The War for the Waking World by Wayne Thomas Batson

The dream world and the waking world bleed into each other when a rift is formed between the two in the third installment, The War for the Waking World, of Wayne Thomas Batson’s Dreamtreaders trilogy. It’s up to Archer and his fellow Dreamtreaders to race to reverse the rift before too much damage is done and to battle Archer’s ex-best friend, Kara, who sits on the throne of the Nightmare Lord. Kara is building an army of her own. Will Archer be strong enough to stand against her?

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The War for the Waking World (Thomas Nelson, October 2015)

Would you be willing to fight for your dreams?

Fifteen-year-old Archer Keaton has the ability to enter and explore his dreams. He is a Dreamtreader, one of three selected from each generation. Their mission: to protect the waking world from the Nightmare Lord who dwells beyond the Slumber Gate. But as Archer’s dreams become more dangerous and threatening, so too does his waking life.

In this fast-paced conclusion to the exciting fantasy trilogy, the dream world and the waking world bleed into each other when a rift is formed between the two. People in the real world suddenly find their waking lives resemble their wildest dreams. Now it’s up to Archer and his fellow Dreamtreaders to race to reverse the rift before too much damage is done and to battle Archer’s ex-best friend, Kara, who sits on the throne of the Nightmare Lord. Kara is building an army of her own. Will Archer be strong enough to stand against her?

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Wayne Thomas Batson

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Wayne Thomas Batson is an American writer. He has been married to his wife, Mary Lu, for seventeen years and has four children. He currently works as a teacher at Folly Quarter Middle School teaching sixth grade English language arts and is the youngest of four children. His most recent series, “Dreamtreaders” published by Thomas Nelson Inc (2014), is a modern-day paranormal YA adventure dealing with the subject of dreams.

Find out more about Wayne Thomas at http://enterthedoorwithin.blogspot.com.

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  • ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’

    The War for the Waking World in the third book in the Dreamtreader series. Having two young readers in my house, I am always looking for new books for them. They are really interested in fantasy, so this author is perfect for them!

    This is an action-packed series! It is engaging, easy-to-read, and fast paced: a great series for fantasy loving kids, teens, and adults! Here is a picture of my 10-year old reading Dreamtreader on our laptop…I have a feeling I may be purchasing some of Batson’s other series for Christmas presents!!

    Written by Inspired By Fiction on November 22, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R32P4IZD7BXUOS/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’ REVIEW

    My one complaint about this book is that I did not read the first two! I really enjoyed this book, and I can tell this is a series I would really enjoy. There were a few things here or there that I didn’t totally understand when reading this final book, but within the context of the novel I was able to catch myself up. I can see myself going back and reading all three books in the series now that I am aware of them. I highly recommend this book.

    Written by The Talbert Report on November 13, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RKI22U148EVO0/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’

    Wayne Thomas Batson has been a favorite author of mine since he started writing. He writes books that capture readers and are instant hits! When I saw he had a new title coming out, The War for the Waking World, I couldn’t have been more intrigued. It is the third and final title in his Dreamtreaders series and continues in true Batson tradition!

    This is the story of Archer Keaton, a 15 year old, who has the power to enter and explore his own dreams. Every generation, three people are chosen to be Dreamtreaders, and Archer is one of them. I love the whole idea that these three Dreamtreaders are trying to protect the waking world from the Nightmare Lord. Archer’s life overlaps when his dreams become dangerous and then, so does his waking life. This one is action-packed and teens and adults will love it!

    Written by In The Pages on November 13, 2015

  • ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’ | BOOK REVIEW

    I thought this was a pretty good young adult novel. It read really fast and the characters were nicely developed and easy to relate to. I thought that the story lagged slightly in the middle of the book but the story picked back up after the momentary lull.

    I do want to say that the Dr. Who references were a little too obvious. Now, I’m totally a Whovian but it’s just a little oddly written into this story and the reference to Olaf also stuck out as too much trivial pop culture. Books need to be written as classics so that when someone picks them up in ten years, it’ll still make sense. Otherwise, I did enjoy the book. It was a quick read with nice flow. I’ll definitely read more from this author.

    Written by A Simply Enchanted Life on November 10, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R13UIIW0PUNT5G/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’

    In the final installment of the Dreamtreaders series, The War for the Waking World, Wayne Thomas Batson delivers another exciting, fantastical, and spiritually rich adventure. With familiar characters from the previous novels, the settings of both the waking world and the dream world, and a series of dramatic events, Batson’s book is a quick and addicting read. I highly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any interested fans of young adult fantasy.

    Written by Book by Book on November 10, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1RPZQ2HO443QK/

  • WAYNE THOMAS BATSON’S CONCLUSION TO THE DREAMTREADER TRILOGY

    Wayne Thomas Batson burst onto the publishing scene ten years ago with a “Narnia-esque” novel, The Door Within, and quickly established himself as one of the top Christian Speculative authors for middle grade fiction. While I don’t think this is his best work (in my opinion, that goes to his Pirate Adventures books), The War for the Waking World concludes a fast paced, contemporary fantasy trilogy, ideal for reluctant readers … With an intriguing premise and solid world-building, young readers might enjoy this trilogy with allusions to spiritual warfare and a subtle faith-based thread/worldview.

    Written by The Artist Librarian on November 10, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1BONKDUGRSVD0/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • FAST-PACED FANTASY A YOUNG-TEEN PLEASER

    When I first started to read this book, I was immediately interested because it gave minimal but enough background information about what was going on. At first, I did not quite understand who the characters were, but that was soon clarified. After about ten pages in, I was able to tell what the basic storyline/plot was. I thought that I would definitely not lose interest in this book; I would for sure read it all the way through.

    I liked how it did now just tell you what was happening or what was going to happen. It would show you, at a good pace–not too fast but not too slow either. I think that this book is great and I would definitely recommend it to kids or even some adults if they’re interested.

    Written by Story Matters on November 10, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R8BQSNZV8AE7/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’ (DREAM TREADERS #3)

    The book was definitely excellent and exciting. It contained a lot of powerful themes like redemption, not losing sight of why we follow the plans God has for us, and that we are accountable for our actions and the choices we make be they good or bad. It’s an exciting fantasy full of adventure, cliffhangers, twists, and adrenaline-filled moments. For these reasons I would recommend this book to others and hope that the spiritual messages that it speaks touch readers’ hearts, opens their eyes and expands their walk with God.

    Written by Seeking with All Yur Heart on November 10, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R13EH38SUVEUSM/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • GREAT FOR THOSE WHO ARE NEW TO THE FANTASY. LESS INTIMIDATING THAN A LOT OF FANTASY BOOKS.

    I really love this cover and the colors used. I also love inside the book where you’ll find a picture at the start of each chapter. That just adds to what is a really great series. Fantasy books can be quite intimidating since they are often quite large. I think this series would be a great way to step into this genre because the books are short.

    Read the rest of my review on my website.

    Written by Fic Gal on November 10, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1FIKYRVH0FJO2/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’ YA LITFUSE REVIEW

    What if the world of dreams actually seeped into reality?

    As C. S. Lewis said, “Since it is so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.”

    I believe this is true for children and teens and adults. We all benefit from “Story” that is grounded in heroic character. This enhances an awareness of right and wrong, black and white, and an ability to parse the gray of life, making wise decisions in a split second.

    The War for the Waking World is about a character who makes mistakes, just like we do, but even through the mistakes, he is still one chosen to help save the world (just like Moses, David, and Peter are unlikely heros in their human-ness).

    Written by ~ Acorns ~ Nuggets of Gold ~ on November 9, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3JPS7EOIXYL40/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1400323681&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=283155&store=books

  • ‘THE WAR OF THE WAKING WORLD’

    There is plenty of action in this. I know it is for YA but I completely enjoyed the trilogy. The author does a great job with imagry and it is great with the dreams becoming reality. Archer is a strong young man and I really got trapped in his journey and couldn’t leave until the end. It wasn’t an easy journey by any stretch of the imagination but it was thrilling.

    I really liked this whole series. I would say start with book 1 and go from there but this one could be read as a stand alone. 5/5 for me.

    Written by Ashley’s Bookshelf on November 9, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3FTDZZKG5RKZI/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00ZRP74JS

  • ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’ BY WAYNE THOMAS BATSON

    I had not read the previous books in this serious, but despite that was still utterly enthralled with this book and found it to be a wonderful read. I love fantasy and am so happy that there are more Christian fantasy authors out there. The characters were riveting, the authors description of everything was enthralling and it just really kept me on the edge of my seat! I cannot wait to get my hands on the previous 2 books. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on November 9, 2015

  • ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’

    I love that I was able to just start reading this book without having to read the previous ones. It’s written in a way that you won’t be lost for not reading the first two. The author does an awesome job with his writing style. I love how this story turned out with quite a few unexpected turns. You will not be ready for the trilogy to end. You never know….maybe he’ll write some more to go along with it.

    This is a great fantasy type trilogy and you won’t be disappointed.

    Written by Crystal’s Candid Thoughts on November 9, 2015

  • BOOK REVIEW: ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’ BY WAYNE THOMAS BATSON

    The War For the Waking World is book 3 in the Dreamtreaders series and full of spritely and entertaining characters. The plot is unique and the writing style is engaging. Wayne Thomas Batson is a talented author that brings the story to life vividly and with incredible skill. I also love his name and spelling choices for the characters, it kept the story new and fresh.

    I mentioned that this is book 3 and although I haven’t read the first two, I was able to follow decently well for jumping in the middle of the series. So I can confidently say that you can read this book as a stand-alone, but I wouldn’t recommend it as there were a few parts that were built up in the previous novels and therefore hard to follow.

    Written by Accelerate the Jesus Movement on November 7, 2015

  • HAD A HARD TIME CONNECTING WITH IT

    Overall, I think that the Dreamtreaders series would be an excellent choice for children who fall into the older elementary through middle grades age brackets. They will enjoy the geared-for-their-level humor and writing style and will be able to identify easily with the main and secondary characters. I hesitate to recommend the series for adults; I just don’t feel it will hold their interest. On the other hand, reading the books together – parent and child – would be a wonderful way to incorporate the series into a family library.

    Written by Reading Is My SuperPower on November 7, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1Y1XRQZMH6D96/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • A SATISFYING FINALE

    As one of three Dreamtreaders in his generation, Archer is faced with having to deal with the rift of the dream world breaking into the waking world . . . virtually alone. Even his best friend is now sitting on the Nightmare Lord’s throne, turning her back on their friendship. The characters carry odd names, but they are well drawn and develop and grow (or fall backward in their development) into the full stature of their roles in both the dream and waking worlds. The plot has its own clear arc, but it also contains the final stage of the overall plot arc. I love the author’s descriptions, making the dream world believable. The action is nonstop until the very end where all the loose ends are tied up with satisfactory freshness and hope for the future.

    Written by The Writer’s Tool on November 6, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RDW6HZ4Q0FNWM/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘THE WAR OF THE WAKING WORLD’

    Join Archer Keaton, his sister, Kaylie, and their friends as they go on yet another adventure to save the waking world from the dream world. With fun characters and a enthralling continued story, Wayne Thomas Batson has once again written a captivating and page-turning fantasy story that teens will love.

    Written by Singing Librarian Books on November 6, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R155W6WHCPERL8/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’

    Dreams or nightmares? Sometimes night time dreams can become waking nightmares. It’s becoming a real mess, and the fate of the world hangs on a teenage boy, his friend and his little sister.

    This is a good stand alone read, but as with any trilogy, it’s good to read the previous books first to get a better handle on the background.

    I do like these young people. I hope Mr Batson will include them in future books.

    Written by sunny island breezes on November 5, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3MVCHMIGN3HJX/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00ZRP74JS

  • FANTASTIC FANTASY

    I came into this book not knowing what to expect because I hadn’t read the previous two books. I now really need to read these books. I”m a huge fan of the fantasy genre and this book was magical and a perfect display of all things fantasy. Even if you haven’t read the other books in the series, this book was amazing on it’s own. The idea of your dream/nightmare world bleeding into reality is a terrifying enough thought but the descriptions Batson provides makes it all the more real. I loved the characters and the fast paced plot line. I loved the characters and their stories. This book is a perfect read for all fantasy lovers. Warning though, you won’t want to put it down once you start.

    Written by Mommy Makes Time on November 5, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3G9VYAQN9MIEY/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’

    Whew!! What a wild ride! I suppose I should have read the first two books in the series so I would have known what I was getting into! It took me a little bit to understand what all was going on.

    So, the dream world has entered the waking world and peoples’ imaginations are becoming reality. Terrifying! It’s up to the Dreamtreaders to reverse the rift that joined the two. Archer and his sister must battle his former best friend as she controls the evil that is taking place.

    Great book. It wasn’t my usual style, but it was definitely fun. I believe it is written toward YA, but I think that anyone with a mind for fantasy would really enjoy this. I definitely recommend, but I also recommend picking up books one and two first!!

    Written by aTransParentMom on November 4, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/The-War-Waking-World-Dreamtreaders/product-reviews/1400323681/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewopt_srt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=recent&reviewerType=all_reviews&formatType=all_formats&pageNumber=1

  • WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO FIGHT FOR YOUR DREAMS? | {{BOOK REVIEW}} ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’

    This was my first time reading anything by Mr. Batson, & I have not read the other books in this series yet, but I plan on getting the other 2 in the “Dreamtreader” seried this weekend. It you like fantasy style books, then I can be almost certain that you would love this book(and the series). This book The War For The Waking World had me at the edge of my seat & is action and adventure, and friendship-all packaged in a fantastic book series.

    Written by Our Perfectly Imperfect Life! on November 4, 2015
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  • REVIEW – ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’

    The descriptions in this book are vivid and colorful. They bring the story to life and show it to me like a movie. The problem is, I wouldn’t want to see the movie it was made into.

    Written by Christian Readers Review on November 4, 2015
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  • ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’

    The War for the Waking World is book three iin the Dreamtreaders series. This book was an epic read full of adventure. I have grown to love this series and really hate to see it end. But the author did a wonderful job on this book and I loved every second of it.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on November 3, 2015

  • HUMILITY COMES AND SO DOES DESTRUCTION

    Summary: Trapped in prison while the world is falling apart. People’s dreams – even nightmares – are coming true. But no one knows it. A sort of veil has been placed over everyone’s senses so they are unaware of all the danger and trouble. And as it happens, instead of out helping, dreamtreader Archer is in prison awaiting trial for the crimes he has committed as a dreamtreader. His only hope is to tell the truth and fall on the mercy of the judge.

    Written by CTF Devourer on November 2, 2015
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  • ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’

    Fantastic read from start to finish! I love the fantasy and the divide of the dream and real world. This will be a novel that all individuals of all ages will be able to relate to.

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on November 2, 2015

  • ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’ REVIEW

    Honestly, if you like fantasy style books, this series is great. Not only that, it is “clean.” It brings faith, humility, fantasy, edge of your seat action and adventure, and friendship-all packaged in a fantastic book series. You could read just this book alone, and enjoy it. But why not get the entire series?! It’s that good.

    Written by The Open Window: An Autism Blog on November 1, 2015

  • ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’

    While I somehow missed the first book, I did read the second one before picking this up. While it is a trilogy, it is written in such a way that it is easier than some to jump into the middle, since Wayne does a wonderful job of setting up this fantasy style series. I love how the story comes together in this book, with quite a few unexpected turns that will leave the reader sad to finish the trilogy. The good news is, I have read several of the author’s other series, and they are every bit as good. So, if you find that you enjoyed this series immensely, I highly recommend that you check out Wayne’s other books.
    I love that there are allegories in his tales.

    Written by Inklings and Notions on October 30, 2015

  • IS IT A DREAM OR A WAR?

    Amazing just simply doesn’t cut it! It’s a great series, and this final book of the series is an “epic” one for sure. Love it and so happy to be able to read this series! A keeper for sure. Check out my full review here (live 10/30/15):http://justcommonly.blogspot.com/2015/10/is-it-dream-or-is-it-war.html

    Written by Just Commonly on October 29, 2015 | e

  • ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’ BY WAYNE THOMAS BOOK REVIEW AND BOOK TOUR

    Wow, The War For the Waking World by author Wayne Thomas Batson is a book with a very interesting idea. This is a story about a Dreamtreader named Archer Keaton. He is a 15 year old boy, There are only 3 for each time in the world. There is a Nightmare Lord and it is their job to keep all of the waking world safe from him. This is the last book in a really great trilogy. What will happen if the two worlds start to come together? Archer and the other 2 Dreamtreaders have to save the rest of the world before it is too late. Archer must also fight Kara who is assembling an army to fight. Archer and Kara used to be best friends. Will they be able to fight each other? Will Archer and others be able to save everyone else? I really liked this fantasy and I liked the ending. I give this book a 5/5.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!on October 27, 2015
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  • ‘THE WAR FOR THE WAKING WORLD’

    I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely loved this book; it was full of action and creativity that left me wishing I could be a Dreamtreader too!

    Written by ArtisticNobody on October 27, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RYJCLJKZ85MP5/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1400323681