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Book Review: Lair of Dreams

 

The second instalment of Bray’s Diviners series ispure pleasure to read. Set in Roaring 20s New York, it throws the reader into life as a Bright Young Thing during Prohibition. Bootleg drinks, Speakeasies and an endless round of parties and entertainment are broken up only by blackouts and work - which, in the case of most of the main characters, consists of parties and entertainment.

The twist? Just a few divining powers and disappearances. Oh, and the mysterious sleeping sickness slowly spreading across New York.

Although technically belonging to the Sci-fi/Fantasy genre, the book reads like a mystery or detective novel. Whatever supernatural influence this story has are all part and parcel to the daily lives of the characters - lives that are complex and detailed.

The personalities of both the main and supporting characters are all well rounded and individual. They reveal themselves naturally, shifting the reader’s perspective of each as they do. No details or information are  forced on to the reader, the discovery is as organic as an real-world meeting would be.

Slang plays a major part in the language used, giving a perfect impression of the circle each character moves in. This reality is not only set in the 1920’s in the way most historically set novels and shows are, it exudes the 1920s from its every pore, immersing the reader in the world it paints.

With this novel, Bray has offered her readers a joy of a creation. Story-lines weave around each other smoothly. giving the reader no suggestion as to how they will come together until the moment that, undoubtedly, they do.

For those, like myself, who have yet to read the first in this series, Lair of Dreams will draw them in, leaving them eager to attack The Diviners and salivating for any future instalments to come.

By Marie Zaharaki 

 

Title: Lair of Dreams  (A Diviners Novel)
Author: Libba Bray
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group UK/Atom
Release: August 25, 2015
Edition: Paperback
ISBN: 9781907410420
Price: £7.99 (GBP)


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