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2023 Book Review: Steggie Belle & The Dream Warriors

by Elias Pell

A Fantasy, 2020 by Nielsen Book Services, 386 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Early in the book feels like a YA novel with the MC learning a new skill and being guided through the world. I know it’s supposed to be adult fantasy (based on the opening) but it does start with a distinctly YA feel.
  • I would’ve liked a bit more dialogue to keep things moving. The characters have some conversations, but there is a lot of internal monologue in some situations where I was craving banter instead. 
  • I want more. This feels like it’s moving in a direction where I want to keep reading, but then it ends! I wanted more.

What I Did Like:

  • This won’t affect my rating, but the audiobook narrator is wonderful. 
  • Great concept, the dream world is real and the dream warriors protect it. The levels of lucid dreamers were easy to understand and fun. This entire concept and the way it’s told is compelling and believable. 
  • Wolf is a great character. He’s that guide in a fantasy story but he’s a twist on that trope because of his age. He feels like a free spirit and I liked him right away. 
  • The glossary isn’t necessary, but it’s nice. I list this as a good thing because, in my opinion, a fantasy world that immerses you so completely that you don’t need a glossary to understand what strange words mean is a GREAT bonus. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Fantasy fans who like the idea of a dream world connecting with our world. 

My Rating: 4 Stars

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