It began with a simple note: a letter of rejection delivered to Miss Temple on her maid’s silver tray. But for Miss Temple, her fiancé’s cruel rejection will ignite a harrowing quest for truth, plunging her into a mystery as dizzying as a hall of mirrors. Thus begins Gordon Dahlquist’s spectacular literary debut, a novel of Victorian suspense that shatters conventions and seethes with danger and eroticism.
Miss Temple’s pursuit soon leads to a remote, forbidding estate where all inhibitions are laid bare and shocking discoveries lie behind its closed doors: men and women in provocative disguise, acts of licentiousness and violence, heroism and awakening. But she will also find two allies: Cardinal Chang, a brutal assassin with the heart of a poet, and a royal doctor named Svenson, at once fumbling and heroic—both of whom, like her, lost someone at Harschmort Manor. The search for answers hurtles this unlikely trio from elegant brothels and gaslit alleyways to astonishing moments of self-discovery and ever-mounting peril. For the conspiracy they face—a perverted alchemy of science, religion, and lust for power—is terrifying beyond belief.
By turns brutal and tender, shocking and deliciously romantic, The Glass Books of The Dream Eaters is a novel for the ages, a bold and brilliant work of the imagination.
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"This is fast becoming my favorite story of the year and I'm only half done (I'm currently reading Volume Two). This is a Victorian adventure which combines elements of mystery, a dash of science fiction, a smattering of romance, and is smothered in suspense. Didn't take long for me to hooked into the story, either. It charges right along keeping you hungry for what happens next. There are three main protagonists who are very dissimilar yet they are all tenacious. The book is peopled with all manner of types, from lords and ladies to rogues, whores, and assassins. There are several death-defying escapes and chases. The main characters are compelling and very likable, the villains are varied, dangerous, and fleshed-out as well. The writing is top-notch. I really love this story, it's cinematic, larger-than-life and something you can really lose yourself in. Very fun."
Woodge (5 out of 5 stars)