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The Rainbow Opera (Dreamhunter Duet) Hardcover – 19 May 2005

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; First ediiton edition (19 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571224555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571224555
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 3.7 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,657,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A lyrical, intricate and ferociously intelligent fantasy . . .Satisfies fully while pointing to the promised sequel. Provocative and compelling." --Starred, "Kirkus Reviews
""Readers pining for a fantasist to rival Philip Pullman or Garth Nix may have finally found what they seek in New Zealander Knox." --Starred," Booklist"" ""Advance praise for" Dreamhunter:
""Dreamhunter "will find a large and enthusiastic audience
among those who've grown up with Margaret Mahy, grown
out of Harry and Hermione, or run out of Lyra and Will
. . . Knox hits all the marks of adolescent fantasy fiction:
gifted young people, powerful but absent parents, a
mysterious place that both nurtures and threatens, a
frightening conspiracy to be unraveled en route to maturity . . . This time next year, we'll all be queuing for the sequel."
- Jolisa Gracewood, "New Zealand"" Listener"""
"Dazzlingly inventive . . . In a book that is full of tenderness
and family affection as well as presentiments of corruption
and horror, Knox beguiles with vibrantly realized detail . . .
A tantalizing feat of imaginative fiction."
- Katharine England, "Magpies "magazine(Australia) "This series opener is a satisfying soap opera for young fantasy readers who enjoy intricate prose." --"VOYA"
"Powerfully portrayed . . . It will appear to lovers of fantasy set in the real world, who will eagerly await the resolution in the second volume." --"School Library Journal""" "Knox effectively evokes the curious intersections and distances between the ordinary, earthly world and the parched otherworldly landscape of the place." --"Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books""" "Knox's writing isrich and interesting. A highly original exploration of the idea of a collective unconscious." --"The Horn Book"""

"Fascinating. Will surely lure readers back for multiple readings." --Starred, "Publishers Weekly" "A lyrical, intricate and ferociously intelligent fantasy . . .Satisfies fully while pointing to the promised sequel. Provocative and compelling." --Starred, "Kirkus Reviews
""Readers pining for a fantasist to rival Philip Pullman or Garth Nix may have finally found what they seek in New Zealander Knox." --Starred," Booklist""" "Attention-getting."" --Chicago Tribune""" "This series opener is a satisfying soap opera for young fantasy readers who enjoy intricate prose." --"VOYA"
"Powerfully portrayed . . . It will appear to lovers of fantasy set in the real world, who will eagerly await the resolution in the second volume." --"School Library Journal""" "Knox effectively evokes the curious intersections and distances between the ordinary, earthly world and the parched otherworldly landscape of the place." --"Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books""" "Knox's writing is rich and interesting. A highly original exploration of the idea of a collective unconscious." --"The Horn Book"" ""Advance praise for" Dreamhunter:
""Dreamhunter "will find a large and enthusiastic audience
among those who've grown up with Margaret Mahy, grown
out of Harry and Hermione, or run out of Lyra and Will
. . . Knox hits all the marks of adolescent fantasy fiction:
gifted young people, powerful but absent parents, a
mysterious place that both nurtures and threatens, a
frightening conspiracy to be unraveled en route to maturity . . . This time next year, we'll all be queuing for the sequel."
- Jolisa Gracewood, "New Zealand"" Listener"""
"Dazzlingly inventive . . . In a bookthat is full of tenderness
and family affection as well as presentiments of corruption
and horror, Knox beguiles with vibrantly realized detail . . .
A tantalizing feat of imaginative fiction."
- Katharine England, "Magpies "magazine(Australia) """"

"Will be considered among youth fantasy's most significant recent works. Knox's haunting, invigorating storytelling will leave readers eager to return to its puzzles--and to reap its rewards." --Starred, "Booklist""" "Thoroughly impressive--for its sure, literary prose, nuanced characters, and fully realized Edwardian setting, but even more so for its original, surprising imagery and plot. An involving--and challenging--read, Knox's fantasy is outstanding in its ability to make us think both poetically and analytically about human nature." --"The Horn Book"

"Fascinating . . . will surely lure readers back for multiple readings."--"Publishers Weekly," Starred Review
"A lyrical, intricate and ferociously intelligent fantasy . . . satisfies fully while pointing to the promised sequel. Provocative and compelling."--"Kirkus Reviews," Starred Review
"Readers pining for a fantasist to rival Philip Pullman or Garth Nix may have finally found what they seek in New Zealander Knox."--"Booklist," Starred Review
"Attention-getting."--"Chicago Tribune"
"This series opener is a satisfying soap opera for young fantasy readers who enjoy intricate prose."--"Voice of Youth Advocates"
"Powerfully portrayed . . . It will appeal to lovers of fantasy set in the real world, who will eagerly await the resolution in the second volume."--"School Library Journal"
"An engrossing blend of Edwardian civility, family love, and powerfully imagined dreamscape. . . . Knox's writing is rich and interesting."--"The Horn Book Magazine" "Knox effectively evokes the curious intersections and distances between the ordinary, earthly world and the parched otherworldly landscape of the Place . . . the adventures of the Dreamhunters are pleasingly harrowing."--"Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"

“It is like nothing else I’ve ever read. The characters are so real, you’ll feel like you know exactly what they look like and how their voices sound and what they would say or do in any given situation. More than that, you’ll want to hang out with them. Then the world is so amazing and unique. You will want to go there. You will want to walk into ‘the Place.’ And you will want to sleep in a dream opera.”—Stephenie Meyer, The Twilight Saga “Fascinating . . . will surely lure readers back for multiple readings.”—"Publishers Weekly", Starred Review
“A lyrical, intricate and ferociously intelligent fantasy . . . satisfies fully while pointing to the promised sequel. Provocative and compelling.”—"Kirkus Reviews", Starred Review
“Readers pining for a fantasist to rival Philip Pullman or Garth Nix may have finally found what they seek in New Zealander Knox.”—"Booklist", Starred

"It is like nothing else I've ever read. The characters are so real, you'll feel like you know exactly what they look like and how their voices sound and what they would say or do in any given situation. More than that, you'll want to hang out with them. Then the world is so amazing and unique. You will want to go there. You will want to walk into 'the Place.' And you will want to sleep in a dream opera."--Stephenie Meyer, The Twilight Saga "Fascinating . . . will surely lure readers back for multiple readings."--"Publishers Weekly," Starred Review
"A lyrical, intricate and ferociously intelligent fantasy . . . satisfies fully while pointing to the promised sequel. Provocative and compelling."--"Kirkus Reviews," Starred Review
"Readers pining for a fantasist to rival Philip Pullman or Garth Nix may have finally found what they seek in New Zealander Knox."--"Booklist," Starred Review
"Attention-getting."--"Chicago Tribune"
"This series opener is a satisfying soap opera for young fantasy readers who enjoy intricate prose."--"Voice of Youth Advocates"
"Powerfully portrayed . . . It will appeal to lovers of fantasy set in the real world, who will eagerly await the resolution in the second volume."--"School Library Journal"
"An engrossing blend of Edwardian civility, family love, and powerfully imagined dreamscape. . . . Knox's writing is rich and interesting."--"The Horn Book Magazine" "Knox effectively evokes the curious intersections and distances between the ordinary, earthly world and the parched otherworldly landscape of the Place . . . the adventures of the Dreamhunters are pleasingly harrowing."--"Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"

It is like nothing else I've ever read. The characters are so real, you'll feel like you know exactly what they look like and how their voices sound and what they would say or do in any given situation. More than that, you'll want to hang out with them. Then the world is so amazing and unique. You will want to go there. You will want to walk into the Place.' And you will want to sleep in a dream opera. "Stephenie Meyer, The Twilight Saga"

Fascinating . . . will surely lure readers back for multiple readings. "Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"

A lyrical, intricate and ferociously intelligent fantasy . . . satisfies fully while pointing to the promised sequel. Provocative and compelling. "Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review"

Readers pining for a fantasist to rival Philip Pullman or Garth Nix may have finally found what they seek in New Zealander Knox. "Booklist, Starred Review"

Attention-getting. "Chicago Tribune"

This series opener is a satisfying soap opera for young fantasy readers who enjoy intricate prose. "Voice of Youth Advocates"

Powerfully portrayed . . . It will appeal to lovers of fantasy set in the real world, who will eagerly await the resolution in the second volume. "School Library Journal"

An engrossing blend of Edwardian civility, family love, and powerfully imagined dreamscape. . . . Knox's writing is rich and interesting. "The Horn Book Magazine"

Knox effectively evokes the curious intersections and distances between the ordinary, earthly world and the parched otherworldly landscape of the Place . . . the adventures of the Dreamhunters are pleasingly harrowing. "Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books""

It is like nothing else I've ever read. The characters are so real, you'll feel like you know exactly what they look like and how their voices sound and what they would say or do in any given situation. More than that, you'll want to hang out with them. Then the world is so amazing and unique. You will want to go there. You will want to walk into the Place.' And you will want to sleep in a dream opera. Stephenie Meyer, The Twilight Saga

Fascinating . . . will surely lure readers back for multiple readings. Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

A lyrical, intricate and ferociously intelligent fantasy . . . satisfies fully while pointing to the promised sequel. Provocative and compelling. Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Readers pining for a fantasist to rival Philip Pullman or Garth Nix may have finally found what they seek in New Zealander Knox. Booklist, Starred Review

Attention-getting. Chicago Tribune

This series opener is a satisfying soap opera for young fantasy readers who enjoy intricate prose. Voice of Youth Advocates

Powerfully portrayed . . . It will appeal to lovers of fantasy set in the real world, who will eagerly await the resolution in the second volume. School Library Journal

An engrossing blend of Edwardian civility, family love, and powerfully imagined dreamscape. . . . Knox's writing is rich and interesting. The Horn Book Magazine

Knox effectively evokes the curious intersections and distances between the ordinary, earthly world and the parched otherworldly landscape of the Place . . . the adventures of the Dreamhunters are pleasingly harrowing. Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Dreamhunter will find a large and enthusiastic audience among those who've grown up with Margaret Mahy, grown out of Harry and Hermione, or run out of Lyra and Will . . . Knox hits all the marks of adolescent fantasy fiction: gifted young people, powerful but absent parents, a mysterious place that both nurtures and threatens, a frightening conspiracy to be unraveled en route to maturity . . . This time next year, we'll all be queuing for the sequel. Jolisa Gracewood, New Zealand Listener

Dazzlingly inventive . . . In a book that is full of tenderness and family affection as well as presentiments of corruption and horror, Knox beguiles with vibrantly realized detail . . .A tantalizing feat of imaginative fiction. Katharine England, Magpies magazine (Australia)"

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"It is like nothing else I've ever read. The characters are so real, you'll feel like you know exactly what they look like and how their voices sound and what they would say or do in any given situation. More than that, you'll want to hang out with them. Then the world is so amazing and unique. You will want to go there. You will want to walk into 'the Place.' And you will want to sleep in a dream opera." --Stephenie Meyer, The Twilight Saga

"Fascinating . . . will surely lure readers back for multiple readings." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"A lyrical, intricate and ferociously intelligent fantasy . . . satisfies fully while pointing to the promised sequel. Provocative and compelling." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Readers pining for a fantasist to rival Philip Pullman or Garth Nix may have finally found what they seek in New Zealander Knox." --Booklist, Starred Review

"Attention-getting." --Chicago Tribune

"This series opener is a satisfying soap opera for young fantasy readers who enjoy intricate prose." --Voice of Youth Advocates

"Powerfully portrayed . . . It will appeal to lovers of fantasy set in the real world, who will eagerly await the resolution in the second volume." --School Library Journal

"An engrossing blend of Edwardian civility, family love, and powerfully imagined dreamscape. . . . Knox's writing is rich and interesting." --The Horn Book Magazine

"Knox effectively evokes the curious intersections and distances between the ordinary, earthly world and the parched otherworldly landscape of the Place . . . the adventures of the Dreamhunters are pleasingly harrowing." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Dreamhunter will find a large and enthusiastic audience among those who've grown up with Margaret Mahy, grown out of Harry and Hermione, or run out of Lyra and Will . . . Knox hits all the marks of adolescent fantasy fiction: gifted young people, powerful but absent parents, a mysterious place that both nurtures and threatens, a frightening conspiracy to be unraveled en route to maturity . . . This time next year, we'll all be queuing for the sequel." --Jolisa Gracewood, New Zealand Listener

"Dazzlingly inventive . . . In a book that is full of tenderness and family affection as well as presentiments of corruption and horror, Knox beguiles with vibrantly realized detail . . .A tantalizing feat of imaginative fiction." --Katharine England, Magpies magazine (Australia)"

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"Captivating ... Dreamhunter is an example of great writing ... Compelling, highly original." (The Sydney Sun Herald)

"A lyrical, intricate and ferociously intelligent fantasy" (Kirkus Reviews)

"Knox's fascinating story imagines the intersection of a haunting dreamworld with a gritty real world ... This fully imagined world will surely lure readers back for multiple readings." (Publishers Weekly)

"A tantalising feat of imaginative fiction ... perhaps the most dazzingly inventive of her books to date." (Magpies Magazine)

“It is like nothing else I’ve ever read. The characters are so real, you’ll feel like you know exactly what they look like and how their voices sound and what they would say or do in any given situation. More than that, you’ll want to hang out with them. Then the world is so amazing and unique. You will want to go there. You will want to walk into ‘the Place.’ And you will want to sleep in a dream opera.” (Stephenie Meyer)

"Elizabeth Knox creates a world recognizable as our own but with a geographical twist - a mysterious land called 'the Place.' Only 'dreamhunters' can go there to capture dreams and bring them back to share with others. Laura and Rose are cousins and children of famous dreamhunters: Laura's father, Tziga, discovered 'the Place'; Rose's mother performs her dreams at the famous Rainbow Opera. (Others deliver nightmares for prisoners or relaxing dreams for hospital patients.) When her father disappears, Laura finds herself on a terrifying mission to find him. Edwina Wren skillfully conveys the dreamlike quality of the story with a wistful tone. She also develops fitting character voices - Laura is sensitive and anxious, Rose is pert and confident, and the golem-like Sandman is a bit scratchy." (AudioFile Magazine) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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