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The Dreamwalker (The Witch Lake Chronicles) Paperback – May 21, 2013
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About the Author
Lillian Bishop and Constance Williams have been writing together for over ten years now. Until now, their audience has been friends and family, and their writing has been purely for pleasure. They both believe that that is what is should be about - after all, if you don’t enjoy writing, how can you expect anyone to enjoy reading what you have written.
Unusually, Lillian and Constance do not live near each other. In fact, they live in entirely different countries. Lillian is American, Constance is British. Their writing partnership began when they were introduced through a mutual friend, and they discovered that they shared a love of the written word, a passion for crafting stories, and a compatible style. Now they are mostly found online - at very odd times of the day and night!
Top Customer Reviews
I like this book in the same way that I like the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series. It’s fun and vaguely campy, the school and student body have some evil secrets and Sam and his friends must band together to fight back. While the character of Sam is well defined along with his dreamwalking powers I felt that his connections to his friends were ambiguous until it’s just stated that they were now friends. And the antagonist necromancer isn’t really defined as well as I thought he should be seeing’s how he is the central bad guy of the story. I would have enjoyed one or two scenes of him in his basement cooking up something evil (figuratively). What I enjoyed was the mythology of the world, the witches curse, and the tantalizing peeks into the larger things going on in the world. I liked the idea of Sam and his friends romping around people’s dreams and watching Sam as he slowly learns how to become a Dreamwalker rather than a dream bystander.Read more ›
The Hero, Sam, is a well-developed character. The main theme of the books is his struggle with his powers. They are the key to unravelling the mystery of Witch Lake, but they also hinder his everyday life, making a normal day at school a potential living nightmare. The feelings of social awkwardness and being an outsider are well-portrayed in the book.
The book doesn't quite live up to its potential though, at least from my point of view. The structure is unusual in that it reveals the story through a series of conversations, rather than action and drama. For example, Sam tells his new friend Rhi about his dangerous demon-filled dreams, but we don't get to experience these encounters with him. Similarly, a friend reveals to Sam that he is a werewolf, but he doesn't actually do anything wolf-like during the course of the story, let alone actually transform. Sam is told how evil the villain of the story is, but this supposed 'big bad' barely enters the story at all, and even the local Sheriff has no reason to suspect him of even a petty crime.
The style of the book is very matter-of-fact too. There is virtually no description. Beyond the evocative name, Witch Lake, there is no attempt made to give the town any character of its own. The school is simply described as the school, a house is a house, a graveyard a graveyard. Even zombies are introduced as zombies, as if they need no further explanation or embellishment.
But these style and structure choices don't detract from the good things about the book, and I imagine future episodes will build on all the things that are only touched on in this opening part.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a fantastic (if dark at times) story full of surprises! I loved all of the friends that Sam has made, especially Rhi. Read morePublished on September 5, 2014 by P. Diotte
I am not a huge fan of books about the supernatural, but I was caught up in Dreamwalker from the beginning. Read morePublished on May 30, 2014 by marcie lowrance
Let me start by saying: “I can’t wait for the next book to come out!” The Dreamwalker is a very intriguing book, not only for fans of the paranormal (such as myself) but also for... Read morePublished on March 13, 2014 by anastasia
He disappeared off the face of his social world when his dreams began threatening his life. Homeschooled and isolated from same age peers, he gets used to his own company. Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by Angel Justice
Just downloaded the story tonight and, once I started, could not stop reading! Really good start to a new YA series.
Totally intrigued by 'dreamwalking' concept. Read more
The Witch Lake Chronicles: The Dreamwalker, is the first book in the series by Lillian Bishop and Constance Williams. Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Bruce
The story has a unique, almost interactive quality to the writing style. I downloaded the ebook before a plane ride, and the trip just flew by.Published on December 5, 2013 by Alyssa Audet
I must confess, I started to read this book because it was co written by a co workers relative and I have spent a lot of time in a place called Witch Lake. Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I love time travel books an also stories about American Indians way of life. To get both in the same book is a bonus!Published on August 29, 2013 by JEFFNKER