Thursday, July 16, 2015

#Review: The Sandman by Erin Kellison - 4.5 Wine Glasses

25515353Title: The Sandman
Series: Reveler #7
Author: Erin Kellison
Format: Kindle Edition, 127 pages
Published: May 8th 2015 by Fire Flower Publishing, LLC
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

The world Darkside is in turmoil when Chimera Marshal Steve Coll, bloody and beaten, makes it back to Maze City and into Maisie’s arms. He bears a terrible message—The Sandman, the god of the world of dreams, is rising, and he’s bringing devastation to the waking world. Steve must embrace his dual nature to save those he’s sworn to protect. And yet, how can he fight a being who destroys everything in his path?

Even awake, no one is safe.

After the fall of the black market, Maisie Lane’s city is overrun with criminals who want her dreamscape for their own. She’s always envisioned Maze City populated, but not with people like these. Nevertheless, she must relinquish some of her control not only to save the man she loves, but to protect and defend her precious city. While friends and family face danger and betrayal, another enemy is lurking in the shadows.

As time runs out, Maisie and Steve must fight with everything they have, or lose it all, including each other. And even if they somehow prevail, nothing will ever be the same.

The Sandman is the seventh installment in the Reveler serial, a hot paranormal romance set in a world where shared dreaming is a new pop culture phenomenon that allows people to indulge their wildest fantasies. But there are also unknown dangers Darkside; nightmares are slowly infiltrating not only dreams, but the waking world as well.

Revel with me.

Linda's Thoughts:
The Sandman is rising.
"It'd been the only thing Coll had said before delirium had taken him again.
The Sandman. Rising.

THE SANDMAN by Erin Kellison is gripping good! Chaos prevails! I admit it; I'm utterly addicted to this series. I love the characters and the incredible awake and darkside worlds the author has created.

A year ago, I read books one thru three in the series. I've not been able to forget the story or the characters so I recently binge-read books four through seven. I'm happy to report that the stories are still as obsession-inducing as they were a year ago. This is an original, dark series set in a complicated, futuristic world. You can expect each to include scenes of heated passion, lots of suspense and humorous segments that appear to lighten the mood when needed. Each installment is novella-length and there's always a cliffhanger at the end that will knock you for a loop and make you crave the next book right then.

I suggest that these novellas be read in order as there is a rather involved continuing storyline and interconnected characters who figure prominently in each book. Each of the books begins where the book before left off. At the very least, the first book, DARKNESS FALLS, should be a required prerequisite as it contains essential background information about Reves, i.e., shared dreamscapes, and introduces many of the characters.

Most of our favorite characters from the series are in this installment. Steve has returned with a terse cryptic message, but he's at death's door, badly injured and broken in spirit. Maisie and her friends are inundated by a new despicable enemy who seems invincible. In addition, the black-market revelers now populating her dreamscape city are out of control. The waking world is not safe either - nightmares are everywhere and now the Sandman is on his way there. The sense of impending doom is overwhelming.

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes:

Maisie stepped out and moved as if there were gravity. "Are you coming or what?"
Rook nodded and hefted Steve with him. "You should consider counseling."
"For what?"
"Your God complex."

No one could blame her if she was running a little low on the sugar and spice and everything nice.

THE SANDMAN is loaded with danger, intrigue, drama and witty dialogue. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys intense, fast-paced paranormal urban fantasies with lots of action! I need the next book now!

Recommended reading order:
DARKNESS FALLS - Purchase | Review 
LAY ME DOWN - Purchase | Review 
DARKSIDER - Purchase | Review  
NIGHT'S DEEP HUSH - Purchase | Review 
BRING ME A DREAM - Purchase | Review
DELIRIUM - Purchase | Review
THE SANDMAN - Purchase

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