The realm of Azenor has spent years plagued by a curse. Every new moon, magic flows from the nearby mountain and brings nightmares to life. Only magicians—who serve as territory wardens—stand between people and their worst dreams.
Clementine Madigan is ready to take over as the warden of her small town, but when two magicians arrive to challenge her, she is unknowingly drawn into a century-old conflict. She seeks revenge, but as she gets closer to Phelan, one of the handsome young magicians, secrets—as well as romance—begins to rise.
To fight the realm’s curse, which seems to be haunting her every turn, Clementine must unite with her rival. But will their efforts be enough to save Azenor from the nightmares that lurk around every corner?
As part of my Beat The Backlog TBR for this year, I finally picked this up in March.
I was generously granted an arc of this book by Harper360YA (an embarrassing amount of time ago).
For someone who isn’t sure I understood absolutely everything that happened in this book – I certainly enjoyed it!
Clementine and her father are Dream Wardens for their village. Every New Moon the villagers nightmares become a reality and they defeat them to keep everyone safe.
Unfortunately two magicians arrive and challenge them for their territory.
This develops into Clementine’s plot for revenge.
Clementine is fiercely independent and determined to win her territory back and as always – this leaves her blind to what is right in front of her. It was fun to read her work through the rivalry with Phelan and there were times where her character reminded me of Jude from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.
Phelan – even when he arrived with his brother to challenge Clem and her father, there was always something gentlemanly about him. He was instantly likeable.
I loved the idea of the Dream Wardens, it felt unique and the scenes were written so vividly. The Curse itself shrouds the story in mystery and the few twists along the way (even the expected ones) made this book very easy to sail through. And of course, my fave trope: Enemies to Lovers.
For a stand alone novel, for me the ending was a little too fast. There wasn’t enough closure for certain issues and characters and it left me wanting more…
Overall, this was a very entertaining read. I definitely wished I had picked it up sooner. As far as I know, it is a stand alone – but I would read a sequel for sure!
Have you read or plan to read this book?
Author’s Website: https://rebeccarossauthor.com/
Publisher: Harper Collins Published Date: December 2021