Anna Undreaming is the first physical book that I ever received for review, and I was absolutely blown away by it when I finally got around to reading this debut urban fantasy earlier this year.
I don’t normally post cover reveals on my blog, but when Thomas reached out to me to ask if I would like to take part in the cover reveal for the second book in The Metiks Fade Trilogy – Anna and the Moonlight Road – I was excited. But I wanted to do my own spin to it, so I asked him a few interview questions about the trilogy to include (and sway your opinions) in the post and he graciously accepted!
That all changes on the night of “The Big Storm,” when Anna is slipped a date rape drug. Though she saves herself and her best friend, Anna is lost to the dark heart of the city and finds herself hunted by The Night Collectors. Unsure if these monsters are real or hallucinations, Anna nonetheless fights them as best she can. The battle attracts a stranger—Teej—who saves her using powers she cannot understand. He explains that she is an Undreamer and possesses the same powers, and in the future, he will not be the one to save her. She will save him.
But Anna is not yet ready to join Teej and stand against The Dreamers. She has difficult decisions of her own to make. Decisions she has always run from. She still has her partner’s suicide letter. It remains unopened. She still wears his ring, though she can’t seem to remember his face.
Anna learns of The Dreamers – artists so preeminent in their respective fields that they can paint, dance, sew or sing new realities – and as she travels through their creations, she learns that there’s as much beauty in the world as there is horror. With a complex conspiracy at work within the community of Dreamers that threatens to undermine reality itself, Anna will have to look deep within herself, and eventually have to face the horrors of her own past, to save her old world as well as her new one.
Anna Undreaming is a dark urban fantasy, and the first book in The Metiks Fade trilogy.
A Brief Interview with Thomas Welsh
Hi Thomas, thank you so much for reaching out to me about this cover reveal for Anna and the Moonlight Road! For those who haven’t read Anna Undreaming yet, how would you pitch The Metiks Fade Trilogy to them?
In a world where artists can paint, dance, sew or sing new realities, a young woman living in the heart of the city discovers she is an Undreamer. She has strange powers she doesn’t understand, but she’ll need to learn how to use them if she is to confront the horrors from her past and save her old world as well as her new one.
I loved Anna Undreaming, it felt like falling into a dream to read. How did you come up with this intricate world just beyond our reach?
Thank you so much! I took a lot of inspiration from the real world. Interesting people I met, strange places in Glasgow and around Scotland, places I’ve gone on holiday or visited for work. You can’t go to Stirling Castle or the Kelvingrove Library or the ruins at Asenovgrad without getting inspired. It’s just a matter of capturing those ideas and writing them down, then reinterpreting them in the story you’re writing in a way that makes sense.
What can we expect to be in store for Anna and Teej in this sequel?
Well I don’t want to spoil too much. It’s called Anna and the Moonlight Road, and I can say the road is the backbone of the story. If Anna Undreaming is about fire, I would say Anna and the Moonlight Road is about blood. I can’t say much more!
*excited screeching* This has me even more excited!
Who did you write Anna Undreaming and the trilogy for? If you had to compare it to any other book, what would it be and who definitely shouldn’t miss this book?
I think the way to write the best book you can is to write it for yourself. I wrote it for someone like me. And by that I don’t mean a white middle-aged guy, I mean someone like me who wants to go on a journey that’s full of terror and danger, but wonder too. I like stories that explore the horror of the real world as well as the horror in fantasy worlds, but darkness serves to make the moments of triumph and hope shine all the brighter.
I don’t know what I’d compare my book to, but I’m inspired by Ursula K. Le Guin, Roger Zelazny, and Neil Gaiman.
The people who shouldn’t miss this book include anyone who enjoys stories set in worlds of dwindling light, where the lead character is a bonfire in the night!
My deepest thanks to Thomas for taking the time to answer these questions, and I hope the interview gets you extra excited about this trilogy!
Are you ready for the cover?
I know I am excited to share it with you!
Keep scrolling for the cover and synopsis (minor spoilers for book 1 in the synopsis)!
Isn’t it stunning? I audibly gasped when I received the cover via email! I love the color palette (blue = love), and it definitely has a dreamlike quality to it.
Anna and the Moonlight Road
Anna’s only hope for survival lies with new friends and a desperate plan to walk the Moonlight Road—a ghostly passage of frozen moonlight through worlds she can never touch—straight into the arms of the most dangerous Dreamer alive. But no one, neither friend nor enemy, is prepared for the power Anna now wields. Her flame has kindled, and when they threaten those she loves, she’ll burn them to the ground. Anna and the Moonlight Road is book two of The Metiks Fade trilogy.
Anna’s only hope for survival lies with new friends and a desperate plan to walk the Moonlight Road—a ghostly passage of frozen moonlight through worlds she can never touch—straight into the arms of the most dangerous Dreamer alive.
But no one, neither friend nor enemy, is prepared for the power Anna now wields. Her flame has kindled, and when they threaten those she loves, she’ll burn them to the ground.
Anna and the Moonlight Road is book two of The Metiks Fade trilogy.
Thanks so much for reading, friends! What do you think about Anna Undreaming and The Metiks Fade trilogy? Is this a book that is on your TBR, or have you read it yet? I’d love to chat with you in the comments below.
Let’s go on another adventure together!