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(The Dreamhunter Duet #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  3,539 ratings  ·  533 reviews
Laura comes from a world similar to our own except for one difference: it is next to the Place, an unfathomable land that fosters dreams of every kind and is inaccessible to all but a select few, the Dreamhunters. These are individuals with special gifts: the ability to catch larger-than-life dreams and relay them to audiences in the magnificent dream palace, the Rainbow O ...more
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published February 21st 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published April 27th 2005)
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Caz (littlebookowl)
Oct 10, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I will be doing a video review of this one very soon, so look forward to that!
Feb 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!!!
Recommended to Emma by: Amy Chow
A bit of background before we begin: Dreamhunter first came to my attention when I was talking to "Amy" the YA librarian at my place of employ. As a fellow fantasy fanatic she also thought I would admire the writing. I, however, did not remember to write down the title. A bit later, upon hearing about writing troubles I had been having, Amy once again recommended Dreamhunter. This time I immediately put the book on hold. And looking back now I am ashamed that I waited so very long to read it.

Laura and Rose are cousins and best friends. They also happen to be daughters of the most prestigious, famous family in Founderston—because Laura’s father Tziga, and Rose’s mother, Grace, are two of the most celebrated dreamhunters. Not only that, but Tziga Hame was the one who discovered the Place in the first place—a mysterious landscape that only a few can enter, where those with the dreamhunter ability can “catch” vivid, powerful dreams, bring them back to the rest of the world, and share th ...more
Oct 30, 2017 added it
Shelves: not-finished
Could not make myself get thru this. The story line was cumbersome and not very interesting.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Who Enjoy Fantasy with Some Philosophical Heft
On the island nation of Southland - a sort of alternative New Zealand settled by immigrants from both Britain and the Aegean island of Elprus - a strange phenomenon had been discovered. "The Place," as it was known, was an alternate dimension, existing alongside the everyday one in the Rifleman Mountains, and accessible only to a few. A strange, dusty world, constantly illuminated by a diffuse light, it was a source of incredible dreams - dreams that could be harvested by those known as Dreamhun ...more
Samantha Boyette
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In general I am the kind of person who reads a book once (which does nothing to change the fact that I must own every book I ever fell in love with), but there are a few books I have to pull out now and again to re-read. Dreamhunter is one of these books. It was a books that I stumbled upon with no prior recommendation and couldn't put down. On the cover it says it is "Book one of the Dreamhunter duet". Duet? Best thing to call a series of two books ever!

The book follows fifteen-year-old Laura H
Aug 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cassy by: Stephenie Meyer's website
“Dreamhunter” is an enjoyable and easy read. And its strength is the fantastic underlying premise. A mysterious lifeless land that only a handful people can enter to catch dreams and share with others – what an incredible concept! So, kudos to Knox for running with her imagination. Admittedly I had a harder time accepting some of her other creations, such as the character Nown – essentially a "man" conjured out of sand or whatever materials are around, but I trusted Knox enough to just go with i ...more
May 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
A little bit fantasy, a little bit alternate history, a little bit political thriller - not really enough of anything for my taste, but for some reason this book grabbed me and wouldn't let go. The setting is an island (New Zealand?) sometime in the early 20th century where everything is the same as our world, except there is an area where a few people can "catch" dreams and are then able to share them with others in public "performances." The language and pacing are evocative of the time and th ...more
I am being generous with two stars and that is only because the plot was original. Other than that I really did not like this one. There was a serious problem with under developed characters. I was unable to connect with any of them and actually disliked what little I did know. I did not care about the main issues presented and as the plot unraveled I was thinking "Who cares?". The whole "Nown" monster element was weird and too vague, and frankly I did not care one bit about what was going to ha ...more
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Dreamhunter is a YA fantasy that takes the genre back to its roots. Gone are the paranormal creatures that we know so well—Dreamhunter introduces a completely new concept. Elizabeth Knox blends the historical setting with the fantasy elements effortlessly, and the world she builds is absolutely incredible. The history of the Place and the dreamhunters is laid out expertly in the first few chapters, and every part of the story is described with vivid imagery.

Some readers may give up initially bec
Jan 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
I picked this up because its sequel won a Printz honor and a friend said I really needed to read the first book to understand the second (which brings up all kinds of Printz eligibility issues I won't get into here - but feel free to invite me out for a drink if you feel like getting all philosophical).

It took me a few chapters to get into the world and characters but once I did I found myself completely swept away by Laura and her eccentric family, the mysterious convicts and their desperate se
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the originality of this story and the ominous, otherworldly atmosphere. I did this on audiobook, for the most part, and Edwina Wren (wonderful name) did a fantastic job overall. I didn't love how she did NOWN or Maze Plasir, but otherwise it was a top notch reading and probably how I'll read the next book.
I wasn't a fan of the cliffhanger ending, and I didn't think the author developed the transformation of Laura from spacey follower to the person who makes such a world-shattering decis
May 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, aotearoa
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Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy-scifi
I haven't been this engrossed in a book in a long time, but Knox totally pulled me into this unusual fantasy. Her prose is sensual and spare at the same time, and she does an amazing job of evoking emotion and a sense of place with a few well-chosen words. She starts with a unique and intriguing premise - in a land somewhat like New Zealand at the turn of the 20th century, there is a place that only a few people can enter. In the Place no rain ever falls, the light never changes, and no flame ca ...more
Mar 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
Another book I really liked. I don't read lots of fantasy - it's all the same - dragons and magic trala. This one was different. The setting - New Zealand at the turn of the 20th century. The premise - there is a place where sensitives can capture dreams and may be able to transmit them to others. Intriguing. Throw in a little government corruption, romance, family relationships and gypsies and wow. I am looking forward to the next book in the series very much. ...more
This book was breathtaking! The world of the dreamhunters was vivid and real, reminiscent of Pre-WWI in our world, yet with a delightful twist. I loved all the characters, and was fascinated by the Place.

And then!

And then I discovered that it's not so much the first book in a two book "duet", but in fact the first half of one long book. I need the second, ASAP! I'm totally hooked!
Sep 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
having a hard time getting into this one. If it wasn't for all the great reviews on Goodreads, I would of stopped! I need to keep going. ...more
Courtney Johnston
Nov 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, fiction
In preparation for reading and reviewing a book of essays about New Zealand YA writing, I've been re-reading some books, starting with Elizabeth Knox's two-parter 'Dreamhunter' and 'Dreamquake'.

I bought and read both books when they first came out, and didn't like them much. I found them enjoyable enough - okay. Adequate, not satisfying - not as good as I wanted them to be. It was like going out to a really good restaurant, and having a really good meal, and then ordering a $22 dessert which sou
Kathleen Dixon
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Isn't it wonderful how one can keep finding excellent books?! I'm having a blitz on Elizabeth Knox at the moment, after receiving a copy of The Vintner's Luck purely by chance (no, that's not quite correct. It was purely by chance that I was present at a meeting where a book exchange was taking place, but as I had heard the title The Vintner's Luck it wasn't chance that caused me to take it with me).

I read The Vintner's Luck and loved it (review elsewhere), then borrowed The Angel's Cut and love
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I realise I'm coming off as the 5-star queen at the moment, fisting out those sparklies like 100s & 1000s on anything and everything but I swear it's not the case! Firstly, I choose well. Secondly, I read intentionally and well-armed. Admittedly those things may be the same ... whatever the case: I love Elizabeth Knox, so there.

Dreamhunter worked for me on soooo many levels. The premise: Dreamhunters? Holy crappers! I'm sold! Knox is the consummate world builder. Southland is vivid, familiar and
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The books are set in a fictional country called Southland (possibly drawn from Knox’s New Zealand origins) at the turn of the century (the last century—the early 1900s). The mores, dress and conduct are typical of that era, but what is atypical is the focus of the book, which is “the Place,” a land that lies outside of geographical boundaries. The main characters of the book, cousins Laura Hame and Rose Tiebold, are 15 when the first book opens, and they are shortly to have their “Try” at gettin ...more
actual baba yaga.
I was so intrigued by the premise of this book and the originality of its idea - and so disappointed in the execution. While I love descriptive, lyrical prose - Victoria Schwab, Maggie Stiefvater, Laini Taylor, and the like - DREAMHUNTER was overly-descriptive and the writing was just impenetrably dry. There was entirely too much telling, and some absolute abominations of sentences, such as this treat:

"A boy baiting hooks on a line wound out from a boat in the sea below the mountain saw the trai
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This novel is wonderfully imaginative, truly creating another world in which dreams might be real, might be the future, and seem to exist in little mappable pockets inside a conceptually unmappable piece of land with confines in this world and geography in another. The scope and awe inspiring imagination driving this book (and, I'm assuming, its sequel) remind me of the Northern Lights trilogy, and those are some of the most incredible books ever written for Young Adults (IMHO).
A mindblowin
Stacia (the 2010 club)
I wanted this book to be so much more for me. The idea of people being able to go into a mystical zone to "catch" dreams and share them with others sounded original and fascinating. Unfortunately, the story just didn't click with me. The father and aunt figure didn't give me the warm fuzzies, and the last half of the book had me scratching my head in some parts. This book gives a whole new meaning to the word sandman. ...more
Aug 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
This was another book recommended by Stephenie Meyer. It took me about a week to get through it. I really enjoyed it but it was a book I could put down. I wish I had the second book so I could keep reading as this book ends with nothing resolved and so many questions left unanswered. Can't wait to start Dreamquake. ...more
Sean Williams
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Slow to get going but full of character and unique world-building. I'm a big fan of Elizabeth's books. No one writes like her. ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an amazing, intricate fantasy story, and to be honest it's more of a 4.5 rating for me than a 4! I would call it kind of a cross between urban fantasy, dystopian and historical fiction (though the fact that it was meant to be set in the 1920s was actually my least favourite part about this book, because the fantasy world setting made it seem unnecessary to try and establish a set time period). I LOVED THIS BOOK. Dreams fascinate me, and this book plays with how they could be used a ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Dreamhunter exists in an utterly strange world unlike anything I could ever imagine. What if some dreams were not merely dreamed, but things to be hunted and captured? What if these special dreams may be found in the Place, which only a few can enter and of these, even fewer can bring these dreams into the regular world? What if layers of bureaucracy have been installed around this phenomenon? What if, even after all this, there is a mystery so mysterious it's uncertain what exactly this mystery ...more
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I’m not really sure what to say about this one. Mostly because even though I finished it yesterday, I still don’t know how I feel about it. So I’m just going to make a list of the things I liked and didn’t like, because I give up on trying to form coherent thoughts about it.

-The idea of dreamhunters--seriously, I think it’s a really awesome idea: people who can catch dreams with differing effects and share them with others.
-The Place--again, a really awesome idea. It’s where dreamhunters g
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Elizabeth Knox was born in Wellington‚ New Zealand‚ and is the author of eleven novels and three novella and a book of essays.

Other books in the series

The Dreamhunter Duet (2 books)
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