The Family: The Brotherhood
By Donte M McNeal

Based in Michigan, Donte's Playground is a blog by Donte M McNeal. His posts range from nonsensical ramblings about anime, in-depth reviews of books and television/film, to random spurts of philosophical babble.

Belart Wright's "Liandra and the Dream Reader"

Belart Wright's "Liandra and the Dream Reader"

It’s been a little while since I’ve last gotten lost in a world created by Belart Wright. And man, I’ve got to say, I missed it! Wright has a way of drawing you in, even when it’s not a book in his amazing LitRPG series. We all know how big a fan I am of those books. But I digress. What’s on the docket today? Well, we’re getting lost in Belart Wright’s Liandra and the Dream Reader.

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Dream Reader follows the Liandra from the Average Joe series, where she’s a heroine who constantly saves characters. In that story, she’s such an enigma that I wasn’t able to really appreciate her for who she was. Since, you know, we don’t know much about her. That changed in this book. We get to see Liandra as a young lady, not the badass she was in Average Joe book 1, and seeing what she had to struggle with and suffer from at such a young age really pulls at the heartstrings. You get to understand her a little more; you get to lament with her; and you even get to triumph with her when she overcomes the obstacles in her life. Since you know her well thanks to the writing of Wright, you can actually care about what happens to and with her. You care about what she cares about, and that’s all I ask for coming away from a book.

I’d recommend this prequel wholeheartedly as a world to get lost in. Now, go get lost!

Matt Doyle's "LV48"

Matt Doyle's "LV48"