- File Size: 703 KB
- Print Length: 227 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Champagne Books (May 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: May 1, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004YXMFYS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,166,486 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Death's Dream Kingdom Kindle Edition
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Top customer reviews
Her writing style reminds me of Neil Gaiman--sparse and powerful. An understated elegance and profoundness.
Cera and Arawyn are a love story I can sink my soul into. Torn apart by their very nature but always finding each other across the lifetimes.
I loved how the author interspersed parts of T.S. Eliot’s poems at the beginning of each chapter. Such a unique touch and brilliantly done!
The setting for the tree of life and the plain of stars was beyond beautiful. I could picture each place in my mind as if I had been there to visit. The richness of detail to the middle and lower kingdoms was perfect. I could see each step of the journey but I was never bogged down in description.
I loved all the ritual and mythology. I cannot imagine how much research Ms. Penot did behind the scenes to make everything so accessible to the reader.
Ms. Penot is a gifted and talented writer. Definitely someone I will continue reading and be expecting greater and greater things from!
This is a very deep and symbolic book--perfect for a book club discussion.
When I reached the end, I felt absolutely satiated but hoping for more--exactly what a great book should do!
I also really enjoyed hollow-woman, Sin. Sin is one of the first characters to join Cera's path and we are unsure of her purpose. Sin really is neither good nor bad, toeing the line while making eternity-altering decisions. Her attitude cracked me up and I never knew who's side she was on until she finally made her decision in the end.
Also, the bad guy...was a REALLY bad guy. You know from chapter one that Dismis is not quite right. And as the book continues and you develop an understanding for the suffering of these souls and you realize the inhumane and terrible demon he really is. I never doubted my distrust or dislike for him and appreciated the constant in a world where I was constantly uncovering another development.
That being said, although I connected to the characters in our story, figuring out how Death's dream kingdom functioned was rather confusing...however, I suppose this frustration would make sense being that a recently deceased and inexperienced ghost was guiding us through the confusing halls of the Tree of Life and Death.
Overall, Death's Dream Kingdom was a fast-paced, entertainingly dark work with great characters and an intriguing premise.
I've also been reading a bit of mythology and you'll find that in here also but it never weighs the book down, it adds to the information in the book and there is a lot! At times it is a little much with the information and you may find yourself waning, just keep with the story, it always comes back!
Cera, one of the main characters is very interesting. The only thing I didn't much like was at the beginning when she starts questioning everything. After living a life full of following you would think it would take her a little while to come to terms with her death. But she takes the bull by the horns and does anything and everything she can to figure out what is in store for her. And of course I guess this does make sense after figuring out that your God isn't really there for you and that the pearly gates of heaven and all that jazz isn't what you are going to get. Cera really comes together for me about halfway through and her decision making starts to make more sense.
Arawyn and Cin probably take the favorite character awards. Cin is so devilish, you just can't figure out if she's out for her own skin or if she has some goodness in her. Arawyn... well! He's Arawyn! Handsome and also devilish, but yummy!!
Plot overall was really good. Ups and downs here and there, some slow parts but totally worth getting to the end. Love the mythology and the settings!! The way Jessica Penot writes is definitely out of the box.
And that cover!! Beautiful!