Dreaming Death

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In the Novels of the Golden City, J. Kathleen Cheney created a “mesmerizing”* realm where magic, history, and intrigue combine. Now, she presents a new world ruled by psychic talents and deadly magics…

Shironne Anjir’s status as a sensitive is both a gift and a curse. Though she can sense the emotions of others, her talents come with a price: physical blindness and the constant assault of others’ emotions.

A member of the royal family’s guard, Mikael Lee is able to control his feelings while awake. But in sleep, he inserts himself into others’ dreams of death unbidden and broadcasts them to every sensitive in the palace.

In a perfect world, Shironne and Mikael would maintain their distance… But when a killer brings a reign of terror to the city, using blood magic to appease a foreign god, only Shironne can decipher Mikael’s deadly dreams. And what they find will lead them into a nightmare…


Read an excerpt from the novel here.

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Praise for Dreaming Death

“Cheney is very good at sensory detail, especially blind Shironne’s perceptions as she begins exploring Mikael’s world.”—Publishers Weekly

“Dreaming Death is a book of mystery, magic, and overwhelming potential which promises more good things to come from J. Kathleen Cheney.”—The Speculative Herald

“This imaginative new fantasy world is based on a tasty mixture of psychic talents and deadly magic.”—Kirkus, February’s Speculative Fiction You Can’t Miss



Also from the world of Dreaming Death:

Shared Dreams

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This collection of three short stories introduces us to the characters in Dreaming Death in the years before they met. Mikael Lee and Shironne Anjir are tangled together in their need to solve murders.

Mikael Lee, an aide to the king’s brother, dreams his way into others deaths, and then follows the clues within back to the killer. Shironne Anjir, a young girl so sensitive to the stimuli around her that she cannot shut it out, has been sharing those dreams with him, and when a death falls closer to her doorstep, she’s the one who takes up the task of finding a killer…a path that might give her a direction for the rest of her life.

Includes three short stories: “A Mention of Death”, “Touching the Dead”, and “Endings”


Also from this world, The Horn Series



Free Stories:

Read the first published story about Shironne Anjir free here.


Extra Tidbits:

Read an excerpt from the very first story from the Larossan world (chronologically)

Some information about the Families and the Houses, and a terrible hand drawn map. 

The Horn


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