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Book Review: Eater of Dreams by J.A. Jaken – Gay Fantasy

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Title:Eater of Dreams

Series:Sacred Guardian, Book Two

Author:J.A. Jaken

Genre:Fantasy, Gay Romance

A few years ago I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the first book in a new gay fantasy series. That was Through the Last Door which, as you can tell, I enjoyed. Today, I bring you my review of the second book in the series, Eater of Dreams by J.A. Jaken.

Eater of Dreams, Sacred Guardian, Book Two

Kaori Sansa has uncovered the truth about Shinja, the Sacred Guardian of Kazure, but the country he is sworn to protect is far from secure. War presses hard from the east, and unrest from within Kazure’s borders threatens to undermine what little control he has managed to gain over his subjects. Furthermore, there are those who question his choice in pursuing a relationship with Hunter–quite possibly even those who are closest to him, and whom he has most come to depend upon. Will he find a way to sort through the miasma of lies, violence, and political entanglements that surround him in order to save the country he loves, yet somehow remain true to his own heart?

Eater of Dreams Review

Okay, so, I enjoyed the first book of this series and the second one has been on my TBR for… a very long time. Between being a judge, my crazy schedule, and then finally my tablet breaking, it took a while for me to get to Eater of Dreams. And when I finally got my hands on the second Sacred Guardian book? I loved it! I won’t spoil more than the blurb already does, but I’ll say that following¬†Kaori’s journey through Kazure, watching him grow both as a ruler and as a partner to Hunter was great fun. The world we’re on with the Sacred Guardian series is described in more depth, the conflicts explored and deepened.

Kaori’s determination to help his allies and protect his people appealed to me, but his need to understand the cause of all his country’s issues was what sold him to me as a great ruler. Hunter has his own growth in this second book as both of them question their choices, their liabilities, and face a country where not everyone is the biggest fan of their unconventional relationship. Eater of Dreams was a great sequel to Through the Last Door. Every detail, even Shinja reveals more secrets, despite its limited screen time. Speaking of the sacred guardian himself, it makes perfect sense every time the snake finally emerges. I was pleased to see the beast wasn’t called upon to solve every single issue, which only made this story more enjoyable for me.

If you’re a gan of gay fantasy, then you should definitely try this series!

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About the author

J.A. Jaken has been writing m/m fiction for more than ten years. She got her start in the profession writing slash fanfiction, where she has published numerous stories under the pen-name Rushlight. Over the years she has written short stories and novels in genres ranging from science fiction/fantasy to gothic horror to modern detective mysteries. Outside of writing, her interests include studying foreign languages, riding horses, practicing martial arts, and collecting medieval weaponry.

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