Dreamthief by Tamara Grantham

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Pages: 318

Series: Olive Kennedy, Fairy World M.D., Book 1

Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Fae, Paranormal Romance

Publication date: September 1, 2015

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Visiting Faythander is a nasty business. Forget fairies and good times, people come back with lost memories and mental problems. Just ask Olive Kennedy, the therapist who treats patients suffering from Faythander’s side effects. Despite her empty bank account, she’s never failed to cure a client – until now.

Traveling back the Faythander wasn’t on Olive’s to do list, but she has no choice if she wants to save both Earth and Fairy from the ancient being called the Dreamthief. To complicate matters, she might very well lose her heart to someone who can’t love her in return.

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“You never told me the truth of what happened in Earth Kingdom.”

I swallowed. “I didn’t?” My voice came out as a breathless whisper.

“Whatever happened, it does not matter.”

“Why not?”

He took my hands in his and knelt beside me. “Because I am in love with you.”

I blinked. Did I hear him correctly?

Ch, 40, Olive & Kull

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I found this to be a fun mystery/fae/paranormal read. The world itself intrigues me and while I’d never want to deal with the nasty side effects of travelling from Earth to Faythander, I’d love to be able to experience its beauty and cruelty to myself. That might not sound like the most appealing thing in the world, but what’s beauty if you’ve got nothing to compare it to? Throw in a mind gripping plot, and I look forward to diving back into this world the only way I can.

Olive Kennedy is a therapist that specializes in helping people dealing with the side effects of travelling between Earth and Faythander. Being half-human and half-elf herself, Olive is exceptionally good at it. She’s able to draw people out of their funk and find the thing that’s binding them to the ill feelings. When things happen that prevents her from helping someone she cares about, Olive realizes she’s going to have to work harder than ever to save her loved ones from Faythander and its influence.

As much as I enjoyed this book and the relationships with in it, I do have to admit that this story tells a lot more than it shows the reader. As a reader I enjoy finding and decoding clues within the writing. Unfortunately, Dreamthief doesn’t really give too many clues to the reader to figure things out for themself. There’s a lot of “clues” that are written down in such a way that they were more stated as facts than clues for the reader to put together. For a story that was trying to have a mystery in its plot, the mystery aspect of this story fell flat.

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*Spoilers ahead*

One thing that I liked about this story is the way that Grantham describes Faythander and the fae that lives there. I’m a sucker for interesting fae worlds and if you’ve been here before you’ve probably already realized that.

I enjoyed the way that Grantham broke down the different creatures in Faythander. The elves are uppity and standoffish, as is their usual description. They’re powerful magic users and they know it. Then we have the dragons – such as Olive’s adopted father – and they have their own form of magic. (I’m also a sucker for good dragon stories, so I really hope the dragons play a bigger role as the series progresses.) The Wults being descendants of Vikings and an incredible warrior race was fascinating to read about. Heck, even the goblins were more complex than I’d originally thought. (Heidel would certainly agree!)

The Regaymor itself was a terrifying creature that I’m glad I’ll never have to interact with in my life. A creature of absolute darkness, its magic terrifies me. While I’m glad that the Dreamwalker was a person and not the Regaymor, it’s still terrifying to know that the Regaymor are real. I’m glad that Olive and Kull are brave enough to fight the thing off – I certainly wouldn’t have been.

On a happier note, I enjoyed the progression of Olive and Kull’s relationship. The started out using each other for their own gains, neither really liking the other. Sure Olive was attracted to the strong warrior male that she was travelling with, but she was also loyal to her boyfriend of Earth. (Not that he was a prize, but loyalty is still loyalty.) Then, when Kull goes with Olive to Earth, they have some really touching moments with each other. They start caring about each other as more than just companions… and share quite the kiss. He might not remember the events that happened, but she certainly did. And the emotions of their time of Earth remains.

Kull knew that he’d fallen in love with Olive even if he couldn’t remember how it happened. He was even willing to cancel his wedding in order to be with her – though even he admitted that the wedding wouldn’t have stopped the war, only postpone it. I look forward to seeing how their relationship is moving forward – and whether Kull ever gets a memory charm to learn what happened between them on Earth.

While most of what happened in this book got at least partially wrapped up by the ending, I enjoy the cliffhanger that is the relationship between Heidel and Geth. Heidel does a fantastic job helping Kull and Olive out in their mission while it helps her own cause. She doesn’t actively get in the way until her love’s life is on the line. Like Kull, I don’t understand what Geth did in order to make Heidel fall in love with him. But I certainly hope that I learn what it was.

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