Magic, romance, and intrigue collide in Lindsay Smith’s sparkling fantasy espionage thriller, Dreamstrider.
Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject’s body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.
A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.
Smith’s imagined world blends elements of real cultures (past and present), making the world of Dreamstrider easy to slip into. Her inspiration shines through, where you can see elements of the Far East and Soviet cultures blended with fantasy to create a realm where dreams hold power over entire societies.
Smith has already proven herself highly skilled at writing politically-charged spy novels, with her duology Sekret and Skandal. With Dreamstrider, she takes those same elements and applies them to an imagined realm filled with magic that elevates the intrigue to a whole new level. At every turn, she keeps readers on their toes and second-guessing both where the story is going and who can (or cannot) be trusted. The result is an edge-of-your-seat reading experience with truly unexpected twists that continue to unfold right up until the very end.
Dreamstrider is in stores now.