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The Dream-Maker's Magic (Safe-Keepers #3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  2,590 Ratings  ·  181 Reviews
Kellen’s mother has always insisted that her only child was born male, not female—so Kellen has been raised as a boy. At school, she meets Gryffin, whose mind is as strong as his legs are damaged, and the two become friends and allies. A few years later, the two get jobs working at an inn nearby. When it is discovered that Gryffin is the kingdom’s new Dream-Maker—someone w ...more
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Published March 13th 2008 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published May 4th 2006)
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Olga Godim
Jan 19, 2012 Olga Godim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sharon-shinn
A quiet, enchanting book, The Dream-Maker’s Magic is Shinn’s traditional low-key romantic tale. Although, it’s geared towards YA readers, there is no angst, no battles, and no villains. Just everyday life as we know it, with its ordinary ups and downs, petty disappointments, gentle, pastel victories, and veiled disasters. Or at least, it seems so on the surface, but this novel has several hidden layers, and it touches on many controversial themes.
One of those themes accentuates almost everythin
Feb 12, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, and not just because I have a thing for crossdressing heroines. Most of what sold me was the characters and their interactions; the relationship between Kellen and Gryffin motivated both characters' actions and was really a very sweet center to two otherwise rather turbulent lives, and the ways in which they supported and trusted one another stayed the strong emotional center to the book as a whole. The other characters were often engaging as well, and the author put ...more
Jul 26, 2010 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I enjoyed this, but it felt weirdly slight for Sharon Shinn. Off to reread Troubled Waters, I think.
Jun 11, 2010 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-uns, ya
THE DREAM-MAKER'S MAGIC is the third book in Sharon Shinn's Safe-Keepers trilogy. This trilogy is YA fantasy set in an unnamed kingdom in which, along with your average, run-of-the-mill people, there are also three sorts of quite special folk. The safe-keepers, the truth-tellers, and the dream-makers. While it is possible to find several safe-keepers and truth-tellers across the land, there is only ever one living dream-maker at any given time. It is a demanding calling and the individual usuall ...more
Willow Curtis
Nice light read. Probably worth more like 3.5 stars. I picked this up off the library shelf at random, so I had no idea it was the third book in a series. Luckily it seemed to work as a stand-alone story. The idea of the truth-tellers, safe-keepers, and dream-makers was interesting. In this world there are three types of people that can use magic, truth-tellers - they can discern the truth and cannot tell a lie, safe-keepers – they can keep any secret shared with them, and dream-makers – they ca ...more
Anoush Emrazian
In thinking back on this book, I've realized that there doesn't really seem to be much of a plot, nor is there much really to overcome. (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 14, 2007 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are three kinds of magical people in this nameless community: Safe-keepers (who can keep any secret), Truth-tellers (who cannot tell a falsehood), and Dream-makers. This third book in Shinn's pleasant trilogy focuses on the Dream-maker.

The details of the plot are simple (a boy and a girl who are outcasts make friends with each other and finally realize they have fallen in love). My interest is in the concept of the Dream-maker. It is well known in this community that although a Dream-maker
Nov 10, 2014 Deyanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adolescent, fantasy
Dream makers and truth tellers...these folks provide the makings for a fun fantasy read. Though this is not a genre that I read often, I escaped into this adolescent read founded on friendship, kindness and hard work. Woven through the tale are some not very subtle suggestions that kindness is magic and we determine our fates.

Nice little read for my grandchildren ages probably ten and up. There is even romance thrown in for good measure. Plenty of "suspend disbelief" principles, but then who car
Sep 25, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of all the books in this series, I think this one might be the most poignant. Kellen and Griffyn's journey from being lost and lonely to being part of a community of love just hits me where I live. On the other hand, even though it's related to the themes of the trilogy, I'm getting a bit tired of Shinn's use of the "mistaken identities" plot device.
Dec 17, 2008 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Sharon Shinn's YA books in this series. Oh, there's nothing earth-shaking here, nothing to get your pulse pounding, but they're the ultimate in gentle comfort reading and it's a pure pleasure to live in her kind world for the duration of the book.
2016-02-13: hmmm I guess I've never put in a date read for this book. Oh well. This was a re-read. Still charming. And long enough past since the last time I read it I had forgotten the details.
Aug 13, 2008 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
When Kellen was born, her mother was sure she was a boy, and she has never stopped believing that she gave birth to a son. So Kellen always dressed in boy’s clothing and did boy activities. She was always the odd one one—never quite a boy, never quite a girl.

Until she met Gryffin. Gryffin, with his twisted legs and sharp mind, didn’t see a boy or a girl—he just saw Kellen. And from the first day she sat with him, Kellen stopped seeing the crippled legs and just saw her best friend.

Life isn’t eas
Maureen E
Sep 16, 2010 Maureen E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Opening line: “This is the story my mother told me:”

Apparently this is the last volume of a trilogy, which I didn’t realize until I looked at the back flap after I finished the book. Oops. All the same, it works as a stand-alone novel.

Somehow I didn’t quite expect to like the book. I think at first I was somewhat skeptical of Kellen’s dressing as a boy. That has been used so often at this point and I often don’t find books where girls dress as boys very satisfying (Alanna was never my favorite T
Esther Bernstein
Jan 24, 2011 Esther Bernstein rated it it was amazing
As coming-of-age stories go, this one is really good. We follow Kellen from ten years old to sixteen, seeing her slowly realize what she wants and accept who she is. Both Kellen's and Gryffin's development is full of depth and color, and flows so smoothly. The way they grow into themselves is real and true-to-life - well, except for the magic part!

The feel and texture of the narrative struck me as so fitting, because I actually felt like I was in this tiny
Oct 28, 2007 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Just like The Truth Teller's Tale, this is an enjoyable story that has very odd pacing. The "plot" of the book, ie what is on the back cover is the second part of the book. That leaves 125 pages of a 250 page book as expostion. Well written, interesting exposition that is very important to the book. 125 pages of not much other than character development, 50 pages of more definite lead up, and 75 pages of quick plot that shoves everything together and wraps it up way too quickly and BOOM the end. ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Regina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Considering I was not such a huge fan of Shinn's Summers at Castle Auburn, I was a little wary of reading The Dream-Maker's Magic. I loved it! It's not really super fantastical. It's more about a deep and moving friendship that develops between two characters. I think one thing I really appreciated is that Shinn chose to make the main character NOT the Dream-Maker. She could have easily written this story with Kellen becoming the Dream-maker and having all these fantastical things happen to her. ...more
Apr 04, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Setting/World Building: 5/5
Main Character: 5/5
Other Characters: 5/5
Plot: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Triggering/Issues: 5/5 (Minor sexual harassment scene, but not bad enough to really be triggering.)

AVERAGED TOTAL: 4.6 out of 5, rounded to 5.

Maybe this book really is more of a 4.5 or a 4, but I liked it enough to bring it up to five stars. I liked it especially because of the novelty of Kellen; a girl raised as a boy, whose mother treats her as a boy no matter how she tries to act. It was an interesting
Apr 11, 2010 Caitie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found out when I was almost done with this that it's the third in a series. Boo. Hate it when I do that. Nevertheless, since I didn't notice it was the third till I read most of it, it stood pretty well on its own. I can't help but wonder what I would have thought of it had I read them in order.

Anyhoo, I liked the story and the writing pretty well. What stood out the most was the author's treatment of the relationships. She has a knack for writing colorful, realistic characters.

I especially l
Another beautifully told coming-of-age fantasy from Sharon Shinn!
Dream-Maker's Magic focuses on the evolving friendship of two misfits-
Kellen, whose mother insists she was born a boy, has been raised as such. She presents herself as either gender depending on her mood or the situation. Gryffin is a physically handicapped boy who is very smart and determined to succeed. The two go to school and then work together in an inn/restaurant. I like how the author depicts the change of the seasons and t
I borrowed this title through our library's e-book interface one evening when I was desperate for some fluff fiction to read. It's third in a series, but appears to stand on its own (I have not read the others and still enjoyed this one as a stand-alone). Our protagonist, Kellen, identifies as a girl but is raised by her mother as the boy her mother is convinced she gave birth to. An outsider child, Kellen befriends another outsider at school, Gryffin, who has weak legs and is physically abused ...more
This was hard one. I'd probably have to give it a 2.5. The writing was good but their was something missing. It was sort of like, the story ended and you were left saying "so what?" The whole premise is a little strange too. Kellan is a girl, but her mom believes she's supposed to be a boy and therefore raises and treats her as a boy. Kellan meets Gryffin, a boy with damaged legs, but a good heart. They become inseperable friends.

I liked the characters in this story. I appreciated how tenderly G
Janus Vielle the Erudite Artist
This book is a simple tale, with magic and finding love in an unexpected way. At first I found the plot rather strange. I never imagined a mother wanting a son rather than her own daughter then suddenly raising her as a boy. But as the story progressed, it became clear why.

I can’t quite say that it’s some memorable tale for me. It’s a bit tedious although there are interesting events once in a while but mostly readers will be engulfed in the sorrow of the lives of Kellen and Gryffin then a spri
May 05, 2009 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this story of a girl whose mother thinks that she gave birth to a boy and so dresses and treats her daughter as a boy. Kellen is finally allowed to go to school, and there she meets Gryffin, a boy whose legs are damaged so that he must walk with canes. They truly become best friends and Kellen helps Gryffin with his walking, while he helps her with her school work. Kellen develops into a very independent young lady, largely due to having been raised as a boy, but as she becom ...more
Feb 15, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sharon Shinn's books have a depth to them that is lacking in many books in the YA genre. I found this 'series' to be not only fun (and Fast!) to read, but insightful, too! Each of the three seemed to me to get better and better.

I loved the characters. Kellen is one of my favorite heroines. She is thoughtful, she is kind, she is REAL (she still hates people and gets jealous, etc.); she's selfless in her hopes and wishes and lifts the burdens of those around her. While her mom was annoyingly crazy
Oct 10, 2008 earthy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Sequel to The Safe-Keeper's Secret and The Truth-Teller's Tale. Intriguing premise that doesn't really go anywhere (Kellen has been raised as a boy because her mother firmly believes she gave birth to a son, not a daughter; consequently, Kellen's gender identity is very fluid). Kellen and Gryffin are likeable characters, and their positions as outcasts makes them well worth rooting for, but the prose tends to take itself too seriously, and there's isn't really a plot so much as a sequence of eve ...more
Matthew Galloway
Mar 22, 2012 Matthew Galloway rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had lovable characters and an interesting plot, though not quite the impact of the prior book of the series.

The storyline made sense, tied to the previous book (but was still a stand-alone story) and had a good "moral to the story." I love that the characters were intelligent, though not perfect, and usually actually acted to change their circumstances (I guess I've read a lot of books lately where the main characters just whine a lot but need try to change anything, so it's become ex
E. A.
Jul 23, 2012 E. A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A few years ago, I read The Safe Keeper's Secret and I was like "huh, I guess this book was all right. I mean, not my favorite book of all time, but I guess I'll take the time to read the seqel." So I read The Truth Teller's Tale and I loved it. I loved it so much that I've read it more than several times since. So when I found The Dream Maker's Magic just a few days ago, I thought "Well, this will probably be somewhere in between. There's no way I could love it as much as the second or hate it ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Good book, but my least favorite of the trilogy.

Kellen in a girl, whose mother wants her to be a boy. She said that when she had her baby, it was a boy. She fainted and when she awoke, she was presented with a daughter.

Kellen spends her life trying to find love and acceptance. She doesn't get it from her mother, her father leaves because her mother is so obsessed with her being a boy, and she is ostracized by the community.

She meets the local school teacher, who finds a way to get her to go to
Jul 16, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite liked this, although I found both Kellen and Gryffin just a little TOO nice and kind and unselfish - they needed a few faults to make them more relatable. And I'm growing a little tired of people bonding over that wretched wintermoon wreath ritual, I think S Shinn is a bit proud of creating that whole festival and the traditions attached to it because it crops up at least every couple of chapters in all the books in this series. Still. It was a cute story and in fact all the books in thi ...more
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
The thing I like about Ms. Shinn books is that she writes with what I call the "Chinese factor". Pain, angst and tragedy ... how can I not like it?

Dream-makers have the worst life. Ms. Shinn turns it around by making it so that the tragedies in the life of a dream-maker somehow fuels the dream-maker's magic. This is great for everyone but the dream-maker and their family. It's like the dream-maker is cursed. Ugh. Just wrapping my mind around it hurts. Ms. Shinn is always so good at taking an ide
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“That was so-Gryffin always has so much pain. That you can take it away like that - it's almost like magic."

Chase shrugged in the dark. "Kindness is a form of magic," he said. "So everyone should be capable of at least a little. Good night. See you in the morning." And he nodded to me and strode off.

Kindness is a form of magic.

Then magic had sprinkled itself across me many times, when I had not noticed its fey sparkle. I had been used to thinking of my life as bleak and full of darkness, but for the first time it occurred to me how often a stranger had stepped forward to offer me comfort and assistance, no matter how briefly. Ian Shelby. Sarah Parmer. Aylre the Safe-Keeper. The man who had stopped Carlon from beating me in the streets. Chase Beerin. They had been kind to me; most had, in different ways, been kind to Gryffin as well. Looked at that way, my life was a weave of brightness laid over a trembling black, a scrap of midnight velvet spangled with many jewels.

I had another thought as I stood there, trying desperately to understand a completely altered view of my existence. Someday I might be the one to offer kindness to someone else in grim and dire circumstances. Someday I might be the one with wealth or knowledge or strength or power that could be used to alleviate another person's distress. Such a thought had literally never crossed my mind before. More than once I had been saved. Someday I might save someone else in return.”
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