Just finished Reverie. A fine book. As good as Fire Caste, Cult of the Spiral Dawn or Requiem Infernal? I don't think so, or at least not quite as much to my taste. That's in part down to the kind of book this is though: less feverish, tottering, twisted, on the edge of a scream, all of which is my jam. This was still poetic and generally subtle and often (though less often than Fehervari's other work) dreamlike, but it felt more... stately? More toned down? Less contorted, a little more straightforward, though even there the narrative is structured as to give us a sort of time loop. It had a weird rhythm. Where would you say the climax was? I'm hard pressed to identify it exactly.
Reverie came off as more directly inspired by Poe and early horror/horror-adjacent writers, I think. There's a creeping terror lurking behind some sort of artistic decadence that's nevertheless signalled somewhat early on.
And yet it's still a very restrained novel.
I'll leave it to others to find how exactly this interacts with the other Dark Coil books - the specific reference to the 'Dark Heart' strain of corruption was interesting, and I definitely spotted multiple references to Requiem Infernal - but there's clearly a lot there. I liked this quite a bit but feel like it's doing something fairly different to Fehervari's previous novels.