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Dynasty of Ghosts Perfect Paperback – April 21, 2008

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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: P.L. Nunn (April 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00262YBNC
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,341,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Perfect Paperback
"Dynasty if Ghosts" by PL Nunn is truly a much needed addition to any gay romantic fantasy lover's bookshelf. It is very much unlike most other M/M novels in that it is epic in length and scope and in one volume and is very artfully and descriptively written! Although the price is a bit high considering it is independently published and it is so lengthy. Also, it is published on 8.5x11 paper in 11pt. font single spaced so the 327 pages would really be closer to 500 or more in a typical book form. So, the largeness of the book size was somewhat annoying but it didn't bother me enough not to enjoy the novel. Also, there are 3 or 4 artworks printed within the text by PL Nunn but they're black and white and the quality isn't very good, but really the story is the true treasure anyway.

(Slight Spoilers ahead)
That being said, this novel covers A LOT of ground from battlefields to the gothic castle of a deranged king to the courtly proprieties (and no-less gothic royal cemeteries) of another royal palace and its hunting lodge to the bustling city that surrounds it. We follow the lives of Illya, a quiet, "fey" boy who grew up in the forest backwaters of the kingdom of Aldania under the thumb of his oppressive and high-minded grandfather, father, cousins and brothers who believe Illya to be too much of an outsider--being "fey" in their minds and also being the second son of a second son, oh and because he can see ghosts! He joins the military under the dashing Prince Knight (and heir to the kingdom), Ashe, as a forest scout and archer and manages to be caught by the eye of the selfish and arrogant prince.
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What a captivating, unusual, brilliant story… I loved it so much that I feel I could rave about it for hours. I even re-read it soon after reading it for the first time, and the emotions it evoked in me were just as strong and maddening! P.L. Nunn is an incredibly talented writer. The way she writes, her style, her choice of words are rare and beautiful, I drank in every sentence, I felt high on them – so perfectly everything was conveyed.

It’s impossible not to fall in love with Illya. Of course Ashe didn’t stand a chance – Illya is so different from everyone else. He’s genuine, kind, naïve in his sincerity. He never lies, never hurts anyone and he expects the same from other people, but unfortunately, the reality is harsher. I loved Illya’s connection with the forest, with the nature, I loved how he preferred to avoid people, how long it took him to open up to Ashe and willingly let him touch him. His gift is fascinating as well, I thoroughly enjoyed every ghost’s story, Rina’s especially. Illya’s compassion and fear of them was palpable.

Ashe was amazing. The strong, wise, cunning Prince who prefers honesty to court’s intrigues. I was captivated with the length he went to to make Illya trust him and love him. He was devoted and loyal - even refused to sleep with his usual favorites when Illya kept on turning him down. That’s admirable. I respected Ashe almost from the beginning, but near the end I was hopelessly and completely in love with him.

All secondary characters were remarkable. Lady Lurene, Rina, even Davad in his viciousness and pettiness. I wasn’t bored, not for a minute, every plot development captured my interest and didn’t let me rest until I read the entire book. I’ll never forget it, nor I’ll forget its characters.

Beautiful book.
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PL Nunn does an amazing work on the psychology of her characters, exploring the development of both their individual personality and the interaction with each other. My problem with the book is the same I had with Bloodraven. It feels unfinished; the plot is just as complex as the characters, an amazing tangle of war, intrigue, assassins and backstabbing, but as it is, it leaves the reader with too many questions.

There's a war. How does it end? (Or really, how it continues, because we are left at an impasse.)
The assassins. Who sent them? (The obvious answer is the war enemy, but then it is specifically said that it's not their modus operandi.)
The madness. Does it resolve itself?
The rift within the court. What happens next?
And then there is Illya's powers, his family and a whole lot more problems I won't spoiler for you, but they are equally begging for answers.

So my whole point is IT NEEDS A SEQUEL.
As it is, my advice is read it if you couldn't care less of the action, but are greatly interested in the characters themselves (warning: much less sex scenes than Bloodraven!), however if all you care about is "what happens next?", then wait for the author to write a sequel.
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