Dreamtreaders [NOOK Book]

Overview

Book #1 in a trilogy from fantasy author Wayne Thomas Batson explores the concept of dreams and their effects on us.

People are fascinated by dreams, and the Bible has a great deal to say about them. From Jacob’s dream of the heavenly stairway in Genesis 28 to angels visiting Joseph during dreams in Matthew 1 to the Apostle John’s “waking dream” from which he obtained the book of Revelation—dreams have been powerful ingredients of God’s plan as...

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Dreamtreaders

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Overview

Book #1 in a trilogy from fantasy author Wayne Thomas Batson explores the concept of dreams and their effects on us.

People are fascinated by dreams, and the Bible has a great deal to say about them. From Jacob’s dream of the heavenly stairway in Genesis 28 to angels visiting Joseph during dreams in Matthew 1 to the Apostle John’s “waking dream” from which he obtained the book of Revelation—dreams have been powerful ingredients of God’s plan as revealed through Scripture.

Fourteen-year-old Archer Keaton discovers he has the ability to enter and explore his dreams. He is a dreamtreader, one of three selected from each generation. Their mission: to protect the waking world from the Nightmare Lord, who wreaks chaos in the Dream World. But as Archer’s dreams become more dangerous and threatening, so too does his waking life.

 

Rigby Thames, the new kid from England, builds a suspicious rock star-like following at Dresden High School a little too quickly. Even Archer’s best friend and confidant, Kara Windchil, seems taken in by the cool guy with the wild blond hair, which definitely rubs Archer the wrong way. Archer must face two foes in two worlds, but he cannot succeed alone. Archer sets off to find other dreamtreaders in a desperate attempt to defeat the enemy terrorizing his friends and family.

Features & Benefits:

  • New fantasy trilogy from bestselling author Wayne Thomas Batson
  • Batson’s previous epic fantasy trilogy, The Door Within, has sold more than 250,000 copies
  • Brings epic fantasy with a biblical base to middle grade readers
  • Epic fantasy is popular in movies and TV shows, and this is a spiritual epic fantasy
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Pam Carlson
Fourteen-year-old Archer has a rare calling: he is one of three Dream Treaders, able to repair the breaches between the dream world and the temporal world created by the Nightmare Lord in his increasingly bold attempts to enter and conquer the temporal world. Success would trap people in their dreams, even as they believed they were still in the real world. After his co-Treaders are captured, Archer takes on the lord with the assistance of Lucid Walkers. Their gift is the ability to enter dreams, but they lack Archer’s power to create weapons and other items from his imagination. Sadly, overconfidence leads to deception by one of the lord’s followers, possibly to tragic results. This slow-starting tale is often baffling, populated by characters of uncertain loyalties and side stories that contribute little. Archer is a nice guy who often seems to be in over his head. A more intriguing character to focus on would have been his younger sister, Kaylie, a genius. The jacket blurb claims that the story was inspired by God’s use of dreams as part of His plan, but with no mention of God—or any elements of Christianity—this cannot be categorized as a Christian story. This is the first in a series. Reviewer: Pam Carlson; Ages 15 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-09
Spiritual warfare is such stuff as dreams are made on in this Christian fantasy. By day, Archer Keaton is an ordinary high school freshman. At night he is a Dreamtreader, patrolling the Realm Between and battling the minions of the Nightmare Lord. But all is not well in the Dream: The other Dreamtreaders have vanished, and ominous tokens have followed Archer into the waking world. His daytime life isn't so great either: Crush Kara barely speaks to him, and new kid Rigby Thames is attracting followers into a dangerous hobby, threatening both the Dream and the Temporal realms. Dream warfare is hardly an original trope, but it is handled deftly here, with carefully delineated rules and vivid imagery, from groan-worthy to grisly to shatteringly beautiful. Except for heavy-handed paranoia about "lucid dreaming," the evangelistic subtext is well-integrated but not intrusive. The characters mostly read like real people, with all their messy complexities; even Rigby, with his wince-inducing accent and staged Brit mannerisms, reveals unexpected nuances. The plot clips along with a fine balance between worldbuilding and action, and the climactic twists are truly surprising, providing both a satisfying conclusion and sufficient sinister foreshadowing to fuel the promised sequels. What it lacks in richness and profundity it makes up for in thrills; not a bad choice for a wholesome adventure. (Fantasy. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400324132
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Series: Dreamtreaders, #1
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 194,841
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Wayne Thomas Batson is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Door Within trilogy, The Isle series, and The Berinfell series. As a middle school reading teacher, Wayne writes adventures set in imaginative locales because he believes that we all dream of doing something that matters. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2014

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    Refreshing fantasy storyline!

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    If you have enjoyed C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series or T

    If you have enjoyed C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series or Tolkein's Lord of the Rings series, it is probably a fair guess that you are going to like Batson's newest book Dreamtreaders.




    In Dreamtreaders we are allowed to explore three different worlds, the Temporal, the Ethereal, and the Dream. The Temporal realm is where all humans dwell during the waking hours. The Ethereal realm is where humanity came from and it is also their ultimate destiny. Finally the Dream realm is the realm between the two.




    "Dream is the twilight world intended to remind those dwelling in the Temporal that there is a far better land, a spectacular far-off country, that waits for them in the someday . . . in the plane of the Ethereal."




    With the opening scene we are thrust into the Dream with dreamtreader, Archer Keaton. Archer is there just to patch up some breaches but against all directions to the contrary he decides to take on the Nightmare Lord. After a very close call we follow Archer back into the Temporal realm and experience his life with his family, friends and schoolmates.




    The story continues to split between the two worlds with action packed scenes filled with important lessons. The characters are fascinating and the switching between the worlds is very plausible in a fantasy type of way. I appreciated how Archer was portrayed. He made mistakes and he fell into temptations of self-will as any typical teenager would. What set this story apart from so many others in the genre, was that Archer corrected and learned from his mistakes. I also appreciated that even though it was a fantasy book it had good Biblical basis that should lead to some great discussions with your middle grade reader.




    While science fiction and young adult fiction are not my typical cup of tea, this story kept my attention throughout the entire book. In fact I am looking forward to reading book two when it comes out. I do however, have two areas of caution. First this is a trilogy, so this is not a stand-alone book. You are going to be left hanging at the end so you will need to read the next two books to see this story draw to a conclusion. Secondly, this book is recommended for readers ages eight to twelve. I would have no problem handing this book to my twelve-year-old without pre-reading it. But I'm not so sure about the younger set. There is nothing out-of-bounds about this story (no sex, no cursing, no untoward innuendos) but it does have violent fighting scenes that might be best experienced while reading with an adult.




    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

    Dreams aren¿t real, right? In Archer Keaton¿s world, they are, a

    Dreams aren’t real, right? In Archer Keaton’s world, they are, and they are about to get dangerous. Enters the Nightmare Lord. He rules the Dream World and seems bent on breaking through the dream fabric to the Waking World, also known as the Temporal world. And then there are the dreamtreaders who go around patching up the breaches. What an awesome concept!

    The story moved swiftly along, kept me turning pages. I enjoyed the humor, the author’s voice/style of writing. Personally, I don’t like revisiting middle school or high school in my reading (although I LOVE YA novels, fantasy, in another world), but it’s the dream world that drives this story, not the drama that is normally found in school settings, although, we do have some. And it will be interesting to see how relationships will develop. I know who I am rooting for. ;-)

    This story eases us into new concepts of the three worlds presented, laying the foundation of something bigger yet to come, and to obviously whet our appetite for the oncoming adventure. Thus, there were several things that left me with questions:  Like Kara, why did she want to enter the dream world so bad? Who is Rigby really? And Bezeal? How could some of the characters do dreamlike stuff in the Waking World? And that ending! I guess I will be looking for book two when it releases.

    Three things that stuck out:

    1)The font choice for the Dreamtreaders Creed, which isn’t really anything against the story. I like that those chapters changed font, but it was hard on my eyes.
    2) Old Jack….uh, Big Ben??? I suppose a bit of the Dream World would reflect the Waking World.
    3) And then there was that scene with his dad, and “anchor first, anchor deep” took on a deeper meaning. Love when that happens.

    Good read, great adventure. I will be checking out more of Mr. Batson’s works.

    *In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy from the publisher.

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