything produ ...more
Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Ok this continues with the battle against all the supernatural agencies agencies. This book wasn't bad, but lost points cause my man Koni wasn't in it. But it had good story line and i loved the connection between Jenny and Perrin. I really liked seeing Eddie back in the field after his shall we say unstabability with his powers. He's just so old souled but so polite at the same time..I really want a book on him! Anyway Perrin and Jenny were awesome, Les was a bastard that Perrin should have kil ...more
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New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and she leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop.

Ms. Liu is a highly celebrated comic book writer. Her extensive work with Marvel includes the bestselling Dark Wolverine series, NYX: No Way Home, X-23, and Black

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