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Subject: ? about reading DARK HUNTER's series by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Date Posted: 2/6/2008 8:03 PM ET
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On PBS it is listed that DREAM HUNTER is the 1st book to read. I've heard that Night Pleasures is supposed to be read 1st, altho it is listed 2nd here. On S.Kenyon's website Fantasy Lover is Book 1 and Dream Hunter is way at the bottom. How relevent is order read w/ this series? There are more books listed here but there are books missing from the listing given on S.Kenyon's website. PM me if you think you can help.

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 8:47 PM ET
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Dream Hunter is not really part of the Dark Hunter series.  Fantasy Lover is the lead-in book to the DHs.  It's not really necessary to read them in order (the first ones I read were not in order) but it does help with logical flow and character history a bit. 

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 9:01 PM ET
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I agree with Dawn.  

I'd start with Fantasy Lover, which once you move through the series that one stands out and seems pretty loosely connected to the rest of the series.   It's like Dark Hunters Lite=)   Even if you didn't quite care for it keep reading the others--the series takes on a whole different voice after Fantasy Lover.   I liked it and figure every series has to start somewhere;)

Edited to correct book title I was refering to.  Night Pleasure is second and reads totally different (to me) than the first book Fantasy Lover did. 

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Date Posted: 2/6/2008 9:20 PM ET
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I've read them out of order, and was able to enjoy them.  It is a great series!

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 10:25 PM ET
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Kenyon has both a Dream-Hunter series and a Dark-Hunter series.  they are very loosely linked.  while i very much enjoy the Dark-Hunter series, i have not liked either of the first two Dream-Hunter books and do not plan to read the third which came out yesterday.

the Dream-Hunter series is:
The Dream-Hunter (A Dream-Hunter Novel, Book 1)
Upon The Midnight Clear (A Dream-Hunter Novel, Book 2)
Dream Chaser (A Dream-Hunter Novel, Book 3)


Date Posted: 2/7/2008 5:19 AM ET
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I started with Fantasy Lover, and read all the Dark Hunter books in order.   Loved it all, until Dream Hunter.   Couldn't get into it, and its still laying around here, somewhere.   Haven't been interested in reading Kenyon since.   Love the Dark Hunters, though.

Date Posted: 2/7/2008 10:08 AM ET
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The book I rec'ed has the title THE DREAM HUNTER  a DARK HUNTER novel. So see my confusion? It also says its the first in a new series. I figured I'd get a clear answer from readers than trying to figure it out on my own. While I liked TOUCH A DARK WOLF better (shape shifters) I did like THE DREAM HUNTER in the fact that is was a complete departure from anything I have ever read. Anymore author suggestios I am open to. Similiar to Kenyon is welcome but I am open to all types. Thanks for replying.

Date Posted: 2/7/2008 10:52 AM ET
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Have you read J.R. Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood series? This series is similar to Kenyons Dark Hunter series.

Date Posted: 2/7/2008 2:49 PM ET
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I'll second the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. GREAT books - well, I'm on No. 2 now and have No. 3 and 4 waiting for me. I plan to read them back-to-back - the entire series at once, which is something I very rarely do. Last time I did that it was with Charlain Harris' Harper Connelly series. I'm anxiously waiting for No. 4 in that series.

I can understand the OP's confusion. I was confused too trying to figure out what to read first because I found the same descrepencies she did. I finally figured I needed to start with Fantasy Lover and then read Night Pleasures - both of which I have along with a couple other random ones further down the line.

Unless I want to hit another genre in between I think those are what I'm going to read next.

Edited to add: Leslie, love your avatar. Go Tony!!!!! :)

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Date Posted: 2/7/2008 7:35 PM ET
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She has Dream Hunters, WereHunters and the Dark Hunters - all tied together in the same universe.

Date Posted: 2/8/2008 6:52 AM ET
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I read these books in their correct order with Fantasy Lover first.  I didn't really like it until I read Night Pleasures.  After reading NP, I went back and re-read FL and the whole idea fell into place!  To this day I just love Kyrian of Thrace and Valerian.  Not fond of later books and really haven't gotten into Dream Hunters, but I have heard that this latest one has clues that are needed for "Acheron", so I will probably read it.

Date Posted: 2/8/2008 1:01 PM ET
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Thanks Susie! I love my Tony. :)

I would recommend starting with Fantasy Lover. I also recommend reading any dream Hunter books as they do tie in in some ways. It's not a must. I admit I have had trouble with the dream hunter books myself, but if your one that can't miss anything I'd recommend reading them all. They don't have to be read in order, but the story flows better if you do so. I myself HAVE to read a series in order. Just a quirk of mine.

From Sherrilyn's site. Correct reading order.




Fantasy Lover


The Beginning (included in Sins of the Night) Dragonswan


Night Pleasures


Night Embrace


Phantom Lover (In the Midnight Pleasures anthology)


Dance with the Devil


A Dark-Hunter Christmas (Included in Dance with the Devil)


Kiss of the Night


Night Play


Winterborn (in the Stroke of Midnight Anthology)


Seize the Night


Sins of the Night


Unleash the Night


Dark Side of the Moon


A Hard Day's Night Searcher (in My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding)


Until Death We Do Part (in Love At First Bite anthology)


Fear The Darkness (Free e-book from St. Martin's Press)


The Dream-Hunter


Devil May Cry


The Dark-Hunter Companion


Upon The Midnight Clear


Dream Chaser (Xypher's - Out Feb 5, 2008)

24. Acheron (Out Aug 5, 2008)
Date Posted: 2/8/2008 5:30 PM ET
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Thank you for the replies and the order list is great too. I'll keep updating as I go along. I hope that I can continue the series. It's a long one!

Date Posted: 2/9/2008 2:29 PM ET
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I think in order is the best too.  Only because certain characters will be brought into play in each book and if you go out of order, you may end up wondering who the heck that guy is and where did he and his chick come from:lol:

I'm not loving the Dream Hunter portion of  this series either--can't really put my finger on "why"---I just know that after the first one I've let the other ones sit unread waiting for another of the main DarkHunter books to come out.  

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 10:04 AM ET
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i am planning on following the series reading order. If I need to buy one then I will stop there and wait to order it. I've got a shipping account w/ amazon and can get my books the very next day~




I;ve got Night Pleasures and Night Embrace. I will order Fantasy Lover next. The 1st 2 were on PBS.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 8:08 PM ET
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I don't really care for the Dream Hunter books either, except for the Dark Hunter references.  I read 1 and 2 last weekend, and will read the 3rd this weekend.  There is a brief Dark Hunter story at the end of the second one, and supposedly you meet Acheron's "heroine" in book one of the Dream Hunter series, so I will continue to read them just because they tie into the Dark Hunter books. 

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 5:10 PM ET
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Fantasy Lover is the 1st book in the series.  It's not really a dark hunter book but the main couple re-appear throughout the rest of the series and is related.  I didn't really care for the book myself but a lot of people like it.

The next book - 'Night Pleasures' is the 1st true dark-hunter book and is quite a bit different than Fantasy Lover.

'The Dream Hunter' is something like the 15th dark-hunter book but it's the 1st dream-hunter book which are related.

I think the reason it's listed as 1st may also be because it's a prequel - it takes place about 10 years before the start of Fantasy Lover.  It really shouldn't be read 1st though because it would probably be confusing for someone who hasn't read the rest of the series. It references a lot of people and events that had been introduced during the course of the series.

I don't really care for the dream hunter books myself but the latest book 'Dream Chaser' was real good.





Date Posted: 2/13/2008 11:19 PM ET
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I gave up not far into Fantasy Lover.  Just didn't like it at all.  And after that I wasn't motivated to pick any of the other books from the series up.

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 8:15 AM ET
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Brenda, I almost did the same thing. I read Fantasy Lover and thought it's ok but I can't read a whole series of this. I was told to try the next book and not to give up. I was glad I took that advice.

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 4:15 PM ET
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I'm such a junkie for the dark-hunter series :-)   Reading them in order is not essential, but it's a lot more fun since the chararcters you've gotten to know and love pop up throughout the series.  Each book centers around one of the dark-hunters.  What I like so much about it is the complex mythos, but also the complicated and flawed anti-heroes.

The dream-hunter books aren't up to the standard of the dark-hunter books in my opinion.  But, since I love the mythos so much I'm reading and enjoying the, anyhow.

Sherrilyn Kenyon also writes as Kinley MacGregor. She turns out books at an alarming rate!

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 4:23 PM ET
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I am reading Fantasy Lover now. I like it so far. I read about 70 pages last night. I started it last night. I will continue the series in order. I will buy the ones not posted on PBS. I do like the series enough (so far) to try and read it thru. I will remember the Dream Hunter book whenever I get to the Dream Hunter series. I am glad that I started somewhere with the series tho. Even if it wasn't the "true" first Dark-Hunters novel. Thanks for giving me all ur advice and opinions. It helps to keep from having to read thru a bunch of junk to get to the good stuff. Show of hands. Who's read the entire Dark Hunters series? U do save the books?



Date Posted: 2/16/2008 8:51 PM ET
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I've read them all, they aren't keepers for me though. 

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 1:59 AM ET
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I've read them all and they're keepers for me :-)  I have em all! 

Date Posted: 2/18/2008 1:23 PM ET
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I would consider saving the WHOLE collection but I don't have the room. I have 3 books (so far) that I'd not trade for the world. And those are my survival/zombie books by Brain Keene. I've read a couple others by him (and loved them) but I didn't think I'd read them again. With the Dark hunters series begin so large it just wouldn't be possible to keep them all. I do enjoy the series tho. I could always order them again should I choose to re-read. Who has re-read the series (or has a fave book/character within the series)?

Date Posted: 2/18/2008 7:17 PM ET
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I have almost all of them--unless I can get in under 25 on the WL for the upcoming ones I just buy them new.   I loved Night Play and have reread that one.  I love every part that Archeron and Simi appear in and Nick.  

Keepers for the time being.