Title and Author: The Lord of Dreams by C. J. Brightly
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Reason for choice of rating:
some fantasy scariness
A captivating and fascinating journey
into the fierce land of the Fae.
There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of books about fairyland filled with mythical creatures that end up being essentially human with just minor variations. If the author left off their physical description, they would be mistaken for someone you might pass on the street.
In CJ Brightley’s newest novel, The Lord of Dreams, this is not the kind of fairyland we find. When Claire Delaney is brought into the land of the Fae, not a single creature she encounters can be mistaken for a human.
What we step into, with Claire, is a world that feels like the land of the Fae should—alien, irrational and tinged with danger. The colors are brighter, sharper. The darkness is more foreboding. The creatures are wild and fierce, savage and undiluted. Things like distance and reason aren’t as true as desire and intention. The creatures she encounters act in unpredictable ways and say things that are both cryptic and deeply true.
The reader joins Claire in trying to decipher the world, the creatures she meets, and most of all, the mesmerizing Lord of Dreams who begins as a villain, and ends up as something so much more. And, like all good fairy stories, there are dreams which are as real, and as important, as waking actions.
The reader is carried along with Claire, disoriented and often confused, but Brightley brings it all together for a satisfying, rewarding conclusion.
Highly recommended for immersion into a captivating, surprising, living world that is just how the land of the Fae should feel.
Hopeful. Even in the darker passages, there are still glimpses of goodness and courage
12 and up, readers who like a good female hero and a little romance
Books and movies you would compare this to:
the movie Labyrinth
What mood did this book leave you in?
hopeful and full of wonder
Adult, Children's, Fairy Tale, Noble Bright, Portal, Adventure, Coming-Of-Age, Faey/Faerie, Folklore, Juvenile, Magic, Romance, Young Adult
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