18 January 2013

The Sandman, Vol 7: Brief Lives

Summary from Goodreads:
Older and more powerful than the gods themselves, the Endless are a dysfunctional family of cosmic beings that have ruled over the realms of dream, desire, despair, destiny, destruction, death, and delirium since the beginning of time. But three hundred years ago, one of the mythical beings gave up his duties and left his realm, never to be seen again. Now on a mission to find their missing sibling, Delirium and older brother Dream encounter immortal humans and various deities as they try to locate the prodigal Destruction. But as their adventure draws Dream into a final, tragic confrontation with his son Orpheus, the eternal being learns the true meaning of fate and consequences.

This was a wonderful installment in the series driven by Delirium's sweet, unfocused character as she takes Morpheus on a quest to find their missing brother, Destruction. He gave up his life as an Endless because he wished to create, not destroy.  Although we still don't understand how Delight became Delirium this book is most notable for the way Morpheus comes to terms with his son, Orpheus, and an inescapable fate.

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