Rated 7 out of 10 Statistics
Occasional Sexual Content
Occasional Coarse Language
Overall Rating: 71
Average Rating: 9.64 (Guests), 9.49 (Members)
Rating Count: 22 (11 Guests, 11 members)
1 indicates a weighted rating.
"Stands on its own"
Caveat: I'm not a native speaker, so forgive any typos and odd wording.
Having been a fan of this writer's work ever since playing Enderal back in 2016, I was excited to hear he's expanding the universe. As it's a spin-off that centers on one of the fan-favorite characters, Jespar, I was a bit worried at first that the novel wouldn't speak to someone not obsessed with the guy. Four chapters in, I'm glad to say my fears were unfounded.
As a low-fantasy novel, "Dreams of the Dying" can easily stand comparison with famous works in the genre. The world building is excellent, the characters feel authentic, and the tropical setting is a breath of fresh air. It also touches on some interesting topics such as dream and reality and - at least that's I think where it's headed - the dangers of rampant capitalism. Ironically, if I had to find a flaw, it would be precisely this: Though the author avoids anachronisms, "Dreams of the Dying" does feel quite modern at times, both in terms of story and in writing. I don't personally don't mind this at all, but I could imagine some readers might chafe at it.
That being said, I'm excited to see where this story goes!
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