Chantal Breelan knew she was different; she was simply unaware of the extent of that difference until Matthias revealed both himself and her heritage. Chantal is an Oracle, a daughter born of a Contrite and a mortal woman. To be treasured and protected at all costs. Oracles are also highly prized and sought by The Fallen and their minions.
When last we saw Chantal and her Warriors they had won a temporary reprieve against the Kajola and other creatures of the Shade but at a high cost.
DREAMS OF THE CURSED begins with a search and rescue mission. Chantal is determined to find Lydia, the young Oracle kidnapped at the end of Legacy of a Dreamer.
Chantal and the Warriors get more than they bargained for once Lydia is located.
The Shade~ A pale imitation of our world populated by evil creatures. Warriors can use the Shade to move about quickly. An Oracles grace causes them to become beacons of light in the Shade. The Shade is especially dangerous to an Oracle at night or anywhere the shadows are thick.
The Fallen~ The angels who sided with Lucifer against God and were cast out of Heaven.
The Contrite~ Fallen angels who repented, almost immediately. They will spend eternity atoning by protecting the Oracles and humanity from the forces of evil. There are a limited number of Contrite and no one knows how many are left. They aren’t big on communicating with one another.
The Warriors~ male children of the Contrite and human women, they aren’t nephilim but something else. Warriors protect the Oracles, with their very lives if necessary. Is there a ordained Warrior for each Oracle? If so, what does that mean for an Oracle whose Warrior is killed? An Oracle whose Warrior has turned? Does it hold a special meaning for Damon? Questions and more questions…
Oracles~ the female children of the Contrite and human women. Oracles are treasured. Their dreams are prophetic and they are blessed with grace. Does their grace have any special meaning for the Contrite? No Oracle has lived very long so the extent of their talent and abilities is unknown. Are their abilities unique to each Oracle? Chantal, at nineteen, is the oldest known Oracle. More questions.
Chantal has grown as a fighter and leader. The Warriors who protect her would prefer she sit back, sheltered and away from the battles, but that’s not who or what Chantal is. In many ways Chantal is an enigma with the breadth of her abilities unknown. Her personal Warrior, Matthias, is proud and frustrated. Their feelings for each other are growing and maturing into a love that could last centuries provided they live that long.
Legacy of a Dreamer was fast paced but DREAMS OF THE CURSED blows it away. Ms. Jean’s fascinating world exists within and beside ours. It’s occasionally glimpsed out of the corner of your eye yet gone when you turn. More of the history of the Fallen and Contrite is divulged giving rise to as many or more questions than were answered. The mythology being created is engrossing and elaborate.
New characters are introduced while others, spoken of in Legacy of a Dreamer but unseen, are brought into the light. There are some who aren’t entirely what I had believed them to be adding an intriguing dimension.
Who, exactly, is Princess? There’s definitely more to her. Trystan is another new character. I dislike her intensely but can’t go into the why’s. DREAMS OF THE CURSED is so tight it’s extremely difficult to discuss without spoilers.
I literally flew through the book because there are no good or easy stopping points. The last third is especially fraught with tension. There were several times I actually commented aloud because I was so “there”. Honestly, by the end the air around me was a vivid blue as I railed against traitorous selfish characters. Thanks, Ms. Jean for leaving me dangling, and near tears for those I fear are lost. I’m highly anticipating yet also dreading Book Three. Exhausting and exhilarating at the same time, excellent.
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