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Prince of Dreams (Seven Brothers) [Kindle Edition]

Curt Benjamin
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When Llesho was seven, the Harn invaded his family’s mountain kingdom of Thebin. His guards slaughtered, he was carried off and sold into slavery, as far as he knew, the sole survivor of his royal family.
 
At fifteen he learned his brothers were still alive and had also been sold into slavery. And so began his quest to earn his freedom and then find and rescue his brothers so that they might win back their kingdom from the cruel, barbaric Harn.

But each success led to greater peril, and even with the aid of two of his brothers, the trickster god, a young witch and her even more powerful father, several gladiators, and the Emperor Shou, Llesho was not certain he'd be able to reach his goal. Not when both the Harn and the evil Master Markko were set on his death, and not when the very gates of heaven seemed to be shut against him. Only if Llesho could learn the truth about his mysteriouys heritage and the powers locked inside him did he stand a chance of saving his peopel and reopening the pathway between mortals and gods...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1371 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (2 Sept. 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VKJ1BQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #752,045 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful expansion of the Seven Brothers saga 14 May 2005
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Prince of Dreams continues the quest of young Prince Llesho to find his brothers and reclaim the kingdom of his royal birth. Benjamin has breathed vivid life into an exotic setting that calls to mind the cultures and legends of ancient and mediaeval Asia; it is a place where gods take many forms in which to interact with man, magic is a potent force for both good and evil, dragons and similar fantastic creatures do exist, and all knowledge seems to come with a price. Llesho has come a long way since the beginning of The Prince of Shadow. Enslaved since the age of seven, he believed his brothers had been killed alongside his parents and sister by the Harn raiders who conquered Thebin, the lofty realm which lies at the very foot of the Gates of Heaven. Then, at age fifteen, fate took a strong hand in his life, embarking him on a quest to find his brothers and take Thebin back from the Harn.
As this novel, the second in the Seven Brothers series, opens, Llesho has found two of his brothers and won assistance from the great emperor of Shan. He and his cadre begin a trek meant to take them through the extensive kingdom of the dangerous Harn on their way toward Thebin. Among his companions are ChiChu, the trickster god whom Llesho came to know as a teacher and laundryman, loyal friends of his youth, a young witch who can boast of dragon blood in her veins, and the witch and witch's daughter of the Great Goddess herself. Master Markko, Llesho's greatest enemy, is still out there searching for the young prince, his powers over man and magic increasing daily. Llesho oftentimes wonders how he can possibly do the job the gods expect of him, especially when things only seem to get worse instead of better.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pity the writing is so poor. 30 April 2004
By Rachel Reeves - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm just finishing reading The Prince of Dreams, the second in the Seven Brothers trilogy. I bought books one and two not knowing how good of a writer Benjamin was, and unfortunately I have been very disappointed on that score.
The author has obviously researched ancient Chinese history extensively and has crafted an interesting, vivid story. The problem is his writing abilities do not live up to the story he is telling. Often I am reading and find myself asking "WHO is he talking about?" "That statement makes NO sense", "WHY is he telling something that he's already told us twice before?" etc. His writing is stilted, forced and confusing in many places in the book.
A pity. With more honed writing skills, this book could have been a huge winner. As it stands now, unfortunately I doubt I'll buy the third in the series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Throughly enjoyable! 4 Nov. 2003
By Alanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really loved how the author focused all his narrating on the one main character, Llesho. I often find that when the author attempts to have a thousand different stories going on within the novel, that the book loses my attention. The author's style of writing was descriptive, & still flowed nicely. All 512 pages of this book are packed full of imagination, and adventure. A great fantasy that will keep you turning the pages well into the night.
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2.0 out of 5 stars First book was good, the 2nd lost me.... 30 July 2006
By Eltex - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed the first book by CB in this series, however, the 2nd novel could not keep my attention. I have always been a very earnest reader, often finishing the book in about a week. After two months, I still had to labor to even read a chapter here. I can't explain what was wrong, other than it bored me to death...imho.
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful expansion of the Seven Brothers saga 14 Feb. 2005
By Daniel Jolley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Prince of Dreams continues the quest of young Prince Llesho to find his brothers and reclaim the kingdom of his royal birth. Benjamin has breathed vivid life into an exotic setting that calls to mind the cultures and legends of ancient and mediaeval Asia; it is a place where gods take many forms in which to interact with man, magic is a potent force for both good and evil, dragons and similar fantastic creatures do exist, and all knowledge seems to come with a price. Llesho has come a long way since the beginning of The Prince of Shadow. Enslaved since the age of seven, he believed his brothers had been killed alongside his parents and sister by the Harn raiders who conquered Thebin, the lofty realm which lies at the very foot of the Gates of Heaven. Then, at age fifteen, fate took a strong hand in his life, embarking him on a quest to find his brothers and take Thebin back from the Harn.

As this novel, the second in the Seven Brothers series, opens, Llesho has found two of his brothers and won assistance from the great emperor of Shan. He and his cadre begin a trek meant to take them through the extensive kingdom of the dangerous Harn on their way toward Thebin. Among his companions are ChiChu, the trickster god whom Llesho came to know as a teacher and laundryman, loyal friends of his youth, a young witch who can boast of dragon blood in her veins, and the witch and witch's daughter of the Great Goddess herself. Master Markko, Llesho's greatest enemy, is still out there searching for the young prince, his powers over man and magic increasing daily. Llesho oftentimes wonders how he can possibly do the job the gods expect of him, especially when things only seem to get worse instead of better. A group of his most important friends and allies fall into the hands of the evil magician, while Llesho himself is spirited away to Ahkenbad and its dream readers - who do much to greatly increase the weight of the world on his shoulders. In time, he crosses over into Harn territory, picking up some dangerous and unlikely allies in his mission to save his captured friends and then find and kill Master Markko, the dark magician who haunts his dreams - only then can he hope to make his way home to Thebin. There will be even more required of him than that, however, as it now becomes clear that the fate of both heaven and earth depends upon his success against overwhelming odds.

This novel delineates the maturation process that turns Prince Llesho into the coming king of Thebin; incredible danger, legendary heroics, and the sacrifice of good and true friends can only make him wiser than his sixteen summers. It finally becomes apparent to him that he did indeed receive the favor of the Great Goddess on his sixteenth birthday, and he learns to hone some of the incredible gifts she blessed him with - foremost among them the ability to take control of his dreams. He struggles with guilt over those who die fighting for him, resorts to periodical fits of anguish and doubt, but travels far down the road to becoming the man and warrior who can return the very darkness stolen from the heavens by his enemies.

Some of the tertiary characters involved here, including some of Llesho's brothers, could do with some fleshing out, but the central cast of characters (gods and man) are wonderfully developed here. Benjamin is also highly successful at conveying the nuances and subtlety of the gods' mysterious interactions with Llesho as well as the tricky politics of diverse cultures. With every revelation comes new questions and mysteries, keeping the story fresh and exciting at every turn - just the sort of thing to leave readers clamoring for more in The Gates of Heaven, the final novel in the trilogy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect way to fill a long plane ride.... 2 Aug. 2013
By D. A. Carson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I read the first in the series and was intrigued enough to try the second. Enough action for my teenage son, enough description for my artistic daughter, and enough culture and history for me. There's enough backtracking to get the story, but if you haven't read the first one you definitely should.
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