The Rainbow Opera (Dreamhunter) Paperback – 4 May 2006
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"'A dramatic and original fantasy... a story of family affections and tensions - a tale of character and feeling as well as mysterious event'. Margaret Mahy, award - winning children's author"
"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 the Audio CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Fifteen-year-old Laura and her cousin Rose inhabit a world very much like our own - they have Jesus, 'The Mill on the Floss', demotic Greek, hockey. They also have the Gospel of St Lazarus, and the Place: a pocket of land, a fold in the universe, unmeasurable and inaccessible to all but the very few and most elite - the Dreamhunters. The Place is a world where dreams are marked at map locations; Dreamhunters cross the border at one of two points, sleep in a specific grid reference, catch the dream that has its existence there, and take it back to share with a paying audience. For this is 1906 and, in this world, dreams are what cinema became in ours - more, because each dreamer experiences the dream as their own. There are dreams of healing, dreams of adventure, dreams of peace, dreams of romance - Rose's mother, Grace, specialises in these - and, although Laura is initially unaware of this, there are nightmares, too, and Laura's father, Tziga Hame, the Dreamhunter who first stumbled (literally) upon the Place some twenty years before, has his own dark trade in these. When he vanishes, he leaves Laura this legacy, along with a duty to repair the damage he's done. He also leaves her a strange companion to help her with this burden.
We end on a shocking climax; this is part one of a two-part story, continued in The Dream Quake, which I am impatiently waiting for the postman to bring me any ... day ... now.Read more ›
There are many complications that both enrich and confuse the reader; the golem, sandman, NOWN, has interesting connotations, and I hope the sequel will unpick that more.
If you can move through the slower sections and accept some of the inexplicable actions and events then this book is well worth the read, chilling in a true sense, leaving you feeling cold inside with the message about what we do to ourselves.
One peculiarity - why do I keep thinking of Cornelia Funke's books when I go to pick this one up??
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Perfection. An exciting, mysterious, original And imaginative journey.Published 23 months ago by Ladylamb
I found this book hard to put down a good book to get lost in. Wish there were more in the series.Published on 21 April 2014 by M K Howard
It's a world we could only 'dream' of having. An amazing story board set and plot line too. My favourite books of all time!Published on 10 Mar. 2013 by K. Lingwood
The book was for the school library. It was for students in KS3 and seen a review of it, so ordered.Published on 25 Feb. 2013 by Lowry
This book took a long time to get started, however as it is part of a duet, that wasn't an issue.
Once you get past the first few chapters, it gets to the heart of what the... Read more