Thursday, October 28, 2010

[Review] - In Dreams Begin

Title: In Dreams Begin
Author: Skyler White
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: November 2, 2010

I received this book for review from the author & Penguin/Berkley Books.

Summary:  From a Victorian Ireland of magic, poetry and rebellion, Ida Jameson, an amateur occultist, reaches out for power, but captures Laura Armstrong, a modern-day graphic artist instead. Now, for the man or demon she loves, each woman must span a bridge through Hell and across history . . . or destroy it.

“Every passionate man is linked with
another age, historical or imaginary, where
alone he finds images that rouse his energy.”

--W. B. Yeats

Anchored in fact on both sides of history, Laura and Ida, modern rationalist and fin de si├Ęcle occultist, are linked from the moment Ida channels Laura into the body of celebrated beauty and Irish freedom-fighter Maud Gonne. When Laura falls—from an ocean and a hundred years away—passionately, Victorianly in love with the young poet W. B. Yeats, their love affair entwines with Irish history and weaves through Yeats’s poetry until Ida discovers something she wants more than magic in the subterranean spaces in between.

With her Irish past threatening her orderly present and the man she loves in it, Laura and Yeats—the practical materialist and the poet magus—must find a way to make love last over time, in changing bodies, through modern damnation, and into the mythic past to link their pilgrim souls . . . or lose them forever.

Thoughts: In Victorian Ireland an occultist Ida Jameson is able to reach out to Laura Armstrong in modern day. This act will take them on a journey of magic and passion that they never expected.

When the author asked me if I'd like to review In Dreams Begin, it wasn't a hard decision - she had me at Victorian Ireland. Just knowing that bit of information I knew the story would intrigue me, and it did. There is also a steampunk feel to it that I thought was great.

In Dreams Begin is a darkly beautiful story. A poetic and passionate telling that spands dreams and centuries.  Ms. White's writing is true and challenging.  It's urban/dark fantasy, but when your reading her stuff she makes you stop and think. This was an enjoyable read for me.  I think those who enjoyed and Falling Fly, will like this new book.

Score: 3 Stars

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