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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  318 ratings  ·  111 reviews
What if it were possible to live two very different lives in two separate worlds? What if the dreams we awaken from are the fading memories of that second life? What if one day we woke up in the wrong world?

Every night, a woman on a black warhorse gallops through the mist in Chris Redston's dreams. Every night, she begs him not to come to her. Every night, she aims her rif
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Published November 20th 2012 by PenForASword (first published January 1st 2012)
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Pauline Ross
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It’s such a lovely idea: you fall asleep and your dreams are actually about another world. And just a few special people are Gifted: able to move between the two worlds physically. So this is a portal story, one of those tales with a dull, modern-day section which then shifts in an instant into a far more interesting fantasy world with swords and whatnot. The twist here is that every time the main character falls asleep in the interesting fantasy world – bam, he’s back in the
Brenna H.
Dreamlander is the story of Chris Redston. Chris is kind of an average man, with nothing too special about him, and the only things about him that seem intriguing are his family problems (which I won't go into) and his dream problems. You see, Chris dreams each night, and they're not normal dreams: they're vivid dreams of a woman telling him not to come and then shooting him in the face. How's that for a happy wakeup call? But then Chris learns that his dreams aren't really dreams--that dreams i ...more
K. Francis
K.M. Weiland is, essentially, evil.

K.M. Weiland delivered to readers a book with NO convenient places to stop reading! Only an a talented author who is fundamentally wicked would do such a thing. If books came with instructions, Dreamlander’s would be easy to follow.

1. Pick up book
2. Start reading
3. Stop where it says THE END
4. Go find the rest of K.M. Weiland’s books, pronto.

This is a high fantasy novel that educates, entertains and enchants from first chapter to last. I tried several times to
Dreamlander is a masterpiece in the fantasy speculative fiction genre.

With precise strokes Ms. Weiland paints a vibrant world in the vein of stories such as Black by Ted Dekker; a dreamer living in two worlds, at once, faced with mayhem and havoc in both. This is Weiland's first excursion into fantasy, a change from her two previously published historical fiction books, and she has hit the proverbial nail on the head.

As an admittedly cynical fantasy reader I was impressed to see the neatly avoid
From the immediate appeal of the opening paragraph to the highly emotional ending, Ms. Weiland has crafted a wonderful story. Her world-building is creative and interesting without bowling the reader over, and her descriptions conjure colorful, unique scenery. The Reivers are delightful, the fearless Cherazii are compelling, the Garowai peculiar and mysterious. The unique technology puts the tale within the borders of steampunk without it actually becoming an alternate history of our world. Inde ...more
Molly Evangeline
When I was offered a copy of the book to review, I jumped at the chance, especially since it was fantasy, and it did not disappoint. The dream aspect of the story was fascinating, and it was interesting to read a fantasy novel in a slightly more modern, sci-fi-ish setting, rather than the typical medieval.

The characters are always my favorite part of the book, and Dreamlander has a great cast. I knew I’d like Chris from the beginning because he’s the kind of flawed character I love to watch grow
What if the world of our dreams is not simply a creation of our subconscious mind, but is just as real and physical as the one we live in now? What if one person lived two lives, a foot in each world?

These are the questions author K.M. Weiland asks of her readers, as she leads us along with Chris Redston to discover the answers. Unwillingly, he finds himself thrust into a world and a responsibility he never wanted - and does his best to be rid of. However, as he battles not only for his life and
Luke Taylor
May 21, 2015 Luke Taylor rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: just-purchased
With the majestic and otherworldly grandeur of superlatively crafted concepts and creative colors worthy of the largest of cinema screens and most adept of imaginations, K.M. Weiland's Dreamlander is simply one of the best self-contained genre-bending epic novels I've ever had the privilege of reading for a great many reasons. At the heart of the story's many successes is the truest nature of its unbridled sense of adventure and the magnitude of such timelessness is set in stone by a bevy of unf ...more
This book. This. Book. When I first picked up Dreamlander, it was with a small amount of skepticism. I wasn't sure if it was really my "type" of book; sounded a bit like high fiction, which is hit or miss for me. While it does have tones of fantasy to it, I was not at all prepared for this. It is such a bizarre combination of genres; steampunk, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy... and it worked! The steam guns blended seamlessly with the waking dream world, with the Cherazii and a Princess.

I love how not
I have enjoyed reading so many writing tips and hints from KM Weiland, I simply had to read one of her books. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Dreamlander. However, I let the adventure unfold. What an adventure!! The characters were so well developed I could easily picture them in my mind....even though some of the characters were literally creatures created from a wonderful imagination. The plot was very intricate, which gave me a great example of how KM Weiland's writing comes together ...more
Jeannie Campbell
Dreamlander is different from other time travel novels in that Chris is dreaming as he time travels back and forth between Earth and Lael. When he is asleep on Earth, he is awake in Lael and dreaming about life in Lael (at least, that's what he thought). Vice versa.

Wouldn't be so bad, except Chris has got a man out to kill him on Earth, and when he's sleeping in Chicago, he's at his most vulnerable. Some of the most intensely suspenseful scenes are the cliffhangers as Chris makes himself go to
S.L. Coelho
I can sum this novel up with a single verb: Wow!

This engaging fantasy opens with a bang - literally. The cleverly baited hook captures your imagination and pulls you into a riveting plot. This novel is well paced, and impossible to put down; I devoured the chapters.
If you've ever read C.S. Lewis's series The Chronicles of Narnia, you will love Weiland's Dreamlander, with its adult cast. The rich tapestry of this epic fantasy, with its wonderful, imaginative creatures; kingdoms and worlds in cris
Naomi Musch
K.M. Weiland writes without holding back. She pours an onslaught of visual and emotional power into each scene with a style that slams you between the eyes, knocking you into worlds as dangerous as they are beautiful.

I entered Lael, the world of the Dreamlander, with my eyes popping and my imagination spinning out of my head much like happened to Chris Redston, the Gifted and hero of the tale. The land, its colors, creatures, and races of folk overwhelmed me at first as I stepped out of the worl
This is not the first fiction by K. M. Weiland that I've read. My favorites among her works are her powerfully moving novel Behold the Dawn and her gem of a story "The Memory Lights," which to me is a model of excellence in short story writing.

This story is a gem too--or better a necklace, an array of gems. Honestly, it's gut-rending emotions remind me of the Shakespeare tragedies I read in college. It's war scenes remind me of Lord of the Rings, complete with impossible odds and life-changing d
Ron Estrada
Okay, this young lady is one to watch. This type of fantasy is not normally my thing, but she blew me away. Fantastic characters, setting, and story. The main character, Chris, is The Gifted. He can travel between two worlds. The premise is that our dreams are actually occurring in another world, in our other-world bodies. The Gifted is the only one who is fully aware of both worlds as one person (hope that makes sense). So he must fight in one world--a combination of midieval, steampunk with hy ...more
Gillian Bronte Adams
I started this book about a year ago and then got caught up with life and never finished it until I picked it back up two days ago and read the whole thing straight through without a pause.

I've read several of Weiland's books now and I love her writing style and technique. She has a way of drawing you right into the characters and into the story. You can tell that this is an author who cares about her craft.

In some ways the premise reminded me of Ted Dekker's Circle Trilogy but the similaritie
A while back, K. M. Weiland gave out this book on StoryCartel in exchange for an honest review. The most honest part of my review is probably that it took me almost a year to finish it.

Let me make clear that this book is not bad. Not at all. It's fairly well put together, the premise is interesting, I liked the way it ended well enough. But most of the book just fell flat to me.

I don't know what it is and I've pondered long and hard about it but the book just didn't get my attention. I didn't ca
Kat Heckenbach
The first thing that impressed me about this book is the fact that a large cast of characters is introduced pretty early and I could actually keep everyone straight! The characterization is definitely a strong point, and the various races the author created are really cool.

The description is rich and vivid, too. The fantasy/dream world is fully detailed and unique, although parts of it reminded me of The Restorer's series by Sharon Hinck. And the tripping back and forth between real-world and dr
Kayleen Spafford
Chris Redston is living two lives, and fighting two battles. He has been having nightmares of a woman on a black horse, warning him away. But from what? One day Christ wakes up to find that his life is changed forever; that his dreams are reality! He discovers that he is the gifted, and is told he has the power to stop the nightmares that have been plaguing him only if he brings one man back, not knowing that the man is the Land of Lael’s formidable enemy.

Chris now has to prove himself and stop
Nathanael Scott
A few pages into Dreamlander and Miss Weiland had already hooked me onto a few of her characters. Chris read very realistic, even with his unique problem, and his voice was thoroughly enjoying. Both he and the Seeker had many layers to them so that I was able to learn more about them each time I read them. Her description built up the story world to reinforce it. The story itself was an interesting and thrilling ride.

Tiny Spoiler Beware!
I did have one complaint. In the story, the main character,
Janalyn Voigt
Chris Redston may just be losing his mind. Night after night the same dream plays out for him in vivid color as a beautiful woman on a black warhorse begs him not to come to her, then aims and fires her rifle. The dream becomes increasingly real, which is troubling enough, but then everyday events take an interesting turn. Chris meets a strange man who knows about his dreams and calls him a Gifted. When Chris wakes up in the wrong world, he's certain his worst nightmare has come to pass.

Adam David Collings
I thoroughly enjoyed this book on a number of different levels. At first glance, the premise of this story sounded a lot like The Circle Series by Ted Dekker (which I loved), and while there are certain similarities, the world and plot are very different.

There are almost two-intertwined plots going on here, one in each world. Each was as compelling as the other, but ultimately both were all connected. It was the interplay between these two worlds that brought about a lot of the fun in Dreamland
Rich Weatherly
Dreamlander is a fantasy story, but it reads like a thriller. It is a rip roaring adventure and one of the best novels I have read in a long time.

Dreamlander excels as a work of fantasy. Imagine you are plagued by a relentless recurring dream. At the end of the dream, you are warned to stay away and are shot in the head. At that instant you waken from this horrifying nightmare. Now imagine the world as we know it is only part of a parallel universe and your dreams are not simply dreams but a por
The reason I picked up this book was for a change of pace. I was tired of the same plot lines with really similar characters (YA paranormal anyone?).
I definitely got different. I had started this book back in June, but--uncharacteristically--it took me until now to finish the book. Maybe I picked up this book at a bad time? It seems that I am having trouble reading fiction right now, but on the other hand, non-fiction (science textbooks) is no problem for me right now. So bear that in mind that
Jason Joyner
Where do we go when we dream?

Who hasn't asked that question? In author K.M. Weiland's latest fantasy Dreamlander, she takes an intriguing twist on an everyday occurrence and spins an epic tale of two worlds and righting wrongs.

Chris Redston is an underachieving writer in Chicago dealing with the loss of family in a car accident, except for his alcoholic father. Life is troubling enough, but now he is having dreams of a beautiful woman who rides up on a horse, warns him away, then shoots him betw
Alison Tibbens
What if your dreams were another life lived in another world? What if you could visit that other world? Chris Redston, a writer from Chicago can. Known to the people of Lael as one of the Gifted, Chris can cross between worlds and impact the land and its peoples for good or ill. But in doing so, he inadvertently resurrects Mactalde, a long dead tyrant who seeks to rule both worlds or destroy them.
With the help of his appointed guide, the princess Allara, Chris must prevent a war and stop the imp
Kerry Johnson
When I received K.M. Weiland’s latest book, Dreamlander, in the mail, I was giddy with excitement. One of my favorite books in recent years is her historical fiction novel, Behold the Dawn, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Dreamlander and meet the new characters she created.

I admit to having a stubborn streak of skepticism because I’m simply not a fan of speculative fiction or fantasy stories, but I dove into the story, trusting the author would grab and hold my attention with her no-holds
I've been a huge fan and supporter of K.M. Weiland's work. Her website and podcast truly does help writers become authors, as the name suggests. When given the opportunity to read and review DREAMLANDER, I had to jump at the chance to see someone I admire put all those nuggets of writing tip gold into practice. This book is shining proof of how one leads by example. All the techniques from her blog and podcasts are woven into a vibrant, fast-paced fantasy novel.

I instantly connected with the cha
Y Lee
I’m not going to do a breakdown of the story of Dreamlander, because a number of reviewers have already done that.
What I am going to say is WOW!!!
This is an amazing fantasy. It is so intense and powerful, while at the same time there are moments of humour thanks to a sweet little character called Pitch. He became a favourite of mine, along with Orias Tarn the Charazii warrior. There are a large cast of characters in the book, but the writing is so good that I lost track of no one.
In the beginni
Lara Thompson
Without divulging the ending, let me say that it was supremely satisfying, the best point of the book by far (and I don't mean the rambling final ~5 pages of denouement, but the actual climax). Hopefully it gives not too much away but it had me in tears.

Before I review this book, please be warned that I haven't been reading much pure fantasy (such as this) in a while. I was swayed by the portal via dreams into another world thinking this might be more metaphysically bent than it was. The book i
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