In My Damnedest Dreams

Obsidian Blade Book 4

Romance - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
327 Pages
Reviewed on 01/18/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

In My Damnedest Dreams is a work of fiction in the dark fantasy, romance, and adventure subgenres, and is the fourth novel of the Obsidian Blade series. It is more suitable for mature adult readers owing to the presence of graphic sex and violence, as well as explicit language and dark themes. Penned by author team Nathan Wilson and S. E. Nin, this new installment plunges readers back into a Japan reeling from the aftermath of the Genpei War. Shindara, separated from his companions, is faced with a shadowy figure who holds Mikoto's life in the balance, forcing him into a perilous quest. The city of Sakai becomes the backdrop for a complex web of power struggles, crime syndicates, and unforeseen alliances.

Author team Nathan Wilson and S. E. Nin marry their talents beautifully to craft an immersive experience into a world rich in historical detail and vivid characters. The narrative does a seamless job of bringing together elements of historical fiction and fantasy, with a plot that unfolds like a well-crafted tapestry of interlocking storylines, important emotional decisions, and intense moments of romance. Wilson and Nin have created a captivating tale where the stakes are high, and the characters grapple with personal demons, intricate relationships, and the unpredictable currents of fate. This is all achieved with a confident dialogue style that offers truly individual attitudes and personalities but with a distinct overarching flair for the period and the mood. The vivid prose, coupled with the intricacies of Japanese history, crafts an imaginative tale that also feels grounded and realistic, and one is drawn deeper into the intricacies of a world on the brink of transformation because of how real the high stakes feel. Overall, I would certainly recommend In My Damnedest Dreams as a compelling and satisfying continuation of the Obsidian Blade series that fans will no doubt adore.

Miche Arendse

In My Damnedest Dreams by Nathan Wilson and S. E. Nin, Shindara and his companions, once united against the chaos of war, find themselves scattered across Japan, only to be inexorably drawn back together by an unseen force. A shadowy figure, wielding power over Shindara, holds Mikoto's life in the balance. The stakes are higher, the threats more insidious, and the city of Sakai becomes a volatile battleground for a power struggle that Mikoto is intricately tied to. The story picks up with the weight of previous events, plunging readers into a world where the stakes are higher, and the fate of realms hangs in the balance. The collaboration between Wilson and Nin results in a seamless blend of their creative visions, creating a narrative that feels cohesive and satisfying for fans who have followed the series from its inception.

In My Damnedest Dreams successfully ties up loose ends, providing a satisfying resolution to the overarching conflict. The climax is both poignant and exhilarating, delivering a conclusion that is emotionally resonant and thematically rich. The plot is a whirlwind of suspense and unexpected twists, showcasing the authors' skill in orchestrating a narrative that keeps readers guessing until the very end. The pacing is relentless, offering a seamless balance between moments of introspection and high-stakes action, ensuring that the story never loses its momentum. In My Damnedest Dreams is a triumph in the genre, offering a spellbinding continuation of the Genpei Shadows series. With its intricate plot, well-developed characters, and evocative setting, this installment is a must-read for fans of historical fantasy.

Essien Asian

In Nathan Wilson and S.E. Nin’s In My Damnedest Dreams, four years have passed and the Genpei War is now a distant memory. Shindara is seemingly free of The Abhorrent moniker but he is caught completely unaware when an old foe resurfaces with a request exclusively for the scribe. Shindara must capture a particularly puzzling bounty for this foe. Failure to do so will lead to Mikoto’s death. Shindara knows time is not on his side as he returns to Sakai to carry out an assignment that will test the limits of his loyalties.

Shindara is reunited with his friends as he embarks on a complicated task in the fourth installment of the Obsidian Blade series. Nathan Wilson and S.E. Nin focus on the developing relationships within the inner circle of the scribe once known as The Abhorrent. Shindara’s inability to truly bond with another individual is tested when he meets Inazami. Their discussions of their experiences hint at the makings of a potential match despite their obvious differences. Mikoto’s desperation to be recognized in a world where a woman's place will never be on the same level as that of her male counterparts creates an intriguing subplot. Wilson and Nin pay extra attention to the details in the story with folklore garnishing brilliant battle scenes that are explained in such a way that the reader will feel as if they are experiencing these firsthand. Factor in Hrioshango’s humor-laden conversation and penchant for mischief and you have an excellent adventure brewing in Wilson and Nin’s In My Damnedest Dreams.