Kel (ladyjoust) wrote,

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After reading HPatDH, I needed something to cleanse my palate - a literary sorbet, if you will. I'd picked up Elizabeth Knox's Dreamquake, sequel to the gorgeously written and fully engaging Dreamhunter, a few months past. I'd eagerly awaited its release and bought it the selfsame day it arrived in my store, and yet other books kept getting in the way. After DH, I wanted something completely different, and so I - at long last - pulled Dreamquake from my shelves.

Right, then. In a teensy nutshell: at the beginning of the first book, we find that Laura Hame lives in a world not unlike our own. The year is 1905, and she and her cousin Rose - both the daughters of Dreamhunters - are about to Try to see if they, too, are able to enter the Place and collect Dreams to perform for the populace. Shortly thereafter, Laura's famous Dreamhunter father - the first, and greatest, of that profession- disappears, and as Laura tries to find him, she uncovers a darkness and corruption that belie the beauty and grace of the Dreamhunters' world.

Too, there are smatterings of mythology and history and poetry and social/politcal machinations. There are fancy dress balls and pastries by the seashore. Piety. Patriotism. Scholarship. Love.

It's a shame that neither volume is available in paperback, but I think they're well worth the purchase in hardcover. If you can't lay out the $15 per book, you can always get them from your library. Either way: read them.

Bookseller Girl has spoken. libri vadum paro vos solvo!*

*if that translation utterly sucks, blame it on teh internets and their free translator thingies.
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