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Official Review: JOURNEY - Becoming the Dream Walker

Post by Spirit Wandering » 08 Apr 2018, 08:50

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "JOURNEY - Becoming the Dream Walker" by T.N. Bui.]
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If you like novels where the use of magic is a major plot device, Journey-Becoming the Dream Walker is the book for you. Written by Thuy N. Bui, it tells the story of Alexandra Blair. She undergoes a heroic quest to find her father, Stephen, who is a magical artifacts researcher. He disappears in Dublin, while searching for a particular artifact. It is that search which directly leads to his disappearance. The local police assume that he is dead, but Alex refuses to believe it.

At the beginning of the novel, Alex is a fledgling “dream walker.” Such individuals bring information from the subconscious dream world into the waking world. The “Collective Subconscious” or CS is pictured as an autonomous, intelligent entity. It is a “netherworld” that acts as a boundary between the waking and dreaming realms.

Lion Leader is Stephen’s friend and a second father to Alex. Just before Stephen left for Ireland, Lion Leader relayed a dream to him. When Alex tells him that her father is missing, Lion Leader enters a lucid dream state to recall the earlier dream. He remembers clues that may help them to find Stephen. Alex and Lion Leader, along with her friend Roland, then set out to rescue Stephen. It soon becomes apparent that his disappearance is tied into a much larger danger, one that involves a wrathful god, his human minions and a host of magical creatures.

What I liked most about the novel was that the author has given the reader an interesting world and the characters within it. Lion Leader is mysterious and powerful. Roland is loyal and steadfast. Alex is intelligent, brave and caring. What she experiences during the novel helps her mature and master her skill as a dream walker. Both the dialogue and the action in the book serve as a vehicle for the author to outline magical concepts. One example is where Alex spontaneously channels the element of fire through her hand, in order to battle hostile magical creatures. Another example is her talisman, an object of magical protection, that Alex received from her mother. In the form of a necklace, the talisman provides guidance to her. It can also change shape into other objects, such as a staff or sword, to help Alex safely navigate the many obstacles she encounters during her dream walking journeys.

The one thing I did not like about the novel was the use of long and complicated sentences. Generally, the proper punctuation was used in them, but my personal preference is for a simple, clean writing style. There were a few errors but they did not detract from my enjoyment of the book.

I am happy to rate Journey-Becoming the Dream Walker 4 out of 4 stars. This rating reflects the interesting story elements and characters. I would recommend it to those who like novels that use magical elements or where the main character undergoes a heroic quest. Since the use of magic is a major theme in the story, I would not recommend it if this does not appeal to you. As an adult, I enjoyed reading it but I think it would also work well for a young adult audience. I appreciate that the author did not leave this first volume of a series on a major cliff hanger and I look forward to reading the next book.

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Post by Libs_Books » 11 Apr 2018, 05:29

Spirit Wandering wrote:
08 Apr 2018, 08:50
If you like novels where the use of magic is a major plot device, Journey-Becoming the Dream Walker is the book for you.
Well, I'm a bit wary, but I enjoyed Strong Heart which was a book of the month a while back so I feel inclined to give this a go.
What I liked most about the novel was that the author has given the reader an interesting world and the characters within it.
This also encourages me. My reservations about books involving magic, is that it's fine if there's a credible world, but not if the author just makes incredible things happen that may be inconsistent but just fit with where the narrative needs to go. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Post by kandscreeley » 11 Apr 2018, 09:02

I like heroic quests on occasion. As far as dream walking, I think it's something I would enjoy doing. This book intrigues me, but I think there's several ahead of it on my list. Thanks for the review, though. Good information.
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Post by Spirit Wandering » 11 Apr 2018, 18:42

Libs_Books wrote:
11 Apr 2018, 05:29
Spirit Wandering wrote:
08 Apr 2018, 08:50
If you like novels where the use of magic is a major plot device, Journey-Becoming the Dream Walker is the book for you.
Well, I'm a bit wary, but I enjoyed Strong Heart which was a book of the month a while back so I feel inclined to give this a go.
What I liked most about the novel was that the author has given the reader an interesting world and the characters within it.
This also encourages me. My reservations about books involving magic, is that it's fine if there's a credible world, but not if the author just makes incredible things happen that may be inconsistent but just fit with where the narrative needs to go. Thanks for the recommendation.
If you liked Strong Heart I would recommend Journey. Alex, like Sarah, is a strong young woman who is unwittingly thrust into what I like to think of as the hero's journey. Thanks for replying.
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Post by Spirit Wandering » 11 Apr 2018, 18:44

kandscreeley wrote:
11 Apr 2018, 09:02
I like heroic quests on occasion. As far as dream walking, I think it's something I would enjoy doing. This book intrigues me, but I think there's several ahead of it on my list. Thanks for the review, though. Good information.
I hope you enjoy it if you do get to it. Thanks for replying.
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Post by Eileen R » 14 Apr 2018, 13:49

The book sounds really interesting but i really don't know if it's for me. Thanks for the review though.

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Post by Spirit Wandering » 14 Apr 2018, 18:20

Eileen R wrote:
14 Apr 2018, 13:49
The book sounds really interesting but i really don't know if it's for me. Thanks for the review though.
Thanks for replying.
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Post by Bianka Walter » 14 Apr 2018, 19:13

This sounds like it hits all the good marks. I'm a fan of fantasy books but haven't read anything based solely on magic. Maybe it's time to give it a go... Thanks for your insightful review :)
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Post by Spirit Wandering » 14 Apr 2018, 19:19

Bianka Walter wrote:
14 Apr 2018, 19:13
This sounds like it hits all the good marks. I'm a fan of fantasy books but haven't read anything based solely on magic. Maybe it's time to give it a go... Thanks for your insightful review :)
If you read the author's bio, it sounds like she has had some interesting magical dream experiences that she is incorporating into this fictional work. Thanks for the nice comment and I hope you enjoy the book.
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Post by HarryOmos » 18 Apr 2018, 17:22

Well am not really a fan of magic book but the title of this book (i.e Journey-Becoming the Dream Walker ) really caught my attention. I will give a go. Thanks for an insightful review on this book.

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Post by Spirit Wandering » 18 Apr 2018, 21:13

HarryOmos wrote:
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Well am not really a fan of magic book but the title of this book (i.e Journey-Becoming the Dream Walker ) really caught my attention. I will give a go. Thanks for an insightful review on this book.
Thanks. I hope you enjoy the book.
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Post by Sarah Tariq » 26 Apr 2018, 08:08

That's good the author vividly narrates the surroundings and characters. I think in this book, the element of magic is a bit more than Strong Heart. Thanks for your interesting review.
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Post by Spirit Wandering » 26 Apr 2018, 18:09

Sarah Tariq wrote:
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That's good the author vividly narrates the surroundings and characters. I think in this book, the element of magic is a bit more than Strong Heart. Thanks for your interesting review.
Yes, in this novel the plot and dialogue appears to be written to develop magical concepts. From my perspective, Strong Heart seemed to be focused specifically on highlighting Native American culture and traditions.
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Post by Lu_rire » 06 May 2018, 05:01

Whenever an author creates a new magical world, it is always tricky defining the rules and staying consistent to them but it seems this wasn't a problem in this book.

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Post by Spirit Wandering » 06 May 2018, 07:21

Lu_rire wrote:
06 May 2018, 05:01
Whenever an author creates a new magical world, it is always tricky defining the rules and staying consistent to them but it seems this wasn't a problem in this book.
I agree that can be tricky but didn't notice any inconsistency in this one. Thanks for replying.
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