Book Reviews

Dream (Aisling Trilogy 2) by Carole Cummings at DSP Publications

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Magic / Young Adult / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Dora (Guest Reviewer) on 23-October-2017

Book 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.

First Edition published by Torquere/Prizm, 2011.

Book Review

Confession time. I have Aisling Book 1: Guardian in print (signed copy occupying a place of honor on my bookshelf), so decided to get a print copy of this sequel. All well and good until its actual release. Impatient to read the next chapters in Wil and Dallin's lives, I also bought it in ebook. And finished it. I will re-read when my print copy arrives.

Oh, my! What an exquisitely written book! Carole Cummings takes words I'd never think to put together and weaves them into a riveting tale that I couldn't put down. The characters are as real as they come, with world building so intense you can almost smell the campfire and peer at the two protagonists across its glow.

How is it possible for someone to write interaction between two characters in which they're simply crossing a wood, stretch it out for pages, and hold my rapt attention to every little twig-snap or horse nicker? As this novel is classified as young adult, the intimate details are kept mostly off-page, and yet what I saw is as hot as it gets. Wil and Dallin's first kiss had me IMing a friend who has already read this just to share my joy.

The writing is starkly beautiful through and through, and I couldn't recommend Aisling 2: Dream any higher. Bravo Carole Cummings, for creating a book that reminds me why I was such an avid reader in my teens.

My only disappointment is that now I have to wait to read the conclusion. Oh well, I'll have re-read books one and two several times by then, I'm sure.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 36 pages/125289 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-October-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $17.99 bundle
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