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4,0 von 5 SternenImaginative, dark, and captivating story
8. Oktober 2011 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Dreamhunter is a fantastically well-written Fantasy novel by New Zealand author Elizabeth Knox. The novel is set in a late nineteenth century country that has a mysterious space of land, the Place, at its heart. Only dreamhunters are allowed past its borders. Inside the Place, dreamhunters capture all types of dreams which they can later project to sleeping audiences for money.
Having just turned fifteen, Laura and her beautiful cousin Rose go to Try to enter the Place to see if they're dreamhunters. Unexpectedly, Laura succeeds and Rose does not, much like in Ruby Red. At about the same time, Laura's father disappears while in the Place, or so she's told. Laura desperately begins to search the Place with the help of a man she makes of sand, called Nown, that she animates using a song spell she learned from her father. Soon, she uncovers that there is a dark side to capturing dreams.
The disappearance of Laura's father clearly rattles her and she changes into a head-strong, unstable young woman. The mysteries she learns burden her mind to an unhealthy degree, which sets her apart from most YA heroines. I'm impressed Knox writes such a flawed character, but I can't help but be disturbed at how Laura becomes so obsessed that she disregards nearly everyone and everything except the mystery, the nightmare, her father has left her.
5,0 von 5 SternenQuirky fantasy with a steampunk feel to it. *mild plotline spoiler*
18. November 2013 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I had read 'Mortal Fire' by this author and although I wasn't completely taken with it, I found that Knox's style stayed with me and left me wanting more of her work. Knox has a dreamy, unfolding-in-its-own-good-time style; Knowing that going in helped me with the slow bits of this book.
Dreamhunters are a small minority of the population who can traverse The Place and catch dreams to share. This book details (as part one of a duet) the main families amongst the dreamhunters, the problems of the life and the travails of a young girl named Laura. There is a golem subplot, a few unexpected twists and a morality tale here as well.
The book took me far more time to read than normal for me (much like Mortal Fire) but I did very much enjoy it. Knox takes some patience but in my opinion that is rewarded with this book.
Very rarely are authors able to invent a truly original fantasy, and even among that group, only a select few are able to take that original idea and make it into a compelling, well-written novel. Fortunately, both are definitely the case with this book. Knox, who is usually an adult writer took a stab at some young adult fantasy fiction and has executed it brilliantly. The world is tangible as are its rules. The characters are real, and are involved in more than `banding together against a great evil to save the world', which is an all too-often used plot in fantasy books and young adult books alike.
There are many subplots, factions between the characters, and political and historical intrigue throughout the text. The relationships between characters is as complex as the characters themselves, and, in many ways, this reads like excellent fiction that happens to be set in a fantasy world. The aesthetics, dialogue, and use of language is, to Knox's credit, written splendidly. I recommend this book to all readers 13+, and I hope the sequel will be just as good.
Pros -The characters are fleshed out fully -The dream sequences are phenomenal -Sandman ROCKS!
Cons -The books starts out very slow -Laura falls too quickly for a character -The beginning drags on and on
Writing: Elizabeth Knox is a brilliant writer. Every word is chosen carefully and with great precision. Each word is strong and forceful that brings the world into focus. With such a masterfully skill of words and world building I can see even greater books coming from Elizabeth Knox. The one big issue I have with the entire book, is that for the first 100 or so pages the story just drags on and seems really slow.
Characters: Knox holds the story together by brining out characters that make you feel and want to be the characters. Each character is bold, strong and independent in there own way. You can see and feel the characters grow and continually move forward in their relationships. From the timid to the strong, from the brave to the cowardly, and from the honest to the deceiving each character will rock your socks off.
Dialogue: The dialouge helps drive the story, but Elizabeth Knox drives the story forward by some scenes being so written so well that there is little need for dialouge.
Book Excerpt: "He ran to the edge of the pier and flung himself off of it, headfirst, like someone diving into deep water. Except that the tide was right out, and there was no water, only slick black stones at the base of the thirty-foot piles."
It is a joy to find a story that is not so self evident in the first few chapters that you put the book down to go do the laundry. This story is fresh. You are never quite sure where the magic of the dreams is leading you. There are the necessary good and evil archetypes, but the protagonist goes through intense metamorphic changes. And, the cliffhanger at the end of the story begs for next installment.