Audience: 14-18 years
Review by Sarah Bihn (she/her)
MLIS Student, Kent State University iSchool
Rich in worldbuilding and strong female characters, “The Lost Dreamer” introduces readers to a complex fantasy world inspired by ancient Mesoamerica with unforgettable characters, and an intricate plot. The chapters change between perspectives as the two main characters Indir and Saya uncover secrets surrounding themselves, and learn that they both have a fated place in the world that is changing around them.
The Dreamers are more than just seers to the king, they are also advisors and confidants. A title Indir comes to regret she swears a deathbed oath to the old king to keep her knowledge about his heir a secret. All hope that the new king will be a mirror of his father, but when King Alcan brings dangerous change to the city and family Indir loves, she will have to decide if secrets and traditions are worth keeping. The end of an age is coming, and if Indir wants her city to survive, she will have to face a harrowing mission and find the Lost Dreamer.
In the end, I was left wanting more from the conclusion of the story between Saya and Indir. Huerta throws a plot twist a mile long that I was not expecting, but thoroughly enjoyed, and wished that it had been explored in more depth. Huerta uses most of the book to set up for the conclusion, but then the conclusion lasts about 15-20 pages and does not have a satisfying ending for those who dislike cliffhangers. While I could see how this book could be a stand-alone, I sincerely hope that we get more of Indir and Saya’s story, and that they are given a better ending along with everyone who inhabits their world.