The Dream Walker by Michelle Murray
Land of Mystica Series
Genre: Middle Grade, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (129 pages)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Miranda is having vivid dreams of a world she’s never been to. A world full of castles, Forests, Ice Caves, and Dragons. She goes to a bookstore to see about these dreams, and discovers she is a Dream Walker. She has been called to save this mystical, magical world. On Mystica, the evil wizard Midnight has been released. Midnight is gathering an army, and preparing for war. Miranda needs to find and release the white wizard Lightning from his stone prison to save Mystica. Follow Miranda as she travels through Mystica. Can she find and release Lightning and save Mystica?
Everyone has a destiny, but not everyone knows what that destiny is right away.
One of the things I look for in a good fantasy adventure is a scary villain. The bad guy in this tale definitely made me shudder! I appreciated how much time Ms. Murray spent describing what he looked like, what he wanted, and why he was so dangerous. That really made it easy for me to picture him in my mind while I was waiting to see how Miranda was hoping to defeat him.
The story itself was extremely interesting. It would have earned a much higher rating from me if I hadn’t been so distracted by all of the punctuation and grammar mistakes, though. There were times when I struggled to understand what the narrator was trying to say because of the editing issues. Some sentences could be understood in more than one way due to these errors, and I wasn’t always sure which one the author actually wanted me to choose in those cases.
Mystica was such a beautiful world. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the various people and creatures that lived there. With the exception of a few of the dangerous ones, they sounded like they’d be a lot of fun to meet in person. The Forest of the Lost was by far the most exciting part of the plot to me because of who lived there. I can’t say anything more about them without giving away spoilers, of course, but they really caught my attention in a good way.
The Dream Walker should be read by anyone who loves fantasies set in a faraway land.