Dreams of the Dying


Loved it! 😍

Great heavy fantasy with deep political intrigue and tension. Pick it up!

Disclaimer: I have never played the game to which this book is a prequel to but I can confirm this book is definitely still readable without having played it and that doesn't affect the enjoyment at all so don't let that put you off picking up this story!

We follow our protagonist Jespar Dal'Varek who is someone who is never in one place for too long but receives a job offer which means he must travel to a place known as Kilay where he quickly comes to realise has high tension due to the rise of terrorism against the politics of the area. This is where it began wrong for me, I am not someone who is very good at politics in books, I struggle to grasp it and understand the reasons behind it but this author did do a good job at making it as simple to understand as I think could be possible for such a long high fantasy novel.

The world building in this novel was the second best part, after the characters. This world is so well described and nothing like I have read before and I loved reading about Kilay and how amazing the setting is. Of course a lot of world building would be needed in a place with such high tension and problems but I still didn't expect it to be as good as it was. It was very easy to lose yourself in the book and it felt like I was there beside the character throughout the novel, experiencing everything with them.

The best part as I said are the characters, they come with a lot of depth which I love in a world that is also strong in world building as it is usually one or the other but rarely both. I really enjoyed following our protagonist but also all the side characters who were a big part of this story. The villain of the story is so well fleshed out it was impossible not to love them even though they were who you were supposed to be against.

Trigger warnings for suicide in this novel as there are a lot of discussions around mental health and struggling with things. This is handled really well and respectfully. Depression is never glorified but instead discussed logically and with upmost respect and I enjoyed reading about the character struggles to such a deep level.

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I’m a German author best known for my writing for the indie videogame “Enderal – Forgotten Stories,” which quickly went from underground success to sleeper hit. "Dreams of the Dying" is my debut novel, set in the world of Enderal but requiring no knowledge of the game to be enjoyed. view profile

Published on December 01, 2020

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200000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Fantasy

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