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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Beyond the Land of Dreams: Beryl's Awakening is a work of fiction in the fantasy, coming-of-age, and metaphysical fiction subgenres. The work can be enjoyed by mature young adults and adult readers alike, and it was penned by author Susan Bruck. In this ethereal work of fantasy adventure, we follow the exploits of Beryl, our fifteen-year-old protagonist, as she receives a dark threat from a shadowy figure in her dreams. Believing the land of Floredelis to be in danger, Beryl embarks on a quest where she encounters magical creatures, figures of great wisdom, and the possibility of evil within herself. Self-discovery and the power of compassion could win the day if Beryl can learn and grow in time.
Author Susan Bruck has crafted a deeply emotional and introspective work of fantasy that challenges everything we know about traditional adventure novels, working instead from a higher plane of thinking. All of the major plot points, twists, and turns of this exciting and enjoyable work are deeply linked to Beryl’s own psyche and emotional state, mirroring the surreal discoveries of the likes of Alice in Wonderland, but with a more holistic and harmonious goal toward self-healing as its end result. I certainly learned a lot, and I found this to be a thinking book where I would stop and really consider Beryl’s plight and her incredible insight into herself. Overall, Beyond the Land of Dreams is a true original that will stay with me for a long time, and I would certainly recommend it to fantasy readers seeking a deep, reflective, and magical journey of the self to explore.