In a world ruled by six ancient Houses of Magic, a girl and a boy begin an epic and dangerous journey of discovery . . . Lileth Shadow, princess of darkness, is struggling with her growing powers. Castle Gloom is filling with ghosts, zombies roam the country and people throughout Gehenna are disappearing. Then Lily is attacked in her own castle by a mysterious sorcerer known as Dreamweaver and his army of jewel-spiders whose bites send victims to sleep. Thorn, and his giant bat Hades, must save Lily from the realm of sleep and help her overcome the evil Dreamweaver in order for her to reclaim her kingdom.
What I Thought:
Having read and enjoyed the first book in this series, Shadow Magic, I was pleased to pick up with Lily and Thorn’s adventures again. Lots of things have changed for Lily and Thorn but in Dream Magic, they again face treachery, mystery and unmask a ruthless villian.
The Shadow Magic series has all the hallmarks of a gripping and entertaining adventure series which will appeal to boys and girls – even the reluctant ones! There is magic, fierce creatures and everything moves at a fast pace – there is no chance of this series ever being called boring!
One of the reasons I liked the book is the emphasis on ‘women must not do magic’ as a law in Gehenna, but Lily is capable of strong magic, and is able to save the day by using it. I hope that this promotes the idea that girls are capable of anything, and it’s definitely worth getting this strong, feminist message out to girls at a young age. I hope that this continues in book 3 of the series.
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Note: I was sent a copy of the book by the publisher for review purposes. All opinions are, as ever, my own.