Visited Narnia and Middle Earth? Now escape into Dream.
THE GODS OF DREAM — a fantasy novel by Daniel Arenson
What are dreams? Some think they are figments of our mind. But what if they were wisps of a distant, magical world… a world you could visit?
Twins Cade and Tasha discover Dream, the land dreams come from. It is a realm of misty forests, of verdant mountains, of mysterious gods who send dreams into our sleep. Cade and Tasha seek solace there; they are refugees, scarred and haunted with memories of war. In Dream, they can forget their past, escape the world, and find joy.
Phobetor, the god of Nightmare, was outcast from Dream. Now he seeks to destroy it. He sends his monsters into Dream, and Cade and Tasha find their sanctuary threatened, dying. To save it, the twins must overcome their past, journey into the heart of Nightmare, and face Phobetor himself.
Discover a world of light and darkness, of hope and fear, of dreams and nightmares.
I really can’t review this book very well so I am not giving it a star rating.
I did not like the writing – the prose felt choppy. The descriptive language was great in some instances and downright atrocious in others.
The characterization felt…forced and it gave me a…decided lack of empathy towards the characters. I didn’t feel sympathetic towards the main characters at all and I know I should – the constant references towards the incident that scarred the twins but is never explained was rather annoying.
The dialogue felt choppy and immature…and I’m feeling that this should have been structured towards YA/MG crowd rather than adults (with the exception of the gross descriptions of Nightmare and the sex that goes with it. *shudder*).
And just to be honest – The butterfly winged kittens through me for a major loop… and dammit! Sir Grendel??! *face palm* Not the name you want to invoke when being even remotely serious. The moment I saw that I was taken completely out of the book (again).
I don’t know…maybe I didn’t have the correct mindset for this one. I was expecting something closer to Narnia (my all-time favorite) and I saw the Narnia inspiration (talking hawks and human children fated to save the land) but… it’s a solid DNF for me. I’m kinda upset about this because I really wanted to like this book.