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4.0 out of 5 stars The Dream Warrior, May 27, 2005
This review is from: The Dream Warrior: Book One of the Dream Warrior Trilogy (Paperback)
I finished this book recently, and although it is not one of the best fantasy books I have read, it was pretty good.

Corri, a thief in Hadliden, is being forced to marry the master thief, a disgusting man named Grimmel. She would rather do anything than marry him, but is locked in her room so she can't run away. A mysterious sorcerer uses magic to let her escape and then they ride off together. Later she discovers that the sorcerer's name is Imandoff. He speaks of some debt towards her, but isn't clear as to what it is. Fearful of pursuit by Grimmel's assassins, they head to the mountains.

Soon, they meet the Tuonela warrior woman, Takra, and decide to journey together for a bit. They have some adventures in the valley of shadows, and Corri is almost caught by one of Grimmel's men. However, they manage to escape. After more journeying and wandering, during which Corri realizes that having friends can be a good thing, they arrive at the Tuonela gathering place. One of the Shakkas (like priestesses) declares Corri the Dream Warrior, though she doesn't really know what this means. There is also a geas on her, which is a sort of spell to guide her life. There she also meets one of Takra's kinsmen, Tirkul.

After saving Tirkul's sister from a flood, he asks her to marry him in the Tuonela way. Corri needs more time to think, and decides to wait. I thought this part needed work. You don't just meet someone and fall in love two days later! Corri leaves the camp when she feels she is endangering the Tuonela. Takra goes with her and after more journeying and narrow escapes, they finally have a battle with Corri's father.

Corri's father is one of the ancient people that came from the stars. He want's to use the dark magic to gain control over all of Sar Akka. Corri decides she needs to fight him. At this point, Tirkul reenters the scene to help. Corri winds up destroying her father's star ship, which is a serious blow. However, she cannot kill him. After the battle, she realizes she really does love Tirkul, and here the book ends. Of course it is a trilogy, so it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger without a real resolution.

My main criticisms are that the relationships were too quickly developed and slightly unreal. For example, Imandoff and Takra at the end. Where did that come from? The only other thing is that the plot was a little hard to follow. They had all of these adventures, but they don't seem that important and one is kind of hard to tell from another. So it was good, but not great. However, I think it is sadly overlooked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book, July 6, 2004
This review is from: The Dream Warrior: Book One of the Dream Warrior Trilogy (Paperback)
I recently finished reading it for the second time and ordered it's sequels. It's a must read for fantasy fans, especially those that like books with strong female characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dream Warrior, September 28, 2013
A riveting book that keeps you coming back for more. DJ Conway is a fabulous storyteller! Anxiously moving onto the next story in this saga.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read!!!, May 7, 2013
Several years ago I read this trilogy, and now I look forward to reading it again! I have been looking for the books online as my original copies were lost.
I loved this Trilogy, and my Roommate at the time fell in love with it also, have you ever seen two people try to read a book at the same time? It's a challenge! LOL
But we did, and it was such a great read! If you like Myth, Magic, and tales of ancient times with a little Romance and Adventure thrown in, this series is for you! But don't stop at book 1! You really have to read all three to get the full story!
It's a "But wait! There's More!" Tale!
ENJOY!
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Conway pulls you in and you WANT to stay!, November 30, 1998
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This review is from: The Dream Warrior: Book One of the Dream Warrior Trilogy (Paperback)
Dream Warrior is an excellent novel. You get pulled into the story and you really care how it turns out. D. J. Conway has the ability to keep you reading - whether it's research books or a novel.
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The Dream Warrior: Book One of the Dream Warrior Trilogy
The Dream Warrior: Book One of the Dream Warrior Trilogy by D. J. Conway (Paperback - January 8, 1996)
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