Wednesday, October 15, 2014

When dreams are stolen

What do you do when dreams are stolen, when trusted friends and family betray, and when all you'd planned, that future drawn out and understood, seems to vanish in the wind?

These are questions most of us end up asking, sometime. And one of the joys of fiction is its ability to ask the questions for us, in a world that's not quite ours, of people who really aren't us; to entertain us while we ponder; to enthrall us with someone else's trials while giving us strength to face our own.

If the fiction does it well, it becomes a great book, one to read and reread, and one to remember as our own dreams take flight. If it does it well, it might even make us believe in greater dreams than those stolen from us. But first we have to believe in the characters, and earlier volumes in Christine Amsden's Cassie Scot mystery series have certainly succeeded in that. Rather like Harry Potter for adults, there's a protagonist, Cassie, who's not quite what she seems; who can't fit in with everyone else (though in her world, the everyone are magical and she's not); and who longs to do something good and useful with her life anyway. She also longs for love, but which of those places where she's found it will offer fulfillment for her and her dreams? You'll have to read Stolen Dreams to see.

My review:

Stolen Dreams is the final installment in the author’s Cassie Scot, (para) Normal Detective series, and it packs a huge emotional punch into its storyline. Book three made Cassie’s small world global, dragging small-town magic and mystery into a nation-wide plot to change the magical world. But now, in book four, Cassie’s running home to friends and family, finding no safe place, and fighting the small-stage dangers that will define how the global is seen.

Can a girl who is different ever learn to fit in? Can a guy who is different ever keep the love of his small-town girl? Can a father who is different really protect his child? And can a father who has sinned ever be forgiven?

Threats abound in this fourth novel. Danger is real. Death is permanent. And no stone is left unturned in finding the killer. There are mysteries behind mysteries here, and all will come to logical resolutions. It’s a complex tale, best understood by readers already familiar with what came before. But it’s a thoroughly enthralling and rewarding novel, with great characters, well-drawn mystery, complex worldview, and nicely convincing plot.

Disclosure: I received a free ecopy during the author’s blog tour.

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And don't forget to check out yesterday's post to find a wonderful deleted scene! 



Christine Amsden said...

Thank you so much for being part of my tour!

Sheila Deeth said...

You're very welcome. I really enjoyed the series.