book reviews by Althea

Dreaming Death – J. Kathleen Cheney ***

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Dreaming Death
Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Entertaining fantasy with a touch of mystery.

This is a world that is used to dealing with ‘sensitives’ – those who can pick up on others’ emotions and also broadcast their own. But Mikael Lee’s ‘gift’ exceeds what anyone is used to. He might even call it more of a curse. He has periodic dreams in which he enters the consciousness of a murder victim, following them all the way to their death. However, his tendency to broadcast these grisly sensations to those around him has not earned him an excess of goodwill.

Meanwhile, a young blind woman, Shironne, has her own special gift. Although her hyper-sensitivity has made her life difficult, she has agreed to work with the military, helping them identify murder victims: she has sense things about the deceased when she touches a body.

It’s nearly immediately clear that Shironne and Mikael, although they’ve never met, are connected in some psychic manner. Indeed, Shironne is eager to meet the man she senses in her dreams, whom she half-jokingly refers to as the Angel of Death.

Now, it appears that murders related to sinister ‘blood magic’ rituals are occurring, echoing a bloody massacre that happened some years before, and which lives on in infamy. Mikael and Shironne must both work to uncover the murderers before more are killed horribly.

Recommended for those who have finished reading all about Carol Berg’s or Sarah Monette’s angsty yet attractive young men, and are looking for more…

I would definitely pick up the sequel to this one! (Don’t worry, there’s no cliffhanger here, though.)

Many thanks to NetGalley and ROC for the opportunity to read. As always, my opinions are solely my own.

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