Monday, November 4, 2013
Review: Beautiful Dreamer by Sam Singer
by Sam Singer
Published November 4th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Formats Available: .epub, .mobi, html, pdf, Paperback
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
From the time he was a child, Nicholas Crittendon, oft-overlooked second son of the Duke of Sanburne, has been outcast because of his fascination with the myth of the Lost Kingdom. As legend has it, the entire population was wiped from existence when its prince was cursed by an evil sorceress into a deathlike sleep.
Convinced that the Lost Kingdom is real, Nicholas devotes his days to reading and research, trying to pinpoint its location. As he grows older, his nights become haunted with dreams of a blond, green-eyed young man calling to Nicholas for help. Nicholas’s interest spirals into an obsession that drives him away from the comfort and safety of his life and toward the unknown of his dreams. Those slumbering visions may hold the key to everything he’s searched for and a lover he never believed could be real.
A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.Who can honestly say they do not believe in fairy tales? Or at least, never wish upon a star? I am one who can never let go of that search for a happily ever after and reading Beautiful Dreamer just about got me to that fairy tale height.
I absolutely loved Sam Singer's take on one of my all time favorites, Sleeping Beauty. There are the usual suspects: the witches, the king and queen, the sleeping beauty and the kiss of true love. There is none of the Disney hype so no dragons heheheee, but I don't mind, the story basically stuck to the older version of the fairy tale and so became better, more romantic and fairy-tale-like.
In this version of the sleeping tale, we have the usual kingdom and witches but this time, it is a prince involved. On his nineteenth birthday he eats a sweet that was foretold to cause him death. This was the ultimate gift of the sorceress in exchange for his birth. As the tale goes, the whole kingdom goes into deep sleep thanks to the kind heart of the good witch who uses a loophole in the original curse - the loophole of true love. And this is when the fun really began.
Through the course of time, the sleeping kingdom's existence blurs and is deemed non-existent save through fairy tales. Young Nicholas, a duke's son, can never let go of this tale. Since he could remember, he dreams of a playmate whom he learns to love. He cannot seem to relate to real relationships, he is stuck with that young man in his dreams. He starts to wonder why his dream love never got to get older while he did. He continues his search for that Lost Kingdom even if he is ridiculed by others. (This part of the story reminds me of that endless search for Troy and we all know how that ended!) His dreams clue him in. It was the spell of the good witch which caused this crossover through time and space to allow for Ian's true love to save him and his kingdom.
This would not be a romantic MM story if Nicholas does not get successful. He does get his chance to give Ian that sweet kiss, and oh! it was sweet! His finding Ian should have ended the book, but Sam Singer took it a bit further by giving the newly awakened kingdom a chance in the "modern" world. (Something Disney did not!) I thank her for that afterthought.
Somehow, Singer's twist on the old fairy tale just made me love it all the more. I got flung back to when I was a little girl, when I was just so fascinated by the telling of this story. Yes, I do know how it all ends, but just like all great fairy tales, when done excellently, it is just plain awesome!
Beautiful Dreamer is just plain awesome!