by Luke Taylor
Published on: July 27, 2016
It doesn’t take very long when you first begin the Vault of Dreams before you see the poetry of the writing. The poetry begins on the very first page where the author introduces us to Aerlyn starting from a young girl to the current day where he tells us the name she is now known by. In fact, I was stunned by how beautifully he introduces us to her nickname and have re-read that portion several times. It really was that lovely. Her story continues for several chapters before being introduced to the remaining 6 different points of view that are used throughout the book.
The poetry of the words is something to be enjoyed. There is no doubt that the writing is beautiful, however, it could also hinder the reading too. There were several occasions where it became difficult to grasp the meaning when I would first read it causing me to need to re-read sections to get a better understanding. There were also other times when I would read the sentences and still not be 100% sure what had just happened. I knew that if I just continued reading past those portions I would eventually come to understand, but wanted to point it out in the review.
All in all, the book was a nice read, it had a fairly nice and easy pace although it did slow down in the middle area when all the main players on one side of the story finally came together at a gathering spot of sorts. The lull in the story with no action was a bit longer than I would have liked, but it didn’t really last too terribly long. After this lull and things begin to happen again, I also wish I had been brought into Rhoswen’s planning or plotting of sorts so that I could feel invested into what Aerlyn or Finleigh/Quill would be doing and in return feel anxious or terrified on their behalf.
The Vault of Dreams is a stand-alone YA fantasy book, which you don’t see too much in fantasy genre. I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, and I gave an honest review.