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
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.
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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