The Waking Dreamer

The Waking Dreamer

by J. E. Alexander

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Overview

Emmett’s dream is always the same. Tingling with half-forgotten memories, he stands in an unknown room surrounded by mirrors, curio cabinets, and nesting dolls. A painting, Belshazzar’s Feast, hangs on the wall, its disembodied hand numbering the King’s final days. Then comes the stranger, the serpent-wielding young woman with the glittering amber eyes. Her words are always the same. Emmett will soon save her. Then the supposed hero awakens to his unremarkable life, awaiting the next night and the same maddeningly familiar dream.

Seventeen-year-old orphan Emmett Brennan remembers nothing of his past—not the boiler room in which his needle-ravaged mother gave birth to him, nor the Druids who tenderly delivered him. He can’t remember the cabal-summoned Revenant that clawed itself from shadow to hunt him, or why his mystical midwives hid him from the necromantic creature. Approaching adulthood, he is unaware of the dark forces that still search for him or the mysterious sentinels who secretly protect him, but on the eve of his eighteenth birthday that will change. The Revenants will find him. Only the young woman from his dreams can help him confront all he was once made to forget. Together, they will brave the nightmarish landscape Emmett’s waking world will soon become.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148739357
Publisher: Mechanical Owl Media
Publication date: 09/22/2013
Series: The Waking Dreamer , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Joshua Elijah Alexander loves veering off the main road in search of abandoned mines, dense bogs, and other ghost-infested settings for future stories. He is an ardent devotee of esotery, sarcastic fringeheads, and jam. Especially jam. He currently lives in Austin, Texas, with near-term plans for lunar relocation, weather permitting. He encourages fans to connect with him online where his attention can be caught with discussion of cryptids or ginger-infused confections. Or ginger cryptids.

Connect with him online @ authorJEA.com.

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The Waking Dreamer 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
tiffanydavis2 More than 1 year ago
The Waking Dreamer, by J.E. Alexander, is a fantasy that follows Emmett Brennan.  Emmett is an orphan who has little insight to where he came from.  He decides to set out on a journey to attempt to figure it out, and doesn’t get to far before he is confronted by a nightmarish creature.  A young girl, who pledged her life to his protection from the day Emmett was born, saves him from the creature and thus begins Emmett’s journey of waking dreams, which are similar to visions that are very dark and disturbing.  Emmett soon learns that he has little to no control over when or where these visions will occur. The entire story is a complete good vs evil plot with a dark twist.                                  The cover is very interesting.  It intrigued me to want to know more about the story line.  I think the author does an awesome job at not only introducing the characters, but also introducing this new world that can be thought of as part of our own with an unimaginable twist.  The concept is very similar to something like Inception, or even the Matrix, but it is done so in a way that it doesn’t feel like it was copied.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes a good fantasy, and I will be looking forward to reading more by this author.      
sblake More than 1 year ago
Emmett Brennan is an orphan, born under strange circumstances. He never knows where he really came from and eventually sets out on a journey across the country in an attempt to find his roots. Unfortunately he does not make it very far before he comes face to face with a creature straight out of a nightmare. He is saved by a girl who has been pledged to keep him safe since he was born. Soon after being rescued, Emmett begins having “waking dreams”. He will see visions while awake that are dark and disturbing and he has no control over where or when they will begin. The Waking Dreamer is a supernatural, fantasy novel that is unlike any I have read. If you mixed The Matrix and a bit of Inception with the dementors from Harry Potter you would still only get a vague idea of this book. The ultimate battle of good versus evil in a whole new way, The Waking Dreamer is a great fantasy read.
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
From the moment I read the synopsis of this book, I knew I wanted to read it immediately. I had already assumed I would absolutely love it. Emmett is the main character in this story, and he has reoccurring dreams that will make him a hero, presuming his dreams come true. Just weeks before he turns eighteen, he has made a big decision to find his birth mother, thus starting a road trip.  Along his journey he learns much about himself, while also putting himself in harms way multiple times. This is when he learns of a world he never knew existed, and would never have if he hadn't left his caregivers.  I really enjoyed Emmett's personality, he is full of references to pop culture movies and is full of witty sarcasm. It's packed full of action, and vividly written scenes that will grab you and pull you in. Its a one of a kind book that cannot be compared to any other book or author, which I found completely refreshing.  This is a very interesting concept for a book that I had such high hopes for, but I am sad to say it didn't blow my mind like I thought it would. There were quite a bit of paragraphs that I skipped because of the vast amount of useless information.   Overall I would rate this book 4/5, and if it weren't for the let down I had after finishing this book, I would have given it the full rating, but I just couldn't get over the fact I was so let down when i had such high hopes through most of the book. 
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
From the moment I read the synopsis of this book, I knew I wanted to read it immediately. I had already assumed I would absolutely love it. Emmett is the main character in this story, and he has reoccurring dreams that will make him a hero, presuming his dreams come true. Just weeks before he turns eighteen, he has made a big decision to find his birth mother, thus starting a road trip.  Along his journey he learns much about himself, while also putting himself in harms way multiple times. This is when he learns of a world he never knew existed, and would never have if he hadn't left his caregivers.  I really enjoyed Emmett's personality, he is full of references to pop culture movies and is full of witty sarcasm. It's packed full of action, and vividly written scenes that will grab you and pull you in. Its a one of a kind book that cannot be compared to any other book or author, which I found completely refreshing.  This is a very interesting concept for a book that I had such high hopes for, but I am sad to say it didn't blow my mind like I thought it would. There were quite a bit of paragraphs that I skipped because of the vast amount of useless information.   Overall I would rate this book 4/5, and if it weren't for the let down I had after finishing this book, I would have given it the full rating, but I just couldn't get over the fact I was so let down when i had such high hopes through most of the book.