Title: Shattered Dreams (Light in the Dark #1)
Author: Ulff Lehmann
SHATTERED DREAMS is a deep, rich, layered high fantasy, the beginning of an epic that will be well worth following for years to come. Looming menace, thoughtful worldbuilding; a winner! –Ed Greenwood (NYTimes bestselling fantasy writer)
Friedrich Nietzsche said that if one looks too long into the abyss, the abyss looks back. Drangar Ralgon has been avoiding the abyss’s gaze for far too long and now turns to face it.
Shattered Dreams is told from multiple viewpoints, with each individual tale eventually intersecting with the others, forming a tapestry. In a land finally at peace, war, like a weaver, pushes lives of warriors every which way until their paths become patterns. There are no shining heroes, no damsels who cannot save themselves, only people trying their damndest to make sense of the chaos they call their lives.
This book retells the first steps as they figure out their roles in the gigantic tapestry the gods have laid out for them. In a world where actions do have consequences, and mistakes are paid for in blood and pain, the lives of a few can make a difference.
Inspired by the vigorous style of George R.R. Martin’s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, and in the vein of historical fictioneer Bernard Cornwell, SHATTERED DREAMS brings to life a stark, uncompromising tale of a man’s path to redemption.
~I received a free copy of this book for my honest review~
Right away I was hooked into the story with suspenseful emotions. The story jumps immediately into action, taking the reader on a twisting journey right in the first chapter. After getting through the first few pages, it was nearly impossible to put the book down. Various characters are gradually revealed to the reader, each with their own unique strengths and weaknesses, such as a thief caught in a war and a Shepard who happens to be a Chosen.
The dialogue was very deep and intriguing, giving the reader a unique glimpse into each character…especially during the internal dialogue. I also greatly enjoyed the way the world was built in this story. It’s a great mix of science fiction and fantasy without the useless information dumps that some books in this genre seem to have.
Congratulations, Mr. Lehmann, on such a fantastic book! I look forward to seeing where you take this series!