The Dreamt Child: A Review

This post is way overdue. I get distracted.

Shiny things.

Anyway.

*Ahem*

First things first.

Disclaimer:

For purposes of reviewing, the highest number I will ever give a book is a 4.5 out of 5. Only because I’ve found that five and one star reviews have the nasty tendency to be overly dramatic in either their praise, or dislike. Anything from OMIGAWDZ THIS IS AWESOME BUY THIS BOOK! to, PFFT. THIS AUTHOR SUX. Enter your own spelling variations where you please. I’m not doing it to be mean, or to tout myself as some sort of ‘expert’ on what a book should and should not be, Lord knows before I started reading reviews I was just as apt to give a book five stars because it was that damned awesome. Now, I know better. To keep things objective, my review ratings range from 1.5 to 4.5 with 1.5 being the lowest and 4.5 the highest. This is my personal preference and should in no way shape or form, skew your own rating system.

And now you know.

If you don't know the reference you fail at life.
If you don’t know the reference you fail at life.

4 stars.

I squeed when this book came out. Happy does not begin to describe my feelings on the matter. Jumping up and down clapping my hands is a more accurate description. And it was so worth it.  The third book is every bit as good as the first and second.

Quite a feat considering the curse of sequels.

Maybe that’s just the movies.

Anyway.

Bottom line: Forgot someone on your Christmas list? Have a New Year birthday? Have gift card, want book? Buy the whole series. It’s scientifically proven that brain power increases after you read a book. Why wait for the genius hidden inside? Find him/her today! BUY THESE BOOKS.

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In this, the third and final volume of the Earth’s pendulum trilogy, we continue to follow Liannis, seer for the goddess Earth after a winter resting in semi-trance, alone in a cabin in the woods. The goddess Earth leads Merrist, previously seen only as her devoted hired man, to Liannis and calls her back to her active life. Earth, finding that Liannis still has not heeded the recurring dream of the child, chooses a more direct approach. She takes Liannis back into the time before time, to show her how the custom of seers never taking a mate came about. With the evolution of society the duties of Earth’s seers must change once again. Merrist is also given the dream. Upon sharing it with Liannis they find that Earth wishes them to join (marry) and that the child shown in the dream is theirs. This is their destiny. But the people have long believed that such a union is forbidden and some oppose it, calling them false and untrustworthy. Among these is one of the candidates for lordship of Catania. Lord Gaelen, of Bargia and current ruler, makes it known that he wishes Catania to become independent again, that he wants to relinquish his control over the demesne. A struggle for power ensues, involving treason, treachery and violence. When Merrist discovers Earth has given him the gift of healing he finds himself drawn into the fray and grave danger. Lord Gaelen also wishes to return Lieth to independence. Since the years of famine are over the people are rebuilding after the great quake that destroyed Lieth City. When Lady Nairin, under asylum in Bargia after her lord husband was assassinated, declares that she wishes to set up a regency in Lieth for her son, it causes more questions. Can she be trusted? Will the people of Lieth accept the family back? Can Lord Gaelen support her request? With Merrist in Catania and Liannis in Lieth the couple find themselves facing many of these challenges alone. Earth has promised to protect them – but even she does not always know what will come. Yet these sweeping changes must take place if the world is to maintain the balance needed for peace, health and prosperity. If the people do not accept them the very existence of the goddess Earth, and of the world she protects, are in danger.

Once again, Yvonne has worked magic with words. We’re taken back to the One Isle, given enough information to remember what happened in the last two books, and sent off on our way to the conclusion of this epic fantasy. The beauty of these books is in the characters, each one is rich and fully realised and not a one of them goes to waste. You laugh, you cry, you scream at the page when something happens that you don’t want to happen.

Trust me, I’ve done it.

There is travel in the book. A lot of travel, but where I’ve gotten bored with Fantasy books and their incessant need to go from place to place, that doesn’t happen with The Dreamt Child. Greyhound’s “Getting there is half the fun!” is especially true here. Yvonne never bores her readers.

This book was a tying of loose ends. Perhaps the series ends too tidily, but better tidy than being lead on to another book that may, or may not happen.

I’m looking at you, Burton and Swineburn.

The Dreamt Child  is as character driven as ever, and just as exciting. There is a twist, which was unexpected. This reader thought the author was going to go in a different way. The direction it ended up in did not detract from the book at all, rather it gave this reader a ‘huh’ moment and a turn of the page to see what happened next.

A great yarn and a neat tidying up of a fantastic High Fantasy story.

Well done, Yvonne. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

Toodles!

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