In a small village in a serene forest, the villagers live in harmony with nature, worshiping the “Great Spirit.” However, a jealous local spirit healer named Tertsrick becomes consumed with the desire for eternal life and deceives the villagers into believing that human sacrifices are necessary to appease the Great Spirit. Tertsrick carries out a sacrificial ritual, hoping to gain immortality by consuming the blood of the chosen successor. In return, the Great Spirit punishes Tertsrick, blinding and transforming him into a liquid form, merging him with a tree. Years later, a young orphan named Donovan visits a museum with his fellow orphans. Donovan is particularly intrigued by an artifact called the Door, rumored to possess an ever-changing appearance. What secrets does the Door hold, and why is Donovan so fascinated by it? This begins one of three very different stories in “S.R. Longshore’s Muse-Dream Mysteries.”
Author S.R. Longshore takes readers to a world where dreams and reality intertwine, secrets are unveiled, and the power of self-discovery becomes paramount. This book offers a lesson that resonates deeply: embracing our true gifts and finding fulfillment through their expression. For example, the story of Kyra and the tall figures—reminds us that by embracing our authentic selves and expressing our talents, we can lead lives filled with purpose, joy, and a sense of fulfillment.
There is also a line from the story of the girl and her dying mother, “True love never dies.” A constant reminder of the enduring power of love, even in the face of loss and adversity. I can’t deny that it evokes a sense of hope, drawing readers to go further into the depths of the stories and uncover the unknown.
Longshore effortlessly weaves elements of mystery, suspense, and spiritual exploration while immersing readers in the enigmatic world she has created. She explores the supernatural and blends dreams and reality—adding an intriguing layer to the book—creating an atmosphere that is both ethereal and grounded in human emotions. Thus, captivating readers with profound revelations from the characters’ interactions with her mystical entities.
Lastly, Longshore loves writing short novels. Her talent for crafting emotionally resonant stories and her great pacing allow readers to become immersed in the plot while savoring moments of introspection. And that is why S.R. Longshore’s Muse-Dream Mysteries is a must-read. Prepare to be transported into a world where dreams hold secrets and the power of the human spirit shines brightly.
– The Moving Words Review
Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 3, 2024