Simon Hill is a theatrics magician who finds himself in the doorway to a dungeon. He looks across the room towards a moaning man, tied up tightly on a rack. The man was obviously in pain, and his sagging skin portrayed his frail age.
As Simon neared the man to release him from his bonds, another person appears in the room and Simon is overwhelmed and taken prisoner himself. When he wakes, he remembers the vivid dreams of him as a young boy of fourteen, in the arms of a beautiful girl. The dream felt and seemed so real, he could swear it really happened.
The real question is… did it happen? Is he able to determine what is real and what is not?
His arrival at the castle was requested, a magic show for a party. It all depended on Margie, his assistant. Hiding in a concealed panel, she awaited his signal to pop out. He signaled her with a prearranged signal and a thunderclap echoed throughout the castle he was in, he didn’t know if anything that had happened up to that point had even happened. But then, the face of the girl in his dream appeared on a girl in the castle.
He can’t help thinking that there is something odd going on…
Dominion is a story about bringing the past into the present; in fact, it is present-day Chicago. It focuses on the exploits of Simon Hill’s childhood and his extended list of relatives, while maneuvering the reader through a complex web of magic spells and teleportation with little or no explanation to help with the transitions.
While the story does have a lot of action sequences and moves along rather briskly, whenever a proofreading error occurs, it is hard to get back into the plotline flow. There are even times that you just feel like putting the book down and waiting until later to get back into the book, expecting it to be better when you restart.
While there is a ‘romantic’ aspect to the book, romance isn’t exactly a good description for what occurs. Seduction is much more apt, and fortunately, the morally questionable encounters are glossed over fairly well, but you distinctly understand what has occurred.
This novel is an ‘okay’ read, but wasn’t what was expected of a novel of this author’s caliber. There are a couple of redeeming features to the novel, but don’t expect to be saying ‘Wow!’ when you finally finish it.