Dreamwalker: queer joy, found family, and hope


Luke and Aliya are just figments of each other’s dreams. Until the nightmares start, and each needs the other to be real. Fast.

Sixteen-year-old Luke wants to go unnoticed. He doesn’t want a girlfriend. He doesn’t want to live in his own skin. He definitely doesn’t want to have panic attacks whenever he questions his gender identity.

And these problems are nothing compared to the problems he has while he’s asleep. When Luke’s asleep, he’s someone else.

Aliya’s options all look bad. Get married as everyone expects…or acknowledge that her strange ability to walk in other people’s dreams means she’s a shaman. That power might gain her respect, or it might lead to her being feared and driven out of her home. Yet, how can she deny her power when it’s the only thing that can save her community from danger?

Her life’s about to get a lot more complicated. Curses, epic journeys, battles with the forces of nature, nightmares that can drag you down into death. And a boy from another world who’s stuck inside her head.

When Luke’s sister develops a terminal illness, his connection to the magic of Aliya’s world is her only hope. But can he come to terms with his secrets in order to claim that magic as his own?

Together, Luke and Aliya will discover that the key to both their problems lies in the same place: through their nightmares to the other side of fear.

What readers are saying:

This is quite possibly a new favorite for me. It is a wonderful adventure full of powerful messages of love and self-acceptance. It is a deeply emotional journey that will take you through all the feels, good and bad, and everything in between. It will break your heart a dozen different ways and put it back together again. It is especially powerful for anyone who has ever felt out of place in life or different from everyone else. It is a story of hope when everything feels hopeless and finding your inner fire to push through the darkness.

I did not expect to be pulled so quickly into this story, but both points of view were so engaging right from the start. I liked the themes of identity and fear that were explored from both narratives and what power can be unlocked when this fear is overcome and you truly embrace yourself. I hope that there will be more adventures for Luca and Aliya.

Dreamwalker is a wonderful story that blends two very different worlds in a seamless, unforced manner. I did not know what to expect going into this book, but was delightfully surprised by a story and characters that kept me engaged and changed in dramatic ways throughout the novel. The clashing of worlds with a shared struggle and goal reminded me of the Dark Materials series. The pacing of Dreamwalkers is phenomenal, and gradually built upon itself towards a weighty ending that was satisfying and emotional.

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