Don’t go to sleep…
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