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Friday, April 21, 2017

Book Review: Dreamweaver Series (Night Shade #1, Night Terrors #2, Night Lights #3) by Helen Harper

Dreamweaver Series (Night Shade #1, Night Terrors #2, Night Lights #3)
by Helen Harper

306 pages
"I have special coping mechanisms for the times I need to open the front door. They’re even often successful..." 

Zoe Lydon knows there's often nothing logical or rational about fear. It doesn't change the fact that she's too terrified to step outside her own house, however. 

What Zoe doesn't realise is that she's also a dreamweaver - able to access other people's subconscious minds. When she finds herself in the Dreamlands and up against its sinister Mayor, she'll need to use all of her wits - and overcome all of her fears - if she's ever going to come out alive.

This is a new contemporary series by the author of Bloodfire.

September 28, 2015
229 pages
Joe is a dreamweaver. In fact, she's the one and only dreamweaver. All she needs to do is touch someone else and she can not only see their dreams but she can manipulate them too. Unfortunately for her, this is a very desirable talent and the sinister Department are desperate to use her powers for their own ends. At least with brooding, silver-eyed Dante by her side, she's not going to be alone anymore, even if his over-protective nature is driving her crazy. But Zoe has bigger problems - vast swathes of people are being attacked by horror-filled visions and sleep paralysis ... and it might all be her fault.

February 17, 2017
193 pages
Everyone seems to be after the dreamweaver. Zoe might be able to manipulate minds and walk through dreams but she has little control over what happens in the real world. On the run from her ex-lover and the sinister Department, she finds herself facing the greatest challenge of her life. She doesn't just have to succeed in dreams - she has to succeed in reality too.

This is the third and final book in the Dreamweaver series.

Agoraphobic and IT specialist Zoe Lydon has developed a curious condition. While she is terrified to leave her home, she’s suddenly able to traverse alternate dimensions while she dreams. She’s also developed the fantastic ability to enter the dreams of anyone she comes into physical contact with. Zoe is transported to the Dreamlands, a quaint town where Travellers, those who have this ability to traverse the dream dimension, congregate. It turns out that Zoe, however, is no ordinary Traveller, she’s the dreamweaver, the one person in existence who can change the course of dreams and affect the subconscious of the dreamer. Understandably her power is highly coveted. Throughout the series, Zoe is confronted by malicious foes, both human and paranormal, who seek to manipulate Zoe and her burgeoning power. The Dreamweaver Series chronicles Zoe’s transformation from timid twenty-something to dreamweaver phenom.

I am a big Helen Harper fan. Starting with Night Shade, I was hooked on this story. I love Harper’s imaginative storytelling and plucky heroines. The book contains Harper’s signature quirky humour intertwined with non-stop action. Zoe is a great character and I loved following her transformation. Harper also excels at generating romantic tension. The tension between Zoe and brooding Dante is palpable. Romance, though, always seems to take a backseat to the action and Harper makes it work. And while the tension between Zoe and Dante was delicious, the pay-off, in my opinion, was seriously lacking.

I have to admit that I didn’t love the series’ ender as much as the first two books. I was a little disappointed in the direction of some of the characters as the series wrapped up. However, this issue is minor and overall I loved the series from start to finish. I loved the Dreamlands construct and the creative storytelling. If you’re looking for an entertaining, original series, check out this winner from Helen Harper. Plus, all three book are currently free with Kindle Unlimited.

The series gets 4 ½ Sheep from me, overall

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
After teaching English literature in the UK, Japan and Malaysia, Helen Harper left behind the world of education following the worldwide success of her Blood Destiny series of books. She is a professional member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and writes full time although she still fits in creative writing workshops with schools along with volunteering to teach reading to a group of young Myanmar refugees. That’s not to mention the procession of stray cats which seem to find their way to her door!

Helen has always been a book lover, devouring science fiction and fantasy tales when she was a child growing up in Scotland.

Helen currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with far too many cats – not to mention the dragons, fairies, demons, wizards and vampires that seem to keep appearing from nowhere!

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