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Dante and his close friend Kerran, Captain of the Guard, rush to discover the identity of Rasheim and the nature of the threat posed against their city. The closer they get to ...
Dante and his close friend Kerran, Captain of the Guard, rush to discover the identity of Rasheim and the nature of the threat posed against their city. The closer they get to the truth, the more their worlds begin to fall apart. Both men will have to rely heavily on their friendship as they struggle to comprehend the events happening around them, their past, and even the truth about themselves.
They must move quickly and choose wisely, for time is running out as Dante and Kerran discover a secret plot is already underway to destroy their city and kill every last person alive. It seems the answers they so desperately need can only be found in a sequence of dreams, but in a world where nothing is as it seems, even their dreams could turn out to be deadly.
Posted September 16, 2012
The Waking Dream is magical fantasy on steroids. I loved it. The story is utterly original, the world building spellbinding, and the characters so defined they leap right off the page.
But be warned, it does get off to a slow start. Don’t let it put you off or you will miss a fantastical – in every sense of the word – read. The slow build up in the beginning is essential for setting the main characters and the overall tone.
It was also refreshing reading a story seen through the eyes of two men for a change – Dante and Kerran. Close friends, they both have very different, but equally important missions to fulfill.
Given the title, The Waking Dream, you can expect a lot of dream sequences and you won’t be disappointed. They litter the book, but are so well handled, with such originality, it almost took my breath away. In one crucial part of the book the use of the dream world was pure genius.
And for those who are wondering about love, you need to know that it isn’t a romance, although there is a very sensual relationship that develops between Kerran and urg! I can’t tell because that would be a spoiler of note. Just know that it’s there, adding a spicy twist to the story.
So what didn’t I like about it? The editing. The problems? Mainly punctuation, some telling and not showing, and the odd sentences missing or repeating words. But unless you are totally pedantic about a book being perfect, then don’t let it stop you reading The Waking Dream because the story and characters are really brilliant.
Posted August 12, 2012
More than it appears
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Lindsay
At first glance, The Waking Dream may appear to be just another story of good vs. evil. However, the author weaves a hero’s tale that will surprise you throughout the book. Dante is the Commander of the city of Illamar. He and his Captain, Kerran are sworn to protect Illamar and it’s people. Set in the remote Sohma desert, Illamar and it’s neighboring city of Rheamyre, depend on caravans from across the desert for supplies. After a few deadly encounters with the evil ‘monsters’ lurking in the desert, the yearly caravans stop. Five years later, Dante and Kerran embark on a path to war which they believe will be with their neighbors in Rheamyre. Little do they know, the war they are about to take on will require they fight with their enemies and put their trust in strangers to defeat the evil taking over the desert.
I will admit, I wasn’t too impressed with the beginning of the book but I wanted to give it a fair chance. I am glad I did because the story quickly deepened and I was hooked into this world. By halfway through the book, I couldn’t put it down. Ford does a remarkable job developing the characters. It may seem like a lot of filler but as the story pulls together, you realize the background information is necessary to understand how each character is connected. The author paints a vivid picture of all the locations in the book and provides the reader with a gentle peek into the minds of the main characters. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It is a well written story that will engage you through to the end. I am eagerly awaiting to see where the story goes in the next book.
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Posted June 26, 2012
What a fabulous book! The story and characters are compelling and I was hooked right from the start. I found myself drawn into this strange world where I was never quite sure what was real and what was ........? Each chapter brings new twists and turns and took me deeper into the mysteries. The writer's wonderful descriptions brought images to mind such that it was like watching the story unfold in movie form before my eyes. I must add that I am generally not a fantasy story fan but I am a fan of this book and author. I was sorry when the book ended and hope a sequel will be forthcoming.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 31, 2011
I just finished this book and all I can say is wow! This book draws you in from the beginning. As you read, you get more enthralled and caught up in the story. I found myself not wanting to put it down as more was revealed with each turn of the page. When it ended, I still had questions of what happens next. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Reading a novel, particularly a fantasy novel, is a lot like having a dream - a well-written story takes us to another world, stirs our emotions with visions and symbols, and can leave haunting impressions that linger long after we wake up or close the book. Jennifer Ford's novel "The Waking Dream" has this effect, drawing the reader into the dreamland of its author's imagination. The story centers on the desert-locked twin cities of Illamar and Rheamyre; sister-cities divided by a wall and years of mistrust and suspicion. Cut off for generations from the outside world, Illamar exists very much in its own bubble; much like Michael Moorcock's Imrryr of the Elric saga, it is a "dreaming city", most of its history forgotten and existing day to day in an unchanging haze. This drifting existence changes when two events bring a sudden awakening to city guard commander and chief administrator Dante Montero: First, a mysterious woman brings word of a new power rising in the gang-controlled streets of Rheamyre, a power that threatens the delicate balance between the two cities. Second, a ravaged trade caravan arrives with news of terrifying monsters gathering across the desert sands and closing in. With only the resources at hand, Dante and his second-in-command, and best friend Guard Captain Kerran, must unravel the mystery of these duel threats, beginning a journey into the hidden past of Illamar - a journey that will take both men beyond all of their preconceived notions of reality and identity, and possibly open a path to a new future for both Illamar and Rheamyre. "The Waking Dream" is aptly named - this is a different kind of fantasy novel; a very "Jungian" novel in which dreams play a major role, and subconscious intuition and faith, rather than rational logic, hold the key to understanding and survival. In this respect, it's quite an old-fashioned fantasy, but in the best sense. Like a dream itself, the book is allegorical, imbedded with multiple meanings, the style languid and lyrical. The reader discovers along with Dante and Kerran (each on his own journey of self-discovery) that nothing is what it seems. The work harkens back to early 20th Century fantasists like Lord Dunsany, William Hope Hodgson, and in its other-world building, Edgar Rice Burroughs. Some "modern" readers, used to more simplistic plots that sacrifice depth for narrative drive, may find the pacing slow, but with its blend of mystery, adventure, and romance and steady build of tension and danger, "The Waking Dream" rewards deep reading. Like a dream, it induces you to step beyond your own reality, let go and surrender to its rhythms and visions. With a fascinating world, engaging characters, and a landscape rich enough for several sequels, Jennifer Ford's novel is a trip to the dreamlands worth taking.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.