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Unquiet Dreams

(Connor Grey #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,764 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Jacket Description: Some people make the mistake of thinking I'm a former druid who used to work for the Fey Guild's crime unit. The only "used-to-be" part of that is working for the Guild. Even though I only consult for the Boston P.D. now, I'm still a druid. Just because I've lost most of my abilities doesn't mean I am not what I am&ehllip;

When a human gang member an
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Published (first published January 29th 2008)
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Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy fans, paranormal fans
Shelves: paranormal
This book depending on who you ask could be considered urban fantasy or a paranormal. I read the first novel in the series, and I liked it, but the second is a great improvement. Del Franco is a talented new writer who really has improved from his first effort. In his universe the Fey have come over and are openly living in human society and have for quite some time. His main character Connor used to be a detective with the Fey Guild, but he was kicked out when he lost most of his powers in a fr ...more
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Very imaginative, and the climactic scenes are snazzy.
I like Connor, the main character, a druid with mysteriously damaged powers.
I also like his friends: Murdock, a human cop who’s acquired some strange new personal energy (known as essence in the vocabulary of their world); Meryl, who’s an astonishingly powerful druidess with an endless supply of sarcasm and whose description sounds as if she’d love to hit the mall with Abby from NCIS; and Joe--AKA Stinkwort--a flit (small fairy), who is a f
When Connor Grey got a phone call at 7 AM from his friend, Detective Leonard Murdock, about a dead teenager who seemed to be dropped from the sky, he didn't expect that the kid would ended up as a part of another investigation by the Guild: the death of a one of the directors at Boston Guildhouse, Alvud Krudge. Soon, the two deaths brought Connor and his group of friends: Murdock, the hip researcher Meryl Dian, and oreo-loving flits, Joe, into a conspiracy that threathened to destroy the Guilds ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
In the same day, Connor examines two different crime scenes: One, a dead human teenager, the other, a prominent elf and Guild director who has also been murdered. The cases appear to be connected with a strange new drug and a brewing gang war, but what is truly behind the deaths has far greater implications than anyone anticipates.

It's been a couple of years since I read the first book, but I got back into this world easily enough. Another quick and entertaining read.
Feb 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good entry into this series. The gee-whiz portion of world-building was mostly taken care of in the first book, so this one got to delve into the relationships a little deeper as well as explore the world a little more. I must say that the big plot twist actually surprised me...usually those things don't. Will have to reread someday to see if it was because I was truly bamboozled or if there were a lack of clues. Now, onto the third book!
Very good urban fantasy in which Connor encounters trolls and dwarves and tree spirits, oh my!
Kathy Davie
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, urban
Second in the Connor Grey urban fantasy series about a down-and-out Druid with very little power in Boston.

My Take
Lots of misdirection in this one and an interesting peek into gang warfare from street to the upper levels of society.

This is good experience for Conner (as I sit here in my easy chair) as he discovers the hard way how the little people feel, how they're treated. He used to be one of the elite. Thinking the same way. I have to wonder if del Franco is setting us up for a future instal
Dec 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Synopsis: Connor Grey's druidic powers may be diminished, but he is still able to consult for the Boston Police Department. Now Murdock and Connor try to link the murders of a gang member to a high-ranking elven diplomat. Both are caught in a power struggle between Celtic fairies and Teutonic elves. Grey the traces the source of these hostilities to a powerfully compulsive drug called Float. Which, of course, leads to a conspiracy that could destroy the fragile unity of the fey and human communi ...more
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Book 2 in the Connor Grey series.
Things haven’t changed that much, Connor is still struggling with the black spot in his head. He is flirting with intent with Meryl and he has made contact with his brother, but things are strained between them. He still helps out Murdock who after the finale of the last book has some issues with his bodily essence. His aura is messed up and affects his physical strength. No one knows what is going on with him.
They start with two deaths; one, a street kid, a huma
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grey is asked to help with investigating the death of a young man, someone the Guild doesn't care about, who seems to be connected . But it turns out his case might be connected to the death of a major figure. To add, there are politics between the faeries and elves making the situation even more complex. But there's some sort of plot brewing involving Guild politics as well, and Grey might be caught in the middle of something he's not equipped for.
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy fans!
I highly recommend this book to every urban fantasy fan. It's excellent - it has an intriguing plot, it's set in a very interesting world and the characters are simply lovable. Connor, Meryl, Murdock, Joe... We learn more about them and they become richer and more colorful. A fantastic continuation of a great series!
I love the blend of urban fantasy and mystery. The writing is engaging and the plot moved swiftly. It's a great mix of magic and sleuthing.
aPriL does feral sometimes
If the following paragraphs sound familiar, it is because I copied some from my review of the first book in the series, Unshapely Things. This second Conner Grey murder mystery follows the same plot pattern set in the first mystery, except the story is even more dramatic and graphic.

‘Unquiet Dream’, the second novel in the six-book Connor Grey series, was a fun read! A genre bender, it’s a murder mystery series set in a fantasy alternative universe with humans, fairies, elves, dwarves and trolls
Ed Noonan
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Series 2nd Chapter Works

This series works because of the well drawn characters living in a familiar but turned around world. On to the next to see what more depth Connie discovers in himself and his friends.
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book deserves 4.5 stars.

I really like this series. I enjoyed the Jim Butcher books that I've read and this is similar, but I have to admit I like this series more. The characters are appealing and I like where Del Franco's going with Murdock's character. It's great that he doesn't reveal everything about each character in the first book, that we continue to learn more about each of them as the series progresses.

In this book, a human teen is found dead as is a powerful elf, and though the Gu
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had some reservations about this series after reading "Unshapely Things" (in particular the Fey politics) that made me unsure of whether I would continue the series. When I started Unquiet Dreams, I thought I'd stop here since those same issues are suddenly the focus of the plot. However, Del Franco is an excellent writer. I was pleasantly surprised that I got caught up in the story, and blown away by yet another superb ending.

Instead of roiling in the background, Fey politics take center stag
The Abibliophobic  Guy
Well, happy St Davids Day! Yeah, I know, when you read this there is a damned good chance it won't be St David's day any longer, but hey, it is now and that's what counts. Oh, the book? Sure, that counts too. This was a good, fun read - I enjoyed it a lot more than it's predecessor with everything seeming to come together brilliantly in an entertaining tale. One of the easiest Four Stars I have ever given.

The plot line was intriguing and worked really well with the blurb - which is amazingly on
Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Connor Grey used to work for the Guild. But as a druid who has lost his powers he's not much use to them anymore. They still play their silly games and politicking. When Connor comes in to consult on the murder of a young gang-member in the Weird he has no idea what a twisted web of intrigue he is about to get sucked into. A turf war between elves and fairies is brewing not just in the boardroom but in the streets and everyone caught in the middle is suffering. Just because Connor doesn't have h ...more
Unquiet Dreams, Book 2 of Mark Del Franco's Connor Grey series, is a decent enough followup to the first one. In this episode, Connor's called upon to investigate the death of a human boy who has connections to local non-human gangs--a case which he fears is related to the gruesome murder of a high-profile elven community leader. Working through both these cases gives Connor a good hard look at the upper echelons of the Guild that turned him out after the accident that crippled his powers, bring ...more
I liked this book a lot better than the first one. It felt like its own thing rather than The Dresden Files lite.

The story was interesting, though I'm afraid that story arc about how and why Connor lost his powers is going to become annoying fairly quickly. I find my tolerance for the long drawn out story arc with little resolution is fairly low ever since X-Files. But I could be wrong. It's early yet.

It was fun to see more of Meryl. She's probably one of my favorite characters, though honestly
Jami Zehr
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Franco’s second book in the series, Unquiet Dreams, delves into the world of gangs and drugs. Moke and C-Note are both trolls and rival gang leaders and a powerful Druid ends up dead at the center where he has created a safe heaven for the street kids in The Weird. During his investigation Connor stumbles across a new drug, that seems to have some unusual magical abilities. He must find the source of the drug, stop the gangs from fighting, all before a big political meeting takes place.

While som
Lori Whitwam
I WANT to like this series more than I am. This is book #2, and I'd thought it would develop a bit more than the first, making me feel more attached. I still liked it, but some of the development is still lacking. First of all, I'm sick of reading about Grey's lost abilities. In these urban fantasies, you want your hero to always have one or two tricks up his sleeve, some powers that are too awesome for the bad guys to overcome. Grey always pulls it out, but usually due to someone else helping h ...more
***Dave Hill
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: text
The second of the "Connor Grey" series. Grey is a magic-crippled druid in a world still dealing with the "Convergence" of both Celtic and Teutonic fey into the world. Mysteriously injured before the series begins, he now ekes out a living as a consultant to the Boston PD on fey issues, while he tries to rebuild his life and regain his self-respect.

Del Franco does some great worldbuilding here. He does best in dealing with the nitty-gritty of politics and crime and society, less so when power le
Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: folks who liked War for the Oaks, all of Charles de Lint, and especially the Bordertown books
Fairies in Boston! Woo!

OK, aside from the fact that this series is set in my hometown, I'm so glad to have discovered another satisfying urban fantasy series. As a teen, I devoured every urban fantasy I could find (Charles de Lint, Terri Windling, Emma Bull, etc.) and I'm always on the lookout for a new world to wander in to. Mark del Franco's series reminds me a bit of the Bordertown series, in terms of a human, mortal city colliding with Faerie of the (original, dark) stories, but it also stan
Dec 21, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uf, 2010, fae
I really thought the first book was super slow, this one picked up, mostly because the world was set and there was less of telling us what the rules were.

There were times again where the story slowed down, but that was ok due to the great chemistry between Connor and his friends. Connor and Murdock have such a great friendship that it lets them work together flawlessly without either getting jealous of the other, each working their strengths and depending on the other to fill them in. Joe the f
Valerie ~ Val Hall ~
Second book of the Connor Grey series. I am having a hard time understanding why this series is so under appreciated.

What I like about this 'detective' story is that the main character has fallen out of favor. He was a very powerful druid, lost all his powers after an injury. All his friends left him to live in a shit 2 room apartment. No 'good' guys in authority like him, tell him to let the investigation of mysteries to 'competent' people. Connor just tries to make ends meet while doing good
Jan 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The second book set in the Weird area of Boston - an area where Druids, Elves, Trolls, Flits and other beings live - well not always in harmony, but side by side, finds Connor - a Druid that was stripped of his powers in a capture of a bad guy gone wrong - trying to investigate the murder of a human kid - that might also be tied into the murder of a very powerful Elf.

And things are of course, never what they seem. And oh, how tangled they are.

Its always a treasure to find a urban supernatural
Feb 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This sequel to Unshapley things does a good job of fleshing out the world of the series, even if we're not given a lot more insight into the main character. I enjoyed it, but had to deliberately remind myself several times that I was not reading one the Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher. I don't know if it's the male protaganist - so much of "urban fanasty" has female protaganists - or just a similar character and setting, but frequently I found myself thinking of the main character as Harry Dr ...more
If you love the Dresden Files (contemporary urban fantasy/mystery), you should like this series, too. Connor Grey is a druid, which is a human from fairy who can use magic. Part of fairy converged with this world many decades ago, and Connor, like most fey around now-a-days, was born here. Connor used to be a REALLY high-powered druid who hunted down bad guys for the Guild, but then one of the bad guys created a strange curse that has locked most of his power away from him, so he's permanently d ...more
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