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Moons' Dreaming (Children of the Rock Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Sizemore , Marguerite Krause
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Susan Sizemore and co-writer Marguerite Krause weave a tale of intrigue and magic, love and sacrifice in the Children of the Rock fantasy duology.

In a world under three moons, in the courts and villages of three kingdoms, the fate of the Dreamers is at stake. Only Dreamers can bend the power of the gods and perform the magic that holds chaos at bay. But a recent plague has ravaged the population and damaged, perhaps irreparably, the very fabric of society. Most Shapers no longer believe in magic, and many Keepers no longer see any need for it.

Dreamers are always few in number, born of rare unions between ruling Shapers and peasant Keepers. Unfortunately, love between the rulers and the ruled has grown harder and harder to come by. Only King Sene of Sitrine grasps the importance of saving the Dreamers from extinction. Meanwhile, the death of one princess sends another princes, Vray of Rhenlan, into exile. The queen of Dherrica is murdered, and a few Keepers, among them Jordy the carter and Dael, captain of the royal guard of Rhenlan, begin to contemplate revolution. After all, if the world no longer needs Dreamers, does it really need Shapers, either? Prince Damon of Rhenlan also relishes the idea of a world where Dreamers and the gods they supposedly serve are relegated to their proper place: relics of ancient myth and superstition. Damon sees no use for tradition, or the laws and vows that hinder a man from obtaining all the wealth and power he desires.

The rare and tender love essential for the birth of Dreamers stirs between a few couples amid the conflict…but how can these small sparks be enough to overcome the dark threat of madness and war?


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About the Author

SUSAN SIZEMORE - Award winning author Susan Sizemore lives in the Midwestern United States. She is an enthusiastic member of Romance Foretold and equally enthusiastic about electronic publishing. She is proud and delighted to have her and heartsister Marguerite Krause's fantasy novel published by SWP. Susan's published work includes time travel and historical romance novels for Harper and Avon, a media tie-in book for Boulevard, Contemporary suspense novels for Silhouette, a futuristic romance for www.dream-unlimited.com, a vampire fantasy series for Ace Science Fiction, an upcoming science fiction novel for Speculation Press, and short stories in various fantasy anthologies.

MARGUERITE KRAUSE - Marguerite Krause began writing fantasy and science fiction stories in the third grade, and has never looked back. Her writing partnership with friend and mentor Susan Sizemore has been a truly magical experience, and she is eagerly looking forward to the publication of *Moons' Dancing* at SWP. She has also written a fantasy novel for Speculation Press, and has a science fiction/mystery series in the works. In addition to writing, Marguerite devotes time to reading, playing French Horn in a local symphony orchestra, and gardening.


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  • Language: English
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand epic fantasy a Must Read! August 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:CD-ROM
This book hooked me from the opening paragraph, immediately drawing me in to the fascinating world, and the emotional struggles of an honorable man serving men without honor. I particularly liked how the same basic conflict (disbelief and turning away from the old ways) was played out among the three sets of princes/princesses in three different ways, allowing for a very in depth exploration of the subject, and the acknowledgment that there is no black or white, only shades of gray. Abandoning the laws is not the answer, but neither is slavish adherence and blind belief.
The fantasy world was a delight, the characters engrossing, and the story compelling. This is a must read book for both fans of fantasy and of romance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique fantasy, great read! February 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I couldn't put this down! I don't like reviews that tell the plot of the book, so I won't. But what I will say is that sometimes when I read fantasy I feel like it's the same plot over and over, sometimes done well and sometimes done less well. This book wasn't like that for me. I thought the story was unique, and it was really well written-no overuse of a thesaurus, which is my biggest pet peeve. I highly recommend this book, and will definitely be reading the sequel.

Actually, that's another thing I like-lately, it seems like a lot of books are stretched out over three books, but there's not really enough plot to make it worthwhile. Kudos to the authors for bucking this trend and finishing in the second book.

Of course, I haven't read the second book yet, and it could be that there is a third that isn't mentioned on Amazon. That would actually be ok with me, because I'd like to have two more books in this world with these characters to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read December 27, 2003
Format:Hardcover
This book (and it's brother) is a must-read, I'm so happy they are publishing it
in hard cover, now I know what I'll get my friend for xmas this year!
Really a wonderful book, I can't recommend it enough. be sure to read
the two books of the duology... you're in for a treat!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spectacular epic fantasy December 26, 2003
Format:Hardcover
In Sitrene the old traditions remain in place. The Shapers protect the Keepers from the magical beasts. A union between a Keeper and a Shaper can lead to the birthing of Dreamers, who protect the realm from other dimension creatures who want to destroy humankind. King Sene's son is expected to marry his keeper's foster daughter, but she chooses to love the monarch causing dissension.
In Dherrica, Palle declares that his nephew Prince Pirse killed his mother the queen. The Keepers protect the Prince because he fights monsters and Abstainers who would hurt them. A wizard sends him to Doran a keeper woman in the hopes they will have a Dreamer child if they ever stop squabbling long enough to mate. King Palle's rule is so ineffective anarchy is coming.
In Rhenlan, the king is dying and his heir Prince Damon accepts no defiance. When his sister Vray disobeys him, she is banished to a horrible place. The Dreamers rescue her and place her with a keep family to heal. The young men are forcibly conscripted into the army and the guards take what they want from the villagers. Prince Damon is a nasty dictator leading his nation to the brink of civil war.
MOON'S DREAMING is a spectacular epic fantasy about three kingdoms where culture, tradition, and overall well being are being destroyed by ineffective or abusive leaders. The magic appears genuine and the varying groups enhance one another, provide additional depth to a multilayered strong tale. Readers will look forward to dancing to the follow-up "Dream" as Margaret Krause and Susan Sizemore will continue the stories of the next generation coming into power.
Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a little slow starting out March 5, 2013
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4 stars because it took me a few chapters to get into it. I wish the aught had explained earlier in the book the roles of the sharpers, dreamers, and keepers. Once I got into the story I really liked it. Unique storyline.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute must-read! February 9, 2013
By GemmaA
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The summary for this book does not do it justice. I picked it, thinking it would be a pleasant diversion, and it ended up being one of the best stories I've read in years.

This is a grand, epic fantasy; complete with royal intrigue, betrayal, dragons, magic, and the ties that bind us. The world building is excellent, the characters vivid, and the story well paced. The way each character's personal story is woven so neatly through the main plot is extremely well done. I especially enjoyed Vray's transformation, and absolutely everything to do with the carter's family.

In this world, there are Keepers, Shapers, and Dreamers. Keepers are your everyday people, driven by a need to protect and 'keep' their world and traditions safe. Shapers are the royal line, shaping their country's destiny and putting the needs of their people first. Dreamers are magic users and, sadly, a dying race. This book followers the lives of certain Keepers, Shapers, and Dreamers as they face a new world of adversity after the devastating effects of a (dark) magic induced plague. As most struggle to rebuild their kingdoms and keep old traditions alive, there are a few who seek to use this time of despair for their own means.

I enjoyed this book so much that I immediately bought the second novel as soon as I finished with this one. It is not to be missed!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting "other" world part 1
My favorite type of book is Romantic SciFi/Fantasy - am on the hunt to replace my fave author Anne McCaffrey since she passed away. Read more
Published 13 months ago by JanS
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked it but too many characters to keep up with
I get it that each character has a different role to play in the story but honestly I had a tough time keeping track of all the characters. Read more
Published 20 months ago by sai vang
5.0 out of 5 stars Love my kindle app
Thanks so much for the great book I can read on my kindle app. I live that amazon provides lots of free books online.
Published 22 months ago by Melissa Sidiropoulos
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I love a story that immediately draws you in and keeps you through the entire story. I definitely want more.
Published 24 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
My 2 favorite genre's is Zombies and Romance. This book was a great read. I enjoyed the charagers, story line and the plot.

Well done to the author :)
Published on April 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good beginning
This book is a good beginning to the series it holds your interest & keeps you interested. I liked what Susan Sizemore did with it.
Published on April 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I like this book, even though it is hard to follow at times. I have a hard time keeping the characters straight, but otherwise it is a good story.
Published on March 16, 2013 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars needs work
skipped too many years did'nt explain characters very well rambled on at times the story was overall good but lacked depth
Published on March 12, 2013 by T. spruill
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Enthralling
I read the story with baited breath anxious to find out what was going to happen next. Combined a sense of the unknown, fantasy, romance and mystery.
Published on March 10, 2013 by gmachar
3.0 out of 5 stars not my type
I am not interested in this type of reading. This would probably be a good book to read if you like this type book.
Published on March 9, 2013 by Nelly DeCaesteker
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