by Marguerite Krause & Susan Sizemore
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
508 pages; ISBN: 1594140626
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Marguerite Krause & Susan Sizemore
Five Star, Dec 2003, $25.95, 508 pp.
In Sitrene the old traditions remain in place. The Shapers protect the Keepers from the magical beasts. A union between a Keeper and a Shaper can lead to the birthing of Dreamers, who protect the realm from other dimension creatures who want to destroy humankind. King Sene’s son is expected to marry his keeper’s foster daughter, but she chooses to love the monarch causing dissension.
In Dherrica, Palle declares that his nephew Prince Pirse killed his mother the queen. The Keepers protect the Prince because he fights monsters and Abstainers who would hurt them. A wizard sends him to Doran a keeper woman in the hopes they will have a Dreamer child if they ever stop squabbling long enough to mate. King Palle’s rule is so ineffective anarchy is coming.
In Rhenlan, the king is dying and his heir Prince Damon accepts no defiance. When his sister Vray disobeys him, she is banished to a horrible place. The Dreamers rescue her and place her with a keep family to heal. The young men are forcibly conscripted into the army and the guards take what they want from the villagers. Prince Damon is a nasty dictator leading his nation to the brink of civil war.
MOON’S DREAMING is a spectacular epic fantasy about three kingdoms where culture, tradition, and overall well being are being destroyed by ineffective or abusive leaders. The magic appears genuine and the varying groups enhance one another, provide additional depth to a multilayered strong tale. Readers will look forward to dancing to the follow-up “Dream” as Margaret Krause and Susan Sizemore will continue the stories of the next generation coming into power.
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