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The Queen of Dreams Hardcover – 2 Jan 2014

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857533819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857533814
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.7 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 433,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water with his family. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and several small-press publications. His work includes the Greg Mandel series, the Night's Dawn trilogy - which established him as Britain's bestselling writer of science fiction - and his critically acclaimed Void novels: The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void and The Evolutionary Void. His novels and his handbook (a vital guide to the Night's Dawn trilogy) have sold almost two million copies worldwide.

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"A fast-paced adventure that is both alarming and charming, funny and scary, and is always exciting. I am now even more wary of garden gnomes!" (Garth Nix)

"The Queen of Dreams is a grand jaunt across time and space … and through the realms. Everything great we’ve come to expect from a story by Peter Hamilton, but written for the young and the young at heart." (Patrick Heffernan Mysterious Galaxy Books)

"Taggie and Jemima's summer holiday turns into something very unexpected in this gripping fantasy tale. . . A compelling read, with cleverly drawn characters who are believable despite the magic. A good start to the trilogy." (Parents in Touch)

"Never less than great fun . . . [Some] facets of the book draw heavily on the children’s literature of, say, Lewis Carroll or JM Barrie, at other times Hamilton takes delight in subverting his (older) readers’ expectations" (Jonathan Wright SFX)

"Beautifully written in clear and accessible prose that also manages to do some vocabulary stretching. The worldbuilding is imaginative and hangs together perfectly. . . The action also comes thick and fast so that nobody has a chance to be bored . . . The whole book is a treasure trove of invention and many junior fans of fantasy will love it . . . The Queen of Dreams comes recommended by Bookbag. It's pacy and fun and exciting, full of interesting characters, and set in a wonderfully realised fantasy landscape. It ticks all the boxes." (Jill Murphy The Bookbag)

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A wonderful new fantasy-adventure, from one of the most successful Science Fiction writers of our time.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matilda Lewis on 6 Jan. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The Queen Of Dreams is a fantastic book for children in the age category; 7-12 or maybe 13 year olds, although this book is mainly for children I'm sure many adults and young teens would love it too, because it's fast-paced, detailed and the description was picturesque. If you buy this book you will be hanging on the edge of you seat by the time you're finished. I personally found this story very gripping and it never lacked any depth at any part in the story. It's one of those books where you always know what's going on and why. I loved all the made up names and couldn't wait to find out more about the "Karrak Lords"!

The illustrations are amazing and I loved that you could instantly picture what a person (or squirrel!) looks like.
I would definitely recommend this book and I am sure you that you'll love it. So don't hesitate to buy it if you see it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gavin P. Mcguren on 20 Oct. 2014
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I never imagined I would say this about a book by Peter F Hamilton but this is a terribly clunky piece of work and in the end I put it down before I finished it. As a lover of his space operas and also of children's fantasy fiction, I was really looking forward to his first foray into the genre but this was a great disappointment. There were no original ideas, no enticements to keep turning the page, no characters I cared much about. The writing was just plain pedestrian, the ideas all very derivitive and the dialogue anything but inspiring. It was more Enid Blyton than Susan Cooper or Alan Garner.

In this work Hamilton is guilty of the cardinal sin of telling instead of showing, like J K Rowling before him. However, Rowling always managed to keep you wanting more whereas I'm afraid I won't be bothering with the sequels to The Queen of Dreams. After really enjoying Great North Road I'm now turning the first pages of The Abyss Beyond Dreams and predict a much more satisfying read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cowbridge School Library on 4 Mar. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Review by Chris - Year 7
This book is about how two girls have a summer holiday and have gone to see their dad. However, strange things are happening in their garden. But when the evil king of night come and kidnaps their dad the story races on. The girls have found out there are things called realms (other worlds) and there dad has been taken into them.
The main character of the book is a girl called Taggie (short for Agatha). She also has a sister called Jemima. Throughout the book they go through a lot of different adventures in different realms. My favourite part of the book is when the Charmsward came along and Taggie developed her magical powers because I love fiction books with a bit of magic. My favourite character was Felix the squirrel because he was a very peculiar character. His little quirks made me smile.
The thing that I didn’t like was the use of illustrations, as they stop the mind from imagining what the characters and realms are going to be like. If there was anything that I would want to see written differently it would be the relation with the tortoise because when it came along it seemed like the character would love them and they could help each other throughout but it didn’t happen. I would definitely read a book by this author again. If I were to recommend this to another person I would recommend it to people who like magic and pupils of Key Stage 3 because there are some rather difficult words. I would give this book 4/5 because it was a good pace and you could really relate to the characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Auntie L on 24 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Queen of Dreams is a story in the old tradition, reminding me of E Nesbit and CS Lewis but brought right up to date with modern, believable characters which were easy for my children to identify with. I found the written style really leant itself to reading aloud, with each chapter left on a mini cliff-hanger that made my kids beg for "just one more!". We love the cover, with its beautiful heritage style, and the character facts in the back. Everyone here is looking forward to the next instalment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sylvia merritt on 24 Jun. 2014
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I really enjoy Peter Hamilton's books - and this one was no exception. I can imagine that he could write great poetry because along with a rich and engrossing ability to write amazing stories he writes very good descriptive prose. I have everything he has published. No pressure Peter - but when can we expect the next one?
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