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Published November 27, 2015
'The Last Dreamseer' was my second novel - after reading Rising Tides - by Katy Haye, and one which pretty much met all of my expectations. I'd highly recommend reading this novel AFTER reading 'The Last Gatekeeper'. (I accidentally read 'The Last Dreamseer' BEFORE 'The Last Gatekeeper'. Both novels can be read as standalones, however, as a reader, I got a better and more satisfying reading experience having read both.
1. I felt like the blurb didn't do the novel justice. I was SOO bored and uninterested in the novel after reading the blurb. It was just dry and didn't accurately capture all the FASCINATING aspects of the novel. It just could have been worded differently. In a way that would hook the potential reader and keep them gripped. This blurb just didn't do that.
2. The cover. Just. The cover. It NEEDS a makeover. Please, please, please. It also didn't accurately capture the awesomeness of the novel.
3. The writing itself was good... It just needed a second set of professional, editorial eyes. One with great experience. Some sentences could use rewording because they made my eyes glaze over sometimes. Others were well written and perfectly executed. I would often swing between gripped and bored. There were also times when the author just bordered on telling rather than showing. It just needs some good editorial work on it.
4. Deena's story just didn't hook me as much as the first novel in the series did. I didn't especially feel connected to her as a character and sometimes it was hard for me to align to her perspective and outlook on the world. I could understand her bitterness but I just couldn't emotionally CONNECT.
5. Being unable to fully connect with the protagonist, Deena, made the novel just a little bit worse. I felt like the plot took the characters everywhere in a bit of a rush with not strong enough reasons.
6. The world-building is definitely to be praised. I loved the depth and knowledge with which the author wrote her novel. I could feel that the author knew her world and the many numerous characteristics/aspects of it.
7. The novel had atmospheric presence. It was deep and dark and drumming. Every time I opened the book I could feel the heaviness of living in a dystopian world such as Fane.
Congratulations to Katy Haye on publishing a solid four star sequel in 'The Chronicles of Fane'!