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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Dust of Dreams by Renee Wildes

Dust of Dreams by Renee Wildes
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short (134 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Water Lily

All her light—and all his love—may not be enough to hold the nightmares at bay…

Guardians of Light, Book 4

Mingling with other races is strictly forbidden, but dream faerie Pryseis has no choice. An innocent goblin child suffers dangerous nightmares, and it should be a simple task to cure him and return to her anxious sisters before the council knows she’s gone.

Yet there’s a reason a creature of air and sunlight has no business underground. Now in chains, prisoner of an ungrateful goblin sorcerer, Pryseis despairs that anyone will save her. Her only comfort—the memory of a man she can only touch in her dreams.

Benilo ta Myran, with the reluctant blessing of his elven king and queen, takes up a quest some would call mad, driven by the certain knowledge that the beautiful faerie who invades his dreams is in danger. He carries a terrible secret—war has broken his healing powers—yet he cannot leave her to face the darkness alone.

The first touch of their flesh surpasses their most erotic dreams, but the nightmare has just begun. There’s the suffering child, and a sorcerer who won’t go down without a fight. And the clock is ticking down for Pryseis, who must return home—or fade away.

Strong characters with closely held convictions inhabit Renee Wildes’ Guardian of the Light series. Book Four: Dust of Dreams is no different. The characters, plot and conflict grabbed me from the first.

Dream faerie Pryseis is in a precarious position. Dream faeries sift the horror from dreams and leave the good. Though they work on individual dreams, they deal with the big picture — filter out the bad, leave the good. But what happens when the bad can’t be filtered out? When the faerie nets fail and the nightmare remains in the waking hours?

That’s what’s happening with one goblin child’s dreams. Something in the boy’s dreams foils the dream nets and makes the horror leak not only into the child’s waking hours, but dream faerie Pryseis’s. Worse yet, no one sees the failure nor resulting danger but Pryseis. In order to find the solution, Pryseis must find the cause. She must leave the safety of the faerie mountain and its pool of life giving water to travel to the Shadowlands.

But faeries helping goblins? Unheard of. Goblins are evil.

Fortunately, Pryseis is not without assistance. She travels with her half troll, half faerie nephew. And, elf healer, Benilo sees her dreams and is drawn to help as well.

But wait. Elves don’t associate with faeries and especially not trolls. Trolls kill elves. And no one likes the goblins. Actually, the different races have been in conflict for longer than any can remember. And now a faerie, an elf, and a troll are going to work together? To save a goblin? Really?

Talk about prejudices. It’s fun to watch.

Ms. Wildes crafts complex yet believable worlds. The reader sees the goblin’s maze of muddy tunnels and smells the mineral-rich water, and experiences the different societies that inhabit this amazing land.

As I’ve said before, Dust of Dreams is the fourth book of the series. It stands well alone, but I recommend starting the series at the beginning with Duality. Not because you have to. Because you’ll want to. They’re that good.