Book One of Dreamwalker

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  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780756408886
  • 320 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.


Written by: C.S. Friedman


Praise for the Dreamwalker series:
“Once again, CS Friedman shows us strong characters and innovative magic that transcends genre.” —Peter V Brett, New York Times-bestselling author
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, New York Times-bestselling author
“I’ve long been a fan of CS Friedman’s writing; regardless of genre flavor, her novels have always had a balance of character and plot and worked very well for me. Friedman steps a bit farther afield than previous jaunts through the genre with Dreamwalker, a first-person young adult urban fantasy…and her experience as an engaging storyteller is on full display.” —Tor.com
“Friedman launches a series with this dimension-hopping, genre-bending adventure that will appeal to both adults and teens…. Friedman skillfully blends science fiction and fantasy elements, tying them together with fairy tales and solid worldbuilding.” —Publishers Weekly
“Elements of this coming-of-age novel, the author’s first aimed at young adults, hearken back to the works of H Beam Piper and Charles Fort. Friedman develops her themes with more maturity and skill than either of those old figures, taking a critical view of grand empires than is the custom in science fiction.” —RT Reviews
“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
“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…. This might be the first young adult book I’ve ever read that absolutely captivated me.” —Bookworm Blues
“A vivid worldbuilder, [Friedman] has the knack for reaching into the dark heart of humanity, pushing past the thin layer of the mundane, and exposing the fantastic beneath. And making those things that raise the hairs on the back of your neck seem very real.” —Postcards from the Emerald City