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What are dreams? Some think they are figments of our mind. But what if they were wisps of a distant, magical world... a world you could visit?

Twins Cade and Tasha discover Dream, the land dreams come from. It is a realm of misty forests, of verdant mountains, of mysterious gods who send dreams into our sleep. Cade and Tasha seek solace there; they are refugees, scarred and
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Kindle Edition, 335 pages
Published (first published December 21st 2010)
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Robert Duperre
Feb 15, 2011 Robert Duperre rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.8 out of 5

All my life I’ve held the opinion that fairy tales come to us from the darkest depths of imagination. They are stories of suffering and grief wrapped up in a bundle of cutesy imagery, mythical beasts, and social disorder. They come as warnings: Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel against the allure and dangers of child predators, Jack and the Bean Stock against the perils of experimentation and exploration without first understanding the consequences…and these are on
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Jason
May 11, 2016 Jason rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
2 Stars

The Gods of Dream by Daniel Arenson is a safe, young adult oriented fairytale. It is a bit on the dark side but is very light on violence and fear. I am a fan of Arenson and have really enjoyed his Moth series. This one is simply too straight forward and toned down for my liking. The main character siblings are not all that likable even though they have a very interesting history, as well as present situation.

I breezed through much of this book and retained very little. I thought about s
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Alexia Pemberton10
Apr 30, 2012 Alexia Pemberton10 rated it it was ok
The novel Gods of Dream was not the best book I had ever read. Gods of Dream by Daniel Arenson is about two twin teens that get called to a place called Dream. They are called because they have to save the land from their neighbor, none other than Nightmare, (as a book normally goes).
The characters in the book were not so clear. I had many difficulties trying to picture what the kids actually looked like. Other than Cades hands, they had scars on them from a tragic accident that was never reve
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Rau
Aug 14, 2011 Rau rated it did not like it
Shelves: oblivion
So far (about 20%), this book has made less than a sterling impression on me.

To start with, I think there is a limit on how many times you can use the expression "dappled with light", and Daniel here has surpassed it many times.

About the songs I can only say this: they can rhyme or they can have rhythm or even both. To be honest, these did neither.

The villains are clichéd, and the story so far is somewhat simplistic. I will try to finish it because I don't like to leave books unfinished, but I'm
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Geoffrey
Feb 19, 2011 Geoffrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The cadence is right so it flows like a fairy tale even when it delves into some very harsh subjects. It's dark, it's entertaining and very well constructed. I enjoyed it for the same reasons I like Orson Scott Card's Hart's Hope and Neil Gaiman's Stardust....
Rachel Hyland
Feb 23, 2011 Rachel Hyland rated it it was amazing
Cade and Tasha are twins. As children, their world collapsed when a bombing in an unnamed but evidently dangerous country killed their parents, and both still bear the scars: Cade, on his hands; Tasha, on her psyche. She’s suicidal and clinically depressed and absolutely, heart-breakingly pitiful. Actually, they’re both pretty fucked up.

Happily, they have an escape from their workaday world that most PTSD sufferers are denied. They have been given access to the magical quasi-land of Dream, the r
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Agatha Raine
Jan 16, 2012 Agatha Raine rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Dream World is under attack by nightmares. Its forests wither and its lakes turn to poison. Horrific monsters prowl in the shadows, and the Gods turn to demons. Darkness falls and hopes crumble as people on earth toss and scream in the night.

Two humans, Cade and Tasha, twins whose nightmares are real, will take a stand. They'll leave earth and enter the dreamworlds, where they'll march against the nightmares.

The descriptions in Gods of Dream are vivid, enough to spark the imagination withou
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Juli Rahel
Aug 03, 2012 Juli Rahel rated it really liked it
This book was sent to me by Daniel to review and I really enjoyed it. It's a fantasy novel that will definitely warm your heart. It is centered around two young adults, Tasha and Cade. Cade has survived a terrible accident that scarred him and killed their parents. This has turned Tasha into an emotional wreck, trying to commit suicide multiple times. There is only one place they can be happy, and that is: Dream.

Dream is a beautiful place where our dreams are made. It has its own pantheon (group
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Grace Krispy
Apr 14, 2011 Grace Krispy rated it really liked it
Written by Daniel Arenson, "The Gods of Dream" is an epic fantasy with an exquisite and surreal feel. The author has a talent for description, and it's easy to picture the worlds of Dream and Nightmare. They're everything you thought they may be, and maybe even more. The storyline has a bit of a Biblical feel, a feeling which is heightened as the two sides draw closer to the battle that will determine the future of both realms, as well as the future of all humans. Each realm has a variety of ...more
Missy (Missy's Reads & Reviews)
To describe it in one word: fabulous. This story, from start to end, keeps your attention. From the plot to story to characters, there is not one thing about it that doesn't draw you in and keep you there. The language used in the book is nothing short of completely captivating, and [dare I say] lyrical - though I vowed to never use such a word for words in all of my reviews. I can't help it, there's no other way to describe it. As a matter of fact, I've never seen the English language used so ...more
Emily
Aug 12, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing
If I had to pick one word to describe Gods of Dream, it would definitely be lush. Maybe vivid. While fans of epic fantasy will find many well-loved and familiar threads here, it's the word usage and the description of the setting and characters that set this book apart.


The story is familiar enough- a beautiful and beloved land is in danger of being overrun and ruined by a dark and evil land, and an unlikely choice of hero is chosen for a great quest. In this case, our unlikely hero and heroine a
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Nathaniel Matychuk
Dec 12, 2011 Nathaniel Matychuk rated it really liked it
So far, I am pleasantly surprised. Could get 5 stars from me. Getting a real Neverending Story vibe.

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Finished,

If you like fantasy of the Neverending Story, Labyrinth, and Legend variety, you are in luck. If you only like Game of Thrones style fantasy, then you should realize that this is something else.

This book has butterfly winged kittens playing a major role, so decide ahead of time if that is something for you, and don't criticize something as bad when it is really just the aesthetic
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Jessica Billings
May 05, 2011 Jessica Billings rated it really liked it
When the world of Dreams come under attack by Nightmare, twins Cade and Tasha are the world's last hope. With help and gifts from many of the strange inhabitants and gods of Dream, they slowly work their way into the evil that's threatening to take over. They must fight off hordes of demons, outwit monsters, and work their way out of hopeless traps.

When I call this an epic tale, I truly mean it. There are so many places to visit in dream, so many gods and strange beings, and so many challenges t
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Mikaela
Jan 01, 2012 Mikaela rated it really liked it
The blurb caught my attention, and when the author offered it as a free read on Amazon, I decided to take the chance. I am leery when it comes to indie books, since you never know what you get. I am glad I took the chance.
To me, this book felt like one of the old sagas, set in the unique world of Dream. Dream are filled with gods, speaking animals, and magical beings like the Pegacats. Dream is lush and sunny.
If Dream is sunny, Nightmare is dark and bleak. Nightmare is home to demons, and othe
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Maria Hooley
Dec 11, 2011 Maria Hooley rated it really liked it
I'm always amazed by authors who can create such intricate fantasy worlds, and Arenson is masterful in this regard. During this novel's journey, I felt as though I'd really traveled to the world of Dream, and I loved every moment of it. In a matter of pages, I realized that this story was filled with possibilities and mythology, and I liked the idea that in order for Cade and Tasha to embrace their real lives in spite of a painful past, they had to save another world and that act would give them ...more
Greymalkin
Jul 21, 2011 Greymalkin rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
While I enjoyed that this was a more native american-ish take on fantasy worlds, the actual plot was a total clunker. There was very little tension and the endless repetition of "unbeatable horrible monster faces off against totally untrained hero and somehow gets defeated and then they get some special treasure" felt like a D&D session. A boring one. I couldn't finish it. When the hero and the princess meet and fall in love at first sight that was it for me. Felt like it was written by a ...more
Amanda Fantini
Sep 25, 2014 Amanda Fantini rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, to-buy
To be honest, I'm not even sure why I finished this book. The plot itself was intriguing enough, and the mythology that surrounded it had good bones but was poorly executed. The writing style seemed childlike in nature, as if written by a fantastical 12 year old child with a big imagination but just lacking the skills to properly weave such a grand saga. The author seemed to go on and on with repetitive descriptions as if trying to beat into the readers' heads just how beautiful Dream is and how ...more
Donna
Oct 13, 2011 Donna rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011, fantasy
This book totally missed the mark for me. At the beginning it seemed like a children's book with the Candyland-ish place names--Beluga Beach, Caterpillar Cove... Then the main characters and the plot made it feel like a YA novel so I was getting on board with that when suddenly there was some fairly sexual dialogue between the bad guy and his demon wife whom he created to be his sex slave. It felt totally inappropriate.

The writing was very simplistic and the plot consisted of a very long string
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Laurie
Dec 13, 2011 Laurie rated it did not like it
Another freebie and...strike 3 they're out! This one was slightly better than the previous two I had gotten for free. The storyline was intriguing, but some things made me think maybe a high school student wrote it. That's what I kept thinking while I was reading. That and how many times can a person be knocked unconscious but wake up and be miraculously saved? It should have been better than it was. The world of Dream was described well enough for me to wish I could actually go there. But the ...more
Deana
Dec 31, 2011 Deana rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks-kindle
Given the right set of circumstances, this book could have been incredible. I don't know if I was jut in a horrid mood (doubtful, but willing to consider that possibility) or what, but this story left a lot to be desired for me. It wasn't great, wasn't horrid, but the most I can say about it is "Meh," and "Long."
Dunno. Hopefully, I'll get around to re-reading it at some point, and it will be a better read then. Again, a lot of potential, but just didn't do it for me.
Judy
Aug 06, 2011 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was ok, interesting concept. However, the characters were way too gruesome. Too many adjectives were used to describe their evil appearance. Their appearance was too far-fetched. In some ways it reminded me of a condensed Lord of the Rings. If you've read LOTR then it was somewhat predictable.
Jordan
Sep 14, 2011 Jordan rated it liked it
It was alright. It was interesting enough to keep me reading, although the prose and characters were extremely jouvenile. It felt like Arenson had taken a children's book and made a few alterations just so he could tag it as "adult." Though I enjoyed it, I will most likely never read it again, and would not recommend it unless it were to an 11-year-old girl.
Anita Japp
Jul 21, 2015 Anita Japp rated it really liked it
Epic tale : maybe TMI on details

Good story lots of interesting characters. I did find myself skimming some parts where the descriptions of the landscape were overdone in a way that appeared like the author was trying to be poetic. Creative and interesting, but just a little too much/long in places. Excellent YA story and interesting enough for adult readers to enjoy as well.
Suzanne
Jan 21, 2012 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
I got this book for free and unlike some, I love reading Indie authors! I have found reading Indie authors is like going to an off Broadway show. Yes, you can hit bad one but when you hit good one they are very creative and they take risks. This is one such story. It contrasted the fancifully beautiful against the ugly.
Chrys
Sep 13, 2011 Chrys rated it it was ok
Ugh. This book had high ratings on Amazon, so I figured I would give it a try, but I was sorely disappointed. The writing is immature, the dialogues are awful and the whole story predictable. The author borrows too much from other stories. Dream and nightmare resembles heaven and hell too much to be interesting. The attempt to create a a new language is pretty sad. I do not recommend this book.
Neil Blaiberg
Mar 07, 2011 Neil Blaiberg rated it liked it
Not a bad fantasy adventure, but not my favourite by Daniel Arenson.

In summary a boy and his sister travel to the land of Dream to save it from the onvading forces of Nightmare. Should they fail, both Dream and Earth will perish.

A solid 3 / 5 book, enjoyable, although the ending was predictable and not believable.
Margaret
Sep 06, 2011 Margaret rated it really liked it
This story of a quest to save the world of Dream held my interest from beginning to end. The charcters came alive for me and Arenson did a wonderful job of creating a fantasy world and drawing me into it.
Andrew
Feb 07, 2011 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011
A very moving tale that perfectly captures the essence of dreams and nightmares. A beautiful surreal and epic fantasy in the vein of Lewis and Tolkien, with a light-hearted touch.

After reading The Gods of Dream, I can't wait to read the rest of Daniel Arenson's novels!
Christine
Jul 18, 2011 Christine rated it really liked it
D. Arenson did a really nice job. The book held my interest quite well despite many distractions. Storyline and characters were well developed, and even got a couple of tears from me. Definately a Fantasy Author I would recommend.
Terri
Aug 07, 2015 Terri rated it did not like it
I could not finish this book. It reads like it was written by an untalented middle schooler. The worst book I've ever tried to read!
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