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.