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(The Dreamwielder Chronicles #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  54 reviews
In a world shrouded by soot and smoke, young Makarria has literally been forbidden to dream.

Legend has foretold the demise of Emperor Thedric Guderian at the hands of a sorceress with royal blood, and the Emperor has made it his legacy to stamp out all magic from the Sargothian Empire in favor of primitive coal fired smelters and steam powered machines. When Guderian’s min
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Published September 29th 2015 by Diversion Books (first published March 5th 2013)
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Mel (Epic Reading)
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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There are so many great things about Dreamwielder and yet I am only giving it 3 stars (maybe this is like 3.25 stars). The characters, plot, world building and magical system are wonderful. They could easily come from any high-end fantasy book. Author Garrett Calcaterra of Dreamwielder (the first book in the Dreamwielder Chronicles) is clearly talented. Right up until you need him to describe a building or scene; or show you what is happening….

Give me more cowbell!
Really good fantasy books requi
Mary C. Moore
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Being a huge fantasy nerd, I am always excited and a bit nervous when I am asked for a fantasy review. It is so easy to make a novel of the fantasy genre a huge cliche, after all that's what most genre novels are. This is not the case in Garrett Calcaterra's novel, "Dreamwielder."

We join a young girl, Makarria, as she dreams. We soon discover that she is a dreamwielder, a powerful type of magic in which dreams becomes reality, not in the future, but in the very moment. This scares the hell out
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Dreamwielder has a very cool magic system that involves dreaming of objects to make them real along with a darn creepy villain. The writing seemed clunky at times with words being repeated where it could have been smoother, but overall the plot was twisty and intriguing. I didn't fully connect to the main character, but I loved that all the characters were imperfect despite them trying hard. Looking forward to book two!
Amy Leigh
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is an action packed epic fantasy novel! Makarria is born into a world where magic and dreaming are forbidden. But she can't help it that she dreams anymore than she can help that what she dreams comes true. She is a dreamwielder. She tries to hide her magic but when forced to choose between her secret or her family she chooses family. From now on she has exposed herself and has a target on her back. While being hunted by a ferocious villain she becomes friends with Taera, a princess with ma ...more
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: yabc

YA Fantasy, Dreamwielder surprises me with a lack of romance. Given that the main character is very young, the book isn't shocking when it doesn't dive into a (possibly cute?) romance plot. Still, the book's synopsis misleads me a little bit and I end up predicting a much different plot than the book actually has. Is it a bad thing? No. Despite my wrong predictions, I do end up being taken away to a whole new world.

The magic of the book is most definitely in its world building. It's a sto
Jessica Robbins
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-kindle, netgalley
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Susan Angela Wallace
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dream wielder By Garett Calceterra is a sci-fi and fantasy read.
Legend has foretold the demise of Emperor Thedric Guderian at the hands of a sorceress with royal blood, and the Emperor has made it his legacy to stamp out all magic from the Sargothian Empire in favor of primitive coal fired smelters and steam powered machines. When Guderian's minions discover a Dreamwielder on a seaside farmstead, a chain of events forces Guderian's new threat—the young Makarria—to flee from her home and embark
Bejaka Phoenix
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*I received this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

A lost princess, self-fulfilling prophecy's and magic - Dreamweilder is definitely a book that captures your intrigue from the first few chapters and is able to maintain it throughout. When Emperor Guderian issued the decree to eliminate everyone with magical abilities after hearing a prophecy of his demise at the hand of a sorceress, he unknowingly signed his own death at the hands of the most unlikely assassin. However, the
Robyn Bennis
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fresh and fantastic spin on steampunk! Set in a once-magical realm, where steam engines have replaced wizardry on the order of a vicious and totalitarian emperor, Dreamwielder follows Makarria, the last hope for stopping the extermination of magic-users.

Dreamwielder effortlessly blends genres. A chosen child navigates a grimy steampunk world lit by the fading glow of high fantasy. Although this is only the first book in the series, it's epic in its own scope, following multiple characters thro
Craig Comer
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dreamwielder is a ripping adventure set in an exciting world where technology and magic are at war. The plight of the characters, both heroes and villains, keep you turning the pages, as layers of a complex history and web of plots are revealed. If you like Steampunk, Sword & Sorcery, or just a flat out fast-paced adventure, you should check out this book!
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
This was a really good fantasy read. Very interesting premise.
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this story from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dreamwielder is a tale of a young girl forbidden to dream for what she dreams becomes reality and in her world, magic is dangerous for whoever wields it.

Makarria is a girl in her early teenage years, seemingly a farmers daughter but with a special gift. It doesn't take long to realise she is in danger nor that her powers are strong, when she brings back a loved one from death, she is forced to run with her gra
Varun Prabhu
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book engaged me right from the beginning. Written in a true omniscient point-of-view, which I prefer to read, the book had good plotting structure. It reminded me of the three act structure used in screenplays. Very good work by the author. Each chapter had its own arc, except for one or two. Each character had its own voice. There were some proofing errors but nothing that would distort the reading experience. Wish its paperback was available cheaply in India, would buy the entire book in p ...more
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
All reviews are first found on [a cup of tea and an armful of books].

Dreamwielder started in the middle of the action, set in a world that had already been conquered and one where magic is outlawed. I love that that it started in the middle, because we’re thrown into a world that is dealing with the aftermath of this–dealing with the aftermath of wars, usurpations, and failed rebellions–but that is not the entire focus of the novel. We meet Makarria, a girl who has strange power in her dreams, a
Lisa Eiff
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for sharing an honest review.

This book clearly fell very close to my own personal will house when it comes to selecting reading material. I tend to gravitate towards ya fantasy novels by default when selecting new reads in any library or book store. That being said, I really appreciated all the effort that went into writing this novel. You get to experience new lands, meet lots of new people and suffer or triumph right along with Makarria and her comp
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In a world where the Emperor's goal is to stamp out magic in his kingdom, Makarria has found out that she is a sorceress. Through her dreams, she has the magical ability to wield magic. When she magically made her grandfather young again, she and her grandfather run away to find a safe haven where she can control her abilities. However, Makarria quickly meets Princess Taera, and the two of them embark on a dangerous quest to defeat the evil emperor.

Makarria is a heroine that readers can relate
Gabrielle Messier
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm in love with the lore of this book! A page turner with a plot so captivating and complex that will make you keep reading till the end. Definitely recommend the title to science fiction/fantasy and young adult readers.

In this book there are sorcerers, but not the typical ones that can control the elements, yes, there are firewielders but there is so much more to them, there are for instance beastcharmers and of course as the name of the title suggest's it, dreamwielders. I was very surprised
Ash (essentiallybooks)
I received a copy of Dreamwielder from Diversion Publishing on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dreamwielder is an interesting high fantasy that is well-paced, although I had some problems that took away from my enjoyment of the book. Other high fantasy lovers might like this one more than I did, so I would certainly recommend giving it a try.

I think my main problem was with Makarria, one of the protagonists of the story. She seems very childish, and thus I had trouble relating to her.
A.D. Grey
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
**I want to thank NetGalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.**

This book had a very strong beginning, I was intrigued and curious to find out what was going to happen. But somewhere along the way I grew bored. Though I can't explain it properly. Overall the story was good, but it felt like it dragged on and on.

Don't get me wrong, I really like the concept. Sorcerers are hunted down and killed because one of the five Kings has a hatred for magic-but where does th
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
There were SO MANY characters in this story oh my. It took me such a long time to get into this book because of it, but that's okay, I can deal with that - Six of Crows was the same. When the characters started intertwining their stories it got better for a while, but still I think there were too many characters (including characters that weren't important to the plot at all... maybe this is just building up to the sequel? Which for me, shouldn't be the purpose of the first novel).

There were som
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it

A prophecy has declared that Emperor Guderian will be destroyed by a sorceress with royal blood. The Emperor has decided that he will destroy any magic from the empire and replace it with these steam driven machines. He has hounds all over the empire that detect the presence of magic. Makarria is a farm girl that has to flee from her home after performing a miracle involving her grandfather while she was asleep. It turns out she is a Dreamwielder, the most powerful form of magic. Makarria has to
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dreamwielder is a collection of nice parts which doesn't give an impression of outstanding work as whole, but nevertheless is a very decent fantasy.

What struck me as a very positive thing is that despite the main heroine being a young girl, there is no sheltering her from violence that is expected from a semi-medieval, paranoid, cruel dictator who hunts Makarria down.

Wolfram is twisted and very cold, he is the perfect villain, and the people who resist him separately suddenly find a cause and ho
Eric Scot Tryon
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I should preface my comments by saying that I don't normally read speculative fiction. Vonnegut, Bradbury, etc. are about as spec as I get, and I'm admittedly quite wary of getting bombarded with fantasy lingo I don't understand, LOTR references that fly over my head, and family lineages that require a corkboard and a stack of Post-its.
But Dreamwielder does none of those things. It's filled with honest, engaging, complex characters in a world rich with history and mystery, yet so real that you w
Juniper Nichols
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-met-the-author
For fans of Queen of the Tearling, I'll do you one better. I don't think I've ever seen such an imaginative "lost heir" story, and the magic system is like nothing I've seen before. Makarria is believable as a very young teen while still growing into amazing powers. It's difficult to write a character who can turn dreams into reality without turning her into a "Mary Sue" who can't fail, but Calcaterra pulls it off. Add to that a setting that is somewhere between medieval and steampunk, and you'v ...more
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it
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Ruby McDemon
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a different kind of story for me. I really enjoyed it though. Most of what I read are more mature works, but this felt like a mix of young adult and a bit of new adult. I liked the odd (for me) mix. While saving the 5 kingdoms and the unknown in everyone's lives was intense it wasn't overwhelming. This one story has made me curious as to the entire series and how everything is going to turn out.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm biased as the author is a friend of mine.

But as objectively as possible, I think this book is great. The world building is a treat, and the characterization well done. It's a hybrid of all my favorite efforts; a Moorcockian setting with Martinesque characters and Howardesque pacing; but it's not derivative. Calcaterra takes all these elements and makes them his own. This is fantasy at its best!
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great tale of a girl that comes of age and discovers that she is a sorceress. Makarria is a girl that ends up discovering her gift through dreams. She turns her grandfather into a young man again and they go on the run from a evil ruler that is determined to stomp out all magic in his kingdom. A must read for adventure lovers everywhere.
Rozalynd Gaubault
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, it had action, mystery, thrills, a whole new amazing world, there were highs and lows, but there was a nice balance between them. Would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It was definitely a page turner!!
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found this book on wattpad. what a gem I really hope he continues to write.found it very hard to put down.
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Garrett Calcaterra is author of the epic fantasy series The Dreamwielder Chronicles. His other books include Dreamrush, The Roads to Baldairn Motte, and Umbral Visions. His short work has appeared in numerous anthologies, speculative-fiction magazines, and literary journals, including Confrontation, Writers’ Journal, Black Gate, Wet Ink, Redneck Eldritch, and more.

Garrett previously taught c

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