Sandman by Danielle James #Review
Posted by brriske
Somnus spent his time walking in the dreams of others. He ghosted in and out of their lives, unseen, giving them the magic they needed to dream. Nightmares were unusually high, so he slipped into one of his favorite charge’s dream. That’s when she saw him. Really saw him. Against all odds and against all the rules, Rachel could see him.
Rachel has something special about her, a lineage that she is unaware of, that not only draws Somnus’ attention, but the nightmare demon as well. Somnus must protect her, even from herself.
Get ready for a wild ride as Rachel and Somnus come to terms with her heritage, the demon, and their shared destiny.
Somnus is a demigod with powers over the realm of sleep and dreams, being the child of the Earth Goddess and a vampire. Though his family and heritage is unusual, even in a realm of supernatural beings, the clan looks out after him and all of its members as he works with the other forces of good inside the gates of Heaven. Extraordinary as his situation is, Somnus’s luck is anything but special: if it were he might have found his mate without the crisis of a nightmare demon making other sleep deities disappear and spreading terror to all it can affect in its quest to break into physical reality. Of course, anyone to be mated to such a being has to be special in her own way, and Rachel isn’t about to let this handsome being just walk into her life with her guard down….nightmares or no nightmares.
I’ll admit that when I first started this novel by Danielle James, I wasn’t sure how well I would adapt to such an unusual protagonist. Supernatural romance has grown past simple vampires and werewolves, it’s true…but even so, I had my doubts. The writer’s skill got me through those doubts. While the different characters span the gamut of mythology, the dialogue and voices of these people are both grounded and full of cleverness. Somnus’s family is quite odd but charming, and Rachel provides a needed counterpoint to that eccentricity.