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"...its gut-rending emotions remind me of the Shakespeare tragedies I read in college. Its war scenes remind me of Lord of the Rings, complete with impossible odds and life-changing decisions. And its jewels of wisdom remind me of the works of C. S. Lewis."--William Polm

"From hydraulic pistols to steam-driven cable cars, this felt like a fresh and creative sword and sorcery world--one running parallel to our own."--Adam Collings

"K.M. Weiland writes without holding back. She pours an onslaught of visual and emotional power into each scene with a style that slams you between the eyes, knocking you into portal wars and worlds as dangerous as they are beautiful."--Naomi D. Musch

About the Book

What if it were possible to live two very different lives in two separate worlds? What if the dreams we awaken from are the fading memories of that second life? What if one day we woke up in the wrong world?

In this fantasy thriller, a woman on a black warhorse gallops through the mist in Chris Redston's dreams every night. Every night, she begs him not to come to her. Every night, she aims her rifle at his head and fires. The last thing Chris expects--or wants--is for this nightmare to be real. But when he wakes up in the world of his dreams, he has to choose between the likelihood that he's gone spectacularly bonkers or the possibility that he's just been let in on the secret of the ages.

Only one person in a generation may cross the worlds. These chosen few are the Gifted, called from Earth into Lael to shape the epochs of history--and Chris is one of them. But before he figures that out, he accidentally endangers both worlds by resurrecting a vengeful prince intent on claiming the powers of the Gifted for himself. Together with a suspicious princess and a guilt-ridden Cherazii warrior, Chris must hurl himself into an action adventure battle to save a country from war, two worlds from annihilation, and himself from a dream come way too true.

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"If you enjoy gritty epic fantasy books with a liberal dose of swordplay and can tolerate a bit of graphic violence, Dreamlander by K. M. Weiland is the novel for you."--Janalyn Voigt

"I love that [Weiland] writes for both men and women in her science fiction and fantasy stories. Themes involving finding and accepting one's destiny are universal."--C. Estrella

"The fish-out-of-water aspect of Chris crossing into a new world has been done many times, but [Weiland] keeps it fresh and intriguing throughout the story."--Jason Joyner

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157521561
Publisher: PenForASword Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 72,043
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, as well as the medieval epic Behold the Dawn and the historical/dieselpunk adventure Storming. When she’s not making things up, she’s busy mentoring other authors on her site helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com. She makes her home in western Nebraska. Find out more about her fiction at kmweiland.com.

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Dreamlander 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Heckman More than 1 year ago
I had been asked to read Dreamlander by K.M. WEILAND and give an honest review. The book was published in 2012 PenForASword publishing in the United States. The cover design is by Dominick Finale and map was done by Robert Altbauer. THE ISBN: 978-0-9789246-8-3. The first few chapters were difficult reading due to the build-up of characters, how this world and the dream world are connected and once you have this under your belt the reading becomes more entertaining, especially when you have Chris switching from one world to the other. It is very important to pay attention to what seem like small details because they can derail the story line. For example when Chris crosses over as the Gifted one. Weiland does a wonderful job of story weaving and as I was reading I actually became one with the book so when my husband called my name I had to stop and think where I was. I love this in a writer or a movie which by the way I think this book would make for a good movie. In this book Dreamlander switches from a normal world of cars and buildings in real life and add the suspense of a "somebody wants to kill somebody" using a hit man, add in danger, death and suspense then in the dream world a similar "somebody wants to kill somebody". You have a riveting suspense novel. The dream world is slightly different as we are dealing with castles, swash buckling sword play, and old time dark age suspense with kings and princess. How does Chris balance the two world when his life is in danger in both worlds? The book Dreamlander will surprise you and entertain you and make YOU wonder about the dreams you experience. Are they real? Are they? Please give this book a read you won’t be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the ending a lot
Jason_Joyner More than 1 year ago
Where do we go when we dream? Who hasn't asked that question? In author K.M. Weiland's latest fantasy Dreamlander, she takes an intriguing twist on an everyday occurrence and spins an epic tale of two worlds and righting wrongs. Chris Redston is an underachieving writer in Chicago dealing with the loss of family in a car accident, except for his alcoholic father. Life is troubling enough, but now he is having dreams of a beautiful woman who rides up on a horse, warns him away, then shoots him between the eyes. And he's got a stalker leaving messages that show he knows far too much about Chris's life. In the realm of Lael, the princess Allara is a Searcher, the chosen one to find and protect the Gifted, a person from the other side who comes once a generation to help in time of great need. Her situation is very rare as she dealt with a Gifted as a child, a man who almost sacrificed Lael in a treasonous act before he was killed. Most Searchers only have one Gifted, but now a new one is due to appear. Allara is scared of her previous failure and doesn't want a repeat of that event. If she can chase the new Gifted away, it will be for the best. Chris confronts his stalker and is introduced to a psychologist who promises to rid him of the dreams forever. All he needs to do is sleep and it will be taken care of for him. Little does Chris know that the psychologist is Mactalde, a vanquished conqueror from Lael who is trying to return and exact his vengeance on Allara and her people. The other bad news is that by bringing someone across the dreamland boundary, Chris has upset both worlds. If he can't correct the imbalance, both worlds will crumble under cataclysm. Now Chris must stay alive on Earth and train in Lael with Allara, the warrior princess who tried to keep him away, in order to defeat Mactalde and save two worlds. --- The premise may seem complicated, but it is entertaining and skillfully handled by Ms. Weiland. Chris and Allara are complicated heroes who battle internal demons along with their foes in Lael. The fish-out-of-water aspect of Chris crossing into a new world has been done many times, but she keeps it fresh and intriguing throughout the story. There are impressive layers in the plot, in most of the characters, and in the twists and turns that keep the reader in suspense. The back and forth between Earth and Lael doesn't get confusing and plays an important factor in the story. Chris's friends in our world think he's going crazy, and he's forced to quickly assimilate a new world's culture and ways to effectively repair the damage he's wrought. There was a point about 3/4th the way through when I wondered if the story could have been trimmed by one battle sequence. By the time I reached the end I changed my mind and had forgotten my potential concern. This was the first book I've read by K.M. Weiland. I've read a lot of fantasy, and I found Dreamlander to be a very entertaining read that kept me coming back and wanting more. I will definitely be watching for more by this author. Disclaimer: I was sent an advance copy in exchange for a fair review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've had to set K.M. Weiland's _Dreamlander_ aside. I made it through 17 chapters, but I cannot get into the book. The first issue encountered was a lack of subtlety in the narrative. As a reader, I enjoy the thrill of discovery. I want an author to give me enough details and clues that I can figure out what is going on, but not so much detail that I feel led around by the hand. Although the details of _Dreamlander_'s scenery were rich and immersive, and formed a great picture of a unique fantasy world, the character development presented too many details. For example, in the first chapter, one of the minor characters tells the protagonist that he needs to find some direction in his life. He comes right out and says this in an exchange of dialog. A more rewarding way of getting that information across would have been to show me an example of how the protagonist needed to find some direction in his life, and then allow me to come to that conclusion on my own. Her novel contained several instances of hand-holding, all of which left me feeling as if my engagement in the novel was optional. The other reason I had to put _Dreamlander_ down is because I had a hell of a time establishing a relationship with the characters. The lack of subtlety left me feeling as if I wasn't invested in them. I hadn't discovered anything about them for myself, but had all the details about them handed to me. On top of that, by the time I reached the first plot point, the characters had all managed to find themselves in a deep stew of Trouble. I like big, messy conflicts with wide-ranging consequences, and _Dreamlander_ delivers here. There are many threads of conflict all tangled together, and their scope threatens not only the characters, but two different worlds and all their inhabitants. Where this fell apart for me is that the Troubles largely resulted from the actions of the main characters. They made mistakes. They messed stuff up either through ignorance, ineptitude, or sheer, dumb luck. I imagine the point was to make me empathize with them, as their mistakes illustrated their vulnerabilities and established motives of redemption. Chris wanted to undo his mistake of bringing Mactalde over to the other world. Alara wanted to atone for the mistakes she made with Harrison, and for not finding Chris before the Kouradians did. Where this backfired for me is that I am now asked to root for characters that have dug their own holes and made their own messes, which left me unsympathetic. The characters have handled everything so poorly up to this point that I have little confidence or interest in their ability to rectify the mistakes they've made.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not much of a fantasy reader but I have to say, I could NOT put this book down. The author did a terrific job of making the bad guys bad without loading their mouths with vulgar language. I often find when a writer can do this they are truly mastering their skills as a writer. Impressed is the word that comes to mind. I enjoyed the way the characters seemed real in unreal circumstances, the hero-fallible, and the ending... loved it! The author is new to me, but I will be looking to see what else he/she has written.
SciFiAuthor More than 1 year ago
A few pages into Dreamlander and Miss Weiland had already hooked me onto a few of her characters. Chris read very realistic, even with his unique problem, and his voice was thoroughly enjoying. Both he and the Seeker had many layers to them so that I was able to learn more about them each time I read them. Her description built up the story world to reinforce it. The story itself was an interesting and thrilling ride. Tiny Spoiler Beware! I did have one complaint. In the story, the main character, Chris Redston, lives in two worlds, occupying one while he is sleeping in the other. After the beginning, Miss Weiland seems to drop our world for awhile, then picks it up every so often, but she left a few questions and areas I felt she could’ve developed more. For example, in our world Chris is chased by a bodyguard that tends to vanish off the scene every so often in seeming incompetence (never mind the few bullets that actually hit). Meanwhile, Chris is in Lael for several chapters and when we get back to our world, days or even weeks have passed. Another example was the shock of his friends when he finally told them. I was hoping to see a little of what they did afterwards. I was somehow under the impression that Chris would be in both worlds almost equal time. In spite of that, I’m still going to give this a five-star because it is one of the best fantasy books I have ever read, and being in Lael most the time wasn’t really damaging to the story as I thought it might be. I think one of the coolest things about her writing is how we see the hero, Chris. We see him from his perspective, with his faults and troubles. But we also see him from the changing perspective of a few around him, we see him mature and strengthen and grow, even though he doesn’t for some time. We feel for him and root for him. If you pick this book up, you aren’t likely to be disappointed. It is unlike most fantasy I have read. I was given an advanced reader e-copy to review. This is the first book of Miss Weiland’s I have read, but I intend to check out her other books as well.
JeannieCampbellLMFT More than 1 year ago
Dreamlander is different from other time travel novels in that Chris is dreaming as he time travels back and forth between Earth and Lael. When he is asleep on Earth, he is awake in Lael and dreaming about life in Lael (at least, that's what he thought). Vice versa. Wouldn't be so bad, except Chris has got a man out to kill him on Earth, and when he's sleeping in Chicago, he's at his most vulnerable. Some of the most intensely suspenseful scenes are the cliffhangers as Chris makes himself go to sleep in Lael to get something from Earth only to have him waking up to the most recent drama. There is a learning curve to any speculative novel, but I never got bogged down in learning about the storyworld of Lael and Gifteds. The details are weaved in seamlessly. K.M. really nailed the psychological factor, as well. I was impressed with how realistic she made the reactions of Chris's friends. They were ready to send him to the loony bin when he started trying to communicate to them about his dreams being real. Several diagnoses were bandied about, which I found could definitely be true if some guy came to my office saying what Chris was. Since I don't read books without a romantic element, I have to say that the story of Chris and the princess is one worth mentioning. Weiland doesn't go over the top with melodramatic moments, which makes the strides the two make all the more compelling. K.M. advertised this book as an "epic fantasy novel," and the epic portion managed to keep my interest, as well. All the side stories, in particular the "guilt-ridden Cherazii warrior" storyline, added so much to the book. I keep tabs of my emotions when reading, and this book certainly managed to make me run the gamut between love/hate and delight/disgust in the characters. And the ending is worth waiting for. That's all I'll say about that. I was extremely satisfied on the adventure/time travel wrap up and especially happy with the how romantic thread ended. In truth, for a book that absolutely could not happen, it rang with realism.
NinaRose More than 1 year ago
What if our dreams were real? What if they weren't just stuff we made up while we slept? What if they were memories? What if we don't have just one body, but two, one in another world that we visit only in our dreams? This is the premise of K. M. Weiland's new novel, Dreamlander. Dreamlander's protagonist, Chris Redston, is an average guy in his mid-twenties with a run-of-the-mill job, dysfunctional family – but his dreams are anything but average. They are vivid, bold, terrifying glimpses into a bizarre world where reality seems twisted and danger is ever present. Every night he dreams of a woman dressed in white who gallops out of the darkness, warns him “Don't come!” and then shoots him dead. The dreams increase, taking over his entire life, until one day he wakes up – in another world. Lael looks like Earth, but is populated by winged lions, azure-skinned giant warriors, humans on the brink of war – and the woman from his dreams, Princess Allara. Haunted and driven, she tells him she destined (or cursed) to find the Chosen, the one person who can travel between worlds, and the only one who has the power to save Lael from the coming disaster – or the power to destroy both Lael and Earth. In Dreamlander K. M. Weiland achieved what most new fantasy authors merely attempts - she created an epic and built a fantasy world which is unique and different and stands on its own. This is one of the things I appreciate most about Ms Weiland's novels - she doesn't depend on the current formula of the genre, she breaks out of the mold and goes where most other writers don't. Dreamlander's world is lush and rich with fascinating detail, yet it never bogs the plot down or draws away from the characters, who are deeply human (or not, as the case may be!) in their flawed, conflicted reality. Much of the beginning of Dreamlander is devoted to setting up the story, so read carefully, because about halfway through the plot takes off at a gallop and doesn't slow down till it careens into an ending so shocking it literally took my breath away. I always guess the ending of books but I didn't this time, and it left me stunned, sobered, and thoughtful. Dreamlander doesn't have a happily-ever-after ending: it's so much better than that. The end, actually, is my only complaint. When I turned the last page I felt cheated; not by the lack of a clear ending, but by the fact that I still had so many questions, so much I wanted to know. While Weiland neatly tied up the loose threads of this particular story, she did such a good job creating a world and a alternate history that I wanted MORE. Weiland isn't known for sequels but I very much hope she makes an exception in this case. A series would be even better. The world of Lael and the story of the Chosen is layered and deep enough to support it! Of course, in the meanwhile I can re-read Dreamlander. If you haven't read it, then get going. For speculative fans, this is a must. For fans of top-notch word crafting, it's a must-read as well. Congrats to Ms. Weiland on another great book - and hint hint about the sequel????
candidkerry More than 1 year ago
When I received K.M. Weiland’s latest book, Dreamlander, in the mail, I was giddy with excitement. One of my favorite books in recent years is her historical fiction novel, Behold the Dawn, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Dreamlander and meet the new characters she created. I admit to having a stubborn streak of skepticism because I’m simply not a fan of speculative fiction or fantasy stories, but I dove into the story, trusting the author would grab and hold my attention with her no-holds-barred writing. I was curious to learn more about Chris and Princess Allara and the people and creatures in a different world called Lael - a world behind our dreams… What if it were possible to live two very different lives in two separate worlds? What if the dreams you awaken from are the fading memories of that second life? What if one day you woke up in the wrong world? Only one person in a generation may cross the barrier of dreams to reach the other world–a world of war-scarred countries and fallen faiths. When a Chicago-born journalist finds himself on the far side of his dreams, he must hurl himself into battle to save a princess from her own people, two worlds from annihilation, and himself from a dream come way too true. Dreamlander’s main character, Chris, is an average guy-next-door who wasn’t looking to save a couple of worlds with a sword and fist and surprising courage, but he does. Princess Allara wasn’t expecting to place her country and peoples’ lives and welfare – and her faith – in Chris’s uncertain hands, but she does. Ms. Weiland created a likeable, flawed main character who steps into shoes that are too big for any one person to fill, and I truly enjoyed watching Chris’s transformation as he comes to terms with a new, battle-filled reality and a bursting affection for this world of his dreams – Lael – and its people. Ms. Weiland writes big and bold, with vivid characters that ache and hate and breathe and love clear off the page. Dreamlander’s plot is sweeping and punched hard with emotion and action. Throughout the story, I marveled at the author’s vast imagination and the parallel dimension she created in the fully realistic world of Lael. The author created tough and guarded Princess Allara and the proud people and fascinating creatures in Lael rounded and vibrant and realistic. Splashes of modern-day life dotted their daily lives, and readers will feel the love and care they have for their world through humorous characters like Pitch and broken men like Orias Tarn. The end of Dreamlander was brilliantly, painfully twisted in deep emotion; it was a shocker of an ending that had me crying but filled with warmth. As a lover of realistic literature, I appreciate that the author willingly steps over comfortable boundaries with beloved characters in order to be true to the heart of the story – even if she splits the reader’s heart in two so she can then sew it neatly up again. Dreamlander is a grand adventure of a read, a world to escape into and think about long after the pages close. K.M. Weiland has a loyal fan in this reader. Reading her books is proof that she writes because she loves to write, and her stories are full and broad across the emotional range of human experience. I appreciate this author very much and highly recommend Dreamlander.
JoannaMColeman More than 1 year ago
What if the world of our dreams is not simply a creation of our subconscious mind, but is just as real and physical as the one we live in now? What if one person lived two lives, a foot in each world? These are the questions author K.M. Weiland asks of her readers, as she leads us along with Chris Redston to discover the answers. Unwillingly, he finds himself thrust into a world and a responsibility he never wanted - and does his best to be rid of. However, as he battles not only for his life and the world of his dreams, he finds that there is far more at stake than he could have imagined. The story not only moves through the characters, changing their lives and their hearts, but will take you along with them, laughing and crying as they do, fighting and loving, dreaming and mourning. The author holds back no stops in bringing her world to life. I fell in love with these characters as they both stole and broke my heart all throughout the book! The author has done a masterful job in building a believable world and crafting relatable characters all while keeping the plot moving and my heart pumping! The ending was definitely a surprising twist - not what I was expecting, and certainly was cause for a great amount of introspection. The ending was not what I had hoped it would be - but was right for the story. I sincerely enjoyed this novel.
billpolm More than 1 year ago
This is not the first fiction by K. M. Weiland that I've read. My favorites among her works are her powerfully moving novel Behold the Dawn and her gem of a story "The Memory Lights," which to me is a model of excellence in short story writing. This story is a gem too--or better, an array of gems. Honestly, it's gut-rending emotions remind me of the Shakespeare tragedies I read in college. It's war scenes remind me of Lord of the Rings, complete with impossible odds and life-changing decisions. And it's jewels of wisdom remind me of the works of C. S. Lewis. If you like suspenseful fiction, here's your book. Once I started it, not only was it hard to put down, it kept me up to 2 AM that last night because I just had to finish it. Tired but enjoying myself thoroughly. I've read novels and short stories that are categorized as literature, with their universal themes and the gamut of human emotions and experiences. This novel has all that too. Weiland shows us, among other key insights, that the gift of being able to believe is so essential, so human; and that courage is not the absence of fear but that admirable capacity for doing what's right when it is so very hard; and that like her characters we are all flawed, yet there is within a potential for greatness. And she shows us that the finest of those among us who are fortunate to attain to authentic greatness don't usually think of themselves as great. Combine all that with the love, the humor, the despair, the agonizing decisions that must be made, the moving movements that characterize really good stories, and you'll find in this novel, indeed, one not to be missed. A significant challenge for this author was the creation of another world, parallel to our own present-day one. That's never easy. But Weiland comes through very well. The other world she built has its own scenery, animals, culture, traditions, even its people "of faith"--and those not so persuaded. There are convincing languages, characters that provide comic relief--much needed at times with a story this intense! People that will make you angry and others you will admire. The world is convincing and the characters are vivid, and like in all quality stories they grow and learn, and many of them become better people. Of course the arch-villain and his co-conspirators never seem to "get it." I constantly read fiction. Some of them novels and stories in order to review them. I'm too often disappointed by the apparent lack of craft as well art. A number of these works easily demonstrate that the author isn't really ready for publication, even though his or her potential may be discernible. I can often find some good qualities so that my review doesn't have to be wall-to-wall negative, but a number I just cannot recommend. Gladly, this one I can. I recommend it highly. Sci-fi and fantasy fans, buy this book. You will enjoy it. The rest of you who may occasionally read Sci-fi/fantasy, or haven't at all, but who welcome a whoppin' good story, you'll enjoy it too.
MollyEvangeline More than 1 year ago
When I was offered a copy of the book to review, I jumped at the chance, especially since it was fantasy, and it did not disappoint. The dream aspect of the story was fascinating, and it was interesting to read a fantasy novel in a slightly more modern, sci-fi-ish setting, rather than the typical medieval. The characters are always my favorite part of the book, and Dreamlander has a great cast. I knew I’d like Chris from the beginning because he’s the kind of flawed character I love to watch grow, and I was right. Following his journey was very satisfying. Two of my other favorite characters were Eroll and the little Riever, Pitch. They brought a lot of light and humor to a story that was pretty heavy at times. Both were so endearing. Epic is the perfect word for Dreamlander. Everything was on such a grand scale, and yet not hard to follow. This is only the second K.M. Weiland book I’ve read so far, but I’ve learned that she is very good at pulling the reader right down into all the action and emotions of the story. Everything always feels very real life. I really felt like I’d been on a journey by the end. The ending itself was a little bittersweet, but still a fantastic way to bring it all to a close. Very real and believable. I don’t often find books I’d read again, but this is one I see myself wanting to take in more than once. Highly recommended for anyone who loves fantasy or just good old action adventure.
Adam-Collings More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book on a number of different levels. At first glance, the premise of this story sounded a lot like The Circle Series by Ted Dekker (which I loved), and while there are certain similarities, the world and plot are very different. There are almost two-intertwined plots going on here, one in each world. Each was as compelling as the other, but ultimately both were all connected. It was the interplay between these two worlds that brought about a lot of the fun in Dreamlander. I don't want to give anything away, but this interplay led to a very cool scene at one point in the novel where characters needed to get to the other side of the country in a hurry. The setting of Dreamlander makes it one of the most unique fantasies I have read. In addition to the standard fare of castles, horses and swords, we have a little technology that I would normally consider out of place in a fantasy world - but given the actual story being told here it really works. From hydraulic pistols to steam-driven cable cars, this felt like a fresh and creative world - one running parallel to our own. I found myself wanting to spend time in Lael in my own dreams. Who knows - maybe I do! Another interesting aspect of the setting was the various species that inhabited it. There were humans, Cherazim, Reivers and the mysterious Garowai. The creation of these new species helped the story to stand on its own in way that I don't think would have worked as nicely if the author had simply used Elves and Dwarves. I found myself getting emotionally invested in the characters, and particularly in the relationships between them. Chris himself was a very relatable hero. He was a flawed character who made mistakes. His desire to set things right was at the heart of the story, and was what made him a hero in my eyes. The people in this story are not simply good or bad. There's a lot of grey. Heros are not always apreciated and villains are not always opposed. Another deeply-flawed character that kept me guessing was Orias Tarn. There were times when I was angry at him for his actions, and others when I felt compassion for him in his plight. I enjoyed the developing relationship between Chris and Allara, as they slowly moved from antagonistic strangers to allies, then friends. I found myself eager to find out if they might become more than friends. (if you want to know whether they do, you'll just have to read the book). The relationship between Chris and his father was also a favourite, and I enjoyed seeing how it played out. At one point, I found myself holding a personal grudge against one well-intentioned but ultimately troublesome character who caused a lot of difficulty for Chris. There are a bunch of themes running through this book. I think the main one would be redemption and rehabilitation. We all make mistakes, but does that forever leave us with no choice but to continue down the dark path? Can we ever escape the consequences of our past? I also found a number of subtle analogies in the story that resonated with me spiritually. You will find these if you look for them. The end of the book brought out lots of different emotions in me. Again, no spoilers, but I found myself yelling "no, don't do it!" to the author one minute, and smiling warmly the next. It was a roller-coaster. Ultimately, the book left me satisfied, but still wishing I could spend more time with this world and characters. Isn't that what every writer (and reader) wants? If you like great world-building, relatable characters and compelling plots be sure to read Dreamlander. I received a free advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Millard_of_Swiftstorm More than 1 year ago
Dreamlander is a masterpiece in the fantasy speculative fiction genre. With precise strokes Ms. Weiland paints a vibrant world in the vein of stories such as Black by Ted Dekker; a dreamer living in two worlds, at once, faced with mayhem and havoc in both. This is Weiland's first excursion into fantasy, a change from her two previously published historical fiction books, and she has hit the proverbial nail on the head. As an admittedly cynical fantasy reader I was impressed to see the neatly avoided fantasy pitfalls of formulaic worldbuilding: ancient elves, darkly muttered spells, and the ever popular unicorn, troll or fairy. Instead, Dreamlander offers an immersive world with it's own natural and believable history and culture; her unique sideline characters Pitch and Raz, are one of the best the best supporting duo I have read. The scenery description was done tastefully, properly setting the scene without stopping the flow of the story. And last but not least, the emotion of the story. Inside its binding, Dreamlander contains a heart wrenching plot line of failure, hope, and sacrifice. Not content to settle for a dash of emotion to pull the story along, Weiland pulls back the curtain on the quagmire of the human heart. Readers intimately share the heartaches and fears the characters face, as well as rejoice with their triumphs and applaud selfless sacrifice. Because of this, Dreamlander becomes something bigger than itself. I finish Dreamlander better for having read it and urge you to try it for yourself.
JanalynVoigt More than 1 year ago
Chris Redston may just be losing his mind. Night after night the same dream plays out for him in vivid color as a beautiful woman on a black warhorse begs him not to come to her, then aims and fires her rifle. The dream becomes increasingly real, which is troubling enough, but then everyday events take an interesting turn. Chris meets a strange man who knows about his dreams and calls him a Gifted. When Chris wakes up in the wrong world, he's certain his worst nightmare has come to pass. Dreamlander is fast-paced, well-plotted, and packed with vivid descriptions. The characterizations are deep and well-reasoned. Chris appeals as an anti-hero, the villain is not a stereotypical, and the heroine's emotional journey is believable. The somber and comedic elements in Dreamlander strike a fine balance that keeps the reader engaged. The plot develops its central theme of redemption well and culminates in an unexpected ending. If you enjoy gritty fantasy with a liberal dose of swordplay and can tolerate a bit of graphic violence, Dreamlander by K. M. Weiland is the novel for you. *My thanks to the author for providing a complimentary review copy of this book. Reviewed by Janalyn Voigt, author of DawnSinger.
Sandra_Coelho More than 1 year ago
I can sum this novel up with a single verb: Wow! This engaging fantasy opens with a bang - literally. The cleverly baited hook captures your imagination and pulls you into a riveting plot. This novel is well paced, and impossible to put down; I devoured the chapters. If you've ever read C.S. Lewis's series The Chronicles of Narnia, you will love Weiland's Dreamlander, with its adult cast. The rich tapestry of this epic fantasy, with its wonderful, imaginative creatures; kingdoms and worlds in crisis; is so meticulously crafted, it would come as no surprise if it rises to be counted as a classic. K.M. Weiland's imagination shows no bounds, the settings, mechanics, and characters are well developed; I fell in love with the endearing Rievers and the fearless Cherazii. The protagonist, Chris Redston, aka The Gifted, has a foot in both worlds. He believes his presence in the beautiful Lael - nothing more than a vivid dream, but the actions of a few, set off a cascade of dominos which threatens his existence and the lives of the ones he loves. With the help of Princess Allara The Searcher, her guardian Quinnon, and a cryptic Garowai, plus a host of fantastical characters, Chris works to put things right before all is lost. I would give this book 6 stars if possible, and recommend you don't wait to pick it up.
Kat_Heckenbach More than 1 year ago
The first thing that impressed me about this book is the fact that a large cast of characters is introduced pretty early and I could actually keep everyone straight! The characterization is definitely a strong point, and the various races the author created are really cool. The description is rich and vivid, too. The fantasy/dream world is fully detailed and unique, although parts of it reminded me of The Restorer's series by Sharon Hinck. And the tripping back and forth between real-world and dream-world brought to mind Ted Dekker's Circle Trilogy and John Carter. Weiland's story and story world stand on their own, but if you are a fan of any of the aforementioned books, you likely will want to check this one out :). I'll admit I preferred the more personal side of this, especially the family dynamics with the main character in both the real world and dream world--those tugged on my heartstrings. I'm a huge fantasy fan, but tend to skim through sword fights and battle scenes, and this book has those aplenty. They are very well-written, though, so fans of those things will be well-pleased. And I, not being a big battle-scene fan, still found the final battle completely riveting. My only real complaint was that I found some of the action and dialog a bit redundant. But the dialog was realistic and true to character. The plot was straight-forward, but there are small surprises along the way--nifty little turns of event the author threw in that made me go, "Cool!" Overall, a strong read for traditional fantasy fans, with appeal for those of us who like more contemporary fantasy as well.