The Lost Dreamer surrounded by 4 skeins of grey, maroon, gold, and teal yarn on a white cloth and blue marble background.

74. The Lost Dreamer by Lizz Huerta

Our conversation today is about The Lost Dreamer by Lizz Huerta, a transportive fantasy novel that weaves together two perspectives – Indir and Saya – both powerful Dreamers who can access the Dreaming dimension and gain knowledge there. Change is coming to the city of Alcanzeh following the death of an elderly king and the ascent of his violent heir. Indir has a pivotal role to play, while Saya travels and keeps her gifts hidden. There is a whole LOT of talk about chaos in this book, and my notes are a bit chaotic tbh, so let’s do this!

  • Recommend if you like…
    •  Chosen one stories: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, Labyrinth Lost* by Zoraida Cordova, and A Blade So Black* by L.L. McKinney
    • The Witcher TV show  
    • The Sandman TV show
    • Dream Country by Ashaye Brown*
    • (J later) Moana (for the whales, baby!)
    • (J later) Tomi Adeyemi and the Children of Blood & Bone series* 
    • (J later) Black Panther

* we’ve done several episodes for this series! but you don’t have to take our word for it – go ahead and scroll thru our episodes page.

Why did we choose this book? We don’t remember 🙂

  • Whale songs!! The person kelly was referencing is Michaela Harrison. Seriously, her latest blog post alone….no words…so many feelings. Check out this interview with Michaela on the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute’s podcast. And here is a clip of her Whale Whispering work.
  • The grief of a dream when it abandons, disappoints, fails you. See this scene of Abbot Elementary (S 1, E 11) in which the janitor, Mr. Johnson, learns young teacher Gregory that “A dream can be a goal just as much as it can be a distraction.”
  • Ojibwe writer Richard Wagamese:“All that we are is story. From the moment we are born to the time we continue on our spirit journey, we are involved in the creation of the story of our time here. It is what we arrive with. It is all we leave behind. We are not the things we accumulate. We are not the things we deem important. We are story. All of us. What comes to matter then is the creation of the best possible story we can while we’re here; you, me, us, together. When we can do that and we take the time to share those stories with each other, we get bigger inside, we see each other, we recognize our kinship – we change the world, one story at a time…” 

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