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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
The second book in the Channeler Trilogy by J. Steven Lamperti, Sun and Dream focuses on the magic development of Anise. One evening, after babysitting Twilight for her adopted Uncle Sebastian and Aunt Isabel, she finds herself called to an important meeting. When she sees Sebastian, Isabel, Aunt Rose, and Hero’s cunning woman, Lilith, gathered at the table, Anise knows the meeting is serious. She is told it is time for her to develop her magic at the Academy. Sebastian accompanies her on the journey that will take several weeks to complete. Briac, a lute player, joins the pair for part of the trip to the Academy. When Anise reaches the Academy, she feels something is about to change in her life, especially when she has dreams involving “The Watcher” searching for someone and the sun god Helios offering her protection. What is Anise needing help with?
J. Steven Lamperti is a master at creating the distinct personalities of each character. I found Anise’s youthful outlook refreshing and very appropriate, with her wish to help those less fortunate than her. Sebastian’s aging appears in his wisdom, despite having been a powerful man in his prime, defeating the monsters that plagued the world. I did question how he will trust his niece alone with strangers so far from her home. The vivid depictions of the Academy and its surroundings are crystal clear, and I could picture every moment as the story unfolded. I became enchanted with Sun and Dream and have to read the sequel. Readers who enjoy watching the developing magic powers of fantasy characters with unknown allies and enemies will become ensnared in this story.