Flight of the vessel (Vision Dream Series Book 1)-- (This book was purchased and read using Kindle Unlimited.) With no hesitation: five stars. I had heard about this book and thought I'd give it a try. Before I knew it, I was slipping a sweater on. Storey's writing made me feel the ocean breeze, and the storm coming in. I didn't find it particularly slow off the starting block, as was reported by another reviewer. I think the picture painted during the first part of the book was helpful. Some writers sock you in the face before you can get your guard up. So, as far as I'm concerned, it started just fine. I also liked the "wanting more" ending. I'm sure readers will not be disappointed in this regard. --Michael Carrier, Author of Ghosts of Cherry Street
What an enchanting fantasy! Storey weaves a fascinating tale here, featuring important philosophical questions, and delivering them through a fantastic adventure filled with characters you'll fall in love with. Of particular interest to me was how powerfully he painted both Princess Angelterra and her Lady Knight. These are excellent examples of feminine power in full force, yet without losing a certain sense of charm; these are women who embrace power as women, not as women trying to mimic male behavior. They inhabit their strength and power fully, and beautifully. I've already encouraged several of my friends to ensure that they especially get their daughters to read it (though their sons will find it delightful too!), as girls need solid examples of female characters of grace, integrity, and strength these days.
I want to also comment on the use of magic in this book. Rather than delivering a cliched or contrived use of magic that one sees far too often these days, Storey managed to create a story in which magic makes utter sense, it feels as if magic - and even dragons - make total sense there, and as much a natural part of the story as the oxygen his characters breathe. It's a unique use of magic, and not overdone. Impressed with the balance.
I'm definitely looking forward to moving on to books 2 and 3! If you're on the fence about this book, don't be. Buy it, and settle in, because you're going to want to try to read this in one sitting. --- lilcreative
From the Author
Vision Dream Series is a Fantasy saga written by Robert Clifton Storey Jr.
The series is set in a time that parallels the dawn of our own medieval era, sometimes referred to as the Dark ages. If follows the trials and tribulations of a young princess who has lost her homeland and her family and her future to the dark ambitions of an evil sorcerer. But Angelterra is determined to hold together her people in exile and preserve their identity. Along the way, she is called by a higher power to fight back against this tide of darkness that threatens to swallow up the entire world.
Books of the Vision Dream Series:
Flight of the Vessel, Daughter of Thine Lesser Evil, Suzerain of the Beast
Daughters of Thine Lesser Evil (B00A2Z2ZVU) continues the adventure as Angelterra searches for clues to the true meaning of the Vision Dream's two strange quests. Meanwhile her allies' try to devise a plan they hope will push back Shutharja's spreading menace.
Suzerain of the Beast (B00PZLIK74) Princess Angelterra is convinced that an ancient bracelet has the power to show her the way to the next part of her vision dream quest.