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The killing moonIn the ancient city-state of Gujaareh peace is the only law.” Gujaareh is ruled by its Prince and the Hetawa, the institutional religion of the goddess Hananja. The cult of Hananja is based on dream magic to maintain and defend peace at all costs. Gatherers, high ranking priests of Hananja, visit the corrupt and the sick during their sleep and give them peace, collecting all their dream-blood (life energy) and sending their souls to the dream-world. Sharer priests use the collected energy to heal Gujaareh’s people. But such organized society is an easy prey for corruption. The Gatherer Ehiru and his apprentice come across strange events related with miss-use of dream-magic. Together with Sunandi, an embassador of a neighbouring state who also gets tangled in the situation, they must find out what is behind some heretic murders in Gujaareh.

Gujaareh’s location on a different planet is given away by the presence of several moons. However it shows many similarities with ancient Egypt: the privileged situation following a river and between other cultures, the clothes, the relationship between Prince and religion (including the fact that the Prince becomes King when he joins Hananja after death). Also interesting is the advanced spiritual, commercial and cultural life of Gujaarh in comparison with the neighbouring societies, similarly to the ancient Egypt. The storyline itself is an interesting mystery plot, in which the relationships between the characters are rather complex but given by a cleverly subdued narrative. The reader understands the characters’ feelings, even consummated and unconsummated romantic feelings, in a rather subtle way which gives a much more realistic feel to the narrative.

In spite of the intricate social pattern that the reader has to get into, the fast paced writing doesn’t fail to create suspense, without relying on cliffhangers.

This is the first book of the Dreamblood duology, but it stands alone from the second volume, The Shadowed Sun, which is more a sequel than a continuation.

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