"A science fiction novel with fascinating characters - and romance"
Within the first few pages I was hooked by the story, and
the fascinating worlds, of Kyllikki, a high ranking
telepath now in exile. The characters, the settings, the
pace, the tension of DREAMSPY are all very well done. But
then, that's to be expected from Ms. Lichtenberg, creator
the Zeor novels in the 1980s and current web-mistress of
Sime~Gen, a site for fans of Zeor and also a respected
writers' school. In the pages of her
writing school site, Lichtenberg comments frequently on
the structure of a novel and the use of conflict.
DREAMSPY is wonderfully structured and chock full of
conflict and-- a plus-- romance!
But back to the story: Kylliki has been alienated from her
homeworld and her status as a member of a ruling family
and finds herself a fugitive, allied with her former
enemies. A deep space accident--which may not be so
accidental after all--sends the handsome and enigmatic
Elias; a purported musician favored by the elite, into her
care and the care of her companions, who are fascinating
characters, all: Idom, an older mentor, and Zuchmul, a
luren. Fans of Lichtenberg's 'Those of My Blood' will know
that the luren are an intergalactic vampire species. But
you don't need to have read Blood to enjoy DREAMSPY. I
haven't--yet--but after this book, I definitely will (and
I'm not usually a vampire fan).
It soon becomes clear there are deeper forces at work,
forces that Kylliki knows only too well. These forces
threaten the very existence of interstellar travel and, if
successful, could succeed in destroying hundreds of
civilizations by cutting them off from supply routes.
Kylliki and her companions must stop this. However, a
whole host of threats work first to stop them. And Kylliki
must come to terms not only with her past, but her future
with Elias--if she can even have one with a man who may
well be her worst enemy, fully capable of betraying her
through his dreams, fully capable of killing her. Or
risking his life to save hers.
DREAMSPY is a texturally rich novel with fascinating
characters: Idom and his numbers, Zuchmul and his
inability to be exposed to light, Elias and his music.
This is definitely a science fiction novel, but it has a
strong romance subplot. Kyllikki's relationships with
Elias and Zuchmul are complex and haunting but don't take
center stage as they would in a 'pure' romance novel.
Rather they meld, become an integral part of the story,
the conflict and character growth.
DREAMSPY has introduced me to a galactic civilization I
look forward to exploring further. A highly recommended,
very memorable read.
Reviewed for PNR Reviews by Linnea
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 6, 2004
Continuing the universe introduced in Those of My Blood ,
this volume finds two powerful political factions, the
Teleod and the Metaji, waging war over two competing
systems of interstellar travel, with the Metaji alleging
that the Teleod are destroying the substrata of space-time
that make such travel possible. A small group of outcasts
attempts to divert the course of war to avert disaster.
Kyllikki, a high-ranking telepath who deserts the Teleod
to join the Metaji Empire, joins with the luren (vampire)
Zuchmul and the Guide (astrogator) Idom, to rescue a
Dreamer, Elias, after their vessels are destroyed during
battle. Elias, who has been kidnapped from Earth, is
bonded--illegally--to Kyllikki's cousin, Zimor, leader of
the Teleod. The four then set off across the galaxy in a
stolen starship to depose Zimor.