Saturday, January 17, 2009

Dream Walk


Title: Dream Walk
Author: Meg Allison
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-60504-191-2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Camille Bryant is more than a talented romance author. She’s also a powerful psychic who’s being slowly driven mad by a series of terrifying nightmares. When her friend and editor assigns her a live-in bodyguard, she finds herself forced to accept the help of a Sentinel, a warrior of an ancient race of which she is unknowingly a part of. Ian Spain is everything she’s ever dreamed of, and he’s the type of man who plays a dominant part in all of her popular novels. The only problem is that as much as he intrigues and arouses her, he also makes her uncomfortable and annoyed. Then on top of everything else, when she is able to sleep, he starts invading her dreams, not only as her defender, but as her lover.

Ian Spain is much more than what he appears at first glance. While he might have been born human and worked for many years of his life as an FBI agent, he’s also a warrior of an ancient race…a sentinel. Now, instead of working for the US government, he works at protecting members of his race who are in danger. He’s a dream walker and has been sent to Camille to invade her dreams and banish the demon terrorizing her during the night. Except the demon and Camille both are far stronger and more powerful than they appear. Ian doesn’t know if he has the strength to protect the woman he’s come to love, or to defeat a demon capable of moving from one body to another.

It’s always a pleasure when an author manages to grab my attention in the first pages of a book and keeps it until the end. That’s exactly what Ms. Allison did with her latest release, Dream Walk. It’s the first in her new series, The Sentinels and if this intricately plotted and crafted book is any indication, the readers of this new contemporary paranormal romance series are in for an awesome ride.

The plot is constructed in such as way that it pulls in myth and legend, seamlessly adding it to contemporary life, giving the reader an overall story arc, which actually seems plausible. The other thing about this book that I appreciated was that even though the plot revolves around the paranormal, it’s fueled by the developing relationship between Cami and Ian. These two are both a little damaged and they need the other to be whole, even if that isn’t apparent to either when they first meet. Of the two, Cami is by far the one with the most painful emotional baggage, and at times it didn’t seem like she’d ever open up and let Ian’s love for her in. But it was wonderful that he never gave up on her, that he was determined to keep her safe, even from herself, if necessary. He’s dedicated, protective, and dangerous, just the type of alpha character needed for a plot of this magnitude.

There’s really nothing about this book that I didn’t like, including it’s longer than normal e-book length. The pace is fast, the setting rich and detailed, the background information doled out nicely without being an information dump, and the characters of Cami and Ian, well-rounded, thoroughly developed and likable. I’m looking forward to the next release in this exciting series, tentatively entitled Shattered.

2 comments:

Meg Allison said...

Mystical Nymph, I'm very pleased you enjoyed DREAM WALK. :) It's one of those stories that just wouldn't let go until it was finished.

Thanks for the wonderful comments -- you made my week!

~~Meg

mystical nymph said...

You deserved it. I thoroughly enjoyed your story and can't wait for the next one.