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Dreamwalker: Book One of Dreamwalker [Kindle Edition]

C.S. Friedman
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

All her life Jessica Drake has dreamed of other worlds, some of them similar to her own, others disturbingly alien. She never shares the details with anyone, save her younger brother Tommy, a compulsive gamer who incorporates some aspects of Jessica’s dreams into his games. But now someone is asking about those dreams...and about her. A strange woman has been watching her house. A visitor to her school attempts to take possession of her dream-inspired artwork.

Why?

As she begins to search for answers it becomes clear that whoever is watching her does not want her to learn the truth. One night her house catches on fire, and when the smoke clears she discovers that her brother has been kidnapped. She must figure out what is going on, and quickly, if she and her family are to be safe.

Following clues left behind on Tommy's computer, determined to find her brother and bring him home safely, Jessica and two of her friends are about to embark on a journey that will test their spirits and their courage to the breaking point, as they must leave their own world behind and confront the source of Earth's darkest legends – as well as the terrifying truth of their own secret heritage.


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Like most teens, 16-year-old Jessica Drake really just wants to be normal, but a lifetime of vivid, unsettling dreams and a fractured family set her apart in Friedman’s somewhat tame yet promising entry into the paranormal YA world. When Jessica was a child, her father abandoned the family and told Jessica he wasn’t really her father. Despite her mother’s reassurances otherwise, Jessica’s world is shattered when a DNA test comes back revealing she is unrelated biologically to both her father and mother. Jessica’s journey toward the truth really begins when her gamer younger brother, Tommy, is kidnapped, and she attempts to find him. Parallel worlds, alternate dimensions, freewheeling fantastical ideas (including dinosaurs as pets for the elite), and the promise of more books in this open-ended series should attract the attention of readers who usually read in this genre. Existing Friedman fans would do well to note that this is a departure from her usual fare and should go into it expecting something different yet perhaps quite appealing. --Julie Trevelyan

Review

Praise for the Dreamwalker series:
 
“Once again, CS Friedman shows us strong characters and innovative magic that transcends genre.” —Peter V Brett, New York Times-bestselling author
 
Dreamwalker is nerve-twisting and fascinating. Siblings Jesse and Tommy are tangled in a murderous genetic bait-and-switch that transcends worlds and time, not knowing who is trustworthy and who is deadly. There’s no easy answer in sight—only more questions, more danger, and more treachery. Waiting for the next book will be tough!” —Tamora Pierce, New York Times-bestselling author
 
“I’ve long been a fan of CS Friedman’s writing; regardless of genre flavor, her novels have always had a balance of character and plot and worked very well for me. Friedman steps a bit farther afield than previous jaunts through the genre with Dreamwalker, a first-person young adult urban fantasy...and her experience as an engaging storyteller is on full display.” —Tor.com
 
“Friedman launches a series with this dimension-hopping, genre-bending adventure that will appeal to both adults and teens.... Friedman skillfully blends science fiction and fantasy elements, tying them together with fairy tales and solid worldbuilding.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“Elements of this coming-of-age novel, the author’s first aimed at young adults, hearken back to the works of H Beam Piper and Charles Fort. Friedman develops her themes with more maturity and skill than either of those old figures, taking a critical view of grand empires than is the custom in science fiction.” —RT Reviews
 
“The fast pace and younger protagonist will make this an obvious crossover book for YA readers, appealing...to those teens (and adults) who enjoy Cassandra Clare.” —Library Journal
 
“This is more mature, more serious, and a bit darker than I’m used to young adult books being, but that’s also a huge reason why I loved it.... This might be the first young adult book I’ve ever read that absolutely captivated me.” —Bookworm Blues
 
“A vivid worldbuilder, [Friedman] has the knack for reaching into the dark heart of humanity, pushing past the thin layer of the mundane, and exposing the fantastic beneath. And making those things that raise the hairs on the back of your neck seem very real.” —Postcards from the Emerald City

Product Details

  • File Size: 1682 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (February 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DMCJP0O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neat sci-fi/fantasy premise, characters fell flat February 5, 2014
Format:Hardcover
Dreamwalker by C. S. Friedman is an intriguing mix of parallel worlds and fantasy elements and the start to a new series with a lot of potential. I haven’t read any of Friedman’s adult work so I went into Dreamwalker not knowing at all what to expect! I’m excited about the new universe that Dreamwalker has revealed, even though I didn’t completely connect with Dreamwalker itself.
Note: I received Dreamwalker for review from the publisher.

Dreamwalker by C. S. Friedman (Dreamwalker #1)
Published by DAW on Feb 4, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Sci-fi, YA
Length: 312 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher

All her life Jessica Drake has dreamed of other worlds, some of them similar to her own, others disturbingly alien. She never shares the details with anyone, save her younger brother Tommy, a compulsive gamer who incorporates some aspects of Jessica’s dreams into his games. But now someone is asking about those dreams...and about her. A strange woman has been watching her house. A visitor to her school attempts to take possession of her dream-inspired artwork.

Why?

As she begins to search for answers it becomes clear that whoever is watching her does not want her to learn the truth. One night her house catches on fire, and when the smoke clears she discovers that her brother has been kidnapped. She must figure out what is going on, and quickly, if she and her family are to be safe.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Dreamwalker is the start of a new series with a very fascinating take on alternate realities. In a way I would consider this a blend of both fantasy and science fiction. Things seem magical and yet light scientific explanations are given as to the reasoning to help take away some of that mysticism. It worked nicely so you had that ingrained natural tendency from me as a reader to be more accepting of the elements that I would otherwise in a strictly science fiction book would have been wanting more explanation.

I find it easier for this book to break it down by what I saw as its strengths and weaknesses.

Strengths:

- Alternate worlds / realities! The worldbuilding of one in particular that the bulk of Dreamwalker takes place in is fascinating. How that world elates to the others, or really in actuality dominates the other worlds was just so cool. This world is pretty much the world that these people consider Prime - and so they go into the other realities and take what they want, technology, people, resources. There is however a checks and balance system in place and they must work within those guidelines. Because of this the author was able to weave into her story our own myths and legends of changelings, people showing up in times they don't belong, or people disappearing and reappearing years after they disappeared thinking no time had passed. This was the leading reason that I enjoyed Dreamwalker.
- There was a very well executed blend of both fantasy and science fiction. Things we would see as fantasy would then lightly be given a somewhat scientific explanation - not too much of a one mind you because then that would be stepping more firmly into the realm of science fiction. But just enough that it straddled both genres.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! February 10, 2014
Format:Hardcover
I am very new to reading anything fantasy/ sci- fi and I do not know all the "sci-fi lingo" words that people in the other reviews use ( I have only written a review once before). My daughter and I often share books, she gave me DreamWalker to read, saying to me that I needed to "try new things". Well, she was right! (not often I say that!) The main character, Jessica was so real to me, and her little brother Tommy, the way they find out about where they came from... I do not want to spoil it, but I honestly thought I would not like this type of book! I really recommend this book if you are looking to get out of a rut and have not read sci-fi or fantasy books before, it does not matter what age you are, as a good story is ageless!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid first book in a new series February 8, 2014
Format:Hardcover
As a long-term fan of CS Friedman and her imaginative world-building, I was a bit taken aback by the Young Adult thing, as I'm about 25 years too old for it. But I think she pulled it off. What we have here is a novel that can be enjoyed by her existing fans, while opening a door for younger readers to engage with her creative efforts.

The main character, Jesse, discovers that she's not who she seems to be, and heads off on a quest to sort that out, which takes her to a parallel universe, where all the usual shenanigans then take place. Chasing and running and escaping and finding clues and finding stuff out that's relevant later, and so on. Jesse is an interesting character, and her brother is reasonably developed too, though I might argue that her other colleagues are a bit less interesting. CS Friedman does a pretty good job of articulating a teenage point of view, especially as the entire book is written in the first-person point of view of a 16 year old girl.

The alt-universe Jesse and friends end up in is a very, VERY dark place. It's a lot like earth, except there's magic and dark forces and all sorts of scary stuff. In this respect, the book is consistent with CS Friedman's others, and should satisfy her adult fans, especially those who are interested in vampiric and dark themes. There's some interesting characters in this alt-universe, though the politics and machinations are simpler than in her other novels, and the plot is more linear, in line with the requirements of the YA market.

This book is clearly the first in an ongoing series, and I'd be delighted to buy more of them as they appear. I think the author has a good concept - a platform she can build on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... this book 4 stars as it really is a good book with a very...
I gave this book 4 stars as it really is a good book with a very interesting world build that may bring Friedman to new audiences. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Ian Gann
5.0 out of 5 stars easy read, familiar plot (girl comes into power)
easy read, familiar plot (girl comes into power), very well written. If you like Rachel Hartmann, then try this.
Published 1 month ago by brady stallings
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a new world from one of the best in the genre.
I have been a fan of Friedman ever since reading In Conquest Born back in the 1980's. She continues to come up with creative and unique worlds, and I highly recommend reading her... Read more
Published 1 month ago by james charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very well put together....
Published 2 months ago by Cam112358
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written, great characters, plot... well... um.....
Really solid book that I enjoyed a lot. Characters were crisp and understandable. The plot suffered a little bit with "I have this great idea, great characters, not entirely... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Martin from Massachussetts
3.0 out of 5 stars good young adult thriller
This is a good young adult novel. There is the same coming of age stuff along with action and adventure. I love everything Freidman writes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. J. Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!!
I enjoyed reading the book! I could not put the book down and took me three days to read it. Hopefully a sequel will be written. It would make an interesting movie!
Published 4 months ago by Aimatti
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical C. S. Friedman book
I was disappointed. I have read many of Friedman's other books and have always liked them. This book is silly, very flat and boring. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kenneth Edward
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable, but certainly subpar for an excellent writer.
I love C.S. Friedman, there are only a small number of books of hers that I would rate less than five stars. Unfortunately, this is one of them. Dreamwalked just didn't catch me. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mark Locy
4.0 out of 5 stars Different than Friedman's previous books
After the beginning this book's voice shifted abruptly and into a YA alternate reality fantasy. Maybe that shift in focus is why I felt it was only an okay read rather than living... Read more
Published 10 months ago by JuliaBird
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