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The Traveler

(Lost Empire #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Anissa Robson is becoming an adult in a society she never really identified with. Forced to choose a career path, she becomes an apprentice to a young, headstrong politician who seems to stand for everything she disagrees with. The dreams she has refused to report grow more alluring to her as she becomes disillusioned with her job. But the lines between reality and her dre ...more
Kindle Edition, 402 pages
Published January 21st 2017
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Katelyn Buxton
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars, rounding up to five.
(I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review, therefore these opinions are my own).

The Traveler is a thrilling ride. From the moment I first met Anissa, sitting on a piece of driftwood and looking out over the angry ocean, I knew wanted to learn more. Who is she? Why is she there alone? And then—why is she beginning her apprenticeship late? I also wanted to know more about her world. All the senses were used to describe the latter, and I felt
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Traveler is a difficult story to classify–in a good way. E.B. Dawson cleverly plays with reader expectations as the book unfolds. We meet our protagonist, Anissa, in a joyless, bureaucratic world of politics and secrets. The near-future tech-driven setting gives the impression that this is going to be a dystopian sci-fi novel, but as Anissa’s dreams of a different world become more and more vivid, the supernatural elements take the book in a different direction. The plot continues to take on ...more
R.M. Archer
At the beginning of this year I set a goal to read all of the Phoenix Fiction Writers' books that I could get in paperback, by the end of the year. If I remember correctly that list was 25 books long, and so far I've read three off the list (as well as four PFW books that weren't on my list, including a reread). I'm looking forward to significantly growing that number over the next few months, but for now I'm happy to focus on the lovely book that is The Traveler.

First off, I was immediately str
Mary Emma Sivils
Mar 04, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Traveler definitely has me interested in the rest of the Lost Empire series!
I was surprised by how much the plot dealt with politics, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed that. But the contrast of the two worlds--one sleek, urban, and monotonous, the other untamed and unpredictable--intrigued me the most.
Sometimes the writing style felt a little unpolished compared to what I'm used to from E.B. Dawson's work. It certainly wasn't enough to keep me from enjoying the story, but I think tha
emrys merlin
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Traveler is one of those rare books that is just as entertaining and suspenseful as it is philosophical.

Right from the get go we're introduced to an intriguing protagonist in Anissa Robinson, a quietly tough political apprentice who often talks before she consults her brain. I was immediately drawn to her determination to stand up for herself and her opinions even when it meant clashing with her boss- the young and rising political figure Eric Carson.

This brings up my next point, the charac
K.L. + Pierce
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Traveler takes you to another world and makes you analyze your own.

The book opens with Anissa Robson sitting on a piece of drift wood, staring out into the sea. In the first few pages I felt like I learned so much about her, while simultaneously wanting to get to know her more. I am very glad I did. She is both very strong, but very relatable. She's very stubborn and sometimes speaks before she thinks. But Anissa also has a compassion for the oppressed and doesn't hesitate to do her part in
Shannon Hiner
The Traveler by E.B. Dawson, is a sci-fi fantasy novel set in what feels like a futuristic, technologically-advanced world. Whether or not that world is our future, or another, remains to be determined.

Our main character, Anissa Robson, is starting in her new position as an intern to a politician. In this world, everything is automated and the people don’t dream. Literally, they do not dream. Except, Anissa has started to dream more and more frequently of another place, a simpler life in a glori
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 stars
The Traveler is a thoughtful story that draws some insightful parallels to our own world. It’s also not quite what you might expect from a fantasy novel, but that’s what makes it so refreshing. The story takes place in two different worlds, and protagonist Anissa has to navigate each one as she tries to find her place. Riyen is a world of structure, technology, and multi-storied buildings – a world very reminiscent of our own modern era but with a bit more of a dystopic edge. Then the
Janelle Garrett
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure where to start with this review. There were so many fantastic elements to this book. For starters, I think it can all be summed up in one line: "This story isn't about you." One character says it to another, and the truth hit me hard. It's so simple, yet so easy to forget. Each of our stories are so much bigger than we think, and the main character, Anissa, embarks on a journey to show just how true it is.

The descriptions in this book border on stunning. There were moments I felt l
Claire Banschbach
This was a crazy mashup of modern fantasy, scifi, and thriller. I liked the mix!

The premise of people being able to travel to a different dimension when they sleep was insanely cool. I loved the world of Angapo. It was definitely more interesting than the dreary world of politics that Anissa inhabited in her waking hours.

The plot took some crazy twists and turns. Definitely never boring! I liked Anissa. She had some very relateable moments as far as trying to function and process like a normal
Beth Wangler
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review)

After reading the first paragraph of this book, I had to pause and revel in the beauty of Dawson's words and world. This was such a beautiful book. The world-building was superb--whether I was in Riyan or in Anissa's dream world, I could clearly picture the setting in a way that made me fall in love with both worlds. The characters were also fantastic. I loved getting to know them, and like other reviewers, I was frustrated (in the
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of The Traveler for review. This book definitely strays outside of the typical realm of Fantasy books. If you are expecting high fantasy and a typical, historical/mid-evil type feel, you've probably picked up the wrong book but if you are looking for something fresh and new with a Sci-Fi feel and immersive settings, you are in luck.
The Traveler follows protagonist Anissa Robson, a refreshingly different kind of female protagonist, as she tries to settle into her life in
Faye Fite
Aaaaah! SO good. Those last few chapters were especially powerful. I can't wait for the second one. Full review coming this Monday. ...more
Erin Dydek
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: phoenix-fiction
The Traveler is a solid introduction to the world of Riyen. In this volume of the Lost Empire Trilogy, we get a taste for the politics, current issues, and day to day life. Anissa, however, doesn't seem to fit into the traditional mold for what is expected of a citizen of this advanced society of steel buildings and lack of trees. The world has left her out in the cold and her vivid dreams are the only way to escape her undesirable reality.

For starters, I enjoyed the pacing of this book. I had t
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I had a bit of trouble getting into this book for several reasons. The political angle isn't something I normally choose to read, and I think I would have preferred exposition in some of those conversations to come outside of dialogue. Initially, Anissa is a bit lost and uncertain of much besides that she is different than everyone else in society who happily rides the mass transit (rather than walking to work) and enjoys technology (she hates her smart house and seeks to turn it off in nearl
Renee Knoblauch
Dec 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is intriguing and trying to put my thoughts in words is hard. The book captured my attention immediately with the character. It was a bit of slow build up building on the main characters and plot. Usually, books like that I have a hard time getting into. Not The Traveler it flowed nicely and gave you enough to want to keep reading.

Anissa’s character was unique. She was the square peg in a circle peg world. She just didn’t fit and she knew it but wasn’t sure why. She was someone who fel
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Traveler is a book full of subverted expectations. We are introduced to a dull, grey, ordered world. Anissa Robson doesn’t quite seem to belong in this world of concrete and skyscrapers; her heart is drawn to the majesty of the wild ocean, the towering mountains that surround the futuristic city in which she lives. She is suffocated by the bureaucratic environment of her job, and finds respite when she escapes into the lush, green world of her dreams.

But are they only dreams?

Everything A
Dec 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
Dreaming, even remembering our dreams, is pretty common for most people. But what if our dreams were more than simply dreams? What if we could travel to another place that existed outside our dreams, interacting with others, learning from them? What if it were a real place, with real stakes, both within the dream world and the one we inhabit as part of our regular lives?

That’s the premise of The Traveler, and it is a highly engaging and absorbing book. Much of it is a bit confusing and disorient
Rebecca Tews
Dec 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea what to expect going into this novel. I knew the overall premise intrigued me, but that was about it. And I do have to say, the author did a really good job creating these two worlds--the "real" world and the world Anissa dreams in--and weaving them together. She had me at the edge of my seat, needing to know what happened. Well, she did in the second half of the novel. I felt that the beginning was a little slow, and I found myself having a hard time getting into it. However, when ...more
Patti Pierce
Dec 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Traveling to other worlds in your dreams creates an interesting premise for this book. This crosswords fantasy novel examines the modern state nation of Riven and Anissa Robson discovers she is dreaming while sleeping. In her dreams, she visits the world of Angapo. One of the interesting parts of this book comes from Anissa living in a smart house. When she crosses swords with the artificial intelligence controlling the house, she deals with extreme temperatures and more.

I love the plot and the
Connie Hill
Jan 02, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Traveler is written by E.B. Dawson. This is the first book in the Lost Empire series. This is the first book that I have read by this author. This is a fantasy book. This book was originally released in 2017. It got a new updated cover which draws you in.

In this story, we see Anissa. She lives in a state where you’re not allowed to dream. If you do they will give you medicine for it. After her mother passes she starts to dream of a jungle. Which at first is very odd to her. She travels betw
The Traveler is a dystopian fantasy. E.B. Dawson has created an alternate world and characters who travel between the worlds. Anissa travels between the worlds while she sleeps for a time she thinks she is just dreaming until a friend of her mother tells her differently and she learns to travel when she isn’t “sleeping.”
Part of the mystery in the story comes from not knowing who you can trust and who is lying. The story is well-written and draws the reader in.
Dawson, through the story, shows re
Carol Keen
Anissa, here is a growing and realistic heroine. Her world is full of politics, secrets, and darkness. Oh, does that sound familiar? Sure feels relatable to me! Then we add to that that she's dreaming of a better world. A world with hope, and changes. That takes a lot of things, but in this Sci-Fi setting, no one dreams. They sleep, but they don't dream. Anissa dreams. What will this mean for her, or the world she wants? This book is full of awesome character development. Included are some topic ...more
Dec 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This speculative fiction has a sort-of dystopian feel. It features very different societies—some more primitive, with the developed ones taking advantage of the simpler cultures—sadly, too much like our modern world. In fact, I think the author wrote this to explore that very issue as well as to tell an intriguing story filled with futuristic details, suspense, and intrigue. And just like in our current time, I could do without all the politics and the political “games.” This tale gives a view f ...more
Julia Garcia
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing

That was a ride if ever I took one. Absolutely thrilling story that started a bit slow, but then hooked me. Before I even realized it, I was at the end.

Things I liked:

1. Characters: I'm all about good characters and this book had plenty of them.

2. World-building: so many beautiful details woven throughout which made me feel that the places described were real places.

3. Plot: strong plot that picked up pace as the story went on. My favorite type of plot.

Things I didn't like:

-I already said
Ashley Dawn
Dec 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m going to start by saying I absolutely loved this books cover. It drew me in and then the story just let me intrigued. I liked how the author wrote and her characters.

Anissa was a good one, I liked how we met her and how we get to know more about her (while still wanting to know even more). The author dealt with some heavy topics well and I liked the faith involved. I liked the futuristic story here and I can’t wait for more.

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book v
S. M. Holland
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised by the Traveler. The author is very talented when it comes to imagery. I felt like I was there in the story, feeling the rain, taking in the smells, etc. There is also a fair bit of action in this book which I thoroughly enjoyed.
I highly recommend this unconventional sci-fi book if you enjoy action, surprises and strong imagery.
Emily Anne
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hello I didn't realize how much I would love this series. I read all three books in like a week and then forgot to update my goodreads. Also since I read all three books , one right after the other, it's just one continuous story in my mind and I can't tell you what happens I'm a failure there. But it's a decision I do not regret! ...more
Stephanie Miller
Nov 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
It took a while for me to get into it, but once I did I couldn't put it down! Great concept, great world building, and relatable characters. I will be watching for the next book, as it was left on a bit of a cliffhanger!

I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book. I am not required to leave a review.  The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Nov 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Traveler is the first start to E B Dawson’s Lost Empire series. It is, also, my first introduction to this author’s books. I would be interested in reading more by them in the future. This is not go to genre but this one really held my attention from the beginning. I enjoyed Anissa’s story. It had adventure and action. It was not one that I could easily predict, making me guess as to what was going to happen next. It was great.

I am giving The Traveler four and a half stars. I recommend it f
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