Circle of Dreams: Starweaver by Linda McNabb is the third in Linda McNabb’s Circle of Dreams series after #1 Runeweaver and #2 Timeweaver. I would recommend reading the previous two before embarking on the third, as there is a wide range of characters and arcane mythology surrounding runes which takes a while for the new reader (even old ones like me) to absorb.
Young Zaine the starweaver is caught up in a battle to prevent time slowing to a complete stop, while at the same time trying to assist Princess Guyan with the struggles in her overcrowded world of Zhan. Zaine, Guyan and his sister, Maata slip through the dream circle to Zhan where they meet Dom the finder and her little sister, Jelena and cat, Choo. The king has been poisoned by his brother, Eldric who lusts after the throne, so Zaine’s knowledge of herbal medicine is needed desperately.
As if this isn’t enough bad news, the storm dragons – previously thought to be immortal, are falling sick. Without them, all worlds will fall apart, as they keep time in balance. And the home front isn’t much happier – Queen Trianna refuses to behave warmly towards her son and Zaine despairs of ever being accepted by her.
This tale will suit confident boy and girl readers of about 10 and above. Fantasy fans and magic enthusiasts should start with Runeweaver and see where it takes their imaginations. I have been trying to get one of my book club boys to read it so I can get a child’s perspective on it, but despite my best efforts there were no takers. This surprised me because I think the cover is particularly appealing. But they seem to be more interested in Zac Power and Beast Quest at the moment.