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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
An Iceling named Anuun fears that Forbidden, a place where no man must ever be allowed to set foot, has been breached. Stranded on the frozen shores of the Ice Wastes, Nudd Wiggin, the only survivor of the ill-fated Albatross ship, stumbles onto a mysterious chamber where he was killed and resurrected into something inhuman. Nudd is now an ancient weapon in a semi-human form, raising unspeakable terror towards the war-torn kingdoms’ borders. In the far south, Laurin the dwarf is trying to outrun an assassin. His path crossed with Rhea Redbreast’s, an apprentice Headhunter, who abandons her mission and protects him from another fellow Headhunter. Their journey will bring them to Bryn of Bailon, an unwilling heir to a dark and troubling secret.
King of Dreams: A Vereldan Tale is well-plotted and the narrative is firm. It also excels in the political and cultural fable with an unerring humanist sense of the dangerous will to power. Overall, the novel’s range, ambition and execution are solid. Greg McLeod has the imagination and skill to deliver a fully figured world with its own language and customs that readers can visualize. The astonishing texture of details makes each character feel alive and real. It’s a fantasy novel with a heady potion of betrayal, conflict and adventure. It takes a crafty writer to create a multi-faceted story that is also an easy read, but McLeod does just that. It is one of the rare books that manages to be compact with details while avoiding the mistake of being redundant.