Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Review: Dream Magic: Awakenings by Dawn Harshaw

Hi all!

Here is a review of a promising children's fantasy story. Be sure to check out the author's home page where the book is available at the moment for a free read!

Author: Dawn Harshaw
Reading level: FICTION – CHILDREN: Fantasy, Adventure
Pages: 155 in pdf format
Source: Recieved from the Author

Eric, a young boy, has enough of nightmares ruining his dreams. Determined to grow stronger, he tackles magical disciplines one at a time - be it flying, blade magic, or telepathy - and stares down his fears. But, will he survive the battles and the trial of nightmare mastery? And at what cost?

"Dream Magic: Awakenings" reaches for deep metaphysical concepts and uses introspective experiences to offer an immersive feeling of MAGIC.
Wow – the imagination, creativity and ideas that were all poured into this story. I must applaud the author in masterfully creating a dream world of magic which is detailed and dreamlike yet still all logical and comes across based on reality. It is obvious that much time and thought has been spent to perfect the basis of the universe – its laws, limitations and possibilities.
In general, the idea and realization of the world introduced in the story is great and more than intriguing. Even though, it becoming too technical at times like I was reading a science or instruction manual I really found the theories, explanations, etc, more than awesome. This story was also surprisingly easy to read despite a full emphasis on what made this dream world tick and all its various sides.
While the background was more than satisfactory, the aspect this book lacks is more focus on the characters. There was so much potential in Eric, Rose, Lucy and the various teachers that were introduced, unfortunately, it wasn’t realized or developed to the extent that I would have hoped. And some color to the main players would have helped to make the constant lessons less repetitive – snippets of what everyone was like outside of the dream world, recess or even just chatting about things not wholly intertwined with the dream would have been very much appreciated. While I loved reading about the process of gaining knowledge and learning new skills, because it was just so engaging yet simplistic, the human aspect of the magic makers was neglected.
In the end of the story I realized that to me this book came together to form a solid prologue to the actual plot and book one of this world. I’m curious if this was what the author intended because that would be quite interesting to follow, if there would be a book one to the story.
While I had issues with the characters and no clear goal in the story, I was more than delighted by the universe everything took place in and how it was depicted and explained. And if this really was more like an introduction or prologue to the ACTUAL book one, I’d love to check that out.

3 stars!



  1. Sounds like an interesting book concept. Maybe my daughter might like this one, but I don't think it is for me.

  2. I read and reviewed this recently as well. I felt it was far too philosophically oriented to be considered a children's book. I didn't really connect with the characters all that well either, but the magic elements were nice.

  3. It has a lot of promise in the sense of backround and creativity, but yes, the characters were the lacking part and at the same time something that needs to be satisfactory. Still, I think this could be quite good with proper adjustments made. It remains and interesting take and direction of the old magic element.