In that innermost circle of friends to which one only admits a lover, Arenh had never had room for anyone but Mikah. Mikah's innermost circle was somewhat larger than Arenh's—to put it politely—but Arenh had never doubted his friend's loyalty and devotion. The two men were destined to become the rulers of their world. But ruling the world, they learn, is not so difficult as ruling oneself.
The story begins in the human colony on the planet Ourdh. Arenh is Lord of the Indigo Clan. Mikah is the Crimson Lord. The villain is Lord Adhalmar of the Emerald Clan---at least, that's what everyone thought at first. Arenh, like all the Lords of the Indigo before him, is telepathic, guided by a mindlink to an invisible race of transtemporal beings called the Dreamers.
The Dreamers warn of an imminent attack by the Ourdhu, the indigenous people of the planet. The main concern of the colonists is not the primitive Ourdhu, however, but treachery within their own ranks. The main concern of Arenh and Mikah is deeper and more personal than that. As Arenh draws Mikah into the mindlink with the Dreamers, they begin to see what the Dreamers mean when they whisper that the things of time are not what they seem.
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The Dreamers of Ourdh
by Thelbert Dewain Belgard
Great Way Publications
reviewed by Lamisha Serf
"If I understood the Dreamers, Mikah, nothing exists outside of our heads-and that includes our heads! 'All these worlds are our dreams.'"
Ourdh is a planet substantially more advanced than "Old Earth" with warbots, aircars, androids, and a human colony divided into clans who are struggling to find order amongst themselves and the tribal people of Ourdh. When enlightened mystical beings known as the Dreamers warn Arenh, Lord of the Indigo Clan, of an impending attack on his people, he sets out to reconnect with his friend, lover, and Lord of the Crimson Clan Mikah to join forces in order to bring their people to safety. As they work together to thwart the attack, the couple's love and affection for one another is rekindled and an intense telepathic mindlink creates a bond that no one can tear apart, or so they think. When a series of surprise twists involving murder, betrayal, and the plan to produce an heir threatens the deep connection between these soul mates, they find that the world they are living in may be nothing more than a dream and the fate of their love and the future of their people comes down to one single, surprising moment.
The Dreamers of Ourdh is an amazing tale of love, lust, and adventure that takes readers on an amazing ride through an esoteric future world. This gay sci-fi romance includes a variety of transcendental themes including telepathy, shamanism, and teleportation that combine to create a fascinating story that readers will enjoy. The love and affection that is shared between Arenh and Mikah is palpable and Belgard has done a magnificent job expressing their passionate connection in a tasteful way, though some readers may want more depth in some of the more intimate scenes. For readers who appreciate a good love story with a futuristic feel, The Dreamers of Ourdh is a must-read.
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