October 5th 2023
Two worlds— one villain— and a race against time.
In the kingdom of Balthasar some children have the power to use dreams to change reality— an activity fraught with danger. Changing the world can have lethal consequences. Meddling with nature can lead to ecological disasters spinning irrevocably out of control. Crown Princess Tamurlaine, about to be crowned queen of Balthasar wants to control dreams and dreamers, but a conspiracy led by power hungry Malladain, a family foe aims to kill her on the day of her coronation. Can her trusted friend Toby from our world save her? Toby, Tamurlaine and their staunchest allies, Anon a half-angel, Burston a school friend and Jinki, an orphan and refugee, must battle against the superior forces of those utterly corrupted by power in a land where no one can be trusted …
The sequel to Shadow Town, a Times Best Book of the year.
‘A thrillingly beautiful fantasy, both epic and intimate, where dreams carry us between worlds, where tree- wolves and half-angels walk at our side, and where the fate of a kingdom hinges on the bonds of family and friends. Deft, delicate, ceaselessly imaginative.’
One of those stories that keeps you reading late into the night
Richard Lambert has won many plaudits his excellent latest The Republic of Dreams returns to the double world of Shadow Town (2021). Over in Balthasar, young queen-to-be Tamurlaine discovers a plot against her life. In our world, her friend Toby must stop the villainous Malladain from recruiting more young Dreamers to that nefarious end. But there’s a lot more powering this satisfying sequel, not least loyalty, the legacy of flawed fathers and the benefits of a republic over a kingdom.