Don’t go to sleep…

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re­leased OUT NOW! 640 pages | Pa­per­back/ebook

Au­thor markus Heitz

Pub­lisher Jo Fletcher books

kon­statin korff, cen­tral char­ac­ter in Oneiros, is a lit­tle un­usual – and not just be­cause he’s Europe’s lead­ing un­der­taker. Credit has to be given to Markus Heitz for cre­at­ing a dif­fer­ent sort of su­per­nat­u­ral be­ing, and as Kon­stantin’s ex­act na­ture isn’t re­vealed un­til well into the book we won’t say much about it here. Kon­stantin has tried to leave his kind be­hind, but his con­di­tion pre­vents him liv­ing fully among nor­mal peo­ple, and he gets in­volved once more in the ac­tiv­i­ties of other “Death Sleep­ers”.

The ac­tion is well-paced, and there are some suit­ably tense scenes – es­pe­cially close to the start where you know some­thing aw­ful is go­ing to hap­pen on a plane, but aren’t sure when, how, or who will be re­spon­si­ble. It zips be­tween ex­otic lo­ca­tions like a Bond film, com­plete with car chases and gun­fights. How­ever, the char­ac­ters are poorly cre­ated. Even the ma­jor ones feel like a con­glom­er­a­tion of clichés, and ev­ery sin­gle fe­male one gets de­scribed in terms of her at­trac­tive­ness (in­clud­ing a cru­cial corpse).

As for the ro­man­tic el­e­ment, it feels both un­re­al­is­tic and hor­ri­bly pre­dictable. Great if you like pacy ad­ven­tures, not so good if you love good char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion. Miriam McDon­ald

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