Dreamwielder (Dreamwielder Chronicles #1)
The magic of the book is most definitely in its world building. It's a story full of magic, strangeness, and power-hungry dictators. It's a tale involving lies and deception and horror. There are creatures, princes, and princesses. Sorcerers interestingly tend to be female than male, so there's a little bit of tipped scale in this particular world. All of this is great; however, there is only so much the author can cover and he did cover the parts that are necessary to the plot. Still, I would love for some more (background) information for a much richer reading experience.
The main character, Makarria, is about fourteen years old, and she is on the start of a brand new adventure. She is special thanks to her magic and the fact that she is the subject of a prophecy. She is destined to overthrow an evil dictator, but like every adventure character with a mysterious past, she doesn't know anything about that (until much later in the book). To be perfectly honest, she is indeed a bit like the "average" adventurer-who-turns-out-to-be-special-all-along except for the fact that she isn't alone in her struggles and that she doesn't make mistakes. This girl has the power of luck. I'm very serious.
I must also mention the other characters. Mararria's grandfather is impressive for a man of his age (but not for a man of his body). Caile is a character who needs more development to make him more outstanding, and Taera is pure shades of awesome and has bigger guts than a cow.
The plot features a struggle between an oppressive force and the oppressed class. The oppressed class (which includes anyone who is not Emperor Guderian and Wulfram) fights against the evil empire, and though everything seems desperate and hopeless, they are willing to fight. And who will win? We shall see.
In conclusion, DREAMWIELDER is an excellent fantasy novel for those who love adventure with multiple perspectives and a Goliath-vs-David-like war.
Rating: Three out of Five
Makarria is a heroine that readers can relate too. She was a woman who was quickly thrust into a situation for which she was totally unprepared for. She doubts herself and her abilities. She is also very naive. At first she is weak and lets others risk their lives to protect her. Eventually, she matures into a strong woman who is able to rely more on herself instead of others. She then decides to make decisions that is best for herself. However, she is not afraid to seek advice when she needs it. She is also very inquisitive, stubborn at times, and makes rash decisions. Still, Makarria is a woman who eventually becomes her own woman.
Overall, this book is about family, friendship, and choices. It is also a beautiful coming of age tale. The message of this book is to believe in yourself. I really liked all the characters, and I thought that they were very dynamic. Each of the characters had to make difficult decisions to fulfill their role in the story. I also thought that the world-building was complex and I liked the explanation of magic within the kingdom. Even though it is set in a medieval like setting, I thought that the steampunk element in this story was interesting and fitted the story together perfectly. I also liked that there was no romance in this story. Instead, the action and adventure were the focus in this story. Because there was no romance element, I liked how I could focus solely on the plot and the characters. For readers who would like some romance in your story, do not be disappointed because I’m sure there is room for romance in the sequel, Souldrifter. Thus, I’m very excited to read Souldrifter, for I cannot wait to read what happens next to Makarria. I recommend this novel for fans of Juliet Marillier’s Shadowfell trilogy, and Jeff Wheeler’s Muirwood trilogy."—Lauralee J, Reviewer