Friday, March 4, 2016

Sequel Review: "Search for the Shadow Key"

It is recommended that you read Dreamtreaders before continuing. However, you could probably still jump in on this book and enjoy the story. 

The Short:

The Search for the Shadow Key
Dreamtreaders Book 2

By: Wayne Thomas Batson

5/5 Stars

What: Following the chaos of the Nightmare Lord’s defeat, Archer must single-handedly keep the Dream World in check while facing new threats from the Waking World.

Recommended to those who like: Christian, Fantasy, Middle grade/Teen, and who have read book one.

The Long:

This is probably a book that you can get away with reading book 2 without reading book 1, but I’d still recommend reading Dreamtreaders before continuing.

Archer Keaton is the only Dreamtreader left and his work is keeping him more than a little busy. Rigby and Kara have started their own company allowing people to Lucid Dream—for a price. Little do they know that the extra traffic is creating more holes in the dream fabric for Archer to repair.

What’s more is that there seems to be a larger plot afoot to destroy the dream and create a rift that would destroy both worlds. Will Archer be able to get to the bottom of the plot in time?

Like the previous book, the action is fast-paced and the imagery is excellent. The spiritual warfare themes grow stronger in this book and the author brings up some good thoughts regarding dreams and how they relate to real life. I really enjoyed this sequel and thought that it built nicely upon the work of Book 1 while leading into an exciting set-up for Book 3.

Interestingly enough, Mr. Batson has just made the shift from traditional publishing to indie publishing. It'll be interesting to see how that goes. 

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