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Search for the Shadow Key

(Dreamtreaders #2)

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The Nightmare Lord has been thrown down, but his throne is no longer empty. Rigby Thames has taken up the evil mantle with Kara Windchil as his queen. Now the only living dreamtreader, Archer Keaton finds himself on the outside of two worlds looking in. Dream Walking Inc. is taking the world by storm, allowing Rigby to build an unstoppable empire. Worse still, Rigby has un ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 16th 2014 by Thomas Nelson (first published December 1st 2014)
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Grace
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
After reading Dreamtreaders, the first book in this series, I was concerned that I wasn't going to like Search for the Shadow Key for several reasons, mainly for lack of themes and semi-flat characters. However, it turned out to be much better than I had expected.

Plot
Overall, I think the plot in this book was smooth and clear. It wasn't too confusing or too simple. There were a few plot twists near the end that surprised me, and although some could consider them 'convenient', they didn't both
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Kailey (BooksforMKs)
I'm so in love with this series! The dreamscape is incredibly imaginative. There's always something new to discover beyond what we've already seen in the first book. The plot keeps me guessing the entire time, and the action just never stops. I love every single character, both the old characters from the first book and the new characters that are introduced. This second book is just as good as the first book in the series, which doesn't happen often with series.


I was so inspired by Archer's cou
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Sydney
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Continue on a journey into the world of dreams in book two of the Dreamtreaders series, Search for the Shadow Key. This delightful read continues the story of Dreamtreader Archer Keaton and his sister Kaylie, as well as several more fun characters. The plot twists and turns will keep readers on edge as they anticipate the next events to take place in the story. Author Wayne Thomas Bates has written a captivating sequel to book one that will keep teens entranced for hours leading them to want to ...more
A. G.
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s been several months since Archer Keaton destroyed the Nightmare Lord, and now it seems that nightmares have come to an end in the Waking World. In the Dream, however, things aren’t so simple. Breaches are multiplying, and the Dream is moving ever closer to a Rift. On top of that, Archer’s nemesis, Rigby Thames, has released the Scath on the Waking World; their goal is to make life miserable for Archer. When strange things begin happening to Archer’s friends and family, he is forced to make ...more
Sarah TheAromaofBooks
3.5/5

Good story, intriguing concept, builds on first book well - rather abrupt ending that definitely goes straight into the third book rather than concluding on its own.

Also, while I'm not a fan of swearing in books, I am definitely not convinced that "snot rockets" is an improvement over a nice, old-fashioned "damn." Or even darn. Or rats. Or gee whilikers. Basically anything other than snot rockets would have been fabulous. It brought the maturity level vibe of this book wayyyy down.

Full revi
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Cassie Lanning
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Actual rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars
WOW. This was an amazing book. I liked it so much better than the first one, and here's to hoping the third one is the best one.
All the action scenes in this book were so much better. And man, that plot twist at the end. I wasn't expecting that at all. I loved this book so much more than the first one.
Lorraine Montgomery
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free from BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Search For The Shadow Key, 2nd in Wayne Thomas Batson's Dreamtreaders series, is a fast and thrilling ride through the two separate worlds of the Waking and the Dream. The hero of the story is Archer Keaton, a Dreamtreader, one who has been "called on [a] journey to fulfill the creeds and turn aside darkness so that mankind may have hope and truth". He can spend up to 11 hours in the Dream where he has amazing abili
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Gabriellyn
AGHH! SOOO amazing!
Lisa Johnson
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Title: Search for the Shadow Key (Dreamtreaders Book #2)
Author: Wayne Thomas Batson
Pages: 336
Year: 2014
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 4 stars.
The Search for the Shadow Key is a fast-paced fantasy thriller that brings back Archer Keaton to the World of Dreams, but this time facing greater challenges than before. Archer is now the only Dreamtreader left to prevent a rift from happening, which would merge the Dream and reality together to create a chaotic nightmare for the world. Dangers, tri
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Brenten Gilbert
I have long wanted to dig into a Wayne Thomas Batson series. Or even a single book. And this is one of those cases when it was worth the wait. (And it will probably encourage me to continue reading through Batson’s older catalogue while anticipating any future releases). This trilogy takes us on an imaginative journey into the world of our dreams. Actual dreams, not like, if I could dream up a world, it would look like this... although, I guess there is a lot of crossover between the two concept ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Search for the Shadow Key
Dreamtreaders Book 2
By Wayne Thomas Batson

Some doors should never be opened...

As the only surviving Dreamtreader Archer Keaton is losing the nightly battle to seal all the breaches in the Dream Fabric. And if Archer can't stop the breaches the Dream Realm and the Waking World will merge and reality will be lost to the dream.

But Dreamtreaders can't be found easily and they need training but time is a luxury Archer doesn't have and neither do we. Master Gabriel has promise
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(Jen) The Artist Librarian
3 & 1/2 stars.

Wayne Thomas Batson burst onto the publishing scene ten years ago with a "Narnia-esque" novel, The Door Within and quickly established himself as one of the top Christian Speculative authors for middle grade fiction. While I don't think this is his best work (in my opinion, that goes to his Pirate Adventures books), Search for the Shadow Key is a fast paced, contemporary fantasy ideal for reluctant readers.

The primary reason I categorize this novel as being for middle grade rel
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Just Commonly
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Yes, you already know that I liked this book. One can even say eventually I might come to love it. Why, you ask? Let me let you in on a little secret. When I first read The Hunger Games, I was confused, but I enjoyed it. Did I love it? No. Do I love it now. Many times over, YES. It took the second time I read the book, for me to fully appreciate and LOVE it. The Dreamtreaders series is just that. I'm pretty sure I'm going to love it by the time I re-read the series. Like The Hunger Games, The Dr ...more
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Search for the Shadow Key is the follow up to last year's hit Dreamtreaders. Just like the first book it is a fast-paced fantasy that is sure to capture the attention of teens and tweens alike. While it is a fantasy type of book it has a very practical message that should strike a cord with the youth in the real world.

If your son or daughter has ever been in a situation where they faced temptation and had to make a decision that would perhaps have uncomfortable results then they will surely rela
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Melissa
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow. I really enjoyed this book. What a great message for our young people. The author has written a book that I believe will capture the imagination and heart of many young readers…even us older ones.

This book had me hooked from the first page with Archer working at keeping the Dream and the real world from colliding. Archer is a typical fifteen-year-old boy, kind of. He deals with liking a girl that doesn’t like him yet he also has this great responsibility as a Dreamtreader that most kids don
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Liz Cleland
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Search for the Shadow Key by Wayne Thomas Bratson was on my TBR for this month. It Starts out with the main character, Anchor, who just so happens to be a Dreamtreader! At first I was really confused because this book does jump from dreamland to reality. In between these realms it has laws and creeds characters must abide by. Luckily half way through the novel it starts to pick up because you are thus familiar with the two worlds and things start to make sense. As Anchor mends the dream world yo ...more
Rachel
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
With an allegorical struggle between right and wrong and mysteries around every corner, Batson has created another fun, engaging fantasy novel. The messages and duties carried by the Dreamtreaders is something every person is called to and this novel gives it life with Archer's work in the Dream. Rigby's greed mixed with his desire to save someone he loves, gives the character a sympathetic feel even for all the evil and greed he enacts. The story struggles between Archer's family and his job as ...more
Bethany Phillips
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was SO awesome.

This book takes place about a year after the first book I think. I enjoyed this book more than the first book. This one I had a hard time putting down.

I love Archer and how dedicated he is to protecting the dream and the dreams of all people. How he tries to stop any plans that might disrupt the dream.

I loved most of the characters but there were some I disliked until we get to the end where we learn something about one of them and kinda makes it hard to believe that
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R.M. Lutz
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-on-blog
A good follow-up to "Dreamtreaders", the stakes are higher than ever. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed "Dreamtreaders". You might be able to hop into the series with this book, but I'd recommend reading them in order. (Like Christian Fantasy and Sci-fi? Check out full length reviews at my blog, thebookhoundchristianspecfic.blogspot.com).
Annie Kaye
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hate-it
I have to say, the first book was much better. In this one, the pace was slow and a lot of unnecessary things were described. I got bored half way through. So I did the worst.


I skimmed.


For the very first time. Its probably because of the fact that as I'm writing this, I'm in a reading slump. But I had to finish this book. So yeah. That's all I have to say.
Glenn
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Wanted to rate it 3.5 stars - yes the book is a good read, yes the story hassome good twists and turns, but I found it slow at the start... and yes - I am looking forward to the final book. Any book by Wayne Batson is a good read...
Myrna
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: evan
I can not believe where this book ended. Better hurry with the next book.
Denise Barela
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The second book was just as good as the first! I love how Wayne Thomas Baston is developing the the plot! I highly recommend!
Bethany
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
My rating is technically 4.5
Great characters and plot. I could see the plot ending of the second half of the book from a mile away even though it was satisfying to see it follow through.
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