A Poe Retelling

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A Multitude of Dreams is a retelling of Edgar Allen Poe's short story, "The Masque of the Red Death". I'm not one for scary and am happily grateful to say that this is not scary. There is apprehension, but I feel for the most part the story is rather predictable. Which isn't to say it's not good, but you can see certain storyline plots unfolding.

I liked both of our main character's and their point of views. Seraphina is a young, Jewish girl who was kidnapped to impersonate a mad king's daughter and is now trapped in a castle. Nico is a servant in a great man's hall after being left for dead. They both have had their lives displaced a plague called the Mora Roji. Now that the plague is over, something sinister has come to life.

Again the story is predictable, but so compelling and well written. Seraphina was interesting to read about, especially what life would be like in a castle, cut off from the outside world, slowly starving from lack of resources. She doesn't allow herself to become complacent and live in a dreamland. She never truly knowing who to trust or who knows her secrets. Nico was pragmatic and willing to go the distance for his mission and to protect and help people. They made a good pairing!