The Dreamwalker’s Child, Steve Voake

dwcI took another short break from my reading about WWI. This time I wanted something not related to warfare and the military, so I turned to a fantasy novel for children that I could get through reasonably quickly.

However my escape from war and weaponry  wasn’t quite successful. because the story climaxed with a military attack, although the hardware in The Dreamwalker’s Child has an interesting difference to that in the histories I’ve been reading.

Regaining consciousness after a cycling accident Sam Palmer finds himself in an unfamiliar landscape where he is pursued caught and imprisoned. He is befriended by Skipper, a young girl in the next cell and together they face a conspirators determined to wipe humans from the face of the earth.

Sam discovers he is no longer in the world he knows but has somehow been transferred to Aurobon, whose inhabitants have the ability to move between worlds and have adopted the role of keeping the earth’s ecosystems in balance.

The book’s villain the evocatively named Odoursin has discovered a prophecy that he interprets as foretelling the destruction of mankind on earth, and he believes he is the one who can help bring about its fulfilment; leaving him as the heir and beneficiary of all of earth’s resources. However, the prophecy requires the involvement of the Dreamwalker’s child, assumed to be Sam, who Odoursin arranges to snatch from earth to Aurobon to facilitate the prophecies fulfilment.

For a while I thought The Dreamwalker’s Child had hints of Christian references, but before too much could be made of them, the author drew the story into a philosophical mix of environmental ideas and green “spirituality” that occasionally (with subtlety) questioned the Christian viewpoint.