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Dream Warrior
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
(St. Martin's, $7.99, PG-13) ISBN  978-0-312-93883-3
**
Well, forgive me if this review sounds a lot like previous reviews on Sherrilyn Kenyon novels, but Dream Warrior is pretty much a clone of the last three or four she's written (with the exception of Acheron which was a study in performance anxiety).

Cratus, a Greek god stripped of his powers and now called Jericho in his long human life, is the only individual the Greeks can come up with to help them in their battle against their imminent destruction - and, though they aren't as concerned by it, the destruction of the human race. Jericho is a Source god, which somehow means he has special powers that only a few others possess.  He's also the son of the god of warcraft and Styx, the goddess of hate.  

Since Jericho was banished from Olympus for doing the first good deed of his violent life, he's a little bitter. Add to that the fact that Zeus, his king and punisher, has had him slain and resurrected every night for centuries, and you get one pissed-off god.  Unfortunately for him, Jericho is all but powerless.  He wants nothing more than revenge against the Greek pantheon, especially Zeus, to whom he once served as a right hand.

Delphine, one of the Oneroi - gods and goddesses of the dream world - is sent by Zeus and Cratus' sister, Nike, to persuade Jericho to come to their side.  Not only do they believe he is their only means of defeating the evil gods Azure and Noir, but Zeus absolutely does not want those two tempting Jericho to their side.

Delphine balks when it suggested she use seduction as a means to win Jericho over.  Once she arrives in New Orlenas, however, it becomes a moot point, as Azura gets to Jericho first. Shortly thereafter, though, Delphine is abducted and handed to him as a slave.  Her powers are contained while his are restored.  Without much preamble and even less romance, the two start falling for one another.  Eventually, Jericho realizes he's been duped and breaks the two of them free from the clutches of Azura and Noir.  They join forces with the remaining Oneroi, free and join forces with the Oneroi's arch enemies the Skoti, and start coming up with ways to battle the army of gallu demons coming to change the lot of them into zombies.

Several not-too-interesting battle scenes later, Zeus reneges on a deal and one of his Greeks strikes at Jericho's only weakness (shades of Achilles, ain't it?).  Delphine, of course, is devastated - but then, she is the reason he's being attacked.  Turns out that saving the infant Delphine is how Jericho came to be banished, and Zeus is pretty ticked when he realizes that no one else had killed her either, playing right into the hands of a prophecy claiming she will one day overpower him.

Needless to say, the love birds find a way to work out their personal difficulties, even if the Greek pantheon is still in dire straits.  The Oneroi have declared themselves independent, with recruits from several other pantheons to fight at their side, but have agreed to work with the Greeks to solve this particular problem.  Kenyon has left readers wondering what will happen next with the war, even if the details thereof get a bit tedious.  Readers who are not fans of mythology will be growing tired of the ever-increasing number of characters, most of whom hail from some ancient story or another.  Dedicated readers will enjoy the consistencies.  Those of us who are always looking for something new will not be impressed.

--Sarrah Knight


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