Temple of Dreams
Modern and ancient lives cross in this tale of romance and self discovery, dreams and mythology.
Homeless and jobless following the death of his adoptive parents, Sebastian enrols at a college of natural medicine which boasts a sanctuary modelled on an ancient Greek healing centre. After a night in the temple, he dreams of Apollos, a young Athenian defeated in a pankration contest, suffering memory loss. More dreams follow, decrypted by Sybil, the lecturer who insists he keeps a dream journal. Seb is kept busy in the 21st century by a budding relationship with Fliss, which stalls when she tries to persuade him to search for his birth parents.
Meanwhile, Apollos, in the fifth century BC, readies himself to attend the festival of the Greater Eleusinian Mysteries, to discover the secrets of how to avoid the perils of the underworld and make it to Elysium.
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I thought this was a beautifully woven story about a man trying to piece together his life after the death of his adopted parents and to find out who he is whilst he has dreams and memories of a man in Ancient Greece. It was a really interesting and engrossing read. ~ Lindsay Adams-Riley (Reviewer), NetGalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. The Temple of Dreams ticks all the boxes for an enthralling read; engaging characters, fast paced with moments of tension, and romance, but better still, underlying the story is a very thought provoking spiritual theme. The principle protagonist, Sebastian, is a likable young man, with whom I felt engaged from the very start. That said there were moments when I felt he was a bit sharp with some of his would-be supporters, something that was understandable due to his vulnerable state. It begins with Sebastian being orphaned when his adoptive parents are killed in a car crash. This unforeseen change in his life leaves him in a somewhat precarious situation. However he is a resourceful young man and possessed of interesting and unusual abilities, abilities that help him win a place as a scholarship student at a nearby college. The college, like Sebastian is also unusual, but as it turns out, is just the place for him. Here he shares a room with Nick, a cheerful ex-actor, a perfect foil for the reflective Sebastian. He also meets a young woman known as, Fliss, a sympathetic friend who is determined to help him. Once the principle characters are set, the story switches backwards and forwards between an ancient Greece steeped in ritual and mystery where the action centers on a young man by the name of Apollos, and the present day. It becomes ever more evident to the reader, if not to Sebastian, that his and Apollos's lives are somehow inexplicably entwined. Temple of Dreams is a deeply spiritual book, punctuated with ancient myths and philosophies, including thought provoking premises, such as reincarnation and profound gems of wisdom such as 'Man being the microcosm of the macrocosm'. This is a beautifully written book, which can be read and enjoyed equally at two levels. One, the plight of Sebastian and how he overcomes the difficulties life has thrown at him in the here and now, but for some this will be a story of great spiritual and philosophical depth, a rewarding glimpse of the workings of the spirit within the soul of man. I loved the book and can't recommend it highly enough. ~ Veryan Williams-Wynn (Reviewer) , NetGalley
A really well written book that transports you through time to Ancient Greece. The story flowed well in both time zones and was led by a cast of great characters. ~ Emma Gardner (Reviewer), NetGalley
A reincarnation from ancient Greece or a mad delusion? Pacy and readable, this imaginative, romantic story of spiritual seeker Sebastian Young carries us along right from the start. ~ Charles Gates, Archaeologist and Art Historian, author of Ancient Cities
A charming tale of intrigue, self discovery and friendship. The reader follows a short but eventful period in the life of Sebastian, a young man alone in the world, or so it first appears. Carolyn Mathews captures the very essence of two worlds, Now and Then, in her latest novel, Temple of Dreams. ~ Oonagh van Hemuss, Natural Healing Practitioner
Carolyn Mathews engages us from the start and we're with Seb all the way as he doggedly peels away the layers of intrigue that have shrouded his life to reveal the truth about himself. Temple of Dreams is fresh, honest and life-affirming, a feel-good read in the best sense of the term. ~ Joe Laredo, Writer, Translator of The Outsider and The Little Prince