Book Review: Dreamlander, by K.M. Weiland

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.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Dreamlander, by K.M. Weiland

  1. Kerry, You should earn top $$$ for your reviews! You are a wonder! To read themmakes for”a grand adventure” 🙂

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