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Posted July 8, 2006
You Will Want to follow The Dreamer's Way
The Dreamer's Way by Mari Atherton takes place on a planet where the air is poisonous for people to breathe. A group of Dreamers (telepaths) lives beneath the surface of the planet, and they use their powers to maintain the air on the surface of the planet to keep it livable. However, the people on the surface of the planet do not know that the Dreamers do this they think the Dreamers are dangerous mutants and exile any Dreamers they find from their city. The book focuses on the Dreamer Alodi and her daughter, Flita, who is also a Dreamer. However, Flita has grown up hating her mother for abandoning her years before, when her mother was exiled for being a Dreamer. The book also focuses on the relationship between the planet's ruler, the Tzeh Cher, and her grandson, Swane. It is a matriarchal society and has never had a male ruler so the Tzeh Cher does not believe Swane is capable of ruling the planet. Swane, in turn, hates the dreamers and is determined to do everything he can to wipe them out. The book explores family relationships and pits family member against family member, as Alodi, Swane, the Tzeh Cher and Flita have to decide where their loyalties lie. The end is a true surprise and Atherton keeps the suspense taut until the very last page. Excellent Read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 14, 2006
Wonderful Fantasy Novel
I am becoming quite a fan of Mari Atherton after reading her first book, Merari and now The Dreamer¿s Way. She reminds me a bit of Marion Zimmer Bradley in the way she examines the mores of society and the relationships between different groups of people. The Dreamer¿s Way is, on the face of it, a simple fantasy novel, but when you look underneath the surface, you find it is more than that¿it is a study of how society treats non-conformists and what happens when children and parents do not live up to each other¿s expectations. It¿s also a study of the hard choices that people sometimes have to make ¿ putting into action Star Trek¿s Vulcan philosophy of ¿The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.¿Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.