The Lost Dreamer

­Macmillan Young Listeners. (The Lost Dreamer: Bk. 1). Mar. 2022. 1,052p. $26.99. ISBN 9781250815934.
Gr 8 Up–Huerta introduces a planned duology inspired by Mesoamerican myths, in which she alternates narratives with connections revealed near book’s end. Indir is a Dreamer in a family of multigenerational Dreamers whose visions serve Alcanzeh’s kings. The newest monarch openly disdains the Dreamers, causing imbalance in the Waking World. When Indir loses her ability to dream, she faces banishment to survive. Elsewhere, young Saya has always been manipulated by her mother in the name of safety. Separation from Celay may be the only way Saya can understand her growing powers. Elisa Melendez and Inés del Castillo take turns, respectively, as Indir and Saya. Debut narrator Melendez is the weaker half, her performance marred by noticeable, sometimes gasping, nose breathing. Del Castillo, more practiced with dozens of credits, deftly manifests Saya with curiosity, frustration, and hope.
VERDICT Impatient historical fantasy purists might want to choose the page.

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