The Dream King's Courier: Pawn

The Dream King's Courier: Pawn

by Patrice Sikora


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The Dream King's Courier: Pawn by Patrice Sikora

It's never good to be stuck in the middle of a family squabble. This is especially true when it involves the gods.

Gwen Revmore, Courier to the increasingly powerful Nathao, King of Dreams, finds herself in this exact situation as the King's brother Luke and his wife Persephone prepare for the birth of their son. Persephone's decision to defy her mother and slip away to have the baby outside of her mother's temples sets off a power struggle that leads to the revelation of a key secret involving Persephone, Luke, and Nathao.

Gwen becomes the unwilling messenger between mother and daughter-and an unwitting pawn in their feud. Demma wants what she's owed and will make sure she gets it, even if it turns Gwen's world upside down and decides the future for her son Sam.

Gwen already has problems of her own. She fears a Solitary named Kebo wants to settle the score for the death of his friend, Nathao's rival Bayel. She hopes to convince him that Bayel went rogue. Doing so may win her a friend and mentor when she needs one the most.

Welcome to The Dream King's Courier: Pawn the latest book in author Patrice Sikora's modern-day mythology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781517042141
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/29/2015
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Patrice Sikora has spent most of her life working in radio news. An avid reader, she began to write the Dream King's Courier series when, while one day commuting to work on the train, she discovered she had nothing to read.

Patrice and her husband have three sons and share their home with several cats and Italian greyhounds.

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The Dream King's Courier: Pawn 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
NicolaF More than 1 year ago
family drama…. Amirite? And when they are gods, even better!! Ha! Seems so often when I read books, usually I either like the dialogue, and the narrative seems flat (or too telling and long-winded) or the prose is good, but the conversations seem contrived and stiff. But I loved how seamlessly everything moved in both “Payback” and now the second installment, “Pawn” with the balance between the two nicely as this made it feel authentic and well- paced, like we are watching a movie or something. It had it all, seriously…mystery, drama, friendship, betrayal, family life, enemies… takes us on an unforgettable, and ultimately fulfilling rollercoaster ride that I won’t soon forget. Hope the next one is ready soon. SO happy I discovered this series!
NikkyH7117 More than 1 year ago
ALL THE LOVE TO THIS INCREDIBLY UNDERRATED SERIES. All. the. love, I tell you. Excuse me, but I think I fell in love with 2 or 10 characters. I just feel so monstrously happy after reading such an epic book!!! Not that it's a happy book. hahahaa. No. NO it's not. But it's amazingly written and the characters are amazing and you either love them or love to hate them (I’m looking at you, Bayel) and the development, both of character and of storyline(s) is extraordinary and I'M JUST SO INVOLVED. It's the kind of book that absolutely swallows you while you read. WHERE EVEN TO START? Okay let's talk about characters. Because this is definitely a majorly character-driven story. We have many points-of-view, But there are a whole swam of secondary characters who are epic in their own right and thrust the story and us along for the ride. Love the mythology and world building. Liked that there are STRONG females, not just sexy side pieces. I feel like I could read these books and this series forever and I hope that Patrice Sikora keeps writing them! Recommend for ages 16 and up.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
I didn't want to finish “The Dream King’s Courier: Pawn”, but I mean that in a good way. I have really lost myself in these books over the past several months, reading them whenever I have a free moment here and there, and I have been continuously surprised with how much I love it and thought the plot was great, even though I'm not normally so in love with how Fantasy as a whole is written. I usually find it a tad bit boring/cliché when it comes to the world-building in this genre, and I'll admit it...the weird names usually throw me for a loop, and the sheer number of characters who come and go always gives me vertigo. However, the way the lives of the main characters in this story were interwoven into each other was so interesting, that I couldn't help but enjoy reading every last bit of this book. It also possibly helped that I could (I think) pronounce most of the names. The world building was vivid, and for once I could actually envision the scenes as they unfolded, feeling like I was watching a movie. Great action throughout, and the ending is making me wish the next one was already published. Great job!
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
this book, in fact this whole series by Patrice Sikora demonstrates what a truly gifted writer can do with the constraints and conventions of the fantasy genre. This world feels real, perhaps because, unlike most fantasy writers, she focuses on the lives of seemingly ordinary people (other than the gods) caught up in extraordinary events beyond their control and are just pawns on a grander scale. The changing plot forced the characters out of their comfort zones and into situations that challenge them and ultimately transform, on some level. Enjoyed the addition of many new characters as they provided a bit of uncertainty, and while there is really just too much ground covered in this book to properly sum up in a brief review, just know that this whole series has exceeded my wildest expectations and keeps getting better and better. Cannot wait to see what happens in the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars totally love these books! So much tapestry of magic, good and evil, adventure and treachery, grit I really enjoyed the returning main characters, especially now that we’ve gotten to know them a bit better, and especially liked the glimpses of secondary characters in more interesting more fleshed out roles. I was flying right through this one, it just had a nice natural flow and great pacing up until the ending. The plot in this one gives some answers, but leaves you with just as many unsolved questions. Since the flow was so natural as it was, there wasn't any big surprises for me, and I would have preferred some real shocks here and there. But what really stood out, for me, was the character development. Some of the others haven’t evolved or changed as much as I’d like to see, but I think there’s yet another book to go so we’ll see. Enjoyed the magic and myth, and while I noticed a few minor typos here and there, overall it has a terrific editing job in terms of structure and grammar. Very well done. This is a “clean” fantasy, so nothing too horrible that mature readers from late teens on up won’t be able to handle.
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
I really haven't read a lot of fantasy in the last decade or so, so the fact I've read 2 of Patrice Sikora’s books over the past 4 months says a lot about how much I enjoy reading her work. The adventures of Gwen, The King, the Riders, and the rest of the wide-supporting cast through these books has absolutely enraptured me and taken me to another world that I don’t want to leave. Patrice Sikora can write a story you want to be part of, and shows you a world through so many different characters’ eyes and makes it matter, makes it believable, and makes it vital. Some elements of the fantasy are fairly old school, but written with a modern style and a literary skill that one rarely sees in fantasy, even when it’s dark and gritty and raw. What Sikora does best, is build, develop, and breathe life into relationships. She writes great characters that you can believe in, but it's in interactions that they truly shine. The action grows at a slow but steady pace through the books and continues to build. But even though it seems this isn’t the end of the journey for our heroes (and anti-heroes) just yet, we do hit some cool milestones and like they say – the journey can be better than the destination. And what an amazing journey it has been! Ready for more!
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed the “The Dream King’s Courier” books so far. They meet the criteria for what I'd like to see more of in an intelligent paranormal fantasy. There is grand action and genuine conflict. There are plenty of varied characters from all walks of life. There is an element of secret danger without it choking out the rest of the story. The books will appeal to a broad base of readers, even people who perhaps aren’t hardcore fantasy readers. This feels like a great ‘beginner’s series’ to me as it is beautifully written with all the familiar themes and elements of perhaps more well-known books (or TV shows/movies) but with a fresh take . Nothing here feels dumbed down or excessively contrived. In fact, I'd say these books are more ‘intelligent’ than some of the modern and nonfictions I’ve read lately – no joke. Whether you're new to fantasy or it's an old love, I'd say this series is worth checking out. It has a little bit of something for everyone.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
after reading maybe a few too many YA fantasies recently, that were perhaps a bit light on the substance, it was a breath of fresh air to delve into the world of Gwen, The Courier in the second book of the “The Dream King’s Courier” series by Patrice Sikora. Like the first before it, “Pawn” is impressively complex and layered, with an almost psychological edge that makes you really think—just the way I like my fantasies, and I suppose my reading generally. Even though it isn't necessarily easy to get into these books, and they are quite long with so many characters I have a tough time keeping track of them at times, I am always eager to find out what comes next! Especially towards the ending. I adore the main characters (gwen is such a great lead) and I can't WAIT to find out how their story progresses in the next installment, if there is one. Recommend for readers of paranormal fantasy with a modern slant.
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
Another really good book by Patrice Sikora. I am loving this series! It is so inventive and its hard to even compare it to anything as it feels so fresh and original… but it’s like this really cool mix of mythology and modern times where the fantasy is real, but it is delivered in a way that feels authentic. In addition to creating a superb story with a tight plot, and unforgettable characters, Patrice Sikora advances in subtle but very interesting ways the larger story arc of the series in “The Dream King’s Courier: Pawn” where we are reunited with characters of the prior story and introduced to many new ones as well. This is not a fast read by any stretch, and it will take some time, but it’s totally worth it. I’ve told so many people that they need to read this series. It is so good!!! Start with the first one, “Payback” though then read this one second.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
3.5 strs One thing that I enjoy the most about this book “The Dream King’s Courier: Pawn” is that there are mysteries and oddities about this world and storyline that are revealed slowly, but didn't give me the feeling that the author was hiding the ball just to stretch out the suspense. It's a book that made my brain work a little to follow all of the threads and layers, rather than making me want to skim ahead just to get to the end, which happens more often than not with me and other fantasies. Like the other book though, at times felt there was a lack of a main focus and the story seemed to be going in so many directions at once with so many character perspectives I frequently forgot who I was tuning into. I found myself yearning for more focused narrative from a few characters in particular, and at times questioned the need to have so all-encompassing. But overall I thought it was a really intriguing fantasy, with enough depth and detail to really suck me into this world and keep me there… for weeks now. And I’m not complaining one bit.
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
really great paranormal/ fantasy stories have fundamental rules, and they probably go like this: 1) create a rich, imaginative, fantastical world that is relatable and believable 2) put unusual, relatable and interesting characters in it, and 3) mix up some sequence of interesting things happening around them, happening to them, and being done by them. Sikora’s latest novel in The Dream King’s Courier Series: Pawn, fulfilled all three swimmingly. Sikora has managed to forge one of the most interesting and unique Fantasy world (with the gods and players and rules and powers) with a mythology, culture and history unlike any I’ve read before. She spun characters of a few different backgrounds and then sent them throughout that world and by the mid-point getting nearly all of them into some form of political, supernatural, or relationship intrigue. I was glued through the last pages and although I liked the ending, I wonder if there will be more to come, and if so, when? A great addition to the genre, and fans of fantasy don’t want to miss these books.
LaylaM1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars while reading “The Dream King’s Pawn” by Patrice Sikore - the second book I’ve now read from this author, it really hit me that she makes writing fantasy seem simply effortless. At first glance, there are so many characters that pop on the scenes, and from a wide variety of backgrounds, Sikora hardly bothers to do more than sketch many of them, yet they become huge so quickly. Usually characterization has to be done well to create a memorable character, but all Sikora gives them is quirky and authentic personalities that shine through and make them real, not lost in the large ensemble cast of players. Ms. Sikora also has an amazing talent for literary-architecture and world-building. We visualize each scene and feel thrust into this world that is richly layered, increasingly complex, and brilliantly realized. I feel like these books would make for some interesting movies, and hope there will be more to follow.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
I am definitely really enjoying this series, “The Dream King’s Courier” by Patrice Sikora, and this latest installment “Pawn” is just as good, if not better than the first one, “Payback”. It’s a brilliantly crafted story, original and with amazing, believable world-building (even for being a fantasy) and Sikora’s writing really is really easy to follow. I like how this story and the world is getting bigger and bigger, and more complex. It is action/fantasy/philosophy/drama all in one, and while it still has the familiar vibe that most standard fantasies have, it still feels fresh and original enough and is definitely unpredictable, especially towards the end. It is more than just the classic story of “good vs. evil”, and really encompasses so much more of the human condition – strength, weakness, right and wrong, friends, enemies, etc… and it is also funny at times, despite being so ‘dark’. I chuckled at some of the dialogue and really enjoyed watching Gwen and the King and The Riders (and all the others) ‘evolve’ as the story progresses, and liked some of the new characters who show up and surprise us as well. The story wraps up well in the end, but it seems like there is more to come in this delightful series – hope we don’t have to wait too long!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book from Patrice Sikora and it's just as strong, if not better than the first in this franchise. The main character Gwen is a strong, passionate and fascinating. The web of lies and deceit will keep you riveted from start to finish. This is a must read!