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I pushed myself up and stumbled away. But the memory followed me like a bad feeling. It found its way through the shabby mental wall I’d erected. Within seconds, it filled my skull again. Fortuna has made one too many sacrifices to protect the ones she loves. She no longer knows how to go about her day-to-day life like she’s normal. Like she’s not utterly destroyed. Just a I pushed myself up and stumbled away. But the memory followed me like a bad feeling. It found its way through the shabby mental wall I’d erected. Within seconds, it filled my skull again. Fortuna has made one too many sacrifices to protect the ones she loves. She no longer knows how to go about her day-to-day life like she’s normal. Like she’s not utterly destroyed. Just a glimpse of Ian O’Connell’s face causes panic attacks, and Collith isn’t much help, considering he’s fighting demons of his own. Amongst so much inner turmoil, Fortuna’s abilities are still changing. However weak she feels, she knows she’s getting stronger. Fortuna does her best to hide it from other Fallen, because in the world of monsters, strength will get you killed. Well, that and unpredictable panic attacks. Unfortunately for Fortuna, it’s when you’re most vulnerable that enemies—new and old—like to come out of the woodwork… TRIGGER WARNING: This novel contains scenes or themes of PTSD and rape.


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I pushed myself up and stumbled away. But the memory followed me like a bad feeling. It found its way through the shabby mental wall I’d erected. Within seconds, it filled my skull again. Fortuna has made one too many sacrifices to protect the ones she loves. She no longer knows how to go about her day-to-day life like she’s normal. Like she’s not utterly destroyed. Just a I pushed myself up and stumbled away. But the memory followed me like a bad feeling. It found its way through the shabby mental wall I’d erected. Within seconds, it filled my skull again. Fortuna has made one too many sacrifices to protect the ones she loves. She no longer knows how to go about her day-to-day life like she’s normal. Like she’s not utterly destroyed. Just a glimpse of Ian O’Connell’s face causes panic attacks, and Collith isn’t much help, considering he’s fighting demons of his own. Amongst so much inner turmoil, Fortuna’s abilities are still changing. However weak she feels, she knows she’s getting stronger. Fortuna does her best to hide it from other Fallen, because in the world of monsters, strength will get you killed. Well, that and unpredictable panic attacks. Unfortunately for Fortuna, it’s when you’re most vulnerable that enemies—new and old—like to come out of the woodwork… TRIGGER WARNING: This novel contains scenes or themes of PTSD and rape.

30 review for Deadly Dreams

  1. 4 out of 5

    Becca & The Books

    This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review So I was warned this book would break me before reading it and... yeah, it delivered. This is the third instalment in the Fortuna Sworn series, so by now, I am very attached to the characters and deeply invested in the story and K.J. Sutton did not pull the punches here. Trauma and recovery are very big themes that underpin the fantasy plot and romantic elements as the characters are trying to heal from the events of book 2. Th This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review So I was warned this book would break me before reading it and... yeah, it delivered. This is the third instalment in the Fortuna Sworn series, so by now, I am very attached to the characters and deeply invested in the story and K.J. Sutton did not pull the punches here. Trauma and recovery are very big themes that underpin the fantasy plot and romantic elements as the characters are trying to heal from the events of book 2. There are tiny little seeds of happiness and hope sprinkled throughout that actually hurt more because of the bleak atmosphere in every other aspect of the story. Anyone who knows me, knows that my favourite books are the ones that hurt the most so I was THRIVING... but also in a lot of pain. As usual, the characters are what stood out for me, I love Fortuna, even though she's impulsive, stubborn and makes terrible choices, I still root for her. Collith will forever be my favourite, and I swear if that man doesn't get some happiness sometime soon I am going to riot. I also loved that we got to see some legendary characters from folklore join the cast this time around, Gwyn being a particular favourite for her grey morality. Unsurprisingly, there was a dynamic conclusion that punched me in the feels and also left me reeling. I have so many questions and I need answers like yesterday. Overall this was a very addictive and emotionally compelling read and I am literally DYING for book 4. Trigger Warnings in spoilers (view spoiler)[ Sexual Assault, Trauma, PTSD (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    K.J. Sutton

    Update on November 30th, 2020 Just a head's up to anyone who is receiving the e-book preorder for Deadly Dreams! There is an error toward the end, in which I use the term "selkie", but the correct one was "kelpie". It has since been fixed, but I was unable to adjust the preorder version! Update on May 6th, 2020 Because I just cannot figure out a way to include this in a print edition without it absolutely f***ing up the entire file—and someone should really enjoy it besides me—I present to you the Update on November 30th, 2020 Just a head's up to anyone who is receiving the e-book preorder for Deadly Dreams! There is an error toward the end, in which I use the term "selkie", but the correct one was "kelpie". It has since been fixed, but I was unable to adjust the preorder version! Update on May 6th, 2020 Because I just cannot figure out a way to include this in a print edition without it absolutely f***ing up the entire file—and someone should really enjoy it besides me—I present to you the "bloodline tree" I commissioned from the fabulous Upon a Day Dreamer. Update on April 17th, 2020 Can we talk about how on-point this aesthetic is from Chelsea at The Suspense is Thrilling Me? Update on February 23rd, 2020 It occurred to me tonight that I've never shared my Fortuna Sworn playlist on Goodreads! These are the artists and songs I listen to while drafting each book of the series: https://spoti.fi/32kdFrz

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lucie V.

    Oh. My. God. What a ride! The second part of this book broke my heart, but I liked it so much despite the emotional pain. Do you think you're the only creature to know real pain? Why should you get the luxury of falling apart, while the rest of us pick up the pieces and press on? This book is dark. There is hurt and angst everywhere as Collith is trying to heal from his time spent in Hell and Fortuna tries to deal with the trauma she has because of the deal she made with a devil at the crossroa Oh. My. God. What a ride! The second part of this book broke my heart, but I liked it so much despite the emotional pain. Do you think you're the only creature to know real pain? Why should you get the luxury of falling apart, while the rest of us pick up the pieces and press on? This book is dark. There is hurt and angst everywhere as Collith is trying to heal from his time spent in Hell and Fortuna tries to deal with the trauma she has because of the deal she made with a devil at the crossroads while working, being the queen of the Unseelie court, and making sure that her family stays safe. There are moments of happiness and hope all throughout the book, but it only enhanced the darkness of Deadly Dreams and it only hurt more when these happy moments were shattered. There are some lengths in the first half of the book, but the second part is incredible. I was at the edge of my seat, and I just could stop reading. “For me, you were never a Nightmare, Fortuna Sworn—you were a dream come to life.” The relationship drama and love triangle continue, and it did hurt at times to see how they were all toxic for each other, but at the same time, the strong emotions are part of what made me enjoy this book so much. The characters are great, as in the previous books. I like Fortuna, even though she is impulsive, stubborn, and reckless (and does not always makes the best choices). I still love Laurie, and I really wished that he would have been more present in this book, (view spoiler)[the change of character near the end is also very intriguing and I hope that I will still love him in the next book (hide spoiler)] . I honestly don't really care for Collith (I was hoping that Fortuna would end up with Laurie), and I honestly can't say why I don't like him... But I still appreciate his character development in Deadly Dreams. We also get to see more of Finn (I really like him), and there is a new character straight out of folklore : Gwyn, the mighty leader of the Hunt. She is an interesting addition and I hope to see her again in the next book. In that moment I had a flash of intuition, like lightning striking a tree, and I felt the fragments left of my heart cracking even more. The only thing left to say is that the ending killed me. I am still trying to make sense of everything that happened in the last 10% of the book and to figure out how I feel about it. I need the fourth book right now. I re-read Fortuna Sworn and Restless Slumber right before I started this book so I was really immersed in this universe. Really this book is a rollercoaster of emotions and I can't wait for the next book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Louise H - ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐

    UPDATED REVIEW 3.5 Stars After having stalled two-thirds of the way through, because it felt as though we really weren't making any headway on the story, I eventually picked this back up and finished reading it. Virtually from the very page I'd left this the plot picked up and I was recaptured by this great series. So much so that I read into the early hours to finish this! Had the entire book been at this level it would have surpassed 5 stars, if more of the book had been at this level I would n UPDATED REVIEW 3.5 Stars After having stalled two-thirds of the way through, because it felt as though we really weren't making any headway on the story, I eventually picked this back up and finished reading it. Virtually from the very page I'd left this the plot picked up and I was recaptured by this great series. So much so that I read into the early hours to finish this! Had the entire book been at this level it would have surpassed 5 stars, if more of the book had been at this level I would never have come close to DNF'ing it. I do need to thank Julie of One Book More blog, as she encouraged me to finish this and was 100% correct about that ending! This is a long book a fair amount of which could (and maybe should) have been edited out, with no real impact on the story. There was a whole sub-plot involving Gwen and the Wild Hunt that was far too long winded for very little forward movement. Given the amount of words devoted to this, it should have driven the plot forward much more significantly. It does leave me wondering if the series should have been planned for 4 or 5 books rather than 6. On a positive, we saw Fortuna undergo a great deal of personal growth. There were still some rash decisions, but we saw a lot more forethought, more questioning rather than simply believing, more self-awareness. Despite it being heartbreaking to read, I loved how the author handled the trauma that both Fortuna and Collith had endured. There were some beautiful moments between various characters, some incredibly tender scenes, some moving scenes, some terrifying scenes and some confuzzling ones that will no doubt become clear in future books. I was awestruck by how a throwaway sentence in book #1, by a nameless character, suddenly held great significance. This is a complex story, one where you start unravelling a thread and suddenly have a whole layer seemingly revealed, only for another thread to add a different spin to the story. Relationships and allegiances, that in hindsight should have been obvious, were revealed like a slap to the face. Hints, clues, breadcrumbs and red herrings are scattered throughout and you could drive yourself insane trying to follow and unpick them all. The book spent far to long drifting in aimless circles with little advancement of the plot. So whilst this was not quite as good as the previous two based on the last third I WILL continue the series. I'm fairly certain, at some point, that we will discover that "Laurie" at the end isn't Laurie, but rather is his more evil and conniving brother. I could be wrong though. Sadly this also suffered from that very annoying trope of "let's avoid that simple conversation that would avoid lots of angst, suffering and misconceptions". There were too many interrupted conversations that remained unfinished, despite the opportunity to complete them. And despite the information being really important. In addition I felt there was too much needless keeping of secrets, which smacks of lazy/lacklustre writing. This review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... by Miriam perfectly sums up my exact thoughts and feelings around this book. Perhaps I'd been too eager for this book, had built up such great expectations that I was bound to be somewhat disappointed. However this series here , The Messenger Chronicles by Pippa DaCosta, is an example of where each book has it's own story arc, whilst also moving the overarching storyline forward too.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆

    I was right. I do need this book ASAP. Just finished Restless Slumber and, for real, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT???? I was right. I do need this book ASAP. Just finished Restless Slumber and, for real, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT????

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aisling Zena

    2/5/2020 After what happened in book 2.. 2/5/2020 After what happened in book 2..

  7. 5 out of 5

    • Lindsey Dahling •

    I can’t even figure out how to review this because my head is spinning from the last 50ish pages. I was staying up past my bedtime to read, thinking about the book at work, ignoring my friends and family, etc. You know, the usual damn-this-book-is-good stuff. The book handles mental health struggles, trauma, sexual assault, and healing all really damn well, so I’m rounding the GR stars up to 5. Because damn does it handle those topics well. Normally, if I know a book includes sexual assault, ther I can’t even figure out how to review this because my head is spinning from the last 50ish pages. I was staying up past my bedtime to read, thinking about the book at work, ignoring my friends and family, etc. You know, the usual damn-this-book-is-good stuff. The book handles mental health struggles, trauma, sexual assault, and healing all really damn well, so I’m rounding the GR stars up to 5. Because damn does it handle those topics well. Normally, if I know a book includes sexual assault, there’s a 95% chance I will never pick it up. It’s a heavy topic that makes me feel lower than low. I lose myself in the heaviness of it and cant fight my way out, even if the book has a happy ending. I’m not sure if that makes sense. Regardless, Deadly Dreams beautifully handles the effects of what happened in book 2 without being too much of a downer. It gives the proper amount of weight to the issue without making me feel so heavy and sad that I feel broken throughout all of it (which is the #1 reason I stick to fantasy/avoid most contemporary fiction). The escapism element remained while I watched Fortuna’s healing. I appreciated that. It’s a nice balance. Also, to completely change the subject, the spice in this is A++++++++😏🔥😏🔥😏🔥😏🔥😏🔥😏🔥+++++ Collith: 10/10 would bang PS—What the fuck, Fortuna. You’re a Slytherin. Stop being reckless and own that shit.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paige ♠

    This was definitely my favorite book in the series so far! There are still a couple of things that prevent me from absolutely loving it though. CONS ⇢ First half of the book was boring ⇢ The epic level of miscommunication between Fortuna and Collith really got on my nerves!! So much could have been prevented if they had just talked for the first 60% of the book. Collith literally tried to tell Fortuna "his secret" twice but was annoyingly interrupted both times 😑 ⇢ Not as much romance as I would hav This was definitely my favorite book in the series so far! There are still a couple of things that prevent me from absolutely loving it though. CONS ⇢ First half of the book was boring ⇢ The epic level of miscommunication between Fortuna and Collith really got on my nerves!! So much could have been prevented if they had just talked for the first 60% of the book. Collith literally tried to tell Fortuna "his secret" twice but was annoyingly interrupted both times 😑 ⇢ Not as much romance as I would have liked. Probably because Fortuna and Collith didn't talk for the first 60% - and Laurie was more absent as well PROS ⇢ Even though the first half was boring, there was still so much that happened. I feel like this book was kind of a "bridge" book that transitions the first two books into the rest of the series ⇢ I loved all of the side characters. Gwyn, Finn, Lyari, Dracula, etc... they definitely made this book a lot better. I'm extra curious to see how the Dracula storyline plays out ⇢ THAT ENDING. Fortuna... my poor girl 😢 Please stop making such rash decisions! But maybe now we'll be getting some more Laurie ❤️ I'm definitely started to get some major ACOTAR vibes, but I'm not upset about it because it's still a very unique story. (view spoiler)[Collith = Tamlin and Laurie = Rhys, especially now with Collith's betrayal and Fortuna as Laurie's slave. I'm definitely expecting Laurie to parade Fortuna around like Rhys did with Feyre under the mountain... under the guise of "it being for her safety". At least, I'm secretly hoping this will be the case 😝 (hide spoiler)] I cannot wait to read the next book in the series - this author knows how to end on a cliffhanger!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    Oh my word, this series! My mind is reeling from the action, the twists and turns, and the shocking revelations throughout Restless Slumber, especially in the last third of the book! Nothing is what it seems in Fortuna’s world, and the lines between good and evil are so blurred, Fortuna basically should trust no one!! Fortuna is very impulsive in the first two books, and I like how Fortuna is not as ruled by impulsivity in this one. She’s become more patient and is as compassionate as always. For Oh my word, this series! My mind is reeling from the action, the twists and turns, and the shocking revelations throughout Restless Slumber, especially in the last third of the book! Nothing is what it seems in Fortuna’s world, and the lines between good and evil are so blurred, Fortuna basically should trust no one!! Fortuna is very impulsive in the first two books, and I like how Fortuna is not as ruled by impulsivity in this one. She’s become more patient and is as compassionate as always. Fortuna is a woman who will do anything for those she loves, and family is everything. She recognizes her rash actions and decisions and even tries to rectify some of them and repair the relationships she splintered. That’s not to say, she’s not impulsive. Fortuna still acts without thinking, and sometimes she needs to stop and think about the ramifications of her actions. However, she’s clearly changing. She’s showing so much emotional growth, and she doesn’t even realize it. Fortuna is traumatized by what happened at the end of Restless Slumber and is going through a very dark time. Her life is in turmoil and constant danger, she is riddled with guilt and fear, and she is burdened with ruling the Unseelie Court. Even her dream world with Oliver is no longer a safe and dependable refuge. This book highlights Fortuna’s loneliness and sense of isolation even though she’s rarely alone. Collith also deals with trauma, and he struggles to communicate for much of the novel. There were times when I felt so bad for him and other times when I wanted to shake some sense into him. The same goes for Laurie. The men in Fortuna’s life are complex, secretive creatures with dark, connected pasts, and it’s fascinating to see their stories slowly unravel even if I don’t completely understand their motivations. I also love the abundance of fierce and powerful women, as well as the constant introduction of new characters. Gwyn, Viessa, Lyari, Mercy, and others are all well-layered, independent females who epitomize female strength, and I love their individual roles in the story. The introduction of Dracula creates another unexpected twist and leaves me with more questions. I also want to know more about Oliver and the dream world. Fortuna has many questions about Ollie and the world, as well as the shadow figure who preys there. I have a feeling these characters and others, like Cyrus, Finn, and Adam, will be further explored as the series progresses. There are so many dynamic characters in this story, and though I’m never sure who is good and who is evil, I’m intrigued by them all. I love that everyone’s motivations are unclear and that there are many layers to their stories. No one is thoroughly good or thoroughly evil, and that moral grayness adds so much to the suspense. It also makes for a fast-paced read with tons of action and intense moments and leads to some major jaw-dropping moments! The strong imagery and vivid depiction of the characters and setting also add to the intensity of the story. Sutton’s writing quickly immerses you into this dark fantasy world filled with rich and well-developed characters. Fortuna’s dream realm is particularly vivid, and I love how the symbolism, foreshadowing, and imagery enhance the characters and setting. Finally, I have to talk about that ending! Sutton sure knows how to create a jaw-dropping conclusion that leaves the reader salivating for more! Fortuna has experienced so much heartache, and I can’t imagine how she is going to handle everything she learned toward the end of the story. Her decisions will no doubt change her life irrevocably, and her story is far from over. I can’t wait for the next installment in this dark fantasy series!

  10. 4 out of 5

    NAT.orious reads ☾

    OMG, this is published? I can't even! I thought about this series a lot, especially since starting/continuing A Court of Thorns and Roses . OMG, this is published? I can't even! I thought about this series a lot, especially since starting/continuing A Court of Thorns and Roses .

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    All Hail Queen Sutton!! The very first thing, this book, this series deserves unlimited stars, all of it exceeds any expectations I had. Next, I'm going to continue to scream from the rooftops to everyone that has ears that they MUST start this series. I've never ever read anything like it. I'm not very good at putting my feelings into words when it comes to reviewing books, I absolutely do not do justice to them. So, we finally get book 3, anytime your waiting for the next book in a series you l All Hail Queen Sutton!! The very first thing, this book, this series deserves unlimited stars, all of it exceeds any expectations I had. Next, I'm going to continue to scream from the rooftops to everyone that has ears that they MUST start this series. I've never ever read anything like it. I'm not very good at putting my feelings into words when it comes to reviewing books, I absolutely do not do justice to them. So, we finally get book 3, anytime your waiting for the next book in a series you love, any amount of time seems too long. This book, this book, gutted me. I feel like these people are real, like I can reach out and touch them and in some instances, smack them for the decisions they are making or hug them when their world comes crashing down. Fortuna is one hell of a character, the many betrayals she goes through cut so hard it's a wonder she remains the person she is. She is very self aware of the world and people around her and still desperately wants to believe in the "goodness" of them. So, her pain just stomps on your heart. Every single secondary character is spectacular, I both love and hate them. The emotions this series brings out in me are severe. So, I'm not sure what in the world is going on with a couple of the side stories, they remain a mystery and I love it as I try to figure the whole thing out. The revelations this book gave us were, incredibly intense, like, holy smokes, no way, I should have seen it coming. So now, the last chapter, mind you, I'm leaving out so much but if you've gotten this far, then you know all what's going on. I knew it, I knew something wasn't right with him, it remains to be seen if this plays out for good or bad but these are Faerie, and not the whimsy good kind. More of the selfish, self absorbed, long planned out treachery kind. I do want to say that Gwyen and the Wild Hunt is such a great add to this as is Adam and his very well known sire. Anyways, we must now wait, ugh, but I'm gonna go with, all good things come to those who wait, plus there's no other choice. On a side note, I'm not sure yet what I think of Collith, he's treacherous for sure but I'm thinking Laurelis may be worse, maybe. This was AMAZING!!!! Anyone who loves this genre needs to read this, it will blow you away. ALL HAIL QUEEN SUTTON, she is pure magic!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mariam

    “The world of magick is dark, and no one goes into it willingly.” Yet another heart-breaking contribution to the Fortuna Sworn series. It seems that the words "happy ending" are not in Sutton's vocabulary. Despite this, I still continue to cling to the small hope that somehow these characters will get their happily ever after, however far into the future that may be. As exhilarating as Deadly Dreams was, particularly the last few chapters which were a terrifying masterpiece, I found that it to “The world of magick is dark, and no one goes into it willingly.” Yet another heart-breaking contribution to the Fortuna Sworn series. It seems that the words "happy ending" are not in Sutton's vocabulary. Despite this, I still continue to cling to the small hope that somehow these characters will get their happily ever after, however far into the future that may be. As exhilarating as Deadly Dreams was, particularly the last few chapters which were a terrifying masterpiece, I found that it took longer than expected to be drawn into the story. I skimmed the first part of the book, which not only is a bad sign but also had not been something I did with the earlier two books, leaving me to feel disappointed. Deadly Dreams' weakness is a slow build-up to a lacking main plot. However, Sutton's knack for conjuring up mind-blowing plot twists saved the day. “For me, you were never a Nightmare, Fortuna Sworn—you were a dream come to life.” On the bright side, there were a few aspects of the book that I found to be particularly memorable. Firstly, Sutton does a great job depicting how Collith and Fortuna deal with their trauma, reinforcing that everyone copes with trauma differently. Considering the climactic end to Restless Slumber, this was crucial in both creating continuity between books and shaping character. Second is Laurie who needs no further explanation. Unfortunately, (view spoiler)[the moment he confessed his love for Fortuna, a part of the love I had for him died. Fortuna and Laurie's love/hate relationship was something I admired because it was strong, yet mutually platonic. I feel strong, platonic relationships between the opposite sex are not prevalent in the fantasy genre, and thought it was nice for Sutton to establish a friendship between them. (hide spoiler)] Third is, of course, Fortuna. With her snarky comebacks and grey-area morality, she continues to be an interesting main character. Yes, she can be annoying, but everyone has their bad moments and I feel this somehow makes her into a more relatable person. I've been putting off writing about the final chapters because I'm still a bit shocked. I just desperately hope everything turns out okay for Collith and Fortuna. I love them a lot, particularly Collith, and though they've both done questionable things, I strongly believe they deserve a happy ending (view spoiler)[in that cute house of theirs (hide spoiler)] . This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emilie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. That ending broke my heart in so many ways... I loved this third book so much, but I hate it at the same times. HEAR ME OUT : COLLITH AND FORTUNA WILL BE END GAME!!! I want them to be together at the end of the series and I really want to believe it will happen. I love these two with all my heart and they deserve to have this freaking little girl that we saw in Mercy’s vision. I know everything is actually fucked up but we have three other books before the ending and things can get better between That ending broke my heart in so many ways... I loved this third book so much, but I hate it at the same times. HEAR ME OUT : COLLITH AND FORTUNA WILL BE END GAME!!! I want them to be together at the end of the series and I really want to believe it will happen. I love these two with all my heart and they deserve to have this freaking little girl that we saw in Mercy’s vision. I know everything is actually fucked up but we have three other books before the ending and things can get better between them. Okay Collith made big mistakes but as Fortuna did and Laurelis too (by the way). Collith deserve to be happy and I hate what happened to him during the last hundred pages, I can understand Fortuna’s feelings but at the same time I understand Collith’s actions. The scene when he told her the translation of his vows to her destroyed me. He loved her and I’m sure he’s still in love with her... Moreover, I can understand why he didn’t tell her about his true ability, it’s not the kind of things which are easy to talk about and especially to someone who obviously didn’t have any sympathy or trust in your kind... I also wanted to say that I shipped A LOT MORE Laurelis and Collith than Fortuna and Laurelis.... That may be an unpopular opinion but that’s me sipping my cup of tea. In fact I don’t ship Fortuna and Laurelis at all in therm of romance. I think they have a good dynamic as “friends” but not as lovers ( at least not in the long therm ) Reading the end of Deadly Dream, I unfortunately think things will happen with these too and I’m not a fan of it but I guess, we will see where it goes when the time comes. When I think about it I’m totally shipping Laurie and Collith together....... Is something wrong with me???? Even if I hope Fortuna will end up with Our Unseely King (In my heart Viessa would never stole his throne from him so his still “Our King” okay???) I will not complain if some things happened between these two powerful fae male 👀 (I’m actually here for it) Or... I could be happy with a threesome, it might be a possibility that I could enjoy.. 😳

  14. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    This book broke me and ruined me. I loved it despite the pain it caused me. That cliffhanger was too much after those last 100 pages but I can’t wait for the next book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aine O connor

    How can K.J Sutton manage to break my soul into more pieces than it already was after Restless Slumber. This book was a journey. I loved the exploration of finding happiness and comfort while also dealing with the backdrop of trauma due to the repercussions of book 2. The characters stood out in this book, the exploration into the relationships between characters we previously have seen little of was a welcome surprise. The characters are a driving force of this series and keep me intrigued as a How can K.J Sutton manage to break my soul into more pieces than it already was after Restless Slumber. This book was a journey. I loved the exploration of finding happiness and comfort while also dealing with the backdrop of trauma due to the repercussions of book 2. The characters stood out in this book, the exploration into the relationships between characters we previously have seen little of was a welcome surprise. The characters are a driving force of this series and keep me intrigued as a reader. Collith will forever be my favourite character who I want to experience every ounce of happiness possible. The introduction of Gwyn and the wild hunt was another addition that expanded the world and plot of the series more. I am now dying after reading that in particular the last 100 pages and the fall out these events are going to have on the rest of the series. I am anticipating the release of book 4 but now the wait begins. After reading the first 3 back to back I am not prepared for the wait.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gemma

    K J Sutton does it again. I was hooked. Falling back into a world I love! New characters. More twists and turns. So many story’s knitted together. My first book of 2021 and it was fantastic. I can’t wait to see where Fortuna is taken next.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Thebooksoftiti

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3/5 Soooooo I’m disappointed. The end was cool but I really hope Laurie and Fortuna aren’t like endgame because the guy is awful. Like «claim» her whatever that means. So both of the kings were awful men 👏🏻 they are both shitty people and I hope Fortuna walks out of their lives as soon as she can. Please not another romance with Laurie because it would just be the same as white Collith but with him soooo no. I just so frustrated, I loved Collith and Foturna’s relationship and ... well you know if 3/5 Soooooo I’m disappointed. The end was cool but I really hope Laurie and Fortuna aren’t like endgame because the guy is awful. Like «claim» her whatever that means. So both of the kings were awful men 👏🏻 they are both shitty people and I hope Fortuna walks out of their lives as soon as she can. Please not another romance with Laurie because it would just be the same as white Collith but with him soooo no. I just so frustrated, I loved Collith and Foturna’s relationship and ... well you know if you’ve read it. I’m still hopeful, I mean I hope we’ll see him again in the rest of the series. Because I think I would read the next even though this one wasn’t the best in the series. I don’t think they’re done yet, Collith is one of the main character and I like him as one even if I can acknowledge the fact that he did her dirty. I really hope he gets a redemption arch. I loved Fortuna but she annoyed me in this one. I so sad because I really loved her and I just couldn’t relate to her in this one towards the end. At I really liked is that the author well-handled trauma and I loved the fact that Fortuna went to see a therapist, I think I’ve never read that in a novel. That’s great because seeking help doesn’t make yo weak at all At least the plot towards the end was interesting because the beginning with Dracula and Gwyn wasn’t the best.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Oh man this one killed me 💀 wake me when book 4 is released

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Schnoebelen

    The memories of the crossroads continues to haunt Fortuna to a point of paralyzing fear at some points. That being said, fear isn’t allowed for the Queen of the Unseelie Court. With all the major power moves she has been making since meeting Collith, Fortuna had gained the attention of some very powerful and extremely old individuals. While she’s trying to repair herself and her relationships/friendships, Fortuna will have to fight for her life to keep those around her safe. You never know exact The memories of the crossroads continues to haunt Fortuna to a point of paralyzing fear at some points. That being said, fear isn’t allowed for the Queen of the Unseelie Court. With all the major power moves she has been making since meeting Collith, Fortuna had gained the attention of some very powerful and extremely old individuals. While she’s trying to repair herself and her relationships/friendships, Fortuna will have to fight for her life to keep those around her safe. You never know exactly what fairies will do to return the feeling of pain cast upon them. I really loved this one and appreciated how realistic Sutton portrayed Fortuna having to heal from her experiences. The role that mental health plays in this book and the support for reaching out for help when your mental health needs it is such a strong message and something that needs to continuously be discussed. There were many a time when my heart ached for Fortuna and I’m very interested to see what she does next. I also loved learned a bit more about some of our lesser known characters’ histories and about what other types of creatures exist within the world of the Fallen. The ramifications of that ending were huge and I can’t wait to see what will be done in response. I absolutely did not see the ending coming and I want to learn more! It’s crazy that we are only half way through this series. Idk what will happen and I love it!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    “Do you think you’re the only creature to know real pain? Why should you get the luxury of falling apart, while the rest of us pick up the pieces and press on?” Jesus, can K.J. Sutton stop putting me through this Rollercoaster of emotions? I have so many questions I need answered. the non spoiler-y ones being Who the hell is Oliver and wtf is happening. If you missed my breakdown of Fortuna Sworn its a few posts back. Book three is no different. I just can't deal. So much happened, but everything “Do you think you’re the only creature to know real pain? Why should you get the luxury of falling apart, while the rest of us pick up the pieces and press on?” Jesus, can K.J. Sutton stop putting me through this Rollercoaster of emotions? I have so many questions I need answered. the non spoiler-y ones being Who the hell is Oliver and wtf is happening. If you missed my breakdown of Fortuna Sworn its a few posts back. Book three is no different. I just can't deal. So much happened, but everything also brought on so many more questions.. Questions I now have to wait God knows how long for book four 😫

  21. 4 out of 5

    MummysVampire

    Arghhhh this was epic!!! From one EPIC cliffy in book 2 to another in Fortuna Sworn book 3! Need more of this story like right now lol! Ok I have to say, don’t let me mentioning a cliffhanger put you off reading this as it’s more of a ‘hook’ (check me getting my terms right) You will want more but not cry in a corner 🤣 We pick up where we left Fortuna and she is devastated! (So was I) But being the awesome kick ass and yes reckless girl we love she did something so gut wrenching and sad to take b Arghhhh this was epic!!! From one EPIC cliffy in book 2 to another in Fortuna Sworn book 3! Need more of this story like right now lol! Ok I have to say, don’t let me mentioning a cliffhanger put you off reading this as it’s more of a ‘hook’ (check me getting my terms right) You will want more but not cry in a corner 🤣 We pick up where we left Fortuna and she is devastated! (So was I) But being the awesome kick ass and yes reckless girl we love she did something so gut wrenching and sad to take back the events at the end of book 2! Proving she will literally doing anything for her loved ones. This clearly shows through all of the books. It started with just her on her own looking for her brother and yet as it continues, she keeps picking people up, that will do pretty much anything in return! She has accumulated a new family or a gang of loved ones and is a Proper Queen meaning more than just the crown. Even people that don’t want to like her can’t help it. In this one she makes a few more powerful and famous (yup I said famous) friends along the way. Equally she has a lot of enemy’s and a couple of once trustworthy to epic back stabbers I was spitting fire at. Can’t tell you who as I want you to read this but I will say I wanted to cry for her. Don’t miss this series! You need to start with book 1 and I promise you will fall in love with all these amazing characters K.J has created for us. This was my favourite of the 3 so far but that’s the epic writing and story development. Also I really want my own werewolf 🤣 Top Marks wish I could give more 5/5 2021 for more Fortuna but it’s 2021 now 👏👏

  22. 5 out of 5

    Abby Salter

    This book actually took me 10 days to read. I struggled to get fully gripped by the plot and found that it was too long with sections that could have been edited down. There is also the super annoying trope of important conversations getting interrupted just to then cause drama. I will still continue with the series and loved the ending but definitely my least favourite in the series so far

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicole (FearYourEx)

    I'm not going to lie, reading Deadly Dreams was difficult for me. I've been through a lot in the past year: depression, anxiety, loss, and etc. And I haven't read much that had any of these things going on for the main character. Fortuna is obviously going through a lot, her despair is palpable during the majority of the book and considering what I've been through it was difficult. However, I still loved and enjoyed this book, it was just harder to read because I try to ignore my emotions and pr I'm not going to lie, reading Deadly Dreams was difficult for me. I've been through a lot in the past year: depression, anxiety, loss, and etc. And I haven't read much that had any of these things going on for the main character. Fortuna is obviously going through a lot, her despair is palpable during the majority of the book and considering what I've been through it was difficult. However, I still loved and enjoyed this book, it was just harder to read because I try to ignore my emotions and pretend they don't exist (terrible coping mechanism, I know) and reading a character going through similar emotions made me think about mine. We start Deadly Dreams pretty much right after the events of Restless Slumber and the characters are all going through different things. Despite everything they remain a little family and continue to be there for one another. Fortuna continues to rule the Unseelie Court despite Collith not being there to help. I feel like Fortuna's character grows a lot in this book, but she also screws up a lot and makes it realistic. If you want to read a series that's happy go lucky and only makes you happy, this series is not for you. Fortuna's journey is NOT an easy one. I definitely recommend if you want to be emotionally wrecked by a series, it's been a while since I series has done it for me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Dobson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 [Spoilers] I am speachless. In a previous post, I wrote about how this book is one of my most anticipated reads of the season... Well really my year once I was introduced to the Fortuna world. This book did not disappoint. Where do I start?! You are thrown into the thick of it from the get go. Fortuna is dealing with not only the repercussions of her decision to save Collith but also HIS demons which followed him from hell. My heart bled for Fortuna. I wanted to hug her so much and save her fr ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 [Spoilers] I am speachless. In a previous post, I wrote about how this book is one of my most anticipated reads of the season... Well really my year once I was introduced to the Fortuna world. This book did not disappoint. Where do I start?! You are thrown into the thick of it from the get go. Fortuna is dealing with not only the repercussions of her decision to save Collith but also HIS demons which followed him from hell. My heart bled for Fortuna. I wanted to hug her so much and save her from herself. But... seeing Fortuna grow and develop is wonderful. We experienced the journey of book 3 with her and came to realisations at the same time she did. The moment she lost Oliver I know that this book was going above and beyond anything I thought possible. The second she met Dracular I knew that Fortunas story was far from over. How Kelsey writes is phenomenal. I feel completely lost in the world she has created and I feel like I am part of the family she has written. I, personally, can see this series being on par with Throne of Glass (I ADORE tog) in a totally different but equally amazing and magnificent way. Kelsey... never ever doubt yourself and your writing. And thank you for bringing Fortuna into my life.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Similarly to anything written by Holly Black, K.J. Sutton completely devastated me with her latest installment in her Fortuna Sworn series. This is one series that has not been shy about pulling out all the big bads and just when you think that the main characters will finally have a semblance of a happily ever after.. something else pops up to make it so that happy ending keeps getting farther and farther away. Deadly Dreams did contain some heavy triggers that may not be for everyone but they Similarly to anything written by Holly Black, K.J. Sutton completely devastated me with her latest installment in her Fortuna Sworn series. This is one series that has not been shy about pulling out all the big bads and just when you think that the main characters will finally have a semblance of a happily ever after.. something else pops up to make it so that happy ending keeps getting farther and farther away. Deadly Dreams did contain some heavy triggers that may not be for everyone but they were so well intertwined into the storyline that these moments captivated me even more. I felt all the emotions that Fortuna was feeling and I couldn’t help but empathize with her plight & her essentially taking on the weight of the world and wanting to fix everything. It was beyond heartbreaking and though difficult to read at times, I couldn’t tear my eyes away from its pages.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    How does a series just keep breaking me yet I can’t stop picking them up! This series is fast becoming one of my favourite it’s dark and has real life themes put straight into a fantasy world. There is a main theme of healing from the earlier events in this book and the character development especially with Fortuna is amazing. The pain of each character is raw and isolating and you can really feel that through the pages. I love K.J Sutton’s writing style and how she really makes you connect with How does a series just keep breaking me yet I can’t stop picking them up! This series is fast becoming one of my favourite it’s dark and has real life themes put straight into a fantasy world. There is a main theme of healing from the earlier events in this book and the character development especially with Fortuna is amazing. The pain of each character is raw and isolating and you can really feel that through the pages. I love K.J Sutton’s writing style and how she really makes you connect with each character. (Even if it does just bring more pain) I wont go further into detail about the book so I don’t spoil the series but if your looking for a new adult fantasy to invest your time and heart into this is the one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laura Dean

    I feel like I need therapy after those last 100 pages! K.J Sutton has done it again with her cliffhangers, who would of seen that coming! I have so many questions...Book 4 can’t come quick enough.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica daven

    This book was a wild ride. It definitely is darker than the previous two and deals with recovering from trauma caused by the events of book 2. While reading it, i had an aura of sadness weigh on my shoulders the whole time. Even those little moments of happiness throughout the book only made me feel more anxious for what was to come. We usually see supernaturally strong (emotionally) female characters in fantasy books. The worst things happen to them and they seem to magically recover. Fortuna is This book was a wild ride. It definitely is darker than the previous two and deals with recovering from trauma caused by the events of book 2. While reading it, i had an aura of sadness weigh on my shoulders the whole time. Even those little moments of happiness throughout the book only made me feel more anxious for what was to come. We usually see supernaturally strong (emotionally) female characters in fantasy books. The worst things happen to them and they seem to magically recover. Fortuna is strong, but she is human(not really but yeah) and the events that happen or that have previously happend in her life have important consequences on her mental health. I really appreciated that she struggled with what was happening to her and didn't pretend to be this strong character that nothing can hurt. It made her relatable and it made her real. There is a lot of introspection in this book, and we get a more complete picture of Fortuna's emotions and stronger motives behind her decisions(rather than just being someone impulsive).A lot is brought in this book, plot wise and information wise. But it doesn't weigh on the reader as "too much information", i think it was well balanced and it expanded the world building in a nice way. Kelsey did an amazing job. I gave book 1 and 2 in the series 4 stars, bc even though the story was great and i loved the characters, i did find plot holes that bothered me. This book just deserved the 5 stars i gave it. writing great, characters great, world building great. now on to the spoilers - do not continue if you haven't read the books. If i had questions at the end of book 2, book three left me with even more lol. These are just a series of questions i have been left with and i keep thinking about so i'm going to drop them here: What is Oliver? Why does his shadow have wings? Is he an original Fallen? Why did Fortuna's dad freak out when he saw Fortuna's dream with the golden haired boy in it? Was that Oliver? Is he the big evil?? How does it work now that Fortuna is human? Do people see her real face? How can they tell it's her if they've been seeing another face this whole time? Did Fortuna see her future with Collith and her and the baby as humans? Will Collith eventually give up his immortality for her? Is the sentence Gwyn said about Collith's kind(the fae)not being enough for Fortuna, foreshadowing about Oliver or someone else as endgame? Is Laurie being manipulated by someone to use Fortuna and her powers?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lacy

    What a wild ride. Each book becomes more and more of a an emotional rollercoaster. Deadly Dreams was a very bittersweet journey about recovering from trauma and the past. Fortuna even ventures to see a therapist, which was nice to see. But I feel like it wasn't really seen through. Especially considering the dumb, life altering, and heartbreaking decision she makes at the end. Also, it was great to see all the characters support Fortuna's therapy but you know good and well that every single othe What a wild ride. Each book becomes more and more of a an emotional rollercoaster. Deadly Dreams was a very bittersweet journey about recovering from trauma and the past. Fortuna even ventures to see a therapist, which was nice to see. But I feel like it wasn't really seen through. Especially considering the dumb, life altering, and heartbreaking decision she makes at the end. Also, it was great to see all the characters support Fortuna's therapy but you know good and well that every single other character should be going to therapy right along with her. Of course, it's a Fortuna Sworn novel so it wouldn't exist without some betrayal. I can't even be mad about the last one. Kelsey, you know who I mean.... (makes a mean squinty face but it ends up looking like this 🥺) (view spoiler)[Laurie better have a good reason and intent behind that ending and that's all I gotta say about that. And. Where. Did. Ollie. Go??? (hide spoiler)] We meet some new complicated mythical supernatural characters who I love and want to see more of. We learned more about Finn. I adore Finn with all my heart. We get some pure kitten bliss. Poor kitten still doesn't have a name, tho. 👀 We even get some jealous Stefan and Damon vibes because I always somehow relate everything back to The Vampire Diaries. Overall, Deadly Dreams moved the plot along and hopefully the confusing parts will eventually makes sense. After all, every nightmare has an ending.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brandi Aga

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Gonna go ahead and mark this review spoilery AF because I absolutely cannot contain myself. What! Why! I feel like a bottomless pit of emotions after this third book! ********Don’t forget.. spoilers coming at ya!******* I actually swayed my love interest at the beginning of a book. Can I tell you how many times that has happened? 0. Laurie, how could you? Just when you were so *charming* and melting my little black heart with your own little black heart. Had to go and ....I feel like this is goin Gonna go ahead and mark this review spoilery AF because I absolutely cannot contain myself. What! Why! I feel like a bottomless pit of emotions after this third book! ********Don’t forget.. spoilers coming at ya!******* I actually swayed my love interest at the beginning of a book. Can I tell you how many times that has happened? 0. Laurie, how could you? Just when you were so *charming* and melting my little black heart with your own little black heart. Had to go and ....I feel like this is going to be a betrayal. I hope I’m wrong bc everything I’ve felt I just..... *sigh* emotions! I mean, he gave her a kitten. He embraced her during her darkest moment. HE IS FUNNY, damnit! And Collith... my god, no male has EVER frustrated me through 50% of a book like he has. YES YOU WENT TO HELL. But you came back! Wake up and love your woman! Collith, Laurie...I don’t know what to do with myself anymore. All I know is, I need more!

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