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Went into this story after reading Bloodraven a little while back kind of half covering my eyes afraid of what kind of tortures our main characters would be put through There was violence and cruelty but nowhere near as much as in Bloodraven, phew Loved this meaty story, soooo long and soooo good There were times I grew impatient wanting to see how it would all work out and once I got close to finishing I didn t want it to end The world building is wonderful, I felt like I was there I came Went into this story after reading Bloodraven a little while back kind of half covering my eyes afraid of what kind of tortures our main characters would be put through There was violence and cruelty but nowhere near as much as in Bloodraven, phew Loved this meaty story, soooo long and soooo good There were times I grew impatient wanting to see how it would all work out and once I got close to finishing I didn t want it to end The world building is wonderful, I felt like I was there I came to care so much about these characters, I felt like I knew them There were some minor issues that I disregarded completely and the ending did leave loose ends and questions unanswered, but I did not care one bit I found the overall story to be simply amazing and would happily dive right into this world if there was ever a sequel Changing the voices in your head is not an easy task, to unlearn everything that s been pounded into you, and honestly, there is always tension even when you accept a new ideology This is what Ilya faces as he struggles with Ashe and his feelings For a PL Nunn book, this is a breezy stroll with only one violent scene aside from battles There is a questionable start to their relationship and Ashe does abuse his power, but otherwise this is quite sweet That said, Ashe s not the brightest bulb Changing the voices in your head is not an easy task, to unlearn everything that s been pounded into you, and honestly, there is always tension even when you accept a new ideology This is what Ilya faces as he struggles with Ashe and his feelings For a PL Nunn book, this is a breezy stroll with only one violent scene aside from battles There is a questionable start to their relationship and Ashe does abuse his power, but otherwise this is quite sweet That said, Ashe s not the brightest bulb in the pack, thank goodness he has Lurene for political advisement because he s rash and too self absorb Now, ghosts are not generally something I enjoy reading, but it was great and a significant portion of the character struggle in this story I kept expecting it to becomeentwined with the main plot than it did, rather than just an auxiliary one Favorite quote He had almost convinced himself that nothing that felt so good, that made two people so happy, could be considered sinful An enthusiastic and completely deserved five stars for Dynasty of Ghosts To repeat what I said in my update when I d read about 75% of the book, this is the best novel I ve read in a long time And I ve read some really good books lately I m very glad I ventured out of my usual preference for Contemporary novels to give this fantasy adventure a try.I have a lot to say about Dynasty of Ghosts, and I might be coming back here to edit my review as I continue to get my thoughts in order But here An enthusiastic and completely deserved five stars for Dynasty of Ghosts To repeat what I said in my update when I d read about 75% of the book, this is the best novel I ve read in a long time And I ve read some really good books lately I m very glad I ventured out of my usual preference for Contemporary novels to give this fantasy adventure a try.I have a lot to say about Dynasty of Ghosts, and I might be coming back here to edit my review as I continue to get my thoughts in order But here s the most important thing this novel absolutely bewitched me I m usually a compulsive reader Very fast I have a hard time putting a book down once I ve started it But I really could not put this book down I lost lots of sleep over it and didn t regret it The story totally sucked me in, yes, but the characters enraptured me To say that I cared about them is an understatement Dynasty of Ghosts is a very long book for this genre It s at least twice as long as every other gay romance book I ve read over the last three years or so I m almost always complaining, in my reviews, of books being too short, of scenes not being fully realized, so you would think I d like a much longer presentation And in a way I surely did However, I kept thinking that the book should have been edited down I ve done my share of editing in my day, but try as I might, I had a hard time knowing where cuts could have been made There are some obvious sidetracks here and there that could have been eliminated to produce effective streamlining, but I m estimating they would have robbed the story of but five percent of its text No, I can only conclude that the length fits and suits the story the author had to tell The story falls naturally into four parts on the battlefield, in captivity, escaping, and at the court The court section can in turn be divided into sections, the most important being the interlude at Summerdale not sure of that name The author I m going to assume the book has one author, and that it s a woman, but I surely might be wrong takes her time during each part except for the very end, but I ll get to that , and that s one of the reasons I think this book works so extraordinarily well I cannot imagine the time and effort it took to write this as completely as it s done You ve heard of foreplay heightening the pleasure My goodness, this author initiated literary foreplay and kept it going for a long time, and never once, for me, went over the edge, took it too far, or had me rolling my eyes And I m very sensitive to that.One of her greatest accomplishments, I think, is entwining a fascinating action plot with a decided mystery with the romance I ve seen it done poorly, I ve seen it attempted with goodwill, I ve seen it done pretty darn well, but I ve never seen the two components presented so proficiently The relationship between Illya and Ashe is never subsumed by anything else, but the movement of the action plot rarely if ever falters.Pacing, which is another thing altogether, was also excellent, propelled by the interest I had in the characters Oh, there was a pause here and there, but that servedas a breathing space than anything else Much needed Okay,specifics here, so for anyone not wanting to read a little bit of spoiler information, don t go any further.SPOILERThere s a lovely irony in the structure, in that it basically begins with Ashe s casual seduction of Illya Basically, an off stage sex scene in which Illya is takenor less against his willandor less with his cooperation It s a strong foreshadowing of the confusion between the two men that lasts for most of the rest of the book, and will probably always be an integral part of Illya s character After this seduction, the book ranges far and wide until, a good three quarters of the way into the story, the two men finally come together again with far different motivation And the journey there is delicious in the extreme For me I can see that some readers might not enjoy this journey I think a person has to be attuned to the MCs and also be a pretty patient reader And like this sort of adventure with paranormal elements.Now, the book isn t without flaws Far from it But for me they don t detract from the Five Stars I enthusiastically rate it with If those flaws had been corrected I imagine I would have had to give Dynasty of Ghosts 10 stars instead So, here s the thing First off, the most minor of problems I don t really understand how a writer who can create this much gorgeous prose, with this great understanding of character, with this tremendous control of her storylinecan t get her punctuation right Or know when to should actually be too Or get somebody to proofread the story to pick up on missing or extraneous words Or turn sentence fragments into complete sentences The text is NOT rife with these problems They occur occasionally But I m abnormally sensitive to these kinds of errors The lack of commas when needed did bother me, and the stylistic convention of sentence fragments was definitely overused The book would have vaulted to that non existent 6 rating if the author had worked with a careful editor and proofreader I m still scratching my head over how this happened This is an extraordinarily accomplished writer whocan t punctuate My mind has a hard time wrapping itself around that concept But as another reviewer has said, this problem didn t interfere with her enjoyment of the book, and I agree with that In time, I came to see those problems as a sort of joke that I fondly regarded Most folks won t be bothered by it Theimportant deficiency in Dynasty of Ghosts is in the ending Throughout the entire text which is, face it, really long , the author does a magnificent job of keeping the relationship foremost and giving enough to the hungry for interaction reader to keep her satisfied More than satisfied Until the ending I really, really, really neededbetween Ashe and Illya to show that they were okay after the truly thrilling climax Most especially, since the author gifts us with an epilogue, I needed the epilogue to show me muchof the two of them interacting and loving It s there, but at a minimum Because of this approach to the ending, as well as several plot threads left hanging, there is the strong suggestion that the author intended a sequel Since the book was written years ago I think 2002 , and one has not appeared, I do believe we ve seen the last of Illya and Ashe from this writer Fanfiction, anybody With the author s permission only, of course There s a third problem that is much less tangible, that s really hard to pin down There is a certain satisfaction that the truly great romance novels provide, a certain connection between story and reader that leaves the reader with a feeling that she s complete I m not talking about plot threads here, but emotional completeness An understanding of the relationship between the characters, of the characters themselves, and that the emotional arc of the storyline has rounded onto itself Dynasty of Ghosts comes so close to providing this satisfaction But ultimately it just barely fails This isthan the oft heard advice of leaving the audience wantingTo me, this is a romance novel that doesn t quite manage to scale the pinnacle It sets up that mountain, it takes the readers on a thrilling climb up the slopes, but then it stops ten feet short Darn it I can only guess that a fully realized ending, perhaps including a lengthier epilogue, would have done it for me Back to the characters before I end I can imagine that some readers will not be taken in by Ashe at the beginning He s the character who changes the most in the story, even considering considerable changes wrought in Illya But I really like the reality of Ashe, how the author doesn t pull back from his deficiencies, and how she even, at times, manages to make those deficiencies into positive attributes Very, very skillful characterization at work To add a final compliment This book reminds me of Lois McMaster Bujold s science fantasy work She s a Hugo and Nebula award winner, and wrote my favorite book ever, The Curse of Chalion For me to compare Nunn s work to Bujold s Best Compliment Ever.To conclude a book that encouraged me to write this much about it has got to be really good It s gotten under my skin, made me lament that I m no longer living in that world, and has made me permanent friends of Illya and Ashe Dynasty of Ghosts is mature, as well as being sophisticated in both concept and execution P.L Nunn, whoever she is, is a very talented author Dynasty of Ghosts receives my highest recommendation Enthralling Absolutely enthralling The world building was very well done, but where this book really shined was its characters This is a long novel, but Nunn had her characters cemented, never losing them in all the action and story It s the little things that hold characters together, and Nunn had that down, making Ashe and Illya seem genuine and real I was immediately ensnared in them, reading this book for weeks, just to find out what would happen to them next My only problem with the b Enthralling Absolutely enthralling The world building was very well done, but where this book really shined was its characters This is a long novel, but Nunn had her characters cemented, never losing them in all the action and story It s the little things that hold characters together, and Nunn had that down, making Ashe and Illya seem genuine and real I was immediately ensnared in them, reading this book for weeks, just to find out what would happen to them next My only problem with the book was the ending This novel is so long that it has several highs and lows, but the ending had this hugely emotional climax that just seemed to peter out The story seemed unfinished to me There were still questions left unanswered, emotional upheavals left unresolved, and futures left hanging When I finished the story, I was hoping there was a sequel, but I haven t found one Otherwise, an incredibly excellent tale that impressed me to no end Hats off to Nunn for holding me in the palm of her hand for such an epic story grm For many years this book was in my reading list, like a skeleton lurking in the shadow of a crypt, then I finally decided to read it and I must say that I quite hated the story This book had all that I usually don t like, all the worst tropes someone could use And also while writing this review, my rating isn t so sure as I d have liked it to be In the end I m going with 1 star, because the story was way too long and the epilogue didn t tell us anything real about the MCs and their f grm For many years this book was in my reading list, like a skeleton lurking in the shadow of a crypt, then I finally decided to read it and I must say that I quite hated the story This book had all that I usually don t like, all the worst tropes someone could use And also while writing this review, my rating isn t so sure as I d have liked it to be In the end I m going with 1 star, because the story was way too long and the epilogue didn t tell us anything real about the MCs and their future There is still the possibility that Ashe, being the heir to the Throne, will have to marry and have a child, and we know that his bride will arrive the next summer I wanted to know , to understand what will happen There were also so many scenes that made me angry and quite disgusted For 60% of the book, I really disliked Illya, the was a judgemental whiny kid and a tease Sure maybe the first time he and the prince had sex wasn t so consensual, but the prince didn t rape him, he thought that they both wanted the same thing, they were drunk, and Illya never asked him to stop nor cried Probably he thought that nothing would change, since Ashe was a prince and could do whatever he wanted, but he could have tried and tested this theory, and not just stayed like a dead fish, that quite enjoyed what was being done to him, and later feel ashamed by it, and fearing for his immortal soul started calling the prince a rapist, wishing for him to die This was his attitude for almost all the book, and only at 60% he changed abruptly, and professed he was in love and jealous of other people getting Ashe s attention Ashe was another thingI can t say that I was fond of him, but He is the only one I save from this story He wasn t a bad person I wish I knew how old he was , he really tried with Illya, when I would have given up after that night I could also almost ignore the scene where he slept again with one of his previous lovers, since he and Illya weren t really a couple and the boy had declared his will they stayed that way, but still left a bad taste in my mouth I m not a fan of reading about one of the Mc sleeping with another after they have already met the other Mc All this was eclipsed in comparison to the shit that went down after, like the nonsense of the ghost princess being a voyeur to Ashe and Illya s funny times, and the fact that she fell in love with Illya, when for over 2 centuries she wanted to find her prince, the one that had left her at the altar, and know what had happened to him, because she had loved him for all that time and still did.Then there was the brutal rape Something that wasn t really needed, but that we knew was going to happen most probably This scene was described in details and was terrible to read That was the only moment where I really pitied Illya, bcs also if he was and indecisive and annoying kid, he didn t deserve this I wasted so much time with this book, and I wish the author had written some warnings about these themes, before they slapped us in the face, during the reading.For a story so long, way too many things were left unclear and unresolved What s happening with the war where are the assassins where is the 2nd man that raped Illya bcs yes, that was a group rape..as if that wasn t already bad with one Will Ashe marry his betrothed, a girl he never met What will happen btw him and Illya if that really happens Could the young ranger really be happy watching the man he loves try for an heir with that woman I wouldn t So manyquestions that never will be answered A very good to excellent fantasy M M romance novel, between Prince Talisar Ashe and Illya, a minor backwoods nobleman, who is serving as a ranger in the Prince s Army Illya also happens to see dead people This is a true fantasy story, with the cruelties of war and politics well documented, arrogant royalty, and the common man who merely hopes to survive Ashe is initially a self centered man, cruel in his lack of awareness of what others might think or feel But as he slowly comes to know A very good to excellent fantasy M M romance novel, between Prince Talisar Ashe and Illya, a minor backwoods nobleman, who is serving as a ranger in the Prince s Army Illya also happens to see dead people This is a true fantasy story, with the cruelties of war and politics well documented, arrogant royalty, and the common man who merely hopes to survive Ashe is initially a self centered man, cruel in his lack of awareness of what others might think or feel But as he slowly comes to know Illya, he begins to see beyond himself, and learns, if a little too late, what it means to love Illya, haunted by ghosts and lacking in political nous, is a honest, gentle creature who trusts and forgives a little too easily Yet somehow, he is not spineless, and I think it is this inner strength that calls to Ashe s better side Together, they both become something.I liked this story, despite the presence of some very violent scenes, as both characters grow and learn from the other I think this isof a fantasy novel than a romance the romance, such as it is, is volatile and the sex scenes are mostly behind closed doors It is not a read for everyone, but if you generally like fantasy novels, and can handle some brutal scenes, then it may be for you .EBOOK ⚇ Dynasty of Ghosts ♌ Illya has always been different fey, quiet, and cursed with the ability to see the lingering spirits of the dead A younger son of a younger son from a backwater mountain province, he is a nobody in the king s army until he comes to the notice of the Prince Knight himself, the spoiled, stubborn heir to the kingdom of AldaniaCaught up in a war that has raged for generations between Aldania and a neighboring kingdom, captured and imprisoned by a mad king, Illya and Prince Ashe discover a history of lies, betrayal and assassination, and the ghostly truth beneath it all Opposites in every way, they forge a common bond that pain, war and betrayal will test to the very limit of their strength To end a dynasty of madness and suffering, Illya must embrace the ability he has always hated, and look to the dead for answers A very enjoyable read The two leads are wonderful and the ghost plot line is original and engrossing the world is very fully drawn and richly developed The story was not nearly as violent as Bloodraven, though there is a brutal rape scene The book is crazily long my Kindle puts it at over a 1000 pages To be honest, I thought it far longer than it has to be for the story it tells, though Nunn is such an engaging writer that it doesn t drag Surprisingly, given the length, several of the sto A very enjoyable read The two leads are wonderful and the ghost plot line is original and engrossing the world is very fully drawn and richly developed The story was not nearly as violent as Bloodraven, though there is a brutal rape scene The book is crazily long my Kindle puts it at over a 1000 pages To be honest, I thought it far longer than it has to be for the story it tells, though Nunn is such an engaging writer that it doesn t drag Surprisingly, given the length, several of the story lines actually felt unfinished for example, what happens with King Drane and the Guntharians, with Ashe s father I kept expecting Illya s family to arrive, which they never did I would have lovedon the ghosts Mild Spoilers Instead we mostly get the courtship between Illya and Ashe, which takes hundreds of pages to reach fruition The two leads are so likable that you don t mind at all, and the sex when it finally arrives is wonderful But I couldn t help feeling it could have come at any number of points earlier, including when they are prisoners of the Guntharians or during their escape, and have been almost as satisfying Bottom line I really enjoyed the book, but it did not have the same impact on me that Bloodraven did Prince Ashe is THE definition of an alpha hero Illya borders the CwaD personality but somehow manages to never go over the edge He remains the perfect partner for Ashe, start to finish.As with Bloodraven, this story is brilliantly written, the plot carefully, cleverly and patiently crafted to be evenly paced and believable, without becoming too predictable A delight to read, in every sense.Until you get to the end and want to scream in frustration What happened Did the author grow tired o Prince Ashe is THE definition of an alpha hero Illya borders the CwaD personality but somehow manages to never go over the edge He remains the perfect partner for Ashe, start to finish.As with Bloodraven, this story is brilliantly written, the plot carefully, cleverly and patiently crafted to be evenly paced and believable, without becoming too predictable A delight to read, in every sense.Until you get to the end and want to scream in frustration What happened Did the author grow tired of the story, or weary of trying to find a way out to an HEA or at least an HFN for these dear men I can t believe it, it s too frustrating The end was in sight, even I couldor less see how it could end, if it was to be done quickly An even better option, a final book with the rest of the story, probably not as long as this one but full of satisfaction for the readers left wanting.Mr or Ms Nunn, is there any hope of seeing Ashe and Illya get their well deserved future together I, for one, would buy the story immediately, and treasure it forever I read this a while ago and wrote a review when I had my old account on here Since I lost the review, when I re read it, I ll write another one to do the book justice I do remembering loving this story and the characters It was a good un like Bloodraven, which I also loved I read this a while ago and wrote a review when I had my old account on here Since I lost the review, when I re read it, I ll write another one to do the book justice I do remembering loving this story and the characters It was a good un like Bloodraven, which I also loved