Friday, May 25, 2007

Dreamhunter and Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox

A nice change from many volume long fantasy series, this has just the two titles. Dreamhunters can go into THE PLACE and capture dreams. Then come back into the real world and sleep to share their dreams with others. These dreams can calm anxiety, be used to make imprisoned persons obey, make people so happy they don't care about anything, heal the sick. Some in the government disapprove of their use. There is a plot to stop dreamhunters using some of their own and create a dictatorship like government. The opponents, discover this plot and work to stop it. Opponents are the church of this world and powerful dreamhunters not already in the control of the plotters. It falls to Laura Hame to stop the plotters. Laura's father first discovered the plot but has become disabled. Laura's fiance falls into the hands of the plotters. Nown, an entity that is hard to explain but which is part future and part present is under Laura's command, even though she tried to free him. In this story several realities and times, past, future, present can exist at the same time just like many scientists really believe. This one is for readers of Phillip Pullman's GOLDEN COMPASS. There's a lot of action and a lot to think about. It kept my attention which Harry Potter books don't. With just two books you won't lose interest before your through.
jdw 5.25.07

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