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It is said that dreams are just that: only dreams. But believe me, this is not always true. Some dreams are as real as the dreamer.
Thanks to their dreams, dreamers can receive the special visit of eternal wisdom that has inspired the creativity of great inventors, scientists, musicians, and even writers throughout the ages.
This creative wisdom is not always the type that appears to the eager conscience. Sometimes, a Defiler, a destroyer of dreams, is the one who tries to appear before the dreamer. These creatures were once humans, but they allowed their pain and desire for revenge to take over and seek the same miserable fate for the one who dreams.
You must not fear — Dream Guardians, also known as Kelsdrant, will always protect the one who dreams, even with their own life. They are people of flesh and bone, just like you and me, or at least they are on Earth.
The following story is dedicated to the fun, extravagant, and enlightening life of Julian Fox, the Dream Guardian.
Be prepared, dear reader. It is time to dream, laugh, reflect, and even maybe cry.
Welcome to the Land of the Wise Dreams.
This was an interesting read. I was intrigued that the author is hispanic as this group is underrepresented in english literature. Knowing this also helped make sense of a few unusual turns of phrase.
For me, the book seemed to start very slowly. It wasn’t until the fifth chapter when the action began that I really became interested. Homilies are frequently inserted in the dialogue and narration. The previous descriptions at times seemed too lengthy or at others terse and superficial. A few descriptions are quite amusing though.
I also had a lot of questions as I read. Most of these were eventually answered but not all…yet. Something that may help readers is knowing William, the father, really is an Englishman even though he also speaks German. Chapter 14 eventually clarifies that grandpa is English and grandma is German.
I felt sad for some of the humans tricked into entering the World of Dreams by the Defilers who embraced bitterness and became Defilers too. It was so sad to see them choose a life of never ending torment through selfishness and hatred.
Captivating imaginary creatures fill the Land of the Wise Dreams which interacts with our world through dream portals. I found the landscape fascinating too. I hope there are a few more places and new creatures to discover in a sequel.
Much of the book’s theme centers on peace between all human beings regardless of race, skin color, or culture. Admirable goal! Forgiveness is a more subtle theme. A forgiving heart is necessary for not only world peace but especially between family members and brothers who love to play tricks on each other.
“Peace is the best gift we can offer men, but also the most valuable gift that all human beings can give to each other.”
The book ends on a satisfying note with one romantic relationship. However there is a major set up in the last pages for a sequel.
The beauty in this book is seeing the characters grow through their relationships. I enjoyed the family relationships. Perhaps they were a little too perfect but the loyalty and love shown is inspiring. I also thoroughly enjoyed the romantic element!
I received a free advanced reader copy of this book. All opinions are completely my own.
Read an Excerpt
from Chapter 1: The Fox Family
There is no perfect family. This is a universal truth, but if the imagination of a pair of mischievous minds is added to reality, the result can be an explosive combination that shuts the door to normalcy.
Sonia and William’s marriage is an example of how patience can be extended to the absolute limits. After all, parental love can only tolerate so much nonsense from the ingenuity of their children, especially when they happen to be Julian and Nicholas Fox.
This outlandish story begins at the crazy end of a pleasant vacation. The two brothers, Julian and Nicholas, were enjoying the afternoon heat near the banks of the river that crossed their ranch. They lay in the shade of an enormous tree, listening to the torrent of water as if it were a magical lullaby.
Julian, the eldest, was twenty-one years old. He had just completed his university studies and the memories of experiences with his classmates were still fresh in his mind. Nicholas, the youngest and last of the two children, was twenty years old and he was still studying in college.
They stayed silent for several minutes with their eyes closed, hoping that a miracle would occur and the family vacation would continue for a while longer. But, resigned to returning home in just two days, they decided to make the most of nature’s sweetness.
About the Author
E. J. Miranda is an avid reader, an enthusiastic traveler, and a passionate author. Her great sense of humor and love for nature have granted her a rebellious writing style: Her approach describes the adventures of life but in such a way that each reader can have an individual take on the matter. Her inspiration comes from her curiosity about other countries’ cultures and peculiarities. A few countries in particular that spark her curiosity are Colombia, Italy, Costa Rica, England, Belgium, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. Her favorite places to visit are historical sites and museums, locations that allow her to explore important and even overlooked details. She currently lives with her husband in Colombia but frequently travels to Houston to visit her daughter and son. E.J. Miranda has a degree in tax accounting, but she prefers interacting with people to calculating their taxes. To learn more about her life and work, visit http://www.ejmiranda.com.
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