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Dreaming Death: A Palace of Dreams Novel Paperback – February 2, 2016
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After a daunting amount of historical/cultural background, this series launch turns out to be a straightforward psychic-thriller romance. People in the city of Noikinos all have different degrees of psychic talents. Seventeen-year-old Shironne Anjir is achingly sensitive to the world around her, and she finds herself telepathically linked to Mikael Lee, a young man whose dreams force him to share the deaths of murder victims. He is an officer in the king's intelligence service, and his visions torture him unbearably. The two are brought together by a series of murders that echo almost-forgotten ritual sacrifices by priests of a blood magic cult. As in her Golden City trilogy, Cheney is very good at sensory detail, especially blind Shironne's perceptions as she begins exploring Mikael's world. Tracking down the killers turns out to be less important than discovering how the young people can develop their bond, and that aspect of the story is nicely handled. Agent: Lucienne Diver, Knight Agency. (Feb.)\n
Praise for the novels of J. Kathleen Cheney
“[A] masterpiece of historical fantasy.”—Library Journal
“Intriguing and fun, the mystery unfolds like a socially conscious tour through a cabinet of curiosities.”—Kirkus Reviews
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Top Customer Reviews
The worldbuilding is complex and fascinating. In a post-invasion world, multiple races and cultures all interact in their own way. There's a background of political complexities and history.
But it's Mikael and Shironne, the main characters, that draw you into the book. Mikael dreams about murders as they happen. Shironne, a blind girl with a huge psychic talent, sees his dreams and by touching the corpse, can tell a lot more about the background. Though she's legally a child - 4 months short of the age of majority - she is brought in to help investigate a string of murders. They corpses seem to be about blood magic, an Indiana-Jones kind of cult ritual involving bleeding victims to death. The deaths are moving ever closer to people Mikael knows and loves.
One such sensitive is unusually perceptive to Mikael’s dreams: Shironne, a young blind woman, sees very precise details of the event, even when she’s far away, and even though Mikael and Shironne don’t know each other.
A string of ritual murders leaves the two of them reeling, and the authorities desperate for answers. Very gradually the pieces begin to come together, in an engaging tale with a lot of depth and some budding romance.
The setting is a secondary fantasy world, with a complex political history that I’m not sure I ever quite got a grasp of, despite a lot of time spent explaining the details. Due to the introduction of many characters, their backgrounds, and their political positions, the novel took a while to get going, which is my only significant complaint. The magic was interesting and integrated well into the world.
Eventually, all the pieces are introduced, the murders accelerate and start becoming more personal, and the book is much more engaging. By the end, I could barely put it down. All the threads come together into a satisfying conclusion.
The story is complete, but a number of new mysteries are hinted at near the end, and it seems these characters might be up for more adventure, so here’s hoping for more volumes.
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