Unbound Dreams: The Curious Book at Kelham
Publish Date: October 1, 2024
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About the Book

When a mysterious tome known as Hayal Korluk, an Iyyadi text goes missing, Eudora, a diligent student, is propelled into a quest to retrieve it. There's a catch, however - she must not read the book, and she finds the line between her academic life and the mystical world around her blurs, leading her into a tale of mystery and magic.

Reader Reviews

Kay Parquet's "UNBOUND DREAMS" intricately weaves a tale of familial bonds gone astray, magic, and automata in a captivating arcanepunk world. Following the events of "UNBOUND PAGES," protagonist Eudora faces yet another formidable challenge that pulls her away from her seemingly quiet life as a student at Whitecroft University. The narrative plunges into an enthralling quest when Tomas and Headmaster Alvey request Eudora to miss a few weeks of classes and exams to run what initially sounds like a simple errand. In exchange for a few grades, she is tasked with traveling to Kelham with a small party to retrieve a mysterious book. However, there’s a simple but tantalizing catch: no one can open the book or read what is inside its pages. For a bibliophile like Eudora, the audacity of Tomas and the Headmaster to tempt her with such a warning is irresistible, propelling her into an adventure under the moonrise with her closest friends, Carlotta and Adam.

As Eudora embarks on her journey, she uncovers shocking revelations about her father, who had been living a second life without including her. The narrative cleverly uses Eudora's discoveries to build a world rich in history and secrets, deepening the reader's engagement with the story from the first adventure, “UNBOUND PAGES.” Parquet's ability to construct a world where the environment itself seems to hold more knowledge about Eudora's father than she ever could have imagined as a child speaks volumes about the author’s world-building prowess. The forbidden book, symbolic of the hidden truths of Eudora and father's past, offers a glimpse into the horrors that led to the burning of Kelham. Parquet masterfully intertwines these personal and historical elements, creating a tapestry of intrigue and suspense that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

"UNBOUND DREAMS" showcases Parquet's deft hand of blending mystery, arcanepunk elements, and character-driven choices. The meticulously timed plot unfolds seamlessly, with each chapter revealing more about Eudora’s decisions and their far-reaching consequences. Parquet’s world-building is not just a backdrop but an integral part of the narrative that shapes the characters' choices and the story’s direction. The fine line between science and magic, machine and arcane, is navigated with precision, creating a unique setting that enhances the overall narrative. This balance between world-building and character-driven choices is key to the novel’s success, drawing readers into a world where every decision has weight, and every revelation adds depth to the story.

Parquet's control over the pacing and structure of the plot ensures that readers are constantly engaged, eagerly turning pages to uncover the next twist or revelation. Her ability to create a world that feels both fantastical and grounded in reality is a testament to her skill as a writer. The characters, especially Eudora, are well-developed and relatable, making their journey all the more compelling. The interactions between Eudora, Carlotta, and Adam add layers to the narrative, highlighting the importance of relationships and trust in a world filled with secrets and danger.

In conclusion, "UNBOUND DREAMS" is a testament to Kay Parquet's mastery of arcanepunk storytelling. Her ability to blend intricate world-building with character-driven choices creates a captivating and immersive reading experience. For fans of mystery, magic, and the delicate balance between science and the arcane, this novel is a must-read. Embrace the chaos, follow the temptation, and dive into the world of "UNBOUND DREAMS"—a journey you won’t soon forget.

~Editorial Review: Jenna O'Malley

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