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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
In the underground world of Nirus, the Death family prepares for a wedding in Princess of Shadow and Dream by Ellie Raine. Serdin is to become betrothed to Rovinne, a high-born councilwoman, but the arrival of the Dream family, Myra in particular, changes things in a way that no one could foresee. With the disappearance of the Death family’s two Dream Catchers, it is up to King Dream and his daughter, Myra, to protect the Death family in the subconscious realms. It quickly becomes obvious that evil is at work in the kingdom though, since the Reapers have a hard time finding the missing Dream Catchers as they are repeatedly attacked by undead necrofera. Myra, while becoming more and more attracted to Serdin, must also keep her true mission in mind; to watch for the birth of twins who will play an important role in the future of the realms. As the plot unfolds, lines are crossed that may have serious consequences for all realms involved, but if it has been foreseen by King Dream, it must be all right – or won’t it?
Ellie Raine has created an interesting and unique alternate world in Princess of Shadow and Dream, the prequel to the NecroSeam Chronicles. I liked the characters and the sense of anticipation the author has created in this prequel. Each group of characters is specially gifted and their talents serve them well as they engage in their daily activities as well as the exciting battles in which they find themselves. The writing is easy to follow and smooth to read with realistic dialogue and plenty of descriptive support. A love story brings two of the characters together, all in preparation for the rest of what promises to be a great series. This is a lovely book for YA and older readers who enjoy fantasy at its best.