Benjamin Crosskeys always thought he was ordinary. But when he meets Lilac Zhenrei, a magical adventuress from a land of living dreams, he soon discovers he has reason to believe otherwise.

For Benjamin has a rare and wonderful ability. And in an epic adventure, he will discover the price that comes with this gift, as he strives to save his family from a monster born of nightmares...
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About A. J. Lath

A. J. Lath has often been told that he has a wild and overactive imagination, and nowadays lets it all out by means of writing stories and working as an illustrator. He has had a small number of short stories published in the small presses, and in his professional life has illustrated CD covers and supplied 3D graphics for videogames.

Dreamshade is his first book; it was inspired by an article about childhood imaginary friends, which led him to wonder ... what if those friends were real? And what if those friends had enemies?

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Review by: BexBits C on July 14, 2010 : (no rating)
I also found the beginning a bit stilted, like an old fashioned children's book. It wasn't long, however, before the book picked up steam and I was caught up in the story. I ended up really enjoying the book and look forward to a sequel.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Review by: cora on July 9, 2010 : (no rating)
Haven't finished the book yet. Sorry to say the first few pages I've read did not exactly attract my attention and desire to finish the book. Since it's a for young adults read, maybe teens will have a different view of the book.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
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