It Dreams in Me

Written by Kathleen O'Neal Gear
Review by Jeff Westerhoff

This is the third book in the trilogy of a Native American tribe located in Florida around 1400 AD. A young woman named Sora, the High Priestess of the Black Falcon people, searches for her lost soul. Her husband Flint and a young priest named Strongheart try to cure her of her mental anguish and the cause of her illness, which results in epileptic type seizures. She has no memory of murders that others accuse her of having committed.

This book is different from the First North Americans Series the author co-wrote with her husband, W. Michael Gear. The Gears are archaeologists specializing in Native American studies and locations. It Dreams in Me is much more erotic than the original series, is more fantasy-focused and deals more with the supernatural lives of the tribes.

I have read all the books in this series and, although they were well written, there was too much detail about the characters’ sexual encounters. I felt little compassion for Sora, her mental problems, and her attempts to locate her soul. It all sounded a bit far-fetched to me. I enjoyed the First North American Series, but felt let down by the emphasis on sex in these stories. Although the sexual encounters were important to the story and used as a remedy for Sora’s illness, I feel Kathleen Gear wrote this novel with titillation in mind.