FANTASY MEETS MYSTERY
A bizarre mission to travel into a dying king's nightmares forces a drifting veteran to confront his own trauma.
The first book in the Twelfth World series, Dreams of the Dying is a slow-burning and haunting exploration of mental illness, morality, and the dark sides of humanity.
WHAT READERS SAY
Petrik Leo, Top 50 Reviewer on Goodreads
"It is a cliché to say this, but Dreams of the Dying is one of the best books I’ve ever read."
DREAMS OF THE DYING
A FANTASY NOVEL ABOUT THE DARK CORNERS OF OUR MINDS
Years after a harrowing war experience, ex-mercenary Jespar tre Moreste has taken to drifting. It’s a lonely existence, but barring the occasional bout of melancholia, he has found the closest thing to peace a man like him deserves. Life is “all right.”
Or so he believes. Hoping to turn the page, Jespar accepts a mysterious invitation into the beautiful but dangerous archipelago of Kilay—and everything changes. Plagued by boiling social tensions and terrorism, the tropical empire is edging ever closer to civil war. Kilay’s merchant king is the only person able to prevent this catastrophe, but he has fallen into a preternatural coma—and it’s Jespar’s task to figure out what or who caused it. As the investigation takes him across the archipelago and into the king’s nightmares, unexpected events not only tie Jespar’s own life to the mystery but also unearth inner demons he believed to be exorcised long ago.
Battling old trauma while fighting for his life, his sanity, and the fate of Kilay, the line between dream and reality blurs until only one question remains: If your mind is the enemy, where do you run?
A slow-burning, riveting blend of fantasy, mystery, and psychological horror, Dreams of the Dying is a deep exploration of mental illness, morality, and the dark sides of humanity.
Dreams of the Dying is heavily inspired by the cult video game Enderal: Forgotten Stories, which was written by the same author.
DREAMS OF THE DYING IS AVAILABLE IN THREE DIFFERENT FORMATS
NOTE: THE BOOK SHORTS ARE DIGITAL MOCKUPS FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES
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* The illustrated appendix contains the following chapters. (Contains very mild spoilers)
A short geographical overview of the Kilayan Archipelago
An essay on the history of the Archipelago and the Illumined World
A bestiary of the Archipelago's native creatures
Pencil sketches of the characters, as envisioned by another in-universe character
An overview of the nine Celestials, the pantheon of the Illumined World
A Brossantian tailor’s impressions of Kilayan fashion
A guide to Makehu, the language spoken by the Makehu people, designed by a professional linguist
The Great Umbra and the Resurrection of the World, the creation myth of the Makehu
To the Moon I Say Farewell, a poem by Jespar’s sister
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