Friday, 6 January 2017

The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone

This debut novel was recommended to me by several fellow fantasy readers and I thought it would be right up my street. After reading a few stories outside of the fantasy world I wanted to sink back in to the comfort of fantasy worlds.

The way I read this book really affected my opinion. I am not normally one to read more than one book at a time. In fact I hate doing this. I find it distracting and I don't get the most from each book. However, I am listening to an audio book in my car and thought that I would manage to do both - I was wrong. I am hooked on the audio book and each time I picked up The Dream Snatcher I found myself not connecting with the story.

Imagined well and with spunky and witty characters it has all the elements of a great debut. Although I did not read this as fast as I would have expected each time I delved into the world (tearing myself away from sitting in the car listening to one more chapter) I enjoyed what I read and found for a debut novel that it is expertly written.

Moll is an enigmatic lead female, she's full of wit and great one liners. Moll is thrust into an unexpected fight with the Shadow-masks where she will discover more about her family, her heritage and the recurring nightmare she's been having for years. Along the way she learns to trust people she never thought possible and learns of a quest that only she can complete.

I think I will attempt to read the sequel so as to give Abi Elphinstone a fair chance. I will wait until I finally finish my audio book though I think! For me this is a younger readers book. Although dark in places the vocabulary and writing style works for a younger audience.

I want to give it more and it might be one I need to revisit. 

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