A curse plagues the realm of Azenor—during each new moon, magic flows from the nearby mountain and brings nightmares to life. Only magicians, who serve as territory wardens, stand between people and their worst dreams.
Clementine Madigan is ready to take over as the warden of her small town, but when two magicians challenge her, she is unwittingly drawn into a century-old conflict. She seeks revenge, but as she secretly gets closer to Phelan, one of the handsome young magicians, secrets begin to rise. Clementine must unite with her rival to fight the realm’s curse, which seems to be haunting her every turn.
I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 5 Stars
Do you enjoy a slow burn, enemies to lovers romance? How about a hint of mystery and intrigue? A story told within a story? Lush and beautiful world building with a unique use of magic? Were you a fan of Sorcery of Thorns or The Cruel Prince? Are you tired of me asking questions that I already know the answer to? Then just read this book and I’ll shut up, I promise.
When I tell you that I sunk right into this world, I really mean it. I felt utterly transported from page one. In a lot of fantasy books, the beginning feels a lot like playing catch up while you try to grasp the magic system, the world and the history. Dreams Lie Beneath didn’t feel that way to me at all. It felt more like I was dropped into a world and Clementine showed up and grabbed my hand to lead me on a journey.
I genuinely can’t think of a fault to find with this standalone – which is such a rare occurrence to me. Usually a standalone book feels rushed to me, or I end the book feeling unfulfilled. This book was a rare exception, although I should’ve seen it coming considering how much I’ve loved Rebecca Ross’s other books. I think this one cemented her as an autobuy author for me. (That being said, I would read five more books in this world – I definitely want more, despite the fact that Clementine’s story wrapped up well)