Review: The Lost Dreamer by Lizz Huerta

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆
Title: The Lost Dreamer
Author: Lizz Huerta
Series: The Lost Dreamer Duology #1
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Elisa Melendez, Inés del Castillo
Length: 10 hrs 52 mins
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); Macmillan Audio
Release Date: February 28, 2022
Source: Libro.fm influencer program
Recommended for fans of: Raybearer, Gods of Jade and Shadow
Content Warnings: emotional abuse, pregnancy, child abuse, animal cruelty, animal death, kidnapping, death, child death, gaslighting

SYNOPSIS

A lush, immersive debut fantasy about a group of women whose way of life is threatened by a new king; a fierce celebration of community, sisterhood, and finding our power.

Indir is a Dreamer, descended from a long line of seers; able to see beyond reality, she carries the rare gift of Dreaming truth. But when the beloved king dies, his son has no respect for this time-honored tradition. King Alcan wants an opportunity to bring the Dreamers to a permanent end―an opportunity Indir will give him if he discovers the two secrets she is struggling to keep. As violent change shakes Indir’s world to its core, she is forced to make an impossible choice: fight for her home or fight to survive.

Saya is a seer, but not a Dreamer―she has never been formally trained. Her mother exploits her daughter’s gift, passing it off as her own as they travel from village to village, never staying in one place too long. Almost as if they’re running from something. Almost as if they’re being hunted. When Saya loses the necklace she’s worn since birth, she discovers that seeing isn’t her only gift―and begins to suspect that everything she knows about her life has been a carefully-constructed lie. As she comes to distrust the only family she’s ever known, Saya will do what she’s never done before, go where she’s never been, and risk it all in the search of answers.

With a detailed, supernaturally-charged setting and topical themes of patriarchal power and female strength, Lizz Huerta’s The Lost Dreamer brings an ancient world to life, mirroring the challenges of our modern one.

MY THOUGHTS

The Lost Dreamer is a Mesoamerican-inspired YA fantasy told in dual POV, following Indir, a Dreamer or seer whose home and traditions are threatened by the rise of a new king, and Saya, a traveler and untrained seer whose mother exploits her and her gifts. Both storylines are compelling yet seemingly unrelated; I had a few theories, but I didn’t fully understand why they were both POVs were necessary until the end of the book.

The writing is lush and dreamy, vividly bringing to life the world, its magic, its customs, its mythology, and its characters, reminding me of books like Raybearer and Gods of Jade and Shadow. The plot developed slowly, and I wished for a little more action throughout the book. I may have listened to the audiobook too quickly and missed some of the subtleties of the story; I sometimes struggled to keep up with side characters and their relationships to the narrators.

I really like the way this book depicted and explored themes of home and family, juxtaposing Indir’s and Saya’s experiences. I was fascinated with the Dreamers, their prophecies and visions, and their relationship with spirits. While the beginning and middle were a bit slow, the ending made me very excited to see how everything gets resolved in book 2 of this duology.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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