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Octavian St James is one of three wizards who oversee all magical operations on Earth who lost the love of his life in an inconceivable act of vengeance by a rogue mage bend on his destruction. During a dream quest, he realizes Amanda Carson, a successful Phoenix restaurateur is the lover he lost. In a desperate cross country quest he sets out to find her before his vengeful enemy can destory them both. Amanda believes the caress of her dream man is a mere illusion. Little does she realize he is indeed real and seeking her with passionate intensity.
Octavian raised an unsteady hand as well to touch her face and would have embraced her fully, if not for a sudden blur of movement out of the corner of his eyes and the shadow that fell across the sun. He turned to look toward the source of his unease. Radner Cross who was a most evil tempered magi and fey of the second counicl stood stock still across from him. He was a close ally to Jonathan. He held a dream seeker in his left hand, the glow of its realized target glowed brightly under the newly darkening sky.
"So, it's true your little witch has resurfaced."
Night Owl Romance Reviews/Susan on 3/3/08
Octavian St. James is one of the three powerful wizards that rule over all things magical on Earth. When a vengeful mage tears him apart from his true love, he searches endlessly to find her. He connects to her again from a dream world and now he must find her in the real world before their enemies do. Amanda Carson's life takes a dramatic turn when the man from her dreams appears and brings danger to her. The man came to her in her dreams and eased her unsettled emotions but he also creates more disturbing dreams that she doesn't understand. When they meet in the real world she feels their connections but doesn't know whether to trust it or him. Octavian must show her the magical world and help her to remember the love they shared before their enemies can destroy them again. How will Octavian defeat the malicious plans of a vengeful mage and save himself and his true love?
Tara Newlands has created an intriguing world of magic, wizards and power plays between the good and bad. The Dream King will hold the readers attention within a fantasy world with the emotional plights of our hero and heroine along with a good plot that weaves magic, time and dreams into an enjoyable read. It's a satisfying romance perfect for the times you want to curl up with a good book.
You Gotta Read Reviews/Tiffany/July 2009
his is the kind of book that gradually draws you in. Featuring magic spells, separated lovers, soul mates, and secret societies, it’s definitely a fun read. The idea of a secret magical society living parallel to our own isn’t exactly a new one, but the way it’s done here is a new and creative twist on the old idea, or rather a new and creative twist on a couple old ideas.
Like all love triangles, the one in this book can only mean trouble. After all, scorned lovers are seldom happy about the situation, and when that person happens to have magical powers it certainly doesn’t make things any easier. Add in a brewing battle between magical forces for control of the magical, and perhaps even the human, world, and you have a recipe for an exciting story.
A good plot, believable characters, and a very creative magical world, all served to gradually draw me deeper into the story. What at first glance appeared to be an old rehashed plot quickly turned into something fully unique and enjoyable. By the time it was over, I was thoroughly impressed and looking forward to the sequel. I’d recommend this for fans of more general paranormal romance, featuring a different form of wizardry, rather than vampires or werewolves or anything like that.
Many, many years ago, when I was a kid of about eight or nine, my folks had this old guy over for dinner. They laughed and joked like adults do and, as soon as possible, I escaped to play outside. We had eaten early and it was still light when he came out by himself and asked me what I was doing. At that point, I was just sitting on the concrete steps feeling bored and told him so.
He walked a few paces out on the sidewalk, turned around and started humming “Me and My Shadow” softly to himself. Then, he started to dance. It was a slow, simple little shuffling kinda dance and I just stared, mesmerized.
Suddenly, he stopped and looked at me. “You know what that is called?”
I shook my head.
“It’s called a soft shoe and this is one of the basic steps.” He proceeded to do a little sliding step. “Come on. Don’t just sit there. Get up here, stand alongside me and do what I’m doing.”
I did and a few minutes later, we were shuffling off to Buffalo in the best vaudeville style. I asked him to show me more, but he said he had to go home. He would give me two little pieces of advice, however.
“Always start out with a dance and always leave them wanting a little more.”
A few days later, we moved back north for the summer and when we returned, that fall, he had passed on.
After reading Tara Newlands’ Dream King, I was reminded of the old man’s advice.
The story opens with a carefully choreographed magical battle where the bad guy appears to win. Our lovely heroine Amanda, is torn from her lover by the wonderfully evil Jonathan.
Despite his best efforts, Octavian loses Amanda and vows to find her, no matter how long it may take. As someone who is effectively immortal, this may be a while.
What happens if part of the curse separating them is the loss of all of Amanda’s memories? And what’s worse, Jonathan can’t seem to hold on to the feisty lass he kidnapped.
The Dream King is the first of a new series and I’ll admit I consumed it in less than two days. It’s a lovely amusement park tunnel-of-love ride, filled with passion and magic that did exactly what the old man had advised… “Always leave them wanting more.” Well done, Tara!
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