My rating: 5 of 5 stars
For the first time in three years, Aya is finally free, but with his freedom comes the pain of all he’s lost. Seeing Akad and Marduk together makes him realize how badly he has messed up. By betraying Marduk, he ruined his chance with the one god he desires more than anything.
Aya needs time to heal and put his world back together, but the trial against the Order looms over him. As the trial begins, Akad, Marduk, and Aya are ensnared in a web of jealousy, backstabbing, and cut-throat politics. Were they crazy to think they could stand up to the Order? If the gods of the Order can still rip their lives apart, their chances of receiving justice may be next to impossible. But if they fail to bring the Order down, Aya may never truly be free.
Content Advisory: Graphic violence, abuse, & dub-con.
If a while ago you saw someone running around screaming like a banshee, the excited kind, not the scary looking one, it was me when the author offered me an ARC.
Word to the wise: Although this was not as dark as the first book (it was close though), the warnings are still there for a reason! Angst, dubious consent and victim blaming are what await you.
Dream God picks up after we left Claimed by the Order and we learn more about Aya and his love lost. Between that and the Order’s trial, I’m surprised he hasn’t had a stroke from stress. As much as I supported Marduk in his hate of Aya, I couldn’t help but feel bad for Aya in this book. The poor god just could not catch a break. But learning more about him helped me understand better his motives in book 1.
Marduk had his own things to work out and I love how, even with all the blaming that goes on during a trial, he refused to sit and take it. Akad has surely grown since we last saw him. Timid he is not.
There is no cliffhanger, but there is plenty of room for a book 3. Which I need, in my hands, as soon as possible. I can’t wait to see the havoc wrecked.
*P.S. I still hate Seth with the burning power of a thousand suns.*