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Reviewed by Sarah Lowry for Readers' Favorite
Author Nicole Trewartha takes the reader on a journey through the world of dreams in In Sleep They Come. Two babies born to different parents and in different places grow up to be remarkably similar. Born with a mark that separates them from other people, both Aiden and Rhiannon discover that they have the ability to walk in dreams. Aiden was raised as a foundling in a monastery with other Nocturna (dream walkers). His mentor, Kheevan, teaches him all he needs to know about how to do their god’s work as Nocturna — or at least that’s what Aiden believes until the day he meets Rhiannon. Rhiannon is an abomination to Nocturna because she is female. Raised as a foundling in an abbey, Rhiannon’s life is dedicated to her goddess. Aiden and Rhiannon share more than the ability to dream walk; they share a desire to follow their own dreams, something that many others wish to prevent.
In Sleep They Come had me riveted to the pages. Nicole Trewartha tells a fascinating tale of two young adults given a powerful gift but bound by the duty bestowed on them by others. The characters are well written and realistic, and I had a hard time deciding who was good and bad, which kept my eyes glued to the story, wanting to know what would happen next. In Sleep They Come is full of action, deceit, and romance in addition to fantasy. The world Nicole Trewartha has created is similar in many ways to our world, but does have its own rules and brands of magic, and I felt the world building was excellent. I enjoyed how the author gave plenty of space to Aiden and Rhiannon so that I was able to learn about both of their lives and identify with each character. My only — slight — complaint would be that I felt the novel ended rather abruptly. There was no cliffhanger, the story wrapped up nicely, but I wish I had been given a bit more explanation about what the future held for the characters. Overall, I felt this was a fantastic novel, and I would highly recommend it. I look forward to more from this author.