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Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Review - The Dream King by Tara Newlands
Title: The Dream King
Author: Tara Newlands
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
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Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewer: Tiffany Kleinhans
Octavian St James is a Luenan magi, a member of a secret magical race whispered of in human legends since time began. He leads one of three councils who oversee and monitor all magical operations on Earth. Octavian lost the love of his life in 1935 in an inconceivable act of vengeance by a rogue mage bent on his destruction.
During a dream quest, he realizes Amanda Carson; a successful Phoenix restaurateur is the lover he lost. In a desperate cross-country quest, Octavian set out to find her before his vengeful enemy can destroy them both.
Amanda believes the caresses of her dream man are mere illusions, yet little does she realize he is real and seeking her with passionate intensity. Can Octavian stop his vengeful rival from recapturing Amanda or will a tragic history replete itself?
This is the kind of book that gradually draws you in. Featuring magic spells, separated lovers, soul mates, and secret societies, it’s definitely a fun read. The idea of a secret magical society living parallel to our own isn’t exactly a new one, but the way it’s done here is a new and creative twist on the old idea, or rather a new and creative twist on a couple old ideas.
Like all love triangles, the one in this book can only mean trouble. After all, scorned lovers are seldom happy about the situation, and when that person happens to have magical powers it certainly doesn’t make things any easier. Add in a brewing battle between magical forces for control of the magical, and perhaps even the human, world, and you have a recipe for an exciting story.
A good plot, believable characters, and a very creative magical world, all served to gradually draw me deeper into the story. What at first glance appeared to be an old rehashed plot quickly turned into something fully unique and enjoyable. By the time it was over, I was thoroughly impressed and looking forward to the sequel. I’d recommend this for fans of more general paranormal romance, featuring a different form of wizardry, rather than vampires or werewolves or anything like that.