Where I Got It: A review copy from the author (thanks!)
Who I Recommend This To: Are you into lucid dreaming? You’d probably find this book interesting.
Length: 160 pages
Series: Book 1 Dream Magic
Eric, a young lad, has recurrent nightmares. But then one night his dreams lead him into a different place, a place of learning. The story centers around this shared lucid dream where more experienced dreamers teach the younger. Eric befriends several other kids, such as the brothers Lyle and Kyle (who are always up to some mischief) and two girls a bit older than him. The kids learn levitation, teleportation, air, earth, water, and fire magic. Some kids will go on to learn more serious magic, battle magic, to help hold nightmares at bay.
Most of this tale is G-rated and the bulk of it is world building and learning the magic systems. Nearly everyone in this story is a good guy and there is very little conflict. Part of me found that interesting, and part of me felt it made the story a little slow. Still, I enjoyed the whole concept that our necessary downtime, stuck in sleep and dreams, doesn’t have to be a waste of time. Dawn Harshaw built a very interesting beginning to a series.
By the end of the tale, Eric and two of his dream friends are ready to move on to the next stage and help fight nightmares. They shared several humorous missteps together, several triumphs, and several jokes by the brothers Lyle and Kyle. The book sometimes strayed into lots of lucid dream psychology or metaphysical jargon which was a bit over my head, but added to the world building. In short, I found this fantasy to be an interesting read and I look forward to seeing what the author does with the kids in the next installment.
What I Liked: Humor and learning go hand in hand; lucid dreaming concepts; whatever these dreamers do in waking life is not relevant to their dream lives.
What I Disliked: There was no real conflict; sometimes the jargon was a bit much.