Author: Kelly Ann Jacobson
A combination between a medieval fairytale and a young adult novel, Dreamweaver Road captures the dynamic pacing of a fast and rollicking story and the old world details and flair that comprise the ethereal nature of fantasy fiction. The story opens with sixteen year old Zoey encountering a seer/witch who can see into the future through the dreams of people staying in her crystal covered house. Through the dreams, and the conversation between Angela and Zoey, the reader learns that Zoey’s past is an enigma and her future an open question. She has run away from childhood at the farm, trundling up in Old Rust Bucket (a pickup that runs with no gas) to trace the whereabouts of her childhood friend, Andrew, who has been captured by an evil wizard enamored of Zoey’s developing powers. The quest soon reveals more as Angela’s glance into the future starts to unravel the tendrils of a centuries old battle, unearthing true identifies and ulterior motives.
Of course, as many of you well know, any novel with a pickup truck holding a special spot instantly captivates me as does a story which begins with a description of an elegant witch in a cozy house surrounded by chimes and crystals. The atmosphere is effective, especially with the descriptions of Zoey’s developing powers and the world which surrounds her (similar to Anita Blake’s universe in that it is our world with supernatural overtones). While Dreamweaver Road is short, the tight yet densely descriptive writing helps to ground readers in a fast paced story, also functioning as a focus point to highlight important moments and imbed glowing images of fire and ice magic overlaid with the themes of good versus evil and awakening realizations in a world not quite as it seems.