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Archer Keaton is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary gift: the power to manipulate his dreams. But Archer’s gift comes with a great burden. Archer lives within two worlds: this realm, and the Dream. As a Dreamtreader, he must protect the world from the evil forces that operate within the realm of the Dream. Now, these forces threaten to rip apart the fabric that separates the two realms, bringing confusion and chaos to the world, which would be the end of life as we know it. But Archer is determined not to let that happen. This is The Search for the Shadow Key.

After reading the first book in this series, I have to admit I wasn’t entirely sold. A trippy plotline, cliché characters, corny dialogue… I think what I found most redeeming about the book was the creativity that Batson has put into the story. This second book, Search for the Shadow Key, was definitely a step up. In this second installment of the story, the plot is much more cohesive, and I found it easy to stay engaged. The characters are also given more depth; our villain morphs from being a flat devil-figure to a more relatable villain with some real meaty backstory. *cue epic music* As for corny dialogue- well, that’s still there. But hey, it’s funny, so we’re good, right?

The thing I love most about Batson’s stories is the brilliant creativity he has poured into them. These books are full of surprises, and I continue to be amazed at the curveballs Batson throws. If you’re a kid who loves to dive into a really unique world, these books are for you. (And while you’re at it, you might learn some great lessons about responsibility, friendship, justice, and faith.) Hold onto your hats though, because entering the Dream this time around is going to send you for a bumpy ride.

Alisha

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Published on 9 February, 2016. Last updated on

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