on Oct. 1, 2012 :
Like with all other books by Will Hahn, I loved this story. Although there were quite a lot of characters in this (for me usually the main drawback of Epic Fantasy, that's why I hardly ever read this genre), I never got confused or didn't recognize them when they reappeared. I read the story over a lengthy period of time and never had trouble to get back into the story. I loved the dream sequences. They were weird enough to be dreamish and real enough to move the story forward. I found it extremely interesting that I liked the character best who (sort of) dies at the beginning. But that's me. I've always been someone who likes twisted.
I highly recommend this to anyone who likes Epic Fantasy, and I encourage other Fantasy lovers to try some of Will Hahn's shorter stories to see if his style fit's your taste. His stories definitely deserve a big audience.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on Sep. 6, 2012 :
Plane of Dreams Review
Classical fantasy for the 21st century.
As a beta reader for Plane of Dreams I haven’t read the polished version and I may not get to it for some time. What I did read was an engaging adventure with memorable characters and a world intricately constructed by Will Hahn. If you are a fan of classical fantasy, Plane of Dreams is your cup of mead. As a reader of much of Mr. Hahn’s work I can safely say this this is his best work to date.
The Tributarians are your standard group of adventurers that you find in fantasy, dwarves, elves, humans, thieves, are a few of the inhabitants from the Lands of Hope. Like most fantasies, the story follows several heroes on divergent paths that culminate in a final battle with the demon Nightmare.
For me, a good story needs good characters more than evil villains or some impossible quest, and Hahn provides some great characters. His style reminds me of T. H. White’s The Once and Future King in both the pacing and humor.
There are passages that I didn’t like and passages that I absolutely loved, and I can say that for every good book I’ve read. What also makes for good fantasy is a three dimensional world that exists beyond the single story and the Lands of Hope has more than enough diversity, history, culture, and fables to satisfy the most ardent of fantasy fans.
While it is a good book to get lost in, it is not without its flaws. The dream sequences can get convoluted, but I’m not one fore dream sequences in any book or movie. Fortunately they are not drawn out or so bizarre that you don’t know what’s going on. Characters from other books pass through or are introduced for future work. This is great for those who read the entire series, but the impact those characters have can be lost on the novice reader. And lastly I found the ending rushed. It is told from several POV’s that I found both entertaining and charming but that made it appear to end too soon.
That aside, The Plane of Dreams also has some of the finest writing I have read in years. One particular storyline completely enraptured me and I hold it up as a shining light to other authors and say, ‘write more of this!’ I highly recommend this novel for fans of this genre.
(reviewed the day of purchase)