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on April 29, 2013 :
If I had read this book first then I would've understood the beginning of All that we see or seem. Good story. I had a sneak peek of sexy evil Ronan. Who's the guy with blue eyes?! The one she can't see his hair ... is De- = to Devlin?? Larkin Devlin?! hmmm.. so much to think about ... I knew she was attracted to Ronan always knew it even if she didn't admit it in All that we see or seem ... *sigh*
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Dec. 13, 2011 :
Where Thy Dark Eye Glances is a prequel Novella that I highly recommend to get a better understanding of the “Dreamer Trilogy” world. With Witches, Fairies, Ghosts, Demons, and other otherworldly creatures, this story has something for everyone. Lily is a Dreamer, a powerful witch who sees visions in her dreams. For the past few years she has been plagued by the nightmare that is Ronan. A terrifying tyrant from another realm who visits her in her dreams and wants to make Lily his bride, and will stop at nothing to make it happen (oh, did I mention he’s drop dead gorgeous?)
Lily lives in New York with her three best friends Ruarc, Brid, and Caer. But no one knows they are originally from Bevain, another realm where the supernatural is not just a myth and Kings and Queens still rule. The "Four" have been reincarnated but three hundred years ago they were powerful witches and had a few enemies’...enemies that are still out to get them.
Part of a prophecy that puts the fate of their original home in their hands, the friends realize they must do what’s right and travel back to their homeland if they want to save Belvain and stop Ronan from his evil plans.
Although the world Feener has created is interesting, the story can get a little confusing and has many facts about other realms and magical creatures. This is also one of the reasons I suggest reading this novella. Feener takes the time to introduce the main characters, give you a sense of their personality, teach you about their powers, introduce the villains and throw you into the action. My favorite parts of the book are the battle scenes. In some books battle scenes are too confusing or leave you unable to picture it. Feener does a great job of describing the action and writing a scene you can visualize.
Lily and her friends do not remember all of their past, or why they were reincarnated, but I’m along for the ride and can’t wait to see where the story takes me in the next book!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 30, 2011 :
First let me say that I really, really, REALLY wanted to give this book four if not five stars. Anyone familiar with my reviews knows that I am a stickler for grammatical errors and include that as part of my overall review. There were a lot, not enough to draw me away from the story but I'm the kind of reader that once I spot one I am constantly looking for the next. Everyone makes errors, even I sometimes go back and re-read a review and spot one, I get that, so that is one reason why I didn't give this read more than 3 stars.
The second reason is that I was kind of wanting a little more background. The story just kind of picks up out of nowhere with these teens that are totally cool with the fact that they lived 300+ years ago in some far away land and their spirit has been reborn into who they are now and they are being chased by bad guys who want Lily, who is kind of like the leader of the other three. What about BEFORE they realized who they were? Did they freak out when they began to notice they had witch powers? How is that all four of them were re-born at the same time and all have found each other again in just a few short years (they are less than 18 years old). Lily has flashbacks to her life 300 years ago but I would of loved to have known more about the last 17 years and what brought the four of them together.
The plot is enjoyable, as are the characters. I really enjoyed Lily's character as she is self-confident, bold, and brave. There is plenty of suspense and a little bit of romance thrown in. The bond between the four friends is strong. Overall, I did enjoy Where Thy Dark Eye Glances and do look forward to book two and where it will take them on their journey to defeat Ronan and save their old world. Decent start to the series with lots of room to grow.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)