The Dream Alchemist (1292)

I’m a huge Joanna Chambers fan and it took me a minute to remember why I hadn’t read it. So I added this to the TBR before it was published and then remember saving it for a time I needed a new Joanna Chambers. There was then some drama with the small press publisher it was with (it sadly closed) and I think it wasn’t available for a little bit? Or maybe it was to do with the series not continuing? I honestly can’t remember all the ins and outs but I do know I still love Joanna Chambers and I totally forgot about this book and now I remember again.

Author: Joanna Chambers
Series: Somnus #1 (but no further books added since publication)
Length: 235
Published: 2nd December 2014
Genre: MM Urban Fantasy
Date added to TBR: 4th November 2014
Status: For sure staying. Love Joanna Chambers.


Bryn Llewelyn spends his life strung out on too much caffeine, fighting sleep at every turn. He can barely hold down a part-time job as he lurches from day to day, perpetually exhausted.
He is trying to avoid Somnus, the dream world where people like Bryn—dreamwalkers—roam during their sleeping hours.

Bryn has been dreamwalking since he was child. He’s never found navigating Somnus easy, but lately it’s become much, much harder. Each time he manifests in Somnus, he is helplessly drawn to a sinister tower. Something evil is imprisoned there—something that wants out—and every time Bryn falls asleep, he finds it more difficult to resist its lure. Not to mention the compelling man who patrols its walls…Laszlo Grimm.

As a teenager, Laszlo suffered from a sleep disorder so profound, his family had him locked up for treatment. Whilst the brutal “therapy” he underwent was successful, Laszlo paid a steep price for it—his ability to feel emotion. Now, for the first time in years, Laszlo’s night terrors are returning, and with them, his fears about being locked up again.

When Bryn and Laszlo meet in the real world, Bryn recognises Laszlo as the man he has already met in Somnus, but not only does Laszlo not know Bryn, he can’t even remember any of his dreams.

Bryn fights to open Laszlo’s eyes to the truth but Laszlo cannot quite shake the conviction that his old condition is catching up with him…not least because Bryn Llewelyn is awakening emotions in him he hasn’t felt in years.

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