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Unquiet Dreams by Mark Del Franco Review

Title: Unquiet Dreams

Author: Mark Del Franco

First published January 29, 2008

292 pages, Mass Market Paperback

ISBN: 9780441015696 (ISBN10: 0441015697)

Rating: 3.85


With a new drug on the streets, Celtic fairies and Teutonic elves are waging a dangerous war for control and dominance. Caught in the crossfire are the unsuspecting humans, powerless against the supernatural forces at play.

In a race against time, Connor Grey must unravel a complex web of deceit and corruption before the body count rises any further. But as he digs deeper, he realizes that the conspiracy he has uncovered goes far beyond the city limits and threatens the very fabric of the world as we know it.

About the Author

Mark Del Franco, a talented author from Boston, Massachusetts, has written several captivating novels. His latest work, CATHARGO (2016), is a thrilling fantasy novel that presents an alternate universe where chance and coincidence lead to an entire continent being thrown into war over the use of magic.

In addition to CATHARGO, Mark has also penned his first young adult novel, WHIRLWIND (2014), which is an urban fantasy that follows the journey of teenagers with elemental powers.

Mark’s adult urban fantasy series, the Connor Grey books, are a must-read for fans of the genre. The recommended reading order for the series includes UNSHAPELY THINGS, UNQUIET DREAMS, UNFALLEN DEAD, UNPERFECT SOULS, UNCERTAIN ALLIES, and UNDONE DEEDS.

The Laura Blackstone urban fantasy books, which are also set in the Convergent World, include SKIN DEEP and FACE OFF.

Mark and his partner, Jack, reside in Boston, where they’ve managed to keep their orchids alive despite all odds.

Editoral Review

Unquiet Dreams, written by Mark Del Franco and first published on January 29, 2008, is a captivating urban fantasy novel. Del Franco is no stranger to the realm of urban fantasy as he has penned numerous other books in the same genre.

The book follows the story of Laura Blackstone, a dreamshifter who is trying to come to terms with the new reality that she possesses.

Set in Boston, Del Franco’s vivid descriptions of the city and its characters bring the story to life, creating a vibrant and realistic world for readers to immerse themselves in.

At its core, Unquiet Dreams is a story about self-discovery and identity as Laura must learn to navigate her new abilities and the world she now inhabits. The plot is driven by a series of grisly murders, which Laura becomes involved in as she tries to uncover who – or what – is responsible.

Del Franco is a master of pacing, and Unquiet Dreams is no exception. The story unfolds at just the right pace, with enough twists and turns to keep readers engaged without ever feeling forced or gimmicky.

Del Franco’s writing is also exceptional – he has a gift for crafting beautiful and evocative sentences that draw readers in and keep them entranced. Perhaps the greatest strength of Unquiet Dreams is its characters.

Laura is a well-drawn protagonist, whose struggles and growth are both relatable and engaging. However, she is not the only character that shines.

The supporting characters are also well-developed and feel like real people, with their own motivations and flaws that make them intriguing. Moreover, Del Franco explores some interesting themes in Unquiet Dreams, including the nature of identity and what it means to belong.

While set in a fantastical world, these themes have real-world relevance and will undoubtedly resonate with readers. Despite its many strengths, Unquiet Dreams isn’t without its flaws.

The plot can get a bit convoluted at times, and some of the supporting characters could have been fleshed out a bit more. However, these flaws are minor, and they don’t detract from the overall enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, Unquiet Dreams is an excellent urban fantasy novel that is sure to delight fans of the genre. With its captivating story, well-drawn characters, and evocative prose, it is a must-read for anyone who loves urban fantasy.

It receives a score of 4.5 out of 5, and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for an engaging and thought-provoking read.