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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  762 ratings  ·  213 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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Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This. This book was downright epic. That ending was perfect. Fantasy violence was definitely on the high end, so it's probably best for at least teens and up.
Pauline Ross
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 dull modern world.

Kate Willis
My older sister suggested I read this book, so I took her good advice and bought it. Wow.

The Setting:
Set in our modern world AND the medieval world of Lael, this book has a great balance of description and action. I was continually surprised and delighted by the little details the author thought to include like a car's taillight being taped in (I've seen that one!) or someone having a bent finger that they are always rubbing.

The Characters:
I loved every minute of Chris. He was complicated just e
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What an amazing book! I was expecting something great, but not such a prodigious book (Yeah, go look up that word.).

There is another world that we see glimpses of in our dreams. We lives two separate lives: one in this world and one in the world we only dream about. Chris has dreams of a lady begging him not to come to her right before shooting him in the head. They are only dreams until he wakes up in that world. He has a strong belief that he is going insane. Then Chris makes some very bad mis
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOODNESS! That was absolutely the only thing I could think for a solid 5 minutes after reading this. Can I rate it 6 stars? Do they sell this hardbound? Signed? Embossed in gold? I am still wordless at how to convey the. . . unequaled. . .
ENOUGH FANGIRLING. Now I can’t even talk straight. Let's get down to slightly more rational consideration (which probably will not be rationally stated due to excessive fangirling).
The characters were amazing. Literally. I was amazed with Ms. Weiland abil
NOOO. What kind of ending was that? Why? I don't know what to do now. My world's a mess. I need that second book now.


Just realized that there is no second book. My heart is in pieces. How could the book possibly end like that? Ugh. Still worth the read anyways
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was beautiful. Review to come as soon as I can put this feeling into words.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. This book was absolutely amazing. Riveting, actually, would be a better word to describe each it. For the last few days, "Dreamlander" was my ten-to-eleven book: the book I usually read for an hour after "going to bed". However, it ended up being my ten-to-that-time-when-I-really-can't-physically-keep-my-eyes-open-any-longer book. Throughout the entire experience, I was kept on the edge of my seat wondering what on earth could possibly make everything end up working.
The character
Luke Taylor
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: hall-of-fame
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
Molly Evangeline
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Brenna H.
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Kellyn Roth
Don't get me wrong. This book was great. I really loved it. And I will be reviewing it further later on and talking about all the amazing awesomenesses of it (because it is literally THE BEST THING EVER and I LOVE IT), but ... I had some thoughts about it that I need to share.

And they're all MAJOR MAJOR spoilers, so ... please don't read them unless you've read the book. Because it will literally spoil the whole thing. So ... you've been warned. ;)

(view spoiler)
K. Ryan
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: featured
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 tim
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Kendra Ardnek
Four stars for the book itself, one star for making me cry during a Christmas program that I watched immediately following reading this.

Now, I have questions -

Why does no one address the fact that Talan died so that Chris could live in both worlds? RIP Talan.
Could Chris have fixed the worlds by taking Mactalde back to his own world? If this was addressed, I forgot it.
Can people who have died in the Other World have children?
If so, do those children dream? If so, how do they have a counterpart?
Rebecca Fehr
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy

** spoiler alert ** I wish there was a Four-and-a-half option to choose. This book was very thrilling, with many battles and action packed, near death experiences. My 2 older sisters both cried while reading this book. And so did I. I didn't feel like crying until 3 minutes after I had finished it. It was then when I talked about it that I started to cry. The lines that clinched it were when Pitch was saying, "You can't go away unless I give you permission." and the other one, "I know, and that
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Rich Weatherly
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jeannie Campbell
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Clare Farrelly
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-wish-list
The characters are what makes this book so amazing. But even without all the cast of complicated interesting, endearing, funny, exasperating characters the book is still very well written. The concept is so cool too, I really liked how the dreams were not just dreams but an alternate reality. Even with the two worlds it did not get confusing but flowed well, and some questions I had at the beginning about how that world/dream traveling worked were answered later in the book without any info dump ...more
Kat Heckenbach
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Naomi Musch
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
S.L. Coelho
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Claire Banschbach
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my second time to try and read this book, and I'm really glad that I gave it another chance. This author's books always start out a little slow for me, but I've learned to push past slow beginnings to a fantastic story.

I really loved the concept and how it was executed. The whole world of Lael was neat and I loved the hydraulic weapons and sky cars. I really love her characters in any book, and Chris and Allara were no exception. I loved the slow progression of their relationship but I
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Ron Estrada
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Denae Christine
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reader thoughts: Very reminiscent of Dekker's Black.

The first quarter of the book really pulled me in. The pace didn't let up, and the characters were interesting, and they just kept getting deeper into trouble. This part was the best part.

And then the action came to a complete halt for several weeks, and I still can't see a reason for those several weeks to have happened.

And then the ending didn't please me. (view spoiler)
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K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso.

She is the IPPY, NIEA, and Lyra Award-winning and internationally published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic.

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