4 stars – It is really really really fantastic!! I loved reading it!
A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.
Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject’s body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.
Guys, I 100% picked this book up because it has a cover sent straight from the cover gods and then imagine my utter ecstatic surprise when it also happened to be bloody amazing!
I have mentioned only about a trillion times that I love complex world building and Dreamstrider has that in spades. The entire concept of the world is based on around a religion around Dreams and the meanings behind them. I loved how Lindsay was able to write about Livia’s dreams in a way that completely captured the weird and unique flow and atmosphere that dreams take on! I also loved all the war tactics and intricate class system and corruption of the world. So much thought and effort went into making the world in Dreamstrider believable and distinct and Lindsay sure did succeed!
Livia, our protagonist, was pretty damn awesome! Maybe the true definition of the chosen one but not in a way that distracts from her inner strength! The romance of this book kind of disappoint me. There was a tad of a love triangle (like barely even there) but I was totally shipping Livia with the guy she doesn’t end up with 😦 . But even the guy I shipped her with wasn’t that amazing. I think this book could have totally stepped it up in the romance department.
Dreamstrider is a standalone fantasy and the ending totally proved this. The ending felt really rushed and confusing. Like, they don’t even defeat the bad guys in the end! You could tell that Lindsay just wanted to finish the story already.
One thing that blew my fantasy loving mind about this book was that it contained a lesbian couple!!!! I DON’T THINK I’VE EVER READ A FANTASY WITH LBGTI+ CHARCATERS!! Although they are just secondary characters and we don’t get to learn a lot about them, I was like over the moon they were included!
Even though it might sound like I didn’t enjoy this book I really really loved it! I’ll be crossing all my fingers that Lindsay announces that she’s going to turn it into a series!! I recommend that you definitely give this book a read if you can. Also, if you know of any YA fantasies with LBGTI+ characters in it let me know, I want to read more!!
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