Title: Reswyt (Dreamline – Book 1)
Author: David Mayer
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Genre: Fiction /Parnormal Fantasy
Print Length: 357 pages
List Price: $0.99 (normally $3.99)
Source: Amazon.com Purchase
Reviewer: D.S. White
In this spellbinding new paranormal fantasy novel, Sabine Jahn has more than an average teen’s share of problems. She’s been forced to leave behind everything she knew growing up in Oregon to start high school as a transfer student in California. She’s lost her father to an automobile accident, and her grandfather, preeminent Egyptologist Daniel Jahn, has mysteriously disappeared. She hasn’t slept in months, and no one can tell her why. And now, as she sits in detention for dozing off in class again, she finds herself drifting from her Cameron High detention hall to a vast, eerie forest where immense astral wolves roam past her.
Sabine has discovered a way to enter a realm where dreaming minds appear nightly as noble hawks, fierce wolves, and stalwart bears. She learns that the wild, beautiful world she has found is slowly becoming corrupted by the acts of a dead mind trapped within it. Now, the fate of that realm – and our own world – rests in the hands of Sabine, a long-dead French soldier, an Egyptian god, and a mysterious, profoundly gifted boy trapped between worlds.
“Glimmering with delightful insight and historical detail…Egyptology opens the door to a magical dreamland in Mayer’s young adult fantasy novel.” – Rebecca Cramer, Kirkus Reviews
“Five stars! I highly recommend it!” – Crystal Newman, The Kindle Book Review
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Brummbar smiled, “I could probably use his help here,” he said. “Here’s the problem. As long as everyone here is an unconscious mind, the system works. You don’t ever think to test the physical boundaries of your environment in a dream for a reason: you’re dreaming. Your entire experience exists within the parameters of the dream itself. People even have a term for it: dream logic. It’s where you’re at a school assembly, and everyone’s wearing a paper bag on his head except for you, and you don’t question it; those are the parameters of the dream.
“Now imagine that your conscious mind enters that same dream. You’re going to take thoughtful action. Maybe you’lll explain to the school assembly that they all look ridiculous. Maybe you’ll go down to the cafeteria and get a bag for yourself. The options are virtually endless, but they’ll involve you violating the logic of the dream. You’re one level of thought and action up from everone else here, Sabine, and what you can do here looks impossible to others; it breaks all of those dream logic rules. It, is, quite simply, magic.”
David Mayer is a storytelling genius! I am a person who loves words and so it seems does David, so just reading the words he chose to draw you into a scene or describe emotions or scenery was a joy for me. As I sat here reading, my daughter was speaking to me and I didn’t even hear her. Not since the days of my first discovering E. Lynn Harris have I been sucked into an author’s world like this. Reswyt’s storyline is imaginative and thought provokingly deep all at once. The characters were so real you either loved them or hated them. Even more than that, I liked the fact that being a male, the author was sensitive enough to get into the mindset of teenage girls and portray them realistically.
There are so many theories of where we go or what happens to us when we go to bed at night. From all the scary movies to the folklores to religion. This is a fresh take that we are offered in Reswyt, that the sleeping minds of children take shape as animals. No matter what shape or form, I’m glad the author alludes to the fact that there is always an ongoing spiritual/mystical battle for the souls of our children.
This book is great for anyone who loved The Mummy movies or the Mannequin or Raiders of the Lost Ark. All of which I loved. One part mysticism, one part adventure, one part heart tuggingly romantic storyline.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David Mayer is a Denver entrepreneur and part-time archaeologist with an MA in anthropology. While attending the MA program at the University of Colorado in 1999, he won the Duane Quiatt Award for Excellence in Anthropological Writing, and soon after he became interested in writing fiction with an anthropologist’s perspective.