Release Date: September 8, 2015
Publisher: Tor Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Dees has won a Golden Heart Award, two RITAs for Category Suspense and Adventure and has also twice snared RT's Series Romantic Suspense of the Year. She is a great storyteller, and the adventures in her more than fifty novels are often inspired by her own life. Dees is an Air Force vet-the youngest female pilot in Air Force history-and fought in the first Gulf War. She's had amazing adventures, and she's used her experiences to tell some kickass stories.
But as much as she loves romances, Cindy's other passion has been fantasy gaming. For almost twenty years she's been involved with Dragon Crest, one of the original live action role-playing games. She's the story content creator on the game, and wanted to do an epic fantasy based on it, with the blessing and input of Dragon Crest founder Bill Flippin.
The Sleeping King is the first in an epic fantasy series, featuring the best of the genre: near immortal imperial overlords, a prophecy of a sleeping elven king who's said to be the savior of the races . . . and two young people who are set on a path to save the day.
I'm going to say it now, THE SLEEPING KING by Cindy Dees is not for me. I'm not the right reader for this book. I can read epic fantasy, and I know that getting through chunky books like this requires a lot of patience. The cast is usually massive, the world building is immense, and the scope is all encompasing. I love how the genre can engulf the readers for days or weeks on end, depending on one's reading speed, and I was looking forward to getting lost in the world of Dragon Crest for the weekend.
Yeah, that's not what happened.
The first chapter was fantastic albeit lengthy. Chapter 1 painted the lay of the land perfectly and introduced the key players: Bad guys are ruling the empire, but there's a prophecy fortelling the demise of the current rule. Exciting right? And it was for me for the most part. Reading THE SLEEPING KING got tedious for me on the latter half. And I can't pinpoint the whys of it. All I know is I found myself skimming and skipping a lot of parts until it got to the part where the heroes finally met THE SLEEPING KING.
And I was underwhelmed. All those deaths. All those sacrifices and battles for nothing! It felt very anti-climactic for me because basically the King will remain sleeping for reasons I can't say as it will be spoilery.
Now don't take my word for it. THE SLEEPING KING has it's great parts and I'm sure it will be a sweeping tale for the right reader. As far as I'm concerned though, this is just one of those books that didn't work for me. If you're interested though, read this postive and enthusiastic review by Between Dreams and Reality instead.