Review of Dream Assassin by Angela Wallace
This is the last of the reviews I’m posting from my reading binge in August. Angela Wallace has a nice fantasy series titled the Dreamwalker Saga (the first book can be found on Amazon here). Dream Assassin is a prequel novella that is told from the perspective of a side character. It can totally stand on its own and is worth the time to check out. See all details about it below, including my review!
A prequel novella to the Dreamwalker saga
Dirk is a mercenary with a very special skill set–he can kill people by entering their dreams. When a duke’s daughter is kidnapped, Dirk is hired to rescue the girl and punish those responsible for taking her.
A good assassin does the job without getting emotionally involved, but this mission doesn’t end up so straight forward. Dirk discovers the kidnappers have their hands in an even more heinous business, and that the local authorities are sanctioning it. He’s never given much thought to right and wrong, only on how much he was being paid. But this time he might just have to set aside the indifferent, professional soldier…and mete out justice of his own.
I am so glad I finally got around to reading this book. It’s hard to say whether readers should pick it up before moving on to the first full-length novel in the series, Dreamwalker, or not. I know I appreciated the main character, Dirk, far more because of reading the other one first, but this novella could stand on its own. He is by far one of my favorite characters in the series for his bad boy personality.
The main thing to keep in mind is this is no romance story. It’s best for people who enjoy action-packed high fantasy mixed with a bit of paranormal. Dirk is a Dreamwalker, and that makes him dangerous because he can find people through their dreams and draw them out to kill them. Due to a rough past he has few morals, but his ability to remain emotionless while on the job is tested when he’s asked to rescue a kidnapped girl. I really enjoyed seeing how he dealt with some situations he’d never faced before and liked how he grew just enough that it really set the stage for Dreamwalker. The author did a great job of making this prequel seamless with the next two books that were actually written before this one.
The world-building is just right for the length of the story so the reader isn’t inundated with too much, but there is still enough to get a good picture of how things work. Descriptions are detailed and unique in the dreamscape, but not overdone. This series really isn’t like anything I’ve read before and I really enjoy it. Expect the unexpected and lots of little twists and turns that will keep the main character on his toes. It’s a great novella and worth reading!