Highly Satisfying Book

Dreamlander tells the story of two worlds, our own and the land of dreams. The hero, Chris, is from our own world. His dreams tie him to the heroine, Allara, in the country of Lael. It begins with Allara attempting to drive Chris away from Lael as his dreams become real. Allara wants Chris to stay away because she fears the results of his crossing into Lael. Her fears prove to be well founded when Chris fails to believe in the reality of his crossing and make several bad decisions. The consequences of those decisions lead to war with a neighboring country and internal uprisings for Lael. The bad decisions also trigger the beginning of total destruction of both worlds.

In an era when most books fail to meet the minimum requirements to be called a story (i.e. the beginning, middle and end are not published under one cover), Dreamlander exceeds all expectations. The plot is well developed and provides plenty of unexpected events to keep the suspense high. The characters have all the human attributes: they suffer from confusion, fear, anxiety, bitterness, selfishness and greed. They are in turns wise, helpful, loving and brave—and that’s just the hero and heroine. The other characters are also well developed.

The book is over 500 pages in length, so it has plenty of room for world building, sub-plots and depth of detail. I read it quickly the first time because the pace of the action leaves no room for a break. The second time, I am reading for the beautiful prose and elegant descriptions that turn Lael into a place I would like to visit.

My last thought is about the ending. The ending is fitting, gruesome and satisfying all at once. Ms. Weiland stayed true to the story to the last period on the final sentence. I highly recommend Dreamlander.

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