Book Review: Search for the Shadow Key by Wayne Thomas Batson

Posted March 1, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from HarperCollins International in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Search for the Shadow Key by Wayne Thomas BatsonSearch for the Shadow Key by Wayne Thomas Batson
Series: Dreamtreaders #2
Published by Thomas Nelson Inc on December 9th 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: HarperCollins International
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Book #2 in a trilogy from fantasy author Wayne Thomas Batson explores the concept of dreams and their effects on us.Fourteen-year-old Archer Keaton discovers he has the ability to enter and explore his dreams. He is a dreamtreader, one of three selected from each generation. Their mission: to protect the waking world from the evil lurking in the Dream.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 unleashed the Tendrils, shadow people who can cross over into the waking world. As Archer’s family and friends begin to disappear, unexpected help comes in the form of the Wind Maiden, a mysterious angelic being who seems to know how Archer can rescue his loved ones and defeat the new Nightmare King. But the cost may prove too dear for Archer to pay. Steeped in epic fantasy and intrigue, this second book in the Dreamtreaders series teaches kids important Christian values such as being a light in the darkness, resisting temptation, and keeping your faith, even when you feel like you’re standing alone. Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.375

“Search for the Shadow Key” by Wayne Thomas Batson is a fantastic novel. Arch Keaton is the only surviving Dreamtreader. Keaton is losing the nightly battle as there continues to be tears in the dream fabric. If these tears in the dream fabric can’t be stopped then everything will merge together with the world that is awake. It is hard to find other Dreamtreaders right now and Master Gabriel has promised that their is help coming. Can Archer and the Dreamtreaders prevent a new Nightmare Lord from taking over?

Batson does not disappoint with this new story. This story is definitely one that should satisfy fantasy fans. Without the first book, I wasn’t totally caught up to speed, so I had to play catch up in a way. I recommend that if you are going to read this book that you read the first one because it does pick up right in the middle of the series.

“Search for the Shadow Key” hooks the reader right away. It is so easy to get sucked into this story. Batson knows how to get a reader addicted. I love how Batson grows his characters. Archer becomes a stronger person throughout the story. These characters are so strong and dynamic. The characters make great role models. I love how this is a great fantasy story for young adults. It has great morals and is a lot of fun to read. I was very impressed.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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