Book 2.5 of the Caster Chronicles series
Genre: urban fantasy, YA
About Dream Dark:
When Link joined his best friend, Ethan Wate, on a quest through a mysterious network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, he knew the journey would be dangerous. But returning home to Gatlin, South Carolina was just the beginning...Source: Info in the About Dream Dark was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11568316-dream-dark on 22/09/12.
Wounded during a climactic battle, Link discovers that tending his injuries won't be as simple as visiting a doctor and that healing his arm should be the least of his worries. For being bitten by a Supernatural does more than break the skin -- it changes a person, inside and out, turning Link into someone more and more like the dark creature who injured him.
In this never-before-seen short story by New York Times bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, listeners witness Link's heart-racing transformation. Dream Dark is set before the much-anticipated third Beautiful Creatures novel, Beautiful Chaos, and as a special bonus includes an exclusive sneak peek at the first five chapters.
Dream Dark is meant for old Caster Chronicles series fans only. This book does not exactly have a beginning and an end though a little explanation is given sorrounding the event where the story took place, but it is not enough for new comers to this series. There isn't enough info about this world or the events before or the characters, really, for a reader who is new to this series to follow the story line. Having said that, there isn't much else that can be said about this novella. Lena is still the striking black-haired girl in my imagination as when I first encountered her in Beautiful Creatures. But Lucille the cat, my favourite character is nowhere to be seen in this novella at all, which is a bummer for me! However as an old fan of this series, I think this novella is a wonderful addition and carried the same masterful story telling quality while the story building is left off altogether. The story building is hinged mainly on the full-novel books in this series which you have to read to fully understand this one. This novella is also broken down further into two shorter stories. The first one is from Link's POV and the second one is from Ethan. And I liked it that I got the chance to see things from Link's point of view. It was interesting! On the whole I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to all Caster Chronicles fans!Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Ending = 4.5
Cover art = 2
Story itself = 4
Plot = 4.5
Pace = 3.5
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries
Lucille-like picture - was taken from moroka323's site at http://moroka323.deviantart.com.
Lena-like picture - was taken from Lady-Symphonia's site at http://lady-symphonia.deviantart.com.