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The Dreamstone Hardcover – December 2, 2013
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About the Author
Mikey Brooks is a small child masquerading as an adult. On occasion you’ll catch him dancing the funky chicken, singing like a banshee, and pretending to have never grown up. He is the author/illustrator of several books including the best-selling ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures and Bean’s Dragons as well as the middle-grade fantasy-adventure The Dream Keeper. His art can be seen in many forms from picture books to full room murals. He loves to daydream with his two daughters and explore the worlds that only the imagination of children can create. Mikey has a BS degree in English from Utah State University and works fulltime as a freelance illustrator. He is also one of the hosts of the Authors’ Think Tank Podcast. You can find more about him and his books at: www.insidemikeysworld.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The Faery Realm has been taken over by the evil Queen Mab, who has dreamnapped Parker’s mother and threatens the balance of Dreams. Parker and his friends Kaelyn, Aunt Zelda, and Dr. Gates must return to set things right. But where to start? The vaults that holds the keys to Dreams are a wreck, a plague of dragons has destroyed the city, a traitor has loosed all the prisoners, and the Faery Realm is hidden. As if that weren’t enough, Gladamyr, Parker’s powerful dream keeper, has lost his ability to shape shift, and the only solution lies deep in the heart of Mares.
I came to love Parker and his companions in the first book. Mr. Brooks carries their personalities beautifully into this next installment, and instead of rehashing their first adventure, he drops just enough hints to recall it before setting them off on this one. I was hooked in chapter one.
Dreams, too, is just how I remember it. This is a fully developed world, the real land all mortals enter when they sleep. It contains good and evil, magic, and an amazing cast of dreamlings. But magic has limits, and the rules that bind Dreams are clearly defined. There is balance here, a balance that has been interrupted.
Which brings me to the author’s greatest strength—adventure! Mr. Brooks writes a fabulous plot. The action is well-paced, the story engaging, and the end of every scene has a hint of suspense (sometimes much more than a hint!) that left me unwilling to put the book down. If he can snare the attention of an old reader like me, he’ll have kids sneaking this one into class underneath their text books.
Dreamstone has all the makings of a great read. The only drawback is a roughness in the narrative, particularly during moments of high activity. When swords are swinging and the action hits hard and fast, the prose doesn’t always keep up. On the flip side, the author has a real knack for conversations. The dialogue and interaction between characters moves the story forward brilliantly when the action goes on break.
And finally, I love the positive messages tucked in along the way. The sacrifice and heroism, the friendship, loyalty, and the gradual eye-opening taking place within Parker about how words and actions affect others. While I don’t exactly agree with the philosophy of balance set forth within the pages, it’s easy to set that aside and simply enjoy the ride.
In conclusion, I liked Dreamstone even more than Dreamkeeper. It was sort of like a second date. While I enjoyed book one, the world of Dreams was brand new to this realist. This time around, the characters and I were old friends and our destination was familiar. I jumped right in. If this one isn’t a kid-pleaser, I don’t know what is.
In book two of the Dream Keeper Chronicles, Parker and Kaelyn’s new adventure is to face Mab who has dreamnapped Parker’s mom. Now he needs to rescue her and go home so things can get back to normal.
The problem is that everything in dreamland is broken, burned or not working. The inhabitants have too much to do and there is not half as many people as they need to get everything in top shape. Even Gladamyr has lost his powers and you know what that means…The worst is that no one knows where Mab is as she changes her residence often. How can you find someone that moves all the time?
This is far out good and entertaining. It will become a pre-teen to young adult and the young of heart’s favorite. The tale is clean, wholesome and riveting. It is must have in every home and school library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Author – Mikey Brooks
Star rating - ★★★★★
Plot – very entertaining, original, good flow...Read more
The only thing that is keeping it from a 5 star rating is the editing, though not enough for me to put the book...Read more