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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
When Shepherds Dream: The Flight of the Shepherd Kings by Peter Stuart is a masterpiece, a mesmerizing and epic tale of a man’s pursuit of his dream, a tale packed with manifold lessons of courage, love, brotherhood, and the quest for self-actualization... What does it take to become a Shepherd King? It is the question that haunts the young Sandhu, a small boy who has just become a shepherd boy alongside Shonti, but before he finds the answer, his life is turned upside-down when he is accused of murder and narrowly escapes being sentenced to death, instead being condemned to life imprisonment. The young boy has no hope of a future, less of becoming a Shepherd King, but his despair dissipates when the real criminal shows up and Sandhu becomes a free man once more. But what happens next is a journey of initiation that will quicken the breath in readers and make their hearts pound faster.
Peter Stuart’s prose is flawless, poetic, and highly descriptive. From the very first page, the reader is captivated by the vivid picture of the setting, the region that “… holds the same fascination as a glistening soap bubble floating upon the invisible ether.” When Shepherds Dream is a work of great imagination and skill, the plot is intelligently conceived and masterfully executed, laced with intense action and suspense. A story that starts with a “scene” having a secret already signals the beginning of a promise, but the author fulfills that promise beyond expectations. Apart from the beauty of the language and the powerful plot lines, the author has created exciting characters and a setting that will forever tease the imagination of readers. It is impossible to read When Shepherds Dream without feeling like part of the story. Brace yourself for breathtaking action and entertainment that will take quite a long time to forget. The setting, the plot, the characters all had me enthralled.