4 out of 4 stars
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Dreams of the Dying by Nicolas Lietzau is an intriguing adventure that revolves around fantasy, horrified psychological dimensions, revenge, and love. These themes encompass what goes on with the dreams of the dead and the dying. These dreams are both fantasies and realities.
Nightmares have haunted Jespar Dal'Varek from the death of his family for years. He ventures into a mission to save the city of Kilay from doom. Psychological consultations have to be made if this mission will have a chance at success. One of such consultations implicates him and combines with his nightmares to make his life unbearable. This leaves him fighting for his life, the city, Kilay, and his sanity while dealing with the revelations gathered.
The foreword gave me an idea of the foundation upon which Dreams of the Dying was built. It was shocking to know that this masterpiece was a video game turned into a novel. This revelation created an intense desire to check out the video game because the novel adaptation was terrific. From the foreword, the level of creativity Nicolas Lietzau put into this work was conspicuous. While there were several other intriguing creative ideas in the book, the Makehu language used seemed flawless, like an actual language. That was quite commendable.
Dreams of the Dying is a six-hundred-and-thirty-two-page book divided into two parts. The story is slow but steady. This story gives off a feeling of persistence to get to the finish line. In other words, the book is engaging despite its slow pace. Nicolas Lietzau applied a kind of back-and-forth storytelling. It goes back to a scene in time and comes back to the present. The connection between the back and forth may not be there instantly. But the author keeps the reader's rapt attention to wait and figure out the connection.
I'd have to applaud the twists too. This book played with my mind, and I loved it. It reminded me of Blacklist, one of my favorite TV series on crime and investigation.
For a fiction book set in 1226, I didn't expect homosexualism to be a thing. Plus, there were way too many profanities for a book set in that era. This reservation did not dent the marvelous work of this book. It was a mere observation that could be intentional.
The book was an excellent read. It would require patience, though. The editing was good; I only found a handful of errors. Therefore, I'd give it four out of four stars. I'd recommend Dreams of the Dying to persons who'd love adventure and would be intrigued by psychological issues.
Dreams of the Dying
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