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The Traveler

(Lost Empire #1)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  19 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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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
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
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
Hannah Heath
Aaaaah! SO good. Those last few chapters were especially powerful. I can't wait for the second one. Full review coming this Monday.
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
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
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
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.
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!
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was so good, people. The characters were excellent and unique, the story and themes were captivating, and the world was intriguing. You can't get much better than that!

Anissa is a refreshingly unique character. I have to admit that I'm tired of every main character (especially younger characters) knowing exactly what he or she believes and wants. As a young adult myself, I cannot relate. I still have a lot to figure out.
But Anissa is different. She has a strong moral compass and will a
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