Vivian Maylor is trying to hold it together. But her attempts to build a life with the man she loves seem doomed by the dragon inside her yearning to break free. Vivian is a dreamshifter, the last line of defense between reality and the dreamworld, and the only one of her kind.
Weston Jennings also believes he is the only one of his kind. He fears his powers as a dreamshifter, and resists learning to control them. After suffering a tragic loss, Weston heads deep into the woods of the Pacific Northwest to embrace a safe life of solitude. But when a terrible mistake leads to an innocent’s death, his guilt drives him to his former home, where he encounters what he never thought he would find: another shifter.
Now Vivian and Weston must work together to defeat a new threat to the dreamworld.
About the Author
Kerry Schafer lives in Washington State with her family. Her job as a Mental Health Crisis Response Specialist takes her regularly into odd pockets of reality that provide inspiration for her writing. A self-styled perpetual student, she earned an RN from Royal Alexandria Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta; a BA in English (Honors) from York University in Toronto, Ontario; and an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University. She is the author of Between.
What People are Saying About This
Praise for Wakeworld:
"Wakeworld is a fine adventure. Kerry Schafer gives us heroes we can root for and a world that twists and turns like an Escher print so that nothing is quite what it seems.”—Anne Bishop, New York Times Bestselling Author
"Schafer brings a unique voice to urban fantasy, and her writing has a dreamlike, magical quality. A captivating read, a real page-turner!”—Yasmine Galenorn, New York Times Bestselling Author
"[P]rose so evocative that it practically leaps off the page...enthralling and hugely enjoyable."—Kirkus Reviews
"Schaffer proves densely plotted and emotionally charged storytelling is definitely her forte!"—RT Book Reviews
Praise for Between:
“A smart, resilient heroine, a scarred hero, dragons that are all too real and much too close, and myriad doorways that lead from a modern ER into dreams and waking and everything in Between make for a sparkling debut novel. Most enjoyable.”—Carol Berg, National Bestselling Author of The Daemon Prism
“A rich wonder of a fantasy, full of life, death, dreams and nightmares becoming real, and dragons. I was swept away.”—Robin D. Owens, Award-Winning Author of Heart Secret
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wakeworld is a beautifully written story with a unique concept. I love a good fantasy with a world (or worlds in this case) that is well crafted and believable, and I very much like the concept of having the dreamworld, the between, and the wakeworld (of our current reality). As a constant day dreamer, I am particularly fond of the idea of a dreamworld and of dreamshifters. The dragons, sorcerers, and penguin guardians just make it better. The characters are interesting and well-developed. They were people whose lives I could become invested in. I especially like how the story alternates points of view, as it let me get to know each character more, and it gave the story more dimension. Though hesitant to embrace her identity, Vivian is a strong character, and I have high hopes for her continued growth in the next book. I also like Weston. There's something about a broken character that really pull at my heartstrings. The other characters are wonderful as well. However, I feel like I could appreciate some of the characters a lot more after raeding Between, the first book in the series, and I do plan on remedying this in the near future! The story is fast-paced. While it kept me turning the pages, wanting to know what happens next, I do wish that it spent a little more time with descriptions. The worlds in this book are fantastic and have the potential to be so much more. I really wanted to spend a little more time with the scenery and world building. There is so much intricacy here and a lot of potential for future development as the series progresses. While it is possible to read Wakeworld without having read Between, I do recommend reading the first book beforehand. It would have given me a better perspective to start with. Do I recommend this book? Yes, I do!
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle *ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review I said in my review of Between, book #1 of the series, that this was an Urban Fantasy unlike anything I had experienced before, and one that I wanted to get lost in again. When I got word that Wakeworld was available, I was excited to dive in. Wakeworld picks up right where Between left off, but I think if you were coming into this book as a first time reader you could catch on easily enough... Kerry broadened the scope of The Between series by introducing yet another dimension, some supe groups we hadn't encountered yet, and a really nasty new antagonist. She also brought in another hero, and his story allowed Vivian's story to evolve some more as well. Between felt very much like your favorite childhood fairytales turned on their head. Wakeworld felt less like that, but did stick to embracing the higher fantasy elements that I loved from book #1, and even took those to another level with the introduction of the new creatures, the continuing evolution of Vivian's dragon side, and more. Like the first of the series, the book doesn't start out like a bullet, it ramps up nicely and once it hits the plateau, all bets are off and it's an edge of your seat thrill ride until the end, whereupon you'll be wishing for the next immediately. The characters and world building of THE BETWEEN are fabulous, and the second book of the series made each stronger. Readers that enjoy their Urban Fantasy with some dragons and high fantasy elements, as well as a slightly ethereal edge will likely find Between and Wakewold enjoyable, especially if you're not looking for instant HEA's for your protagonists. :)