Book One of Dreamwalker

Additional Formats
  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781101635230
  • 400 Pages
  • DAW
  • Adult


All her life Jessica Drake has dreamed of other worlds, some of them similar to her own, others disturbingly alien. She never shares the details with anyone, save her younger brother Tommy, a compulsive gamer who incorporates some aspects of Jessica’s dreams into his games. But now someone is asking about those dreams…and about her. A strange woman has been watching her house. A visitor to her school attempts to take possession of her dream-inspired artwork.


As she begins to search for answers it becomes clear that whoever is watching her does not want her to learn the truth. One night her house catches on fire, and when the smoke clears she discovers that her brother has been kidnapped. She must figure out what is going on, and quickly, if she and her family are to be safe.

Following clues left behind on Tommy’s computer, determined to find her brother and bring him home safely, Jessica and two of her friends are about to embark on a journey that will test their spirits and their courage to the breaking point, as they must leave their own world behind and confront the source of Earth’s darkest legends – as well as the terrifying truth of their own secret heritage.


Praise for Dreamwalker:
“The fast pace and younger protagonist will make this an obvious crossover book for YA readers, appealing…to those teens (and adults) who enjoy Cassandra Clare.”
—Library Journal

“Friedman skillfully blends science fiction and fantasy elements, tying them together with fairy tales and solid worldbuilding.” —Publishers Weekly

“Friedman develops her themes with more maturity and skill…taking a more critical view of grand empires than is the custom in science fiction.”
—RT Book Reviews

“Friedman does many things well in this novel, and her experience as an engaging storyteller is on full display…. Friedman shows that her writing and storytelling abilities are strong, regardless of what type of story she’s telling.”

“Dreamwalker is nerve-twisting and fascinating. Siblings Jesse and Tommy are tangled in a murderous genetic bait-and-switch that transcends worlds and time, not knowing who is trustworthy and who is deadly. There’s no easy answer in sight — only more questions, more danger, and more treachery. Waiting for the next book will be tough!”
—Tamora Pierce

“C.S. Friedman makes fantastic things—and frightening things—seem very real. Her characters are people, not just place-holders, and the worlds she creates are as tangible as a live feed from the battlefront or a crash-landing in a savage and unfamiliar wilderness. She also writes bright, clear prose that can shine like gemstones or cut like broken glass. If you haven’t read her work you need to do something about that right now.”
—Tad Williams

“Once again, CS Friedman shows us strong characters and innovative magic that transcend genre. Dreamwalker is a satisfying read for long-time fans, but will also serve to showcase her work to a whole new generation.”
—Peter V. Brett

“This is more mature, more serious, and a bit darker than I’m used to young adult books being, but that’s also a huge reason why I loved it…. She writes some incredible characters, and some very complex, nuanced plots with fantastic worldbuilding…. This might be the first young adult book I’ve ever read that absolutely captivated me.”
—Bookworm Blues

“While everyone is taking about Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, and many others, C. S. Friedman wrote one of the very best—and perhaps the best—fantasy series of the new millennium.”
—Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist (for C.S. Friedman)


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