A violent war has waged in secret underneath the notice of humanity since the beginning of time. Evil has pledged the destruction of humanity in spite of a power those that covet it could not possibly contain. Now the Warriors have inherited this fight and are honor-bound to rid the world of this ancient malevolence. By guarding the most precious, piercing light they possess—their female kin known as the Oracles, or Dreamers—the Warriors have a chance against the darkness.
Chantal Breelan has suffered from horrific nightmares for most of her life, believing something is wrong with her to have such visions of destruction. But when creatures of terror came crawling out of the shadows to hunt her down shortly after her eighteenth birthday, she discovered the truth. Her dreams became reality, throwing her headfirst into a battle wrought by cursed monsters, where death and torture lie at every turn.
Mathias is a descendant of a Fallen Angel and a powerful Warrior. He vows his life in service to pay recompense for the sins of their fathers by guarding Chantal from within the shadows. Long has he fought, shedding sweat and blood, hoping that his struggles wouldn’t be in vain. With Chantal’s life in danger, he’s been forced to reveal himself, yet she has managed to surprise him with her fierce tenacity and strength. In his sacrifice, he finds redemption and life’s ultimate reward—a love to surpass all time.
Now Chantal has picked up the reins of her birthright and stands by her Warrior kin, by Mathias. She’s on a mission to rescue others like herself. Yet, in this challenge, a battle of wits is exposed. New players are discovered, throwing strategies into question. When the truth comes to light, can Chantal hold her band of brothers together, or will they crumble under the weight of betrayal
This young adult novel is the sequel to Legacy of a Dreamer and should not be read on its own. You'll be lost unless you read that book first. Dreams of the Cursed answers a lot of questions that were brought up in Legacy of a Dreamer, but leaves you with even more questions by the end. Things are far from over, and there's definitely going to be a 3rd book in the series, which I'm looking forward to.
The action drives the story. From the very beginning it doesn't let up. New players are introduced, and the evil villains are wicked than ever. We get to see Chantel come into her own as she begins to fight beside her love, Mathias. Readers are also introduced to Trystan- an Oracle with secrets of her own who doesn't seem trustful, Princess-a woman whom we doesn't know a lot about, but we do know that Dameon, Chantel's evil brother is obsessed with her, and then the Fire Eater- no one knows who this person is, but everyone is looking for them. Not sure what their role in the story will be, but I have an inkling on whom it is after reading the last page ;)
I liked the story, but the romantic in me was a little disappointed that there wasn't more intimacy and romance in this sequel between Chantel and Mathias. It's definitely on the back burner in this one. That's not to say that the story isn't a unique and interesting one, but my tender heart was bummed because I spent most of the time reading anticipating something to happen, and kind of glossed over the details of the fight playing out. But I'm still holding out for book 3, hoping that Allie Jean pushes the envelope and bumps up the romance. We shall see.
This was a great story, and I'm praying we won't have to wait as long for the next book.