INTO THE DREAMING by Karen Marie Moning


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A long-out-of-print novella by Moning (The Immortal Highlander, 2004, etc.) that’s padded with previously unpublished bits and pieces of her writing.

Aedan MacKinnon is, literally, the man of writer Jane Sillee’s dreams, and she’s determined to save him from an evil Unseelie king who’s tricked him into five hundred years of servitude. The grandson of a great Scottish ruler, Aedan has been trapped in an icy kingdom and has no memory of his past. Now called Vengeance, the king has transformed him into an agent of death and destruction. A Faery queen, determined to thwart the evil king, sends Jane a tapestry with Aedan’s name and likeness on it and uses her magic to transport the sleeping author to 15th-century Scotland. When Jane awakens, as naked as the day she was born, she immediately recognizes Aedan, who, according to his agreement with the evil king, gets to spend a month visiting his old stomping grounds, the family castle, before returning to Unseelie. It’s up to Jane to seduce a reluctant Aedan, help him regain his memory and thus save him before he ends up on ice forever. And what better way to attract her man than to leave racy manuscripts strewn around the castle, to take sensuous baths by the fire, and to enlist the villagers to teach her how to cook?

This is a short fantasy, laced with lots of steamy sex and a dash of humor. The additional material (more than 100 pages), which includes a proposal for a romance that was never published and a deleted segment from another book, seems rather self-serving and unnecessary, of interest to only the most die-hard fans. 

Pub Date: April 24th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-345-53522-1
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2012


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