Dream Stone
by Glenna McReynolds, historical/fantasy (2000)
Bantam, $6.50, ISBN 0-505-52375-2

I have a question: why is the paperback version of Dream Stone released two years after the release of the hardcover or its prequel The Chalice And The Blade? I love TCATB utterly, but I can say that I have forgotten everything about that story, and if I don't remember the world of TCATB, I'd be completely lost in DS.

Bad news. After rereading TCATB and DS twice, I'm still lost.

In TCATB, I'm introduced to Carn Merioneth, where beneath it lie labyrinths of "wyrmholes" that... uhm... I know what they are important for, I read it somewhere... let me check... oh, forget it. These holes do something.

This time around the story revolves around fey, faerie Llynya (who helped our heroine in TCATB) and Mychael ab Arawn, the TCATB heroine's twin brother. Mychael ab Arawn comes into the picture in TCATB during the final few chapters, and the story of DS takes off from there.

In TCATB - see, I told you you can't read DS without reading TCATB first - Llynya is supposed to protect a prince who fell into the wyrmholes. Now she intends to climb into one of these holes to rescue him. Mychael has just learned that two dragons that is supposed to Repel Evil (I think) have gone missing. Mychael has dragon blood and can summon dragons (or something) so off he goes down the wyrmholes with Llynya.

Excuse me while I go take a deep breath. I'm confusing myself.

They find evil, faeries, elves, magic, and all the usual things you can expect to find in dark holes. Oh, and they fall in love too. I must admit the whole exciting stuff like dragons fighting and all are thrilling, but the author cheats by excluding the Final Battle Drama altogether. I almost did the salsa on this book. What a waste of time!

And there are some quiet moments between Mychael and Llynya, but when I am about to sit back and enjoy, comes some stupid dragon or evil or monster to wreck mayhem. I have no idea what is going on most of the time, and at the end of the day, I still have no idea what I have just read in DS.

Call me lowbrow, but next time, I'd stick to Weis and Hickmann.

Rating: 63 (bonus points for the action scenes, they are good while they lasted)

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