The Dream-Maker’s Magic by Sharon Shinn is the third book in a series that started with The Safe-Keeper’s Secret. Each book in the series is set in the same kingdom, but focus on different characters. This book is about Kellen, a girl who is raised as a boy because her mother insists that she gave birth to a boy rather than a girl. When Kellen starts school, she meets Gryffin, a very intelligent boy whose legs are damaged so that he walks with canes. They are both outcasts of the village because of their differences, and they become fast friends. Through the years, they meet a variety of characters as they work in bed and breakfasts and a bustling inn. Their friendship is just starting to turn into something else when Gryffin’s life changes forever and he must leave their village for the capital city.
If you enjoyed the previous two books in the series this one is just for you. Though it features the stories of Kellen and Gryffin, readers get to see many of the other people of the realm. Written in Shinn’s clean language the writing allows readers to completely embrace the magic within the story. Recommend this to teens who enjoy either romance or fantasy. The magical parts of the story are subtle, rather than wizards and zinging spells, which is part of the charm of the series as a whole.