Author David A. Wimsett’s latest novel, Half Awakened Dreams: Volume I of the Carandir Saga, is an epic fantasy set in a world of gender equality where women and men have the same rights, opportunities and authority. It is the sequel to volume I, Dragons Unremembered.
Wounded, an evil dragon escapes. Together as equals, the monarchs of Carandir, Queen Mirjel and King Ryckair, must subdue him with a magical crown.
Ryckair is captured by a former lover who reveals the son he unknowingly fathered, the heir to the monarchy who vows to kill the king.
Mirjel must rule alone and rescue the king so they can complete the spell before the dragon fully rises.
In the queen’s absence, former nobles, who were exiled because they sided with the dragon, return and seize their lands. They declare that Carandir is only for pure Canadians and stir hatred among the masses. Mobs kill minorities and immigrants and drive others out as refugees.
There is magic, action, battles and political intrigue, as well as diverse cultures, languages, legends and poetry. Mr. Wimsett composed songs specifically for the book. Portions of the words are in the text and complete musical scores with lyrics are in an appendix.