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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  495 ratings  ·  67 reviews
To reveal the intricate machinations threatening them, two men must learn to trust each other. But how can they, when their hearts and minds—their realities—are subject to manipulation?

When he set out to escort the prisoner Wilfred Calder back to Putnam, Constable Dallin Brayden didn’t anticipate the political betrayal and malicious magic threatening their lives at every t
ebook, 408 pages
Published June 15th 2011 by Prizm Books
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ETA: Re-read done...Better than the first time. This book, Wil and Dallin are a marvel. On to #3.

This book starts us right where we left Wil and Dallin in Guardian...They are in a time of discoveries. They know what they are supposed to be, but have no idea what that entails and so they set out to learn what it all means...Together.

The world in this book was more complex than the last one because here we are learning who Wil is and what Dallin represents in his life. We begin to understand Wil's
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, magic, m-m
Finally, the world all comes together in this book! We learn who Wil truly is, while his connection to Dallin becomes more apparent. Through their journey, we learn more about their powers and their connection to the Gods, the Dominion, the Guild, the Brethren, and the Old Ones. The picture isn't completely clear but it has definitely taken shape. Of course there are still a ton of unanswered questions and the introduction of AEledfyres. In the end, can Wil actually choose himself over his Guard ...more
This book begins right at the point where things ended in Guardian and everything starts to make a bit more sense. Dallin and Wil learn to put their trust in each other and form a close bond and their relationship goes from strength to strength. Things have gone in a direction I wouldn't even have thought of at the beginning of the series and I am constantly amazed at the complexity of the world-building and thought put into the characters. Looking forward to Beloved Son

Cole Riann
Full review posted at Reviews by Jessewave.

In January I reviewed a book that I knew very little about by a new author that I had never read. I didn’t know anyone who had read the book, and taking the gamble, I ended up finding a story that was breathtaking in its scope and almost flawless in its characterizations. That novel, Aisling: Guardian (reviewed here) is the first book in the Aisling series by Carole Cummings, published by Prizm, the Young Adult division of Torquere. From the very first
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
I'm going to explain something because I really want to drive home how much I love this series. I rarely read fantasy. The names usually annoy me because they tend to have too many letters, mostly consonants, and multiple apostrophes. I end up spending most of my reading time trying to figure out how to pronounce names like J'lkhrutphne. Also books that marry up fantasy and romance usually end up being uneven; one aspect of the story is built up and the other gets left behind. Plot holes and wea ...more
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, m-m
There are so many things that I enjoy in a fantasy book and this story covered them all for me. The first book in the series was a good book, but it didn't give me what I fully needed like book 2. The world building is so fully developed within this story that I easily am surrounded by the sites and sounds. The lore of the world easily becomes an intricate part of that world and makes it easier for the reader to understand how this can all be real.

The way that Carole Cummings uses words and uni
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, emotional, fantasy-au
Things I loved...

Dallin's acceptance of who he was and what he was meant to do, what he could do. Even more, the way he saw Wil.

"...You take hold of every single thing in your grasp and value it, things I’ve taken for granted my whole life and never had the first clue were precious...You’re not odd—you’re just who you are and I think you’ve done bloody well, for all you’ve been through."

Wil's growing trust in Dallin, and his ability to adjust to a new reality. Also, his love of food.

And…” Wil
Edina Rose
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wil and Dallin's extraordinary adventure continues.

This is where they fall in love.
It is not a super sensual romance, but the emotions are intense.

In Book 1, Guardian, we learn that Wil was enslaved for decades and his powers were used against his will for evil purposes. He escaped three years ago but now his pursuers are catching up on him. Poor Wil. He does not know why he ended in captivity decades ago, or what his real name is. He does not know exactly who and what he is running from and ho
Eden Winters
Confession time. I have Aisling Book 1: Guardian in print (signed copy occupying a place of honor on my bookshelf), so decided to get a print copy of this sequel. All well and good until its actual release. Impatient to read the next chapters in Wil and Dallin's lives, I also bought it in ebook. And finished it. I will re-read when my print copy arrives.

Oh, my! What an exquisitely written book! Carole Cummings takes words I'd never think to put together and weaves them into a riveting tale that
MsMiz (Tina)
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pdf, glbt-all
Re-read time

This book is still utterly amazing, even the second time around. Usually when I re-read I skip over some of the background because I have been there done that. Not with this book. I just read every word again. There is nothing to skip, it is all great and honestly, this one is better than the first one. How the story progresses is fascinating, the characters growth is amazing (and lets face it Dallin and Will are just too cute for words) and the story just makes you want to pounce on
Kaje Harper
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, m-m, favorites
This book is the second in the series, but unlike some middle books, it steps up both the adventure and the romance. Dallin and Wil move together in a way that is teeth-grindingly slow and yet exactly right. And watching Wil lean on Dallin now and then is sweet and satisfying. The tension is mounting, the ending is still not an ending, I'm completely hooked, and the next one had better be out soon!
Dec 16, 2012 rated it did not like it

This author is an amateur. There, I've said it. She writes hundred of pages about nothing, nothing!
The two main characters does nothing but talk, fight and snore. I can't believe that I've actually paid money for this one.
If your looking for a good story, don't read this book. If there was an editor working on this book, he has failed, big time.

Such a shame, cause the author knows how to write, she simply write about nothing.
Donna Cooper
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing

"Aisling: Dream" is the second part of marvelous epic story about a fascinating world and the engaging and complex characters, and deities, which populate that world. "Dream", being the second book in a trilogy, doesn't suffer from it, but stands, if not alone, then firmly in its place, satisfying completely and yet keeping the reader wishing for the last book, due out in December.

We get a good deal more here of world-building than we had in the first book, Carole holding
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every fantasy fan out there
Shelves: fantasy, m-m-romance
I have to wait six months for the final part? To borrow the language of Wil and Dallin, BLOODY HELL!

The world-building is one of the pillars of good fantasy and, usually, one of the first things that should be addressed when reviewing the fantasy book. But, I'll tell you this: I would read any book in which Wil and Dallin are protagonists, whether it was contemporary, historical, horror or - fantasy novel. Because, they are embodiment of what well-written, three-dimensional characters should be.
P.D. Singer
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh, man I loved this. In this second part of the trilogy, characters are deepened and evolved,trust is made and broken, and relationships between people,and between people and deities delved into. The external action speeds up -- something that I've been chanting for since the middle of Book 1 happens, and all in all, I was more than happy to read the entire book a second time, and probably will again when Book 3 comes out, just to have it fresh in mind for the climax of the story.
Joyfully Jay
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

Dream is the direct sequel to Guardian and the second in the Aisling series. These books MUST be read in order. Dream picks up only moments after we leave Wil and Dallin in Guardian. The two have come to a tentative understanding and acceptance of one another but it’s a fragile thing. Their relationship evolves dramatically over the course of the book and it’s really the driving pulse behind the plot. Wil and Dallin each have to confront their purpose and embrace
It Just Gets Better and Better

I am enjoying this series tremendously. The world-building is getting more comprehensive, questions are being answered, relationships are developing, and the guys are learning more about themselves and each other every day. This is kind of a feudal/historical/fantasy world Cummings is building here with some paranormal elements to it and not in your genre-typical vamps and shifters kind of way, but inasmuch as magic is a part of the everyday world. Even if a vast ma
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cryselle by: PD Singer
Shelves: m-m, torquere, fantasy
It's been worth the wait – the second installment of Carole Cummings' Aisling trilogy is out, at last. I've been going nuts waiting to find out what's happened to Wil and Dallin since I finished Part 1. Aisling Book One: Guardian was a 5 star read and Part Two: Dream is every bit as good.

This is definitely a continuation of the story – the narrative picks up where it left off, and you'll be confused for a while without the advantage (pleasure) of reading Guardian. Wil and Dallin have reached a p
Elisa Rolle
It’s a slow placed travel that we are doing with this series by Carole Cummings. And not really since the main characters are actually doing a real and self-discovering travel, but also since, book after book, Carole Cummings is also building their relationship, but she is doing that by little steps, not rushing it, taking and giving time to the readers to adapt to this evolution. In this points you really realize this is a Young Adult novel, it’s like the author is telling to this young mind, g ...more
Daniel Mitton
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
(Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews.)

Here we are with the second of three installments in this series. The blurb on this one tells you a lot about the story, so I’m not going to give you much on that end. I’ll start by saying that I’m really enjoying this story, and the development of both Dallin’s and Wil’s characters, as well as the new characters we meet along the way in this installment. I liked how the author brought the characters into contact with the real Wilfred Calder’s family
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-again-maybe, mm
I am really very fond of Carole Cummings' intensely character-focused style. It and I are muy simpatico. :-) I am not as invested in this plot or this world as I was with her Wolf's-Own series, and I am still intensely irritated at the way she fails to include a complete story arc in any one of her book installments -- these are really three fragments of one serialized novel rather than three novels in a series -- but I can forgive a lot of gripes for the sake of her character work.

I also find
Sep 04, 2011 rated it liked it

I found this second book weaker than the first one. At some stages even a bit boring. There was too much internal dialogue of the MCs, and not all of it rang believable. The long dreams, in part with explanation, were... too long. To say that the end is abrupt is an euphemism.

I'm not yet sure if I'm going to read the third part.
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
This second part of interesting story, was way better for my piece of mind, but then it was mostly because Dallin and Wilfred started to work with each other and for each other. I liked the atmosphere and their verbal interaction. It was fun! The story ends in middle of action, which is a bit annoying, but I will gladly wait for more. Thanks for interesting read!!
Jan 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I started this book, and "Dream" didn't dissapoint. The characters feel alive, and the storyline continues to surprise in a really good way. We know a little more about the world of Aisling. In a word, brilliant.
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am sooo glad I decided to read the second book in this series right away, rather than let the first book bring me down a little. SO MUCH BETTER. Consider me another convert to Wil and Dallin. Bring on Book 3!
LD  Durham
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This story continues to enthrall me and hold me in the palm of its hand. I am in love with the setting, the mythology, the politics, and especially the characters. The only downside to this book is that it ended. An absolute great read.
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-romance, fantasy
Awesome book. Loved the well drawn characters particularly Will's nature and Brayden's sturdiness. I can't wait for the third book to see how the the story will play out.
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, but I might bump this up to 5 in the future. This was SO GOOD. Basically everything I was hoping for romance-wise after the set-up in the first book. The development between Wil and Dallin was just perfect. I loved them starting off with Wil beginning to learn to trust Dallin, and Dallin still learning how to deal with Wil, and how they slowly come to work together and be on each other's side and support one another. I adored the moment early on when Wil was like, "Listen, if it comes ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: whit
Review can be read at It's About The Book

This felt like a middle book to a trilogy. We learn a lot in this book but there’s obviously so much more to come. Some things come full circle and then new paths are set. We finally learn what Dallin and Wil truly are. There’s much more to figure out though so don’t think it ends here. The ending feels very much like a cliffhanger. They do battle one of their foes in this book but the journey and fight are far from over. We’ve yet to realize just wha
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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From that review: " The world building Cummings starting in Guardian (Aisling, #1)  becomes even more complex and wide ranging, crossing lands and picking up cultures and peoples we had only heard about in the first novel.  Mirroring the complexity of the world building is the relationship and personal dynamics between Wil and Dallin.  From enemies to friends and now the slow move
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