Author: Ryan La Sala
Length: 416 pages
Publisher: SourceFire Books
I was so happy to be granted this book from Netgalley. I’d seen it everywhere and was desperate to read it.
Synopsis: All Kane Montgomery knows is that the police found him half-dead in river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different. As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialise out of nowhere-the gym wraps into a subterranean temple, a historical hike nearby blooms into a Victorian romance filled with rife and scandal – Kane realises that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.
Doesn’t this synopsis sound great? Well let me tell you that this book is great.
Now, I don’t really read much fantasy, don’t ask me why, but this book made me want to read more. What an original, fresh idea. Loved the fact that the characters had to play out the reveries until it was the right time to end them. Such a clever idea. Loved how it was explored to. I feel like we could have sequels, with them dealing with more reveries! I’d read them that’s for sure.
We see the story through Kane’s perspective, and because he’s just woken up from a coma and remembers nothing, he’s in the same boat as the reader, so this helps to understand what’s going on because it’s a complex world.
This book is queer AF. It was heaven! A gay main character, who’s unapologetically himself. A lot of you gay men will see themselves in this character and I think that’s so important. Representation matters. It’s so refreshing. That’s right it’s not the sassy sidekick or the gay who’s super masculine so it’s okay. Kane also gets a little romance that I won’t spoil for you, but I sooo wanted more of this. There were so many more queer aspects to this book that I don’t want to spoil for you, but when you read it just revel in them.
I also found this book really suspenseful. I didn’t know wether to believe Kane’s friends or Posey. I never knew what was going to happen next. I was never sure if they were all going to get out of every situation and I loved it. It kept me guessing, kept me hooked until the end. And the ending wasn’t a let down!
I will say this book did take me a little while to get into, but once I did, I didn’t want to put it down. It was such a fun, new, suspenseful book that carries an important message.
Thanks to Netgalley and SourceFire books for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out December 3rd.
Until the next review