- File Size: 1246 KB
- Print Length: 302 pages
- Publisher: Kindle Press (June 6, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XQZ82SJ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Lady of Dreams Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
There are multiple well-fleshed characters in this book, but take a moment to make note of their names if you're not used to Korean/Asian names. I find this type of names forgettable and confusing for some reason unless I take a mindful notice of the differences. With the names firmly seated, you'll find the intertwining stories and dreams much easier to decipher.
This is a very pleasing, original, and enjoyable book that reminds me somewhat of Kate Elliot's Court of Fives books on the one shore and Korean mythology/fantasy on the other. I think if you enjoy Kate Elliot's Court of Fire and Cold Magic/Spirit Walker books or fantasy set in near-real cultures, that you'll enjoy this book.
One warning: If you expect one of Gingell's fast-paced short fairy-tale type books as she's written so many of, you will be reading this story with the wrong mindset. This is perhaps Gingell's strongest book to date, but it proceeds at a dream-like pace and the longer length is needed to fully flesh out the mystery, world, characters, and story. You'll find yourself immersed in a detailed, believable world and invested in the story's outcome. I'm very pleased that this novel qualified for Kindle Scout.
The main character from what I gathered is somewhat disconnected from her body on a conscientious level which leaves her physically weak while allowing her to "dream". These dreams aren't actually dreams like we the reader would normally think. These dreams allow her to view other people's lives as they are happening and sometimes influence them.
The author in my opinion did not explain this concept well or really give a reason why she is able to do this sort of dream walk. Also the main character often describes herself as feeling light or heavy with no real explanation of why or in what way those sensations affect her. More so in regards to feeling heavy.
The idea that only certain people can really see and remember her is interesting but I wish more background into why was given. Also the idea that her oppa and the gentleman that becomes her love interest sort of weigh her down ( I assume ground her soul to her body) and keep the dreams at bay is really interesting and caught my attention. The use of magic was mentioned but not really expanded on which would have been intriguing.
All in all I enjoyed the story I just thought that some things needed more detail and an explanation aside from idk. How the story ended I could see a second book or a spin-off about a different set of characters.
I'm not going to go into many details in this review; honestly, the less you know about the story before you start reading it, the better. I feel it's best if you haven't even read the blurb about the story and you simply know that it's about a lady who dreams. It's a really special story and the events unfolded very nicely. You learn more as the story progresses and all the threads mesh together nicely.
If this story has a weakness, it's that it doesn't explain several concepts that appear during the story. In this case, I believe it's not a bad thing; it simply makes the reader think about the concepts and understanding will come in time. Some things are never explained, like how she dreams in the way she does, but I believe no explanation is needed for that.
The story has a Korean background. It's possible to guess the words used, but there's also a handy guide included at the back, for those who want to know what the Korean words mean. The names may be complex for those who aren't used to Asian names. In particular, many people will confuse some of the names towards the start. This is a cultural thing though, not a flaw of the story.
The story has a lot of exciting moments, but the overall plot is steady, so don't expect a fast-paced story from start to finish.
Overall I highly recommend this unique-feeling story. It's well-crafted and a joy to read. I'll be keeping an eye on other stories from this author.
That is not to say that it's flawless- it starts off a bit slow, it takes a while before you get to care about many of the main characters, and WR broke my darn heart. BUT, I was pulled in and engaged enough that my heart could be broken and it stuck. With. Me.
The book alludes to typical K drama tropes, both embracing and gently poking fun at them, and There were scenes that I could easily picture perfectly in my head. The characters that you really get to know, which is not QUITE all of them, are lovely. I don't want to spoil anything but there's one character that I would have married myself, were he real.
I enjoyed this book and do recommend it, especially if you like k dramas but even if you don't.