Aisling Book Two: Dream


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Title: Dream (Aisling Trilogy, #2)
Author: Carole Cummings
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Genre(s): Fantasy Romance
Page Count: 354 pages
Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Blurb:

To reveal the intricate machinations threatening them, two men must learn to trust each other. But how can they, when their hearts and minds—their realities—are subject to manipulation?

When he set out to escort the prisoner Wilfred Calder back to Putnam, Constable Dallin Brayden didn’t anticipate the political betrayal and malicious magic threatening their lives at every turn. To his surprise, he slips into the role of protector—and it’s more than duty compelling him to ensure Wil’s safety as they’re haunted by strange dreams. But does Wil dare put himself in the hands of a man he believes wants him dead?

Wil’s past weighs heavily on him, tainting his perceptions as he struggles his way through a tangle of lies. With both will and magic as his weapons, he fights desperately for survival—and his soul. For the Aisling is coveted by more than the Guild and the Brethren; ancient gods and soul-eating spirits also want what lives within him. His only chance might be Dallin and his goddess, the Mother, who Wil has been taught to despise above all others.


It Just Gets Better and Better

I am enjoying this series tremendously. The world-building is getting more comprehensive, questions are being answered, relationships are developing, and the guys are learning more about themselves and each other every day. This is kind of a feudal/historical/fantasy world Cummings is building here with some paranormal elements to it and not in your genre-typical vamps and shifters kind of way, but inasmuch as magic is a part of the everyday world. Even if a vast majority of the ‘common folk’ in the diverse societies don’t get to see it much, powerful forces are at work. The Dreamer is Dreaming and the Watcher is Watching.

dreamers and watchers

The Aisling (Wil) and his Guardian (Dallin Brayden) are at the top of that particular heap of magical shit, which is what it is as the situation currently sits. Politics, fanatics, abuse and forced unwarranted imprisonment, murder and mayhem, conspiracy, mystery, and mysticism … events have thus far conspired against the pair. They’re largely having to figure out everything for themselves since they can’t trust anyone around them not to have their own agenda. It is a stewpot of intrigue and likely to get worse before it gets better. What sacrifices will be made along the way and will they both come out on the other side? Who knows? But I want to be there for the rest of the ride.

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Galley copy of Dream (Aisling Trilogy, #2) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

Author

I am a life-long reader and an avid learner. I remember reading books without pictures when I was about four, and raided every title on my parents’ full and intimidating book shelves—well, the ones they would let me read, anyway—from then on. Characters written by authors like Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Terry Brooks, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Raymond E. Feist, Mercedes Lackey, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, and Anne McCaffrey were my childhood playmates.

Back then, I went nowhere unless I had a book in my hand. While the rest of my generation was shifting from cassettes to CDs and from Atari to Nintendo, Sega, and Playstation, I spent my allowance on Myth & Magic pewter figurines and on books at the Stars and Stripes bookstore. These days I don’t have a book in my hand anymore, at least not the printed variety. Instead, it’s any device with a Kindle app.

I stubbornly held on to the printed page until a military move weighed my book collection in at over a ton. Oops. Sorry-not-sorry, but I did have to exercise some pragmatism in that area, unfortunately. Now I only buy hardbacks from my favorite authors, the classics, or long-running series. Otherwise, I’ve surrendered to the times and our weight allowance and have gone all digital.

I stay strictly on the fiction side of the fence because non-fiction is generally too dry to hold my interest. I was always a scholar, and so have read enough textbook-like titles and required reading for school and college to last me a lifetime, thank you very much. So, non-fiction? No, thanks. However, barring non-fiction and biographies (ewww people), there’s not much out there I won’t read.

I have loved romance novels since I was prepubescent. Something about historicals and anything with horses, i.e., Native American inspired romances just did it for me. My grandmother was appalled that my parents let me read that ‘smut’ as she called it. I’d already justified my position on being allowed to read those controversial titles with a logical argument that there were a lot of historical facts in those books that couldn’t be learned in the classroom alone. And to this day, I maintain that stance. I have learned more from books, specifically romance and fantasy novels, than I ever did in a classroom.

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My dad always said I was too smart for my own good. Looking back, he was probably right! I could logically talk my way into and out of just about anything. It’s served me well, but caused me no end of problems, too. That said, despite my love for the romance genre in general and the m/m romance genre in particular, there is little chance that a decent book of any kind will fail to catch my interest, and there’s nothing at all I’m unwilling to learn. So bring it on. I hope you enjoy my reviews.

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