The End of Dreams is the fantastic conclusion to Marcus Lee’s debut series, The Gifted and The Cursed.
Thank you so much to Storytellers on Tour and Marcus Lee for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for The End of Dreams and sending me a free Advanced Review Copy, in return for an honest review.
This is the third book in The Gifted and The Cursed series — check out my reviews of book 1, Kings and Daemons, and book 2, Tristan’s Folly. Kings and Daemons is also currently free on Amazon for a limited time (and the whole series is available to read on Kindle Unlimited).
As this is the third and final book in The Gifted and The Cursed trilogy, this review will contain some spoilers for the rest of the series! It starts straight after the conclusion of Tristan’s Folly, with our heroes readying themselves for their final battle against Daleth the Witch-King.
I was super excited to read this and find out how Marcus might be able to conclude his epic series — if (and how) Daleth might be defeated, and of course whether Taran and Maya might be reunited at last. And The End of Dreams certainly hasn’t disappointed! The whole book was well-paced, keeping me hooked until the very last page.
As before, we get to see more about Tristan and about Daleth, and the similarities between the two is really well-written. Tristan is supposed to be the ‘good guy’ but he is so infuriating! The twin brothers, Jared and Gregor, are also a great addition. Daleth is a truly fearsome opponent and this adds an additional level of malice to the story!
My only complaint about The End of Dreams is that there is a lot more romance than in the previous books — all of it feels realistic and tasteful, but this is my personal preference. I’ve never been a fan of anything too soppy!
This whole series has been a delight to read. While there are some very dark scenes, there’s lots of fun and romance too. I have really enjoyed following Taran, Maya and Rakan’s story and it’s bittersweet to now be at the end. It was great to see how the different threads were tied up, and this is an incredibly satisfying conclusion to The Gifted and The Cursed series. I can’t wait to read more from Marcus in the future!
The blurb for The End of Dreams
As Daleth the Witch-King and his horde ready themselves for the final battle, a small alliance prepares for a desperate last stand.
However, the alliance is weak and fractured, led by a king interested only in retaining his wealth and a lord commander consumed by his thirst for revenge. With a seemingly unbeatable army before them, invisible foes amongst them, and broken hearts between them, the alliance appears destined to fall.
Yet in these dark times, her light almost extinguished, a peasant huntress is soon to be queen. But if she can find what was lost, she might prove to be more powerful than two kings combined.
This war will bring about the end of dreams, but for whom, the gods have yet to decide.
About the author, Marcus Lee
Writing hasn’t always been a serious hobby for me… but it has always been there, lurking in the shadows, serving me well when called upon.
As I look back over the years, I realise I was guilty of writing many short stories, as well as poetry, and I’d like to think, that even if they were never intended to be published, they were nonetheless warmly received by the intended recipients.
Then in 2019, I was inspired to write not just a short story, or poetry, but a book. Then, suddenly, one book turned into a trilogy and a labour of love, and it was a love I wanted to share with the world.
So, here we are. The pandemic that put my career in sport on hold also gave me the opportunity to lavish time on my alternative hobby, or if demand dictates my new career.
However, only you, the reader, will decide whether this trilogy, which is still a work in progress, will be the first of many. I genuinely hope so.
Who knows, now these creatives juices are flowing, I might just keep on writing anyway.
Epic fantasy has been my favourite genre since I first read The Odyssey and The Illiad as a seven-year-old. Now it’s my turn to see if I can bring another world to life in the imagination of others.
About the blog tour, organised by Storytellers on Tour
I was sent a free copy of The End of Dreams to review by Storytellers on Tour as part of a blog tour — you can view the full tour schedule below. Check out these amazing bloggers and Instagrammers for book reviews, guest posts and extra content!
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