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(The Dreamhunter Duet #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,871 ratings  ·  326 reviews
The dreamhunting began as a beautiful thing, when Tziga Hame discovered that he could enter the Place and share the dreams he found there with other people. But Tziga Hame has disappeared and Laura, his daughter, knows that the art of projecting dreams has turned sour. On St. Lazarus's Eve, when elite citizens gather at the Rainbow Opera to experience the sweet dream of Ho ...more
Hardcover, 449 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Mr. Sandman
Recommended to Mariel by: sheep counters
I would have written a disappointed if (okay, trying to be fair) optimistic review of Dreamhunter: book one if I hadn't finished Dreamquake: book two first. It wasn't over yet and could still have emotional weight. I'm harder on the series than I would have been if the potential hadn't been there to be good, and if the second book didn't piss me off so very much. Why should I care if I'd been duped into reading yet another tomb of how great insipid fifteen year old girls are? And the many men wh ...more

Part 1: The Spoiler-Free Review

Ana’s Take:

Dreamhunter and Dreamquake are the two Fantasy novels that form the Dreamhunter Duet – they have been originally published separately but are effectively one story in two parts, hence this combined review. The two books were actually published in Australia as one omnibus edition called The Invisible Road.

The Dreamhunter Duet is set Southland, an alternate version of a New Zealand that has been colonised
May 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Emma by: Amy Chow
I don’t make a habit of rereading books. And yet I have wanted to reread not one, but two books in the past month almost as soon as I completed my first reading. They were that good.

The first of these two extraordinary books was Dreamhunter by New Zealand author Elizabeth Knox (alternately known as The Rainbow Opera in the UK). The second, and perhaps this isn’t a great surprise, was Dreamquake also by Elizabeth Knox. Together, these titles create The Dreamhunter Duet.

Dreamquake (which I believe
Oct 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 16 and up
Shelves: 2010
Wow! This one is raising some great ethical questions as well as keeping me up at night! And it did until the very end! I convinced my bookclub to read this duet because I am excited to talk to someone about it. Anything that involves bridging time and different "worlds" will bring up many "what ifs" and "buts". The story also explores fate vs. free will - one of my favorite themes. There is one scene that will make the chaste squirm (as it did me :o) - but it is not gratuitous - which is anothe ...more
Oct 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-authors
Outstanding! What a beautiful, complex, richly written fantasy! I only found this book and the first (Dreamhunter) because Stephenie Meyer recommended them on her site. Thanks and kudos to her for recommending some great books (that and Hunger Games). Dreamhunter was really well done, but reading this second book in the "duet" was more satisfying since we could start seeing where all of it was going. There were so many questions, so many mysteries. It all finally came together, with little piece ...more
Pam B Morris
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The sequel to Dreamhunter, this book lives up to and goes way beyond the depth and excitement level of the first. I loved it! Laura is on a quest to discover what The Place is and why it exists. Her companion is a man made of sand left to her by her missing father. Sounds weird, huh? So many plot twists and character surprises and well, don't want to spoil the fun. Only a two book series, I place these two books on my top YA reading list, along with The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaimon and The Dar ...more
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet opens in the chaos that ends the first book. It’s a little hard to understand if you haven’t read the first book, but essentially, Laura Hame’s protest against the government’s exploitation of dreams, in the form of a terrible nightmare, has shocked the patrons of the dream palace. The story follows not just Laura but her cousin Rose and her aunt, renowned dreamhunter Grace Tiebold, in the confusion that follows, as well as the government’s investigat ...more
Superbely beautiful, Dreamquake lives up to its predecessor. Continuing off right after the events of Dreamhunter, Dreamquake is an excellent sequel that follows the lives of Laura, Sandy and Rose and gives all the answers to those questions we just have to know.
Characters? Considering this is a sequel, most of the characters remain the same and I still love all of them. Especially Sandy <3
Plot? While Dreamquake does start off slow at first, it picks up speed and races off near the midway point
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excuse me if this is incoherent. The tears are barely drying up on my cheeks just now. This isn't the first time I read this book, the first time being the blessed day a book with the lovely name of "The Rainbow Opera" caught my eye at a used bookstore. I went to the library beside that bookstore, and borrowed the series then and there.

Set in 1902 (most of it), it wasn't always easy to read every word of the book. You know how some YA books are effective in translating the atmosphere and settin
Oct 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, anyone who reads for "atmosphere"
Whoo Hoo! Today it won a Printz Honor! I honestly forgot by the fall that this was published in 2007, because I read it so early in the year. Both DREAMQUAKE and DREAMHUNTER are books that I gobbled down. I read the first one late in 2006, and waited with bated breath for the 2nd one. It did not disappoint me in any way! Anyone who likes fantasy at all and likes to read for atmosphere needs to read this book! It's a unique and fascinating story with memorable characters, and the titles are very ...more
Mar 30, 2011 rated it liked it
It's funny---it took me about 100 pages to get rolling with Dreamhunter (Book One), but Dreamquake did the opposite and slowed down for me as I went along. There are good things about this book, but I suppose I'll begin with what I found disappointing. Though there are some good characters (Dr. King, whom we meet in this book, is a lot of fun); unfortunately not counted among them are the heroine and her paramour. The romance between them is also pretty lackluster. There's something odd about th ...more
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Read 'Dreamhunter'
Elizabeth Knox returns to the world of Southland (a sort of alternative New Zealand) in this second installment of her Dreamhunter Duet, and the result is a fantasy that is every bit as complex, thought-provoking, and emotionally satisfying as the first. Picking up a little before the conclusion of the previous book, Dreamhunter , and running through the same sequence of events, but from Rose and Grace Tiebold's perspective, rather than Laura's, Dreamquake soon had me as engrossed as the firs ...more
Sep 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read this book and its companion, Dreamhunter after reading some enthusiastic praise from a librarian friend, and they didn't disappoint. The stories take place in early 20th century New Zealand but with a slight twist to reality: there is an area called the Place, accessible only to a handful of people, where dreams can be "caught" and carried back out to the rest of the public. These dreams can be broadcast by the sleeping dreamhunter to anyone physically nearby. Some are delightful dreams, ...more
Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it
First, read my review of the first book, Dreamhunter. *waits for you to read it*

Okay, I know, like, 99 percent of you didn’t actually go and read my other post. But basically, the same things I thought about the first book hold true for the second. There were a lot of really cool concepts, a pitch-perfect writing style, and some awesome characters (Rose! Chorley!), but there were also some characters I never grew to like. And it’s a bit difficult to really like a book when the main character gra
Jan 27, 2010 rated it liked it
My feelings about this book match my feelings about its predecessor, Dreamhunter. I think the idea was great, but I personally did not care for the author's execution of the idea. The pacing was erratic, the main character infuriating, and many of the scenes of the book seemed to have no relevance to the plot. One thing that frustrated me was that the beginning of this book pretty much negates the significance of the climax in the first book, and that's annoying when you've just spent hundreds o ...more
Kim Falconer
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this final of the Duet very satisfying. Knox has a mature and graceful style that lulls you into the world without a hitch. The seamless quality of the dreams within the story and the truth of the Place, the Nowns, everything left me feeling fulfilled though my heart was very much with Nown #9 and I wanted . . . more for him. That's just me and my quirky wish fulfillment with unusual guys :)

What can I say? A beautifully written book and strong conclusion to the Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox series. A new fav aut
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi, ya, printz
Oh my! I have to admit, I'm usually pretty good at seeing where the twist will come in a book, but I was blindsided by this one, which both impressed me and made me enjoy the book (both of them, really) all the more. A beautiful world with a beautiful story and wonderful characters. ...more
Oct 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
I think Elizabeth Knox may have lost a fight with her publishers on the release of Dreamquake. As I read the book, I couldn't get over the feeling that it would have worked so much better if it was published together with Dreamhunter as one, long novel. This is not to say that I enjoyed either volume less for their separation -- but I also read the books back-to-back. I think the cliffhanger ending of Dreamhunter would have had me completely undone if I didn't know the companion novel was waitin ...more
Apr 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
The beginning opens with a recap of the ending of Dreamhunter through the eyes of others involved in the incident at the Rainbow Opera. This was fine, but it made it a little hard to care, as Knox jumped from person to person, not spending enough time with any one character to actually connect with them. Once she was finished giving a full retelling, she then progressed through time so fast it felt like nothing was happening. Something happened, and then two months later something else happened. ...more
Kathleen Dixon
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've just written a review for Dreamhunter so don't want to repeat all the reasons I loved this "duet", suffice it to say that this book pleased me equally.

After a dramatic ending of the first book, this one follows on beautifully. It develops the characters and the plot further, and gives answers to some intriguing hints that weren't elaborated on in the first, so that by the end it all makes sense.

I also read this one from going-to-bedtime until I finished it.
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Picking up right where Dreamhunter left off, Dreamquake introduces the story in the middle of Laura hijacking her Aunt Grace's dream at the Rainbow Opera. Although the events are familiar from the last book, the character focus here is different, allowing the reader into the heads of everyone else who was involved in that fateful evening. Laura's act of terrorism doesn't bring about the results she was hoping to see, but Laura persists in her quest. She finds the conspiracy runs much deeper than ...more
allie burke
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much; it is one of my favorite YAs hands-down. It is so different, and so unique; it closes up stylistically. I had my reservations about the first book, the first half having been told in quite an awkward way, but it would seem that in the second half of the first book Knox gets a handle on her style, and in Dreamquake, she comes in full force.

It's almost as if Knox successfully told the story that McMann tried to tell in Wake, which was pretty terrible if only because it
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Clarice by: Lucy
Shelves: at-the-library
For anyone who ever wants to write books, there are always those books that you run into that make you both inspired to go for it and see what comes out and completely and utterly depressed because there is no way that your brain could come up with as fantastic and perfect and intricate and wonder-filled of a story as you have just finished reading.

This is how I feel right now. Elizabeth Knox's story that is technically a young adult story... is simply an amazingly crafted and imagined story. I
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the first book in this duet, and I was mildly optimistic for the second one. But not only did this book far exceed my expectations, it pretty much blew me away. The depth of what the author set out to do in this work doesn't fully hit you until the end of the duet. Yet the final revelations literally make you gasp out loud. It's hard to explain how profound this work really is, but I can honestly say I've never read anything quite like this before. There are moments in the two b ...more
Bonnie Brien
Nov 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
This is the second book of a two book series. First let me say that Stephenie Meyer's recommendations are not infallible. Oh well. The plot of this duo was actually pretty fascinating and well done. Why only two stars? I didn't gain this opinion until after I'd finished all 800 and something pages, meaning that once I had all the pieces I could reflect that the plot was creative and well done, which is too long to wait. But mainly a low rating because of the characters. Blech. I did NOT like any ...more
Sep 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is the conclusion of an amazing journey for Dreamhunter Laura and company. The book has some very interesting twist and I’m sure will keep the readers eager for more and more... Even though is a great story I found myself bored in some chapters, I guess I was looking for more action and less “drama”. I still love the characters and I loved “Nown” even more than before! And of course Sandy, Rose, Grace, Tziga...pretty much everyone! I love how it pretty much concludes everything…how I got al ...more
I'd forgotten the details of how this ended, so I was gripped and delighted and thoroughly satisfied all over again. These books are just beautifully deep - in ideas and in the elegance and details of the prose - in a way that leaves me replete where more quick-march action-slick stories still leave me hungry.

It's a story about the power of dreams, perhaps. Or it's a story about golems. Or it's a story about how, when you pull on a thread, you cannot possibly know how much fabric you might unrav
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesomely weird. Involved and intricate fantasy world based on New Zealand (no indigenous population which is strange but given the number of Aussie UK and USA books in which you might surmise the same…) involving golems, (sorta) debutantes and a sort of alternative history of film/movies vs dreams (i.e.–what if you could project dreams like films–fabulous because my favourite films are all very dream-like) BUT the main reason it gets five stars is the writing, which is astonishingly good.
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Aug 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I really enjoyed this sequel to Dreamhunter. I spent nearly all day today reading it. It picks up right where Dreamhunter ended and it kept my interest through the entire book. If you enjoyed Dreamhunter I think you'll be glad you read the sequel as it answers many questions about dreamhunters and The Place.

Content warning - this book is classified as Young Adult but does contain 2 things I wouldn't want my daughter reading - One totally unneeded reference to a guy liking it when a girl put her
Nov 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I had a really hard time starting this book. The previous one ended so violently that I really wasn't sure I wanted to continue the series. However, Elissa said that it really picked up and to presevere. I am glad I did, though I might have to reread the ending to try and figure out all that happened. A very thought provoking book and worth the read. ...more
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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.

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