Dreaming Death

The best Dreaming Death Author J Kathleen Cheney is a Books J Kathleen Cheney is nothing if not versatile in her story telling But weaving through her work is a common thread

The best Dreaming Death Author J. Kathleen Cheney is a Books J Kathleen Cheney is nothing if not versatile in her story telling But, weaving through her work is a common thread, that of the improbable heroine From worlds set in humanity s distant post apocalyptic future to alternate worlds of today or of the near past, Kathleen s heroines include a siren who with help from a gentleman of the city must stop a regicidal plot, the neglected daughter of an absent king coming to terms with her shapeshifting ancestors, a blind teenager who dreams of others deaths and who uses her gift of touch to find their killers, and the widow of a trainer who with a most unusual horse must save her farm and way of life All use their unusual gifts and talents to overcome obstacles and find their place in the world In 2005 Kathleen decided to pursue writing as a full time endeavor and has since enjoyed seeing her stories published in Shimmer, The Sword Review, and Baen s Universe Her novella Iron Shoes was a 2011 Nebula nominee Kathleen twice attended the summer Writer s Workshop at the Center for the Study of Science Fiction under the tutelage of James Gunn She lists C J Cherryh, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Georgette Heyer among the writers who influenced her most as well as Ansen Dibell, whose ghostly fingerprints can be seen all over her work.Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Kathleen s parents actually were rocket scientists they worked at White Sands Missile Range , which made for interesting dinner time conversations After graduating with degrees in English and Marketing she worked as a menswear buyer for retail department store chains before changing careers to become a teacher, where she taught mathematics ranging from 7th Grade Arithmetic up to Calculus Kathleen also served a brief stint as a Gifted and Talented Specialist She coached the Academic Team and the Robotics Team and was the Chess Club sponsor When not writing, Kathleen likes to don a mask and get sweaty fencing, both foil and saber Quieter hobbies include putting on her Wellingtons and getting her hands dirty in the garden She also enjoys traveling and taking care of her dogs Two large, hairy, dogs Her first novel, The Golden City came out from Ace Books, November 2013.. In the Novels of the Golden City, J Kathleen Cheney created a mesmerizing Publishers Weekly realm where magic, history, and intrigue combine Now, she presents a new world ruled by psychic talents and fatal magicShironne Anjir s status as a sensitive is both a gift and a curse Her augmented senses allow her to discover and feel things others can t, but her talentsIn the Novels of the Golden City, J Kathleen Cheney created a mesmerizing Publishers Weekly realm where magic, history, and intrigue combine Now, she presents a new world ruled by psychic talents and fatal magicShironne Anjir s status as a sensitive is both a gift and a curse Her augmented senses allow her to discover and feel things others can t, but her talents come with a price a constant assault of emotions and sensations has left her blind Determined to use her abilities as best she can, Shironne works tirelessly as an investigator for the Larossan army.A member of the royal family s guard, Mikael Lee also possesses an overwhelming power he dreams of the deaths of others, sometimes in vivid, shocking detail, and sometimes in cryptic fragments and half remembered images.But then a killer brings a reign of terror to the city, snuffing out his victims with an arcane and deadly blood magic Only Shironne can sense and interpret Mikael s dim, dark dreams of the murders And what they find together will lead them into a nightmare. Good Kindle Dreaming Death 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2016/01/29/b...Last year I read a wonderful novel called The Golden City, the first of a fantasy trilogy set in an alternate early 1900s Portugal featuring sirens and selkies. This was how I first came to discover the work of J. Kathleen Cheney. As you can imagine, I got pretty excited when I found out she was writing a new book! And this time, she’s transporting readers to a whole new world full of magic and amazing things to discover.Indeed, Dreaming Death is a novel of ideas, and it is absolutely delightful. Imagine, if you will, a place rich with history and culture, and in the population, a subset of individuals called “sensitives” are gifted with augmented psychic senses that would allow them to feel others’ emotions. But for some, that gift is more of a curse. Shironne Anjir is a sensitive whose talents are even more responsive than most, and when she first came to her full power in her early teens, the constant barrage of emotions and sensations overwhelmed her and left her blind. However, her ability to pull information out of the objects or people she touches has made her an invaluable asset to the army, who frequently retains her as a consultant to help them solve crimes. For example, a recent string of brutal murders possibly connected to blood magic have left investigators baffled, and Shironne has been called in to see what she can glean from contact with the bodies.Meanwhile, royal guard Mikael Lee has been affected by the killings in a whole different way. A powerful sensitive himself, Mikael is also “dreamer” whose ability causes him to dream the deaths of others. Lately, the suspected blood magic victims have made his dreams even more traumatic and intense, and Mikael lives with the constant fear that the next time he goes to sleep, he may not wake up again. But unknown to both Shironne and Mikael, who don’t even know each other, their strange powers might be linked, and that connection could be the key to solving the mystery before the murderer strikes again.It’s no exaggeration when I say I could probably go on forever about the background of this book, because it is just that deep and rich. It did give Dreaming Death a rather slow start, because the first hundred pages are full of all the knowledge you have to absorb to get a sense of the setting and story. Within the first handful of chapters, I encountered the names of no less than three to four different factions/cultures and close to two dozen names of characters, both major and minor. I reviewed an advance reader’s copy of this book which did not contain any maps or dramatis personae detailing characters and their relationships, but I have to say both would be immensely helpful if they were to be included in the finished edition.After finishing the book though, I was amazed. Once the story gathers steam, it becomes intensely addictive and hard to put down. Dreaming Death is by far the most impressive work from the author yet. She has crafted here a uniquely original world with an exciting blend of fantasy and mystery, complete with a light touch of political intrigue. The setting is truly breathtaking, and Cheney goes all out in providing the exquisite details readers need to bring this place to life in their minds.The characters also deserve praise. While the two main protagonists are both written extremely well, I have to say the portrayal of Shironne is where the narrative especially shines, painting her as a capable heroine even though she can’t see. She may be aware of her limitations but at the same time she also recognizes her own worth, acknowledging that what she can do is more important than what she cannot. Taking in the world through Shironne’s perspective was also an interesting experience, since her chapters mostly use the senses of smell, touch, and sound to describe her surroundings. Because of her status as a sensitive, there’s also the cool twist of her power to read others’ emotions. Strong impressions of feelings are usually the first things that hit Shironne whenever someone enters her sensing range, thus it’s often the way she “meets” others.Things get even better when Shironne and Mikael are introduced to each other for the first time. I simply love the relationship between these two. I also enjoyed the special way they communicate, as well as their playful banter. Though the plot might be hinting towards a possible romance, it is not a significant element in this story, but regardless, there’s no denying the powerful attraction they have for each other. Plus, the notable characters don’t stop at Shironne and Mikael either, and in fact the novel is made even better by the presence of a strong supporting cast.Lastly, though Dreaming Death features a self-contained plot on its own, Cheney leaves a multiple dimensions to explore in future installments of the Palace of Dreams series. Personally, I would very much like to see more world-building in the sequel, because even though we get plenty of minute details about our immediate surroundings in this novel, I was given only a vague sense of how these linked puzzle pieces fit in the bigger picture. Things I wouldn’t mind learning more about include societal structure (who are these Elders who determine so much of life for the Families?) or how the magic works (like why are Mikael’s dreams of death particularly attuned to these murders but not any of the other violent or accidental deaths that must occur on a regular basis in a big city?) Generally, I would also like the next book cover more history, because while this one hints at a world with a long and storied past, I get the feeling we’ve only scratched the surface. Clearly, I’m looking forward to what else this series has in store!Dreaming Death is a book of mystery, magic and overwhelming potential, and promises more good things to come from J. Kathleen Cheney. If she’s not on your radar yet, it’s time to remedy that! Now begins the countdown for the sequel, and I can scarcely wait to return to this strange and wonderful world and its charming characters.

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  1. J Kathleen Cheney is nothing if not versatile in her story telling But, weaving through her work is a common thread, that of the improbable heroine From worlds set in humanity s distant post apocalyptic future to alternate worlds of today or of the near past, Kathleen s heroines include a siren who with help from a gentleman of the city must stop a regicidal plot, the neglected daughter of an absent king coming to terms with her shapeshifting ancestors, a blind teenager who dreams of others deaths and who uses her gift of touch to find their killers, and the widow of a trainer who with a most unusual horse must save her farm and way of life All use their unusual gifts and talents to overcome obstacles and find their place in the world In 2005 Kathleen decided to pursue writing as a full time endeavor and has since enjoyed seeing her stories published in Shimmer, The Sword Review, and Baen s Universe Her novella Iron Shoes was a 2011 Nebula nominee Kathleen twice attended the summer Writer s Workshop at the Center for the Study of Science Fiction under the tutelage of James Gunn She lists C J Cherryh, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Georgette Heyer among the writers who influenced her most as well as Ansen Dibell, whose ghostly fingerprints can be seen all over her work.Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Kathleen s parents actually were rocket scientists they worked at White Sands Missile Range , which made for interesting dinner time conversations After graduating with degrees in English and Marketing she worked as a menswear buyer for retail department store chains before changing careers to become a teacher, where she taught mathematics ranging from 7th Grade Arithmetic up to Calculus Kathleen also served a brief stint as a Gifted and Talented Specialist She coached the Academic Team and the Robotics Team and was the Chess Club sponsor When not writing, Kathleen likes to don a mask and get sweaty fencing, both foil and saber Quieter hobbies include putting on her Wellingtons and getting her hands dirty in the garden She also enjoys traveling and taking care of her dogs Two large, hairy, dogs Her first novel, The Golden City came out from Ace Books, November 2013.

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  1. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2016 01 29 bLast year I read a wonderful novel called The Golden City, the first of a fantasy trilogy set in an alternate early 1900s Portugal featuring sirens and selkies This was how I first came to discover the work of J Kathleen Cheney As you can imagine, I got pretty excited when I found out she was writing a new book And this time, she s transporting readers to a whole new world full of magic and amazing things to discover.Indeed, Dreaming De [...]


  2. Entertaining fantasy with a touch of mystery.This is a world that is used to dealing with sensitives those who can pick up on others emotions and also broadcast their own But Mikael Lee s gift exceeds what anyone is used to He might even call it of a curse He has periodic dreams in which he enters the consciousness of a murder victim, following them all the way to their death However, his tendency to broadcast these grisly sensations to those around him has not earned him an excess of goodwill. [...]


  3. I love Cheney s Golden City trilogy, and her new book out in February explores a whole new secondary fantasy world At heart, this is a detective story with magical twists a policeman is murdered in some sort of bizarre ritual In the city, Mikael is locked in a dream, forced to experience the stranger s brutal death Mikael s agony radiates to a likewise gifted sensitive, Shironne, whose abilities are already being used by local authorities to solve murder investigations Mikael and Shironne don t [...]


  4. Really cool psychic powers needed to solve a murder mystery I loved the fact the heroine is blind but able to help in her own ways The romance is sweet, and the emphasis on friends and family was great to read I would have liked world building, and the pacing is a bit slow, but the series has fantastic potential.


  5. I received a copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review.DNF 42%Well everybody, this is it This is the first time I have ever put down a book and chosen not to finish it And you know what It likely won t be my last If you ve been following my reviews for awhile now, you know that I always push through, even when I m just not that invested in the story Today I randomly stumbled upon an article titled 10 Signs You Should Give Up on A Book You re In The Middle Of.I m not exactly sure [...]



  6. Originally reviewed in a joint review at The Book Adventures.I enjoyed Dreaming Death Similar to Cheney s previous trilogy The Golden City, Dreaming Death also combines a rich fantasy world with mystery While there is a great deal of detail about the world that Cheney puts her readers into, at heart, Dreaming Death is a mystery and I like that Anytime an author wants to defy the bounds of genre categorization I m game Unlike traditional mysteries, this one is solved using unique measures, like [...]


  7. J Kathleen Cheney s Dreaming Death whisks readers away to a world where some people possess psychic abilities that allow them to sense others emotions Shironne is one such sensitive, with powers so acute that they ve rendered her blind But they also make her useful as an investigator for the Larossan army, and able to see the dreams of a young soldier named Mikael dreams of victims deaths as they re occurring When a serial killer begins terrorizing their city with ancient, deadly blood magic, Sh [...]


  8. 3.5Originally posted at Vampire Book ClubShironne Anjir is a touch sensitive Her powers, which manifested when she was twelve, have now grown so overwhelmingly strong that she s gone blind Not letting that hinder her, Shironne helps the Larossan army in various ways She can tell someone s innermost secrets just by touching them skin to skin For all its advantages in helping her track down criminals, there are the obvious drawbacks Then there are the dreams.Some nights Shironne has vivid dreams A [...]


  9. This is a new novel by Cheney, in an entirely new world and I was so happy to be able to get a copy before the release and read it I ve read the 3 novels in her Golden City series, plus two other published novellas one also in the Golden City world , and I ve become quite a fan of her story telling Her writing reminds me a lot of Sharon Shinn s there s a quality about it that makes it so easy to get into the story, you get to care about her characters, and you can really feel a part of the envir [...]



  10. This is a three and a half star read, but I ll probably round it up to four for a few reasons.The first four or five chapters of this book are a mess of infodumping and overly detailed character descriptions that I couldn t keep straight It was a bit of a struggle to get through that, but once I did, I really enjoyed the rest of the story.I found the idea of touch sensitivity really fascinating I d never thought about what it would be like to live like that Sort of a sensory processing disorder [...]


  11. The blurb gives a good idea of the basics of the plot, so I won t bother with a re cap.As a long time SFF reader, I recognize the whole experiencing, in your dreams, deaths as they happen as a fairly standard motif The author adds the element of a second person who unwittingly shares the dreams just to make matters a bit interesting.The story combines the police procedural mystery the who, why and how do we stop them , with a hefty helping of palace intrigue and cultural politics.The world buil [...]


  12. I thoroughly enjoyed this book It s really creative and interesting, and I love the blend between magic, mythology and mystery that exists in this world The social classes and political alignments are also very pivotal in shaping the story created by Cheney Definitely a book I d like to own for my personal collection I m just hoping that the rest of the series is either currently available or soon will be I m now a J Kathleen Cheney fan, thanks to the Palace of Dreams series.


  13. Love, love, loved this one Fascinating characters, a great setting with multiple layers and variants, exciting plot, enough foreshadowing that things made sense when revealed, but without breaking suspense Justloved it



  14. J Kathleen Cheney has a gift for creating heroes whose very strength also place them in a position of weakness in their world They are angsty, and caring, and unprepared to handle their desire to protect the younger, willing to risk all heroine whom they encounter.So we have Mikael Lee who is both the ruling invader Anvarrid and the indigenous Family with a psychic power that forces him to dream murders in his city, and broadcast them to any psychically sensitive person around.This does not mak [...]


  15. 3.5 starsI jotted some notes for thematic discussion as I read, then set the book aside when finished, to review when I had time Bad decision I didn t note the exact dates, and just realized I still hadn t done anything with it Review still forthcoming, I m afraid I m in the middle of something right now hides face I will say there s never a criticism to be made re the quality of JKC s writing The mystery wasn t the sort where you have a cast of suspects to narrow down, but it was an interesti [...]


  16. This was an enjoyable secondary world police procedural The political and sociological worldbuilding was complex and intriguing The plotting was smooth, with just the right number of twists and turns I probably could have done without the implicit, incipient romance we could see it coming from a mile away, and the character relationships would have been interesting without it but overall I liked this quite a bit.


  17. Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick Dirty Dreaming Death is a dark fantasy with an excellent premise, decent execution but some of the world building slowed the story down.Opening Sentence Liran Prifata s dove gray uniform jacket lay to one side, his shirt tangled with it, pale blotches on the bare dirt.The Review Dreaming Death is a dark fantasy novel set in a complicated world I was very excited to get a copy of this novel off of NetGalley I was intrigued to read a story about a girl who [...]


  18. Overall I look forward to reading the next one Interesting plot, but it could ve used another few drafts before publication.Good There are many things I like about this book The culture which I suspect has Russian elements to it , characters, and plot all grabbed my attention Ms Cheney did a great job world building There were many layers to each culture there was about 3 cultures all converging in one city and she provided a detailed history regarding them I find the concept of the families fas [...]


  19. DREAMING DEATH introduces a rich, complex world filled with people from many cultures and practicing many religions, and a city where the Palace and the Army function as two distinct bodies that represent two cultures An in between it all are the sensitives, people whose magic gifts them with the psychic ability to experience other people s emotions The stronger the sensitive, the they re affected by the feelings of those around them.Shironne Anjir is one such sensitive actually, she might be t [...]


  20. On the first read through I found myself a bit at sea with regards to all the cultures and who was in charge and who conquered who, but I was invested enough in the characters and the mystery to keep going Once I finished the book I ended up going back to reread, and things made a lot sense That s not to say anyone else will be as slow as I am, it just very much read as if this wasn t the first book in the series world and that readers would be familiar enough with the culture that it didn t ne [...]


  21. Delightfully nuanced Dreaming Death is an excellent story from J Kathleen Cheney, the author of the Golden City Series The city of Noikinos is plagued with a series of murders that resemble an almost forgotten blood magic cult s rite Two different groups investigating the murders are brought together to pool their resources and importantly their respective psychics.Cheney writes an enjoyable story of the psychic pair tracking down the killers Seventeen year old Shironne, a touch sensitive, is h [...]


  22. Dreaming Death by J Kathleen Cheney is the first story in the Palace of Dreams series that features the remarkable Shironne Anjir, who inexplicably shares horrific dreams of death with a mysterious stranger she nicknames the Angel of Death Mikael Lee has trouble keeping his experiences and feelings from disturbing the sensitives all around him, but he has managed to keep certain secrets from almost everyone including the surly heir to the king, Kai A series of murders with distressing hallmarks [...]


  23. J Cheney first came on the scene in 2013 with her first novel, The Golden City Since then she s written many fantasy based books including Dreaming Death From the first few chapters I knew this book was going to good Cheney does an excellent job building up the plot and building the complex world around the characters Although I enjoyed the first half of the book, it wasn t until the second half when the story pulled me in The story is told from two different points of view Mikael Lee and Shiron [...]



  24. Who are you when you are alone is a fascinating question Identity, it turns out, is a central question in this book, especially whether it is self determined or determined by the perceptions of others Shironne is a blind touch sensitive who is small for her age Thus everyone around her assumes that she is a child when, in fact, she is four months shy of being officially seventeen , the age of majority in her culture In her culture, all that matters is what age you are on New Year s Day All pers [...]


  25. Loved this and read it in one day Cheney is very good at creating interesting characters I get attached to quickly In her first trilogy, I loved spending time with the two romantic leads and the male lead s mom In this book I really liked pretty much everyone Counting Shironne, Cerradine, Mikael, Kai, Dahar, Deborah, and Elisabet, that s seven characters who are all distinct and many of whom annoy each other, even though many of them are also friends, and they are all allied in some ways Even Ka [...]


  26. An excellent fantasy novel A world with three different races of people They have very different traditions, rules, and abilities There is intermarriage Mikael dreams of death as it happens He is also a broadcaster which means he forces the sensitives around him to dream along with him One particular sensitive, Shironne, can remember the dreams better than others including Mikael can She is a very young woman, 17 when we meet her, but she has been working with the army for several years to help [...]


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