Fan Book Reviews
The debut novel by a new author can be a disquieting time for all concerned. The author worries about what the reviewers will make of his months – if not years – of hard work. Another worry is how the book will be received by the readers themselves. Professional reviewers – or at least those who pretend they are – hope that they will be among the first to proclaim an emerging talent and worry that other reviewers will not agree with them. In Your Dreams by John Swan is an impressive story for an author’s first outing and does not disappoint. John’s early influences included J.R.R. Tolkie (...)
This is a tale that I enjoyed greatly. It is intriguing, involved and flows well, which left me wondering where it would lead, knowing there would be much more to come.
Set in a world that is familiar and yet not; I loved the fact that modern day things are still in the picture and yet the scene set, felt to me as if it were set in ancient times. This I believe is due to John's writing style, which is rich and yet uncomplicated and reminded me of earlier fantasy works such as C.S Lewis.
Long ago, long before anyone can remember, a great evil was imprisoned within the subterranean depths of Aldaya by the Esme, beings of great power and light. Once the free races of Aldaya were seen to be safe from this danger, the Esme all disappeared. Life was good for the people of Aldaya.
But now everything is changing. The fear-inspiring swamp mists are covering more land, and all those that enter them are lost. Evil once again appears to be gaining a foothold along the borders of the swamp. Towns are attacked by terrifying creatures, and governments are becoming distrustful of one (...)
‘‘In a time before ours, when the universe was much younger, a great civilization lived upon the surface of an infant world not much different than our own. It was tucked away on our same distant arm of the galaxy, with its twin moons shining unblemished in the night sky, and its surface full of spirits both great and small.’’
John Swan has created an intense and intriguing world that I was immediately drawn into. He builds the world of Aldaya with such detail that you feel as if you are really there, but most important of all he gives us leading characters that we can love, that have s (...)
When I first received this book I was told it was the first of a six part Epic that would all be released over a period of 18 months. A bit ambitious to say the least for a first time Author ( John Swan). After reading the Dedication page I’m thinking he just might do it. Anybody that dedicates a book to Stevie Nicks yes THAT Stevie Nicks can’t be all bad. Which brings up an interesting Question. In Your Dreams? Isn’t that the title of one of her Albums ? Interesting…
It was many months back that I connected with John Swan on a group on Linkedin. And I really wanted to write about this fantasy thriller before anyone did. But such was not my luck! Anyway, the genre is my passion. I have always been in love with these otherworld books and more so after I got interested in shamanism. Just the title In Your Dreams kind of set the pace. I was prepared for my fantasy ride and I was not disappointed. This is the story of another land, another planet, another isle Aldaya. It’s a mix of heady adventure, eerie demons, intricate relationships and kings and queens.
I received this book from the author and from ‘Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock’. This is my honest review.
‘In Your Dreams’ is the first published by a new writer, John Swan. The tone of the book appears to light at first, but then darker tones of the story take form. It is well written with wonderful use of the characters’ observations. The reader gets a feel for the kingdom of Alamarayn on the world of Aldaya.
The beginning of the book gives the reader a bit of the mythos of the world of Alamarayn. Mr. Swan has borrowed ideas about the myths of the lost city of Atlantis and (...)
Mr Swan takes us directly into the world building mythos he has created for this series, and it is grand and ambitious.
Authors ask a great deal of readers when they write epic tales, especially serials that are going to go way beyond the traditional trilogy route, and this is one of those serials. You have to give such a series an emotional and time commitment, and yes a huge leap of faith, especially when the author is a newbie.