A Dream of Hope and Sorrow: Book One of the Druid Saga

A Dream of Hope and Sorrow: Book One of the Druid Saga

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by Jonathan Crocker
     
 

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The Reverie - a magically constructed world accessible only through a few ancient doorways. Sasha's new home backs onto a forest that houses just one such portal. The young woman's dreams have been strange and mysterious of late, and in the waking hours she finds herself travelling paths walked while sleeping - paths that lead her to the old stone doorway. On the

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The Reverie - a magically constructed world accessible only through a few ancient doorways. Sasha's new home backs onto a forest that houses just one such portal. The young woman's dreams have been strange and mysterious of late, and in the waking hours she finds herself travelling paths walked while sleeping - paths that lead her to the old stone doorway. On the other side she is immersed in a world of druids and magic and fantastical creatures. The stoic and handsome Desmond serves as her guide to this mystical place.

But there is a darker side to the Reverie. The druid clans exist in this simple world, vying to increase their holdings and power. Some of the clans are more devious than others, using steel, sorcery, and subterfuge to achieve their aims. Sasha finds her entrancing adventure suddenly halted when she stumbles into the conflicts that rage between clans. Even Desmond, a powerful druid, can't protect her when tensions break and war washes over the Reverie.

Sasha walks a path fraught with danger - both from the people who inhabit the strange world, and from the harsh winter elements that surround her. Armed with only her resolve and a somewhat rudimentary understanding of magic, Sasha is forced to fight for her survival, only to realize that she may have a much larger role to play in the events around her.

Will she survive the primal and brutal conditions of the Reverie and its people? Will she reach the end of her path and uncover her purpose in this place?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940044292840
Publisher:
Jonathan Crocker
Publication date:
02/02/2013
Series:
Druid Saga , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
150,726
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

I was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada on September 22, 1980 – I guess that’s as good a place as any to start a description of my life. I didn’t last long in Newfoundland, though, as my parents whisked my sister and I away to Ottawa in 1983. I’ve been living in the same neighbourhood ever since. My interest in stories goes back as far as I can remember – my mother assures me that I started reading at a very young age (Hooked on Phonics worked for me?). I think I still have a copy of The Little Engine That Could lying around somewhere. From there I moved on to mystery stories, like The Hardy Boys and Encyclopedia Brown. But it wasn’t until my early high school days that I discovered a real passion for books – when I first read The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. That led, naturally, to The Lord of the Rings, and I realized that my personal tastes were very much in tune with the fantasy genre. I guess that it wasn’t much of a leap from there to acquire an interest in writing stories of my own. My grade 9 english teacher, Mr. Mageau, was the first person that I recall pointing out to me that I had a talent for writing. And my grade 11 (and 13) english teacher, Mr. Fromow, helped foster that talent – each of Mr. Fromow’s classes started with a 5-10 minute period where the students wrote in their writing portfolios. There were no directions or rules or instructions at all – just write. About anything. It was a very eye-opening experience for me, and I think that was what first spurred me to write for enjoyment. Despite that awakening, it wasn’t until my final year of university – when I was living, once again, in St. John’s for a year, attending teacher’s college – that I attempted to write a novel. You won’t find that novel available on this site, but I considered it a major accomplishment, and a milestone in my life. It led to the novels that are available on this site. My real life, on the other hand, has not progressed as smoothly. I entered university, in 1999, to study electrical engineering. It was a choice based not on what subject I enjoyed, but rather on what I felt presented the best job prospects. But it didn’t take long at all to realize that I would never be happy spending the rest of my life designing computer circuits or hydro vaults. So I made the fairly dramatic change to study english literature. Armed with my Bachelor of Arts, I then attended teacher’s college to become a full-fledged high school english teacher – just like those that had inspired me before. A new problem arose then – there weren’t really any teaching jobs to be had. I spent a few years supply teaching, but that wasn’t paying the bills (I didn’t actually have any bills, since I still lived with my parents – which is probably worse). So somehow, I was able to luck into a contract job with the department of Public Works, working as a project manager for real property construction projects. I’ve been doing that work ever since. I don’t know if it’s some sort of cosmic joke that the universe is playing on me, but I ended up in a job that is normally done by engineers. When I was an engineering student, nobody ever told me that project management was a potential career path. I enjoy my work, and I enjoy my writing, and I suppose that that’s all that I can really ask for.

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A Dream of Hope and Sorrow: Book One of the Druid Saga 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Writing was effective, but there were too many pov shifts for me to enjoy it. I made it 150 pages in and realized I was just constantly irritated at the jumping around. A shame, bc I liked the authors tone and desccriptions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book & I'm looking forward to the coming books in this series. Awesome for a free read. Jonathan's artistic vision makes this a wonderful fantasy story with unique twists on magic & mythical creatures. The story keeps your attention throughout. Entertaining characters that are relatable & enjoyable. Each chapter is written from the perspective of one of the multiple main characters, allowing the reader to experience each individual's journey & how they are all tied together. A must read for all who enjoy fairytale/fantasy genres.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am fairly new to this genre of novels but was thoroughly pleased with this series. The writer has created interesting characters with an enthralling plot that just pulls you in from the start. Wish there were more books in the series or possibly a spin-off in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good story
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book filled with magic, closely held beliefs, and romance. Best free read yet
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LadyNookwb More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book, and I have just purchased book 2.  Don,t let the style of writtening detoure you, you will go from one characture,s story to the next and back again, slowly but surely drawing you into each one life,, all coming together at the end. If you enoy a saga with Druids, witches, magic,mystic portals, and the fight against good vs evil, then this is your book. BTW..... not for kids.... Evil is truley cruel and graphic at times. The Adult version of a Lord of the Rings, or Sword of Shanara..... I would say....
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I wasn't sure at first if I would like this book but the more I read it, the more I got into it. Definitely worth reading. I'm excited for the next book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the better novels that are available for free. The story kept me engrossed the entire time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book. I recommend this book for readers who like fantasy mystery a bit of romance and also magic # SWAG OOH KILL EM
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. it is a new take on druids, witches, dragons and religion. I recommend this book who likes to anyone who likes magic and fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A interesting story line.