Review: Wakewold by Kerry Schafer

February 5, 2014 3.5 stars, Book Review 4 ★★★½


Vivian Maylor is trying to hold it together. But her attempts to build a life with the man she loves seem doomed by the dragon inside her yearning to break free. Vivian is a dreamshifter, the last line of defense between reality and the dreamworld, and the only one of her kind.

Weston Jennings also believes he is the only one of his kind. He fears his powers as a dreamshifter, and resists learning to control them. After suffering a tragic loss, Weston heads deep into the woods of the Pacific Northwest to embrace a safe life of solitude. But when a terrible mistake leads to an innocent’s death, his guilt drives him to his former home, where he encounters what he never thought he would find: another shifter.

Now Vivian and Weston must work together to defeat a new threat to the dreamworld.

Things are off full tilt boogy in Wakeworld the second installment of the series Between, featuring a dreamworlds, our waking world. There are new fantasy races introduced that we didn’t see in the first book as well as a new antagonist.

I had to admit I was wondering how or who the heroine would go up against this time. It’s usually one of my main questions that wrack my brain if I find it might not be the same villain as a previous book. I was definitely much more impressed this time around with the villain. The first book had  a twisted dark adult fairytale feel to it and this one had some of that but less of the fairytale feel, which I was glad for. Both books were enjoyable, but Wakeworld definitely outshone the first. There was simply more explanations and a better degree of pacing set throughout this one.

I still think I’m not as fond of her as a heroine as I should be. Perhaps it took me awhile to get more comfortable with Vivian in the first one. I don’t know what it is about her but I’m having a hard time connecting with her personality. That is probably what held me back from enjoying the story as much as I otherwise would.

This series delved deeper this time around to become stronger and definitely boasts a unique world and magic system. Readers that enjoy their fantasy with dragons, dream elements and some head butting of the romantic protagonists will likely find Wakewold enjoyable.

Wakeworld (The Between #2)

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4 Responses to “Review: Wakewold by Kerry Schafer”

  1. Melliane

    I’m glad it was even better than the first one, and I’m curious about the new species we meet. Really need to read book 1!