Tuesday, July 03, 2007BOOKENDS: DREAMHUNTER DUET
I have just finished reading two of the most engrossing, intriguing, original, and well-written fantasies that I've read in a long time -- the Dreamhunter Duet by Elizabeth Knox.
In a world not so very unlike our own, a new place has been discovered -- a place where those with the talent can enter, catch dreams, and share them with audiences. The dreams are a source of comfort, adventure, contentment, and pain -- depending on the dream. There is power in the dreams, too, and when the discoverer of the Place disappears and the government claims he has died, his daughter Laura finds reasons to be suspicious. Following directions on a note from her father hidden in a man made of sand, Laura catches and sends a nightmare out across a large audience of dreamers, striking fear and terror into people of influence and officials. With the help of her cousin, her suitor, and her own man of sand, Laura uncovers a plot to use the dreams to control the citizens of the land. Together they set out on a daring mission to right the wrongs and save their country.
I tore through these two books, hungry to continue reading and glad that I could read them one after the other. Fabulous and full of flavour, I highly recommend this duet. Friendships, dreams, conflict, struggle, joy, pain, family magic, coming of age, music, alternate realities, and a touch of romance mark these books. (There are some allusions to sex.)
Y FANTASY FICTION Knox
~emily - 8:04 AM~
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