on Feb. 25, 2012 :
“Edge of Dreams” is a fantastic 5 star read and the first in a series which promises to be highly exciting and truly unique.
It was refreshing to read a fantasy novel for a change, which only had humans in it and no other paranormal characters; albeit humans with a difference and very powerful magical and psychic abilities which allows them to travel into parallel dimensions and manipulate time with their minds.
When Ricky discovers that the people and places of his extremely vivid dreams are real, his attention is diverted from a possible life of crime to far more challenging adventures. Enter Calith, with his colorful hair and equally colorful personality, and things for Ricky and his sister may never be the same again. Ricky is not the only one who faces change as Calith also has to deal with doubt and horrific betrayal from those he trusted most. Amid all the seriousness I had to smile at Ricky's smart mouth which often came close to getting him into trouble, as well as at Calith who can throw some impressive temper tantrums.
The author expertly incorporates fantasy, magic, different plains of existence and psychic powers into daily life as we know it. The unbearable suspense builds up slowly as to give the reader an in-depth insight into the worlds and lives of these exceptional characters. Although this is a straightforward good vs evil plot, the reader is kept guessing until the very end as to who are the bad guys and who are the heroes in this story.
I enjoyed the friendship and close bonds shared between the characters, and it touched my heart how readily they would make sacrifices, including their lives, for the ones they love and to keep their worlds safe. The two main characters, although only seventeen, are remarkably grown-up and deal with their unusual trials and tribulations in a mature and intelligent way. A touch of romance between Calith and Ricky’s sister Louise, adds that extra sweet touch to this story.
“Edge of Dreams” was a real pleasure to read from start to end. I applaud the author for her originality in creating worlds that are so well portrayed, the reader can experience and appreciate every single detail of its beauty to their fullest. I strongly recommend this brilliant read to readers of all ages. It’s worth every penny! (Ellen Fritz)
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)