Rhys Harrison’s dreams of a medieval fantasy world called Seodrass have lost her a lot of sleep, but also provide inspiration in her story writing and design for her video game company’s latest project. When her brilliant young intern, Braeden Somerleigh, suggests her dreams are visions of a real place, she suspects his genius has driven him insane—until his research leads them to a doorway between the two worlds.
The two find themselves in a once-peaceful kingdom now torn apart by tyranny and genocide, masterminded by a mysterious figure known only as Malmuir. What’s more, Rhys and Braeden learn their arrival is believed to fulfill a prophecy of two “Foretold Ones” sent to preserve Seodrass. Unable to find a way back home and hunted by Malmuir’s bloodthirsty troops, the pair has little choice but to accompany Sir Daeg—a knight straight out of Rhys’s dreams, or so she thought—on a desperate quest to save the kingdom and their own lives.
I will admit I bought this book purely off the cover and someone mentioned ‘fantasy.’ It seemed a good enough reason at the time and I wasn’t disappointed. The funny thing is, Bethany DeVors breaks some of the “rules”. An example would be, it starts off with a dream. However, it’s a very well-written dream that drags you straight into the book and gives you a glimpse of things to come. You’re then introduced to Rhys Harrison.
Rhys is a story designer for a video game company. However, she’s doing a little more with this game, Seodrass, because her vision for it is so detailed. What she doesn’t tell anyone is that all of it is coming to her in segments at night, in her dreams. She’s eventually joined by Braeden Somerleigh. At first, she thinks he’s going to be a nuisance, a fan boy, but it turns out they get along great. Not only that, but Braedon has been having similar dreams as well and has begun to believe Seodrass is a real place. At first, Rhys believes Braedon has completely lost it, but after another dream, she couldn’t help but ask to look at his information. Over the course of a Christmas vacation at Braedon’s family home in Scotland, they find a lot more than they bargained for. Such as, a portal to Seodrass.
I’m not normally a fan of what I call “portal fantasies.” However, I enjoyed the writing in All From Dreams so much, I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. I love how strong Rhys is, even when the circumstances would break lesser people. Like Rhys, you can’t help but fall in love with Daeg. Handsome, but not a pretty boy. Braedon is like a puppy as he plays around and constantly pushes to learn more. Even though the situation they’re in is shaky and dangerous, he can’t help but still have fun.
There is a romantic element between Rhys and Daeg. In the two times I’ve read it, it didn’t bother me too much. It seemed to be a natural progression of the storyline. There were obvious parts as well. Even knowing where the story was going didn’t keep me from reading the entire book to the end. I can’t wait for the second book and I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on Bethanie F. DeVors.