Into the Dreaming

Into the Dreaming is a novella that has the Unseelie King making a somewhat purposefully misunderstood arrangement with Aedan MacKinnon. What Aedan thought was a five year agreement to be spent with the Unseelie King, ended up being five hundred years and the Unseelie King turning him into his mortal realm killing machine. But the Seelie Queen cannot let the Unseelie King run amok, so she ensures that during the 30 days when Aedan is returned to the human realm, his soul mate will meet him and bring his humanity back.

Karen Marie Moning has a way of creating male characters that should make you want nothing to do with them, but instead you find yourself looking for the scrap of goodness inside them so you can cheer for their redemption. Aedan is no exception. He's had his humanity tortured out of him for 500 years, but we can see hints of the man he was before. He's willing to find loop holes in his directives in order to help the villagers determined to help rebuild his castle. And when he discovers who he is and what he's been forced to do, you can see him struggle with accepting himself and who he is now.

As with the male leads, the female leads the author creates are those that we can connect with. Jane was young and naive in some ways, but she had a backbone of steel and was willing to do just about anything to help Aedan remember who he was and what they had together when they would meet in the dreaming. Despite Aedan's unwillingness to accept Jane, at first, she had faith in Aedan and herself to bring him back to her.

If the novella wasn't enough, we are also treated to a deleted scene from Kiss of the Highlander, a lite version of The Dark Highlander and a book proposal for Ghost of a Chance. For anyone that follows Karen Marie Moning's Highland and Fever series, INTO THE DREAMING is a read that gives us insight into events that tie both of the series together.

Book Blurb for Into the Dreaming

Between the Highlander and Fever worlds lies a place beyond imagining.

This new edition of the novella contains more than 100 pages of bonus material, including:

• a deleted scene from Kiss of the Highlander

• a proposal for a never-published romance

• an alternate opening version of The Dark Highlander

• a sneak peek at art from the upcoming graphic novel Fever Moon 

For the first time in hardcover, here is #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning’s novella Into the Dreaming, a tale of Highland fantasy, star-crossed lovers, and the timeless manipulation of the ancient, immortal Unseelie king. This is Moning at her romantic, funniest finest.

Free him from his ice-borne hell . . .

Stolen from his beloved home in the Highlands of Scotland, imprisoned in the Unseelie king’s dark, frosty kingdom, Aedan MacKinnon endured centuries of torture before becoming the icy, emotionless Vengeance, the dark king’s dispatcher of death and destruction in the mortal realm.

And in his century you both may dwell . . .

Aspiring romance novelist Jane Sillee has always believed that she was born in the wrong century, but she’s managed to make a decent enough life for herself—if only she could stop having those recurring dreams about a man too perfect to exist.

In the Dreaming you have loved him . . .

Haunted every night of her life by a devastatingly sexy Highlander who comes to her while she sleeps, Jane tries to write him out of her head and heart. As a child he protected her, as a woman he loves her.

Now in the Waking you must save him . . .

When an ancient tapestry bearing the likeness of her beloved Highlander arrives on her doorstep, Jane is whisked back in time to fifteenth-century Scotland, to the castle of Dun Haakon on the isle of Skye, where she is given one chance to save her dream lover . . . or lose him forever to the Unseelie king.

Caught in a deadly game between the light and dark courts of the Fae, Jane must find a way through the ice to the heart of her Highander. But will the love of one mortal woman be enough to defeat such ancient and ruthless immortal enemies?

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2012 4.00