Saturday 3 June 2023

Book Review: A Multitude of Dreams by Mara Rutherford (YA Fantasy)

Title: A Multitude of Dreams
Author: Mara Rutherford
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publication Date: 29 August 2023
Pages: 286
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

The bloody plague is finally past, but what fresh horror lies in its wake?

Princess Imogen of Goslind has lived a sheltered life for three years at the boarded-up castle—she and the rest of its inhabitants safe from the bloody mori roja plague that’s ravaged the kingdom. But Princess Imogen has a secret, and as King Stuart descends further into madness, it’s at great risk of being revealed. Rations dwindle each day, and unhappy murmurings threaten to crack the facade of the years-long charade being played within the castle walls.

Nico Mott once enjoyed a comfortable life of status, but the plague took everyone and everything from him. If not for the generosity of a nearby lord, Nico may not have survived the mori roja’s aftermath. But does owing Lord Crane his life mean he owes him his silence?

When Lord Crane sends Nico to search for more plague survivors in the castle, Nico collides with a princess who wants to break out. They will each have to navigate the web of lies they’ve woven if they’re going to survive the nightmares ahead.


A Multitude of Dreams was a delightful YA fantasy tale inspired by Poe's Masque of the Red Death. Imogen and Nico were both relatable and likeable characters and the story progressed at a good pace with plenty of action and interest throughout. Their romance perhaps felt a little sudden, but it's a YA fantasy, so that's probably par for the course, and the book wasn't overly long to have time for a more gradually development of their feelings. All up, though, this was a fun read that I raced through in just two sittings, as it was easy and enjoyable reading. Recommend for fans of YA fantasy in general and in particular those who love a good retelling. I am giving this book four stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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