About ‘The Dreamer’ by Todd Herzman::
Genre: Short Story; Fantasy; Psychological
The Obscurate holds over a hundred dreamers. They watch over the Empire of the Seven Winds, guarding its future—protecting its citizens from murder and preventing dissidence against the emperor.
Jasken has accepted his duty, until he Dreams of someone he loves committing a crime. But how can he save them, when everyone around him can see the future too?
Dreams have always intrigued me since I have suffered from a lot of sleep problems (including nightmare disorder), but ‘The Dreamer’ took me on a whole new ride. The author skipped right over dream interpretation into a world where some people have the ability to see into others’ thoughts through their own dream. Of course, their corrupt government attempts to use this to their advantage in finding criminals, though their reasons are selfish as they are clearly cruel overlords. And that’s another topic I love: the abuse of government and the ‘price of peace.’
The story is very well-written. It kept my attention from the first sentence through to the end so I found it very difficult to put down. It also delves into existential philosophies and questions regarding fate, choice, and whether or not the future is set in stone. All in all, an incredible short story that I a hundred percent recommend to any fans of psychological horror/thriller, fantasy, or simply having their brain twisted a bit.
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