My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Delwyn of the Realms is a fantasy story and book one of the Storming Archives series. Set in Australia the book deals with Delwyn a thirty year old women who suffers from many psychiatric disorders; Narcolepsy – a disease with fits of sleepiness and drowsiness, Hypnopompic and Hypnagogic hallucinations – visual, tactile, auditory, or other sensory events, she also claims to astral travel and have mental splitting issues – where a person can have a personality disorder.
This makes her a complex character and we first meet her as she leaves a two month stay in a psychiatric ward. Her Aunt has agreed she can go and stay with her on her farm. Delwyn has always preferred the dream world as an escape from reality and we learn of a troubled upbringing which may have contributed to her current state.
Whilst at the farm Delwyn discovers a magical mirror which takes her to another realm, a dream world where she meets Varun the guardian of her dreams in a place called Onesol. This is a new secret for Delwyn and she stops taking her medication and thrills at her visits to this world, a place of discovery where she believes she can face her fears.
In the real world Delwyn must still have sessions with a psychiatrist and under hypnosis she reveals too much of her dream realms and others try to take away her chance to become a Portal Stormer.
The psychiatric disorders make Delwyn’s character very hard to relate to, she is full of aggressive anger, fear and her moments of regret are shallow. The book centres around Delwyns dream adventures and the realms she visits will be continued in book two of the series.
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