The Dreamer and The Marked – eARC Review

Title: The Dreamer and The Marked
Author: Airic Fenn
Series/Number: Book One
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Adult
Publication Date: April 30, 2022
Publisher: Airic Fenn
Content: Fae, Fae realm, Mythical Creatures, Politics, Bi MC, Aspec MC, Trans Character, LGBTQ+


In the wake of her Mam’s death, Krystal Monarain has turned to escapism, throwing herself into the fantastic stories she was told as a child and the strange, recurring dreams she has at night. But she never quite believed her Mam’s tales that her birth mother wasn’t human-That is until Draqa, a stranger from one of her dreams, appears in her life and tells her she’s part fae. So she does the unthinkable and risks following him into Arai, the realm where the fae have lived unbothered for hundreds of years. For Draqa, however, Krystal’s arrival in his world could mean his execution, and he must do everything he can to get her off his hands before they’re caught.

Meanwhile, unrest is growing between the fae and those they deem a threat to the safety of their realm, and when someone from Draqa’s past comes to him seeking aid, he and Krystal may have no choice but to get involved

Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC of this book.

To start off the premise of this book was really fascinating as soon as I read the synopsis. For one thing, I love the fae. I haven’t read a lot of fae books because I can be pretty picky about it, but this one sounded really interesting. We start off thinking that Krystal is just a woman who has strange dreams, but soon it becomes obvious that her dreams are something else. I enjoyed the multiple POV characters throughout the story because different sides of the situation were being highlighted. Initially I wasn’t sure how all the angles were going to come together, but when they started creeping toward each other I knew there was going to be some big reveals.

I don’t want to spoil things because I think one of the main things I liked about this book was how information was given over time and little things were sprinkled into the story until all of a sudden things started to make sense. There were details here and there that would suddenly come together and change everything. So many things about our characters align to leave me shocked at all the connections.

I will say this book did take me a little bit to get into, but I think a lot of that could be put down to being in a bit of a reading slump, dealing with some life things, and the general time it takes to start to wrap your head around a fantasy story. It wasn’t a problem at all, it just took me a minute to get into it in a way that made me desperate to know what happened.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fae and fantasy races/creatures, political intrigue, magic, and mystery.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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