After nightmares begin to seep into Cael's waking life, a mysterious stranger arrives offering to help. But that help comes at a steep price. Taken from their families, Wynn joins Cael on his journey across the Five Kingdoms as they struggle to find reason behind the powers they've been cursed with.
Unsure of their guide, Landon, and fearful of those around them, Cael and Wynn experiment with their abilities alone. The dreams they share offer a dangerous new gift, one neither of them could have expected.
As they try to navigate their new connection they find themselves questioning their choice to follow Landon and what his true motives are. When the ominous rebels confront them, will they betray the man who protected them or will they fight to save his life?
The setting of D.R. O’Shea’s ambitious fantasy debut The Last of Ryn Dvarek is a vast landscape filled with magic, intrigue, epic characters and plenty of action. Indeed, the fictitious Five Kingdoms is a meticulously imagined world that aims for the grandeur of an epic fantasy saga, one with the breadth of a J.R.R. Tolkien or J.K. Rowling novel.
The Last of Ryn Dvarek: A Journey Into Dreams by D.R. O’Shea is a coming-of-age novel belonging to the sword and sorcery fantasy genre. Even if it has 483 pages, it reads easily because the 58 chapters are well-balanced and the storyline flows smoothly. In a mock-serious manner, the novel rebuilds the atmosphere of Medieval Times with sword fighting, wandering troubadours, balls, and tournaments. The narrative web is punctuated with stories within stories that contribute to the overall atmosphere and ensure the passage from one action scene to another. In fact, these stories were the aspect I liked most about the novel, mostly because they were extremely diverse and reminded me of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. For example, I fondly remember Landon’s story about the death of magic, the captain’s tale of the terrible storm that almost cost him his life, or the barkeeper’s dramatic account of the legendary deeds of the four heroes in the Great War.