What if it were possible to live two very different lives in two separate worlds?
What if the dreams you awaken from are the fading memories of that second life?
What if one day you woke up in the wrong world?
Only one person in a generation may cross the barrier of dreams to reach the other world—a world of war-scarred countries and fallen faiths. When a Chicago-born journalist finds himself on the far side of his dreams, he must hurl himself into battle to save a princess from her own people, two worlds from annihilation, and himself from a dream come way too true.
“…its gut-rending emotions remind me of the Shakespeare tragedies I read in college. Its war scenes remind me of Lord of the Rings, complete with impossible odds and life-changing decisions. And its jewels of wisdom remind me of the works of C. S. Lewis.”
“From hydraulic pistols to steam-driven cable cars, this felt like a fresh and creative world—one running parallel to our own.”
“K.M. Weiland writes without holding back. She pours an onslaught of visual and emotional power into each scene with a style that slams you between the eyes, knocking you into worlds as dangerous as they are beautiful.”
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CIR: You have written many books. Do you have a process you use?
WEILAND: Although every book is a unique adventure, my writing process remains pretty much the same from book to book. After an idea has time to really brew in my head (often for several years), “I’ll sit down and write an in-depth outline. Then, once I know the gist of the story, I’ll settle in for necessary research, which usually takes at least three months. The first draft generally takes me about a year. Editing is where the journey really begins. Most of my stories are in various stages of editing for several years.
CIR: Are there common themes in your books?
WEILAND: Guilt and redemption are themes I keep returning to again and again in all my stories.
CIR: And how do you hope that will impact your readers?
WEILAND: Above all, I want to give readers two things: an entertaining, emotional ride, and something to think about long after they’ve closed the back cover.
**Note: This novel contains no swearing or sex of any kind, but the sword-fighting battle scenes may be upsetting to some readers. Consider this rated PG-13 for violence only.
Lia London, host of this site, has read this book and recommends it as a brilliant fantasy adventure for adults. See review here.