I noticed in KU that I.T. Lucas released her 49th book, “Dark Haven,” and it looked interesting, so I figure it would be best to start from the beginning. “Dark Stranger The Dream” is the launch of the Children of the Gods series.
In this first installment, Lucas spends considerable time crafting a fantastic world of “near-immortals” based on ancient Sumerian religion. The best thing in this story was the extensive world-building that set the stage in this series’s first installment.
Overall, flat characters, no sexual tension, no proper ending, a slow-paced story with not enough editing. The two main characters don’t meet until well into the book. However, all that being said, I’m hoping the writing improves in the next two books.
Title : Dark Stranger, The Dream ASIN : B0101EUY1O Publication date : July 2, 2015 Publisher : Independent Language : English File size : 2918 KB Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited Text-to-Speech : Enabled Enhanced typesetting : Enabled X-Ray : Enabled Word Wise : Enabled Print length : 356 pages Lending : Enabled
Since the dawn of human civilization, two warring factions of near-immortals – the descendants of the gods of old – have been secretly shaping its destiny. Kian’s small clan championing progress, freedom and peace; their powerful enemy propagating ignorance, hate, and war.
Leading the clandestine battle from his luxurious L.A. high-rise, Kian is surrounded by family, yet he feels alone. Descending from a single goddess – the only one to survive the ancient cataclysm that wiped out the gods and most of their immortal offspring – clan members are forbidden to each other. And as the only other known immortals are their hated enemies, Kian and his kin have been long resigned to a lonely existence of fleeting trysts with human partners.
That is, until Kian’s sister Amanda – a researcher of paranormal abilities – makes a game changing discovery; a mortal seeress who she believes is a dormant carrier of their genes. Ever the realist, Kian is skeptical and refuses his sister’s plea to attempt the Dormant’s activation. But when his enemies learn of the highly coveted soothsayer’s existence and attempt to grab her, he rushes her to the safety of his keep. Inexorably drawn to Syssi’s shy beauty, Kian is startled by feelings he had sworn off long ago. Tormented by past mistakes, he wrestles with his conscience as he is tempted to explore her budding interest in the spicy passions he favors.
When Syssi’s paranormal foresight lands her a job at Dr. Amanda Dokani’s neuroscience lab, it fails to predict, not only that her boss is an immortal who would drag her into a secret, millennia-old battle over humanity’s future, but the professor’s imposing brother who would alter her own.