Monday, 23 December 2013
Review: The Sandman and the War of Dreams by William Joyce
Format: Hardcover / eBook
Released: November 7th, 2013
When the Man in the Moon brought together the Guardians, he warned them that they would face some terrible evils as they strove to protect the children of earth. But nothing could have prepared them for this: Pitch has taken Katherine. And now the Guardians are not only down one member, but a little girl is missing. Fortunately, MiM has just the man to join the team. Sanderson ManSnoozy-known in most circles as the Sandman-may be sleepy, but he's also brave and strong and skilled at utilizing sand in a myriad of ways. If the rest of the Guardians can just convince Sandy that good can triumph evil, that good dreams can banish nightmares, they'll have themselves quite a squad. But if they can't… they might never see Katherine again.
The Sandman and the War of Dreams is the fourth book in William Joyce's Guardians of Childhood series. It continues where Toothiana: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies left off, and includes quite a lot of character history. Fast paced as always, this book is over too soon and leaves you craving more. It was worth the wait, though!
This book sees the backgrounds of Pitch, Sandy and Nightlight explored in greater detail. It's revealed how and why Pitch came to be how he is, why Sanderson ManSnoozy likes dreams and how Nightlight could hold the key to saving Katherine. I loved learning more about these characters; the depth of their histories is spellbinding and utterly magical. With this being the penultimate book in the series, everything is starting to come together: questions are being answered and plans are beginning to unfold. I really can't wait to see how it all ends!
The Guardians of Childhood series is a great read for all ages, and has the added bonus of being connected with 2012's Dreamworks film Rise of the Guardians (the best animated film ever). Each book is complimented by lovely illustrations and a fantastic author imagination, easily making this series one of my favourites for younger readers. Oh, and how cute is Mr. ManSnoozy?!