Dreams of the Queen is like a romantic dream turned nightmare.
I found the book to be alternately thrilling, romantic, stressful, disgusting, and horrific.
Dreams of the Queen is a sci-fi/time travel/horror/conspiracy/romance book. The story follows genius scientist Dr. Cassiopeia (Cass) Baros, and her journey through space and time. Plagued by dreams of an alien planet and its inhabitants, especially the handsome Brajj warrior Jeamon, she obsessively creates a worm hole that enables travel to this alien planet. From there events and characters quickly make a drastic change mostly for the worst, with the exception of the budding romance between Cass and Jeamon.
The book was written in both third person and first person point of view, switching between characters. You get to see how both the aliens and the humans see things, as well as the heroes/villains. I liked the idea of detailing how each character felt in a certain situation, but at times it also felt repetitive. Switching from a narrative view to first person view was also at times awkward.
The characters were well developed though some changed so drastically immediately after travelling through the wormhole (Cass, and Julian) as to be unbelievable, while others seemed to change very little.
I loved the descriptions of the Brajj race, and the alien world they found themselves on. I would be interested in reading more about the alien culture, and the planet itself. The zombies were also a nice addition. I also loved the military, especially Captain Lewis, and Jeamon.
I REALLY didn’t care for the very descriptive rape/murder scenes, and there were at least 3 rapes described in the book. I did not like most of the characters, although they were mostly believable. I am also a sucker for a happy ending, and Dreams of the Queen definitely did not offer that.
Overall it was a thrilling entertaining read. It is fast paced, but it is definitely not for the faint of heart.