Dark Side of Dawn
Kathryn Smith
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Dark Side of Dawn (The Nightmare Chronicles)
Kathryn Smith
Avon
Paperback
384 pages
November 2009
rated 4 f 5 possible stars

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This book follows on from Before I Wake and is also a really good read. In the previous book, we met Dawn, who is a Nightmare - someone who appears in humans' dreams. However, Dawn is singular in that she exists as a human in the human world as well. In Before I Wake, she learned about some of her talents and the identity of her father: the god Morpheus.

In Dark Side of Dawn, the second book of The Nightmare Chronicles, Dawn continues both her work as a therapist and her relationship with artist Noah. When Noah's ex-wife is raped, Dawn finds herself drawn in to try to help Amanda and decides to try to find the identity of the rapist herself. Combined with problems in the dream world - threats to Dawn's status as a Nightmare - this unusual but engaging story shows how Dawn tries to do the right thing in both the human and the dream worlds, how she has doubts about herself and her relationship with Noah, and what her role might be in the world of the Dreamkin in the future.

Dark Side of Dawn is unlike any other book I've read in terms of the plot, and Dawn is an appealing character - a mixture of strength and lack of self confidence. Noah, too, comes across well, if a little indistinct at times. The author has set up for a third book (at least) now that Dawn's mother's situation is changing, and I look forward to reading it.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2010

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