Said that, where, if I remember well, in the first book there was really no romantic relationship between Wil and Dallin, or at least nothing that was open and fully acknowledge, in book two they shared some intimate moments that make it clear they are heading towards a love story.
As always, I’m concentrating on the “romance” more than on other aspects of the story, but truth be told, this is really a Coming of Age story, with Wil doing his own travel, from being a boy to being a man, but also from being barely aware of his power and destiny to little by little taking his own destiny in hand (and right in the last sentence I think there is a good metaphor on this point). Also Dallin is doing his own travel, but it’s more a self-discovery travel, all inside himself: Will is moving from one step to another, Dallin is more trying to understand the step in which he is already on.
The Aisling series is a quite complex world building, but it’s not heavy setting; the author is playing more with the characters and their evolution than the world around them. It’s not a big bum bang plot, and that is probably why, even if mainly aimed to a YA target, also an adult reader will appreciate it, actually I think they will find something that a teenager will probably not focus on. This novel is like some of those eye trick paintings that, according to who is looking at them, will communicate different perceptions.
Amazon: Aisling, Book Two: Dream
Amazon Kindle: Aisling, Book Two: Dream
Paperback: 410 pages
Publisher: Prizm (June 15, 2011)
Series: The Aisling
1) Guardian: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1329302.html
Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bott
Cover Art by Rose Lenoir