Reviewed by Carissa
TITLE: Dreams of the Forgotten
SERIES: Sumeria’s Sons #3
AUTHOR: Lexi Ander
PUBLISHER: Less Than Three Press
LENGTH: 217 pages
For Tristan and Ushna, nothing comes easy and with each passing day the challenges grow and the dangers multiply. The safe home they are building for their family and tribe is threatened from all sides, and the peace they seek is being torn apart by enemies and internal strife. Tristan dares not reveal his condition to any but those closest to him, all the while he’s plagued by dreams he cannot remember upon waking…
And over all of it hangs the knowledge that his time with Ushna is running out. Because Ushna already has a Flame awaiting rebirth, and though Tristan would die to protect that bond, he constantly struggles against his beast who demands they bind Ushna to their side.
After a week of suffering what I can only describe as The Plague, I’m not in the best frame of mind to be writing anything. To be honest, I’m barely in the right frame of mind for breathing and/or curling up into a ball and pleading for death. I’m fairly astonished that I was actually able to finish this book before the deadline, so please forgive my hastily put together review. I tried to do my best…but at that moment that really isn’t saying much.
This book picks up a few days after Songs of the Earth (this series is very much a ‘need to read them all in order’ type of series, so I recommend you get caught up before starting Dreams of the Forgotten). Tristan is still pregnant, Ushna is still growly, and everyone seems to want them all dead. Tristan’s tribe is growing, but so too are the factions that are against him, and danger seems to lie wherever they look. It also doesn’t help that Tristan’s dreams are leading him to believe in something that he has been told is impossible. So while it may be good to be the king, being the king-to-be pretty much sucks.
I’ve really enjoyed this series. The ‘historical’ aspects are a lot of fun since I know hardly anything about this particular mythology, and I can never quite figure out where the next twist is coming for Tristan and Ushna. There seems to be a lot more going into their and their people’s past than meets the eye, and the more they learn the more it becomes clear that they hardly know anything at all. It does make for a very interesting book. I will admit though, that as more and more is brought out into the light that I was having a hard time remembering who were the good/bad guys or how certain factions where connected or opposed. There was a lot of ‘these people are doing X for this reason Y, but these other people are doing Z for reason Q.’ It was a tad confusing at times. (Though that could just be The Plague speaking)
I love the growing complexity in relation to the relationship between Tristan and Ushna (and Brian). You kinda know that Tristan is stuck on Ushna–and Ushna is completely crazy about Tristan–but you can also tell how badly he doesn’t want to fuck up Ushna’s chances with Brian (even if it is in another life). After a while I did want to shake the man until he realized what he was sacrificing by being so bloody selfless, but I also kinda get why he does it. Doesn’t make it any less annoying, but it is at least understandable.
This book kinda feels a bit more unfinished than the others. At least in relation to the story. It kinda does a lot more asking of questions, than answering them, so by the time I got to the end I kinda felt a bit let down. It was a good part of the overall story, and I enjoyed reading it, but you could tell it was a lot more about setting up the next section of the story than it was about any one thing by itself. So, understandably, this cliff hanger was a bit harder to handle than the others. At least the other ones came after some type of resolution. This one kind just cut off before it was really going to get interesting.
For lovers of this series I really recommend this. Though if you already love this series I doubt anything I say will persuade you otherwise. It was a good book and I’m really looking forward to whatever comes next. Whenever it does come out.
(I can only hope, however, that at some point they get a decent security system or something, because the security on this ranch sucks. Like really really sucks. It’s like they hired it out to the same guys who do the guarding of Uther’s castle in the TV show Merlin. I’m pretty sure that a dude could come walking up the the ranch wearing a rocket launcher and holding a sign that says “I AM HERE TO SMITE YOUR ASS” and they would still let him walk right thru the gate).