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Historical YA Fantasy Review: Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (The Diviners #2)


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Synopsis from Goodreads
After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities...

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?


Release date: August 25th 2015
 
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8.5/10

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Lair of Dreams like everything else Miss Bray writes is mind-bogling. It's big. It's insanely atmospheric and it's creeptastic.


If you ever read anything by Dean Koontz you know how well he does the state of quiet horror. Miss Bray is very much like him.

She slowly describes how New York succumbs to the sleeping sickness brought by a powerful ghost haunting the dreamscapes of the city.

At the same time Evie is enjoying her newfound fame as Sweetheart Seer, Sam &Jericho continue their uphill battle to save the museum, Theta and Henry devise their own claim to success. Henry desperately combs through dreams to find his dearest friend Luis, and instead stumbles to another dreamwalker, Ling. At last, Memphis is given his enormous healing power back.

So, the set of Heroes is established. Now we are given a myriad different ways and secrets which intertwine them until at last our characters are forcefully bound together to battle the dream monster.

The world keeps expanding with the help of juicy little tidbits. Here are the singular lives lost to the sleeping sickness, here are Sam and Evie's attempts to find his mother. Here are glimpses of Evie's uncle traversing the countryside on a wild hunt after the man in a tall hat. Here are two sinister government agents with even more sinister goals...

Unexpected relationship, tremendous tension and buildup to a grand finale, and at last absolutely gorgeous language, which makes this book such a lush read. The characters are completely immersed to the buzz and swell of the era and they are "posi-tut-ly"authentic and marvellous.

Overall, a fabulous read! It requires work and attention, but in the end it's all worth it. Please, read the whole series.


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Как и всё, что Мисс Брэй пишет, Логово Снов — сногшибательная книга. Безумно атмосферная и фантастично-готичная. Если вы когда-либо читали Дина Кунца, Мисс Брэй удаётся передать такое же состояние тихого ужаса.

Она степенно описывает как Нью-Йорк охватывает спящая лихорадка, насланная могущественным монстром. В то же время Иви наслаждается славой Милашки Предсказательницы и своим собственным радио-шоу, Сэм и Джерихо отчаянно пытаются спасти музей от лап налоговых агентов, Тэта и Генри следуют своему собственному плану достижения славы. Генри ищет своего друга Луиса во снах каждую ночь, и вместо этого натыкается на ещё одну ходящую во снах - Линг. Наконец, к Мемфису неожиданно возвращается утерянная сила целительства.

Наш набор героев установлен. Теперь нам даны мириады нитей, которые переплетают их судьбы, и наконец, заставляют их противостоять призраку сновидений. Построение мира всё расширяется, включая мимолётные жизни жертв спящей лихорадки, прошлого Сэма, который вмести с Иви пытается разыскать свою мать. Нам даны проблески дяди Иви, разъезжающего по сельской местности и охотящегося за местными легендами о человеке в цилиндре, проблем Джерихо, секретного государственного проекта и зловещих агентов с ещё более зловещими целями.

Книга полна неожиданных отношений, огромного напряжения, и наконец, шикарнейшего аутентичного слэнга двадцатых годов.

В общем, замечательно, очень рекомендую всю серию!

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