Behold the Eye: Braumaru
Ancient civilizations, mysterious legends, dream travel, and worlds beyond normal view all form the backdrop for this inspired and otherworldly exploration of love, friendship, and the magic of the dream world. Braumaru, the first book in the Behold the Eye trilogy, tells an enchanting and inspirational story that reaches beyond the familiar boundaries of ordinary imagination into an extraordinary realm where the impossible is possible and where anything can happen; and often does. Dream-like in its unfolding, vivid in its suspense, and thrilling in its action; this story is a passionate tale of hope and optimism. Ages 9 and up.
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As Micah came of age at 15, in the land of Braumaru, he finally finds his gift, as did others before him. Micah Zomorah however, had no idea that his dreams might have anything to do with his gift and at the beginning, he ignored them and categorized them as merely fantastic dreams. When he realizes that his dreams are his gift, that he indeed is a dream traveler, this discovery sets him upon an adventure that will captivate and capture the imagination of all who read it.
On another plane and place within this book, the reader meets 6th graders, Vickie and her friends, Karen, Cathy, and Tricia. These four girls find themselves one day on the playground bored to tears, so they decide to become rich and famous by writing a book. Though there is a bit of a hard time deciding on a topic to write the book on, the four girls finally settle on a book which would be factual and would be about actual encounters with ghosts and goblins. This of course proves harder than they expected, but still they continue trying to write the book. As their work is ongoing , surprising things begin to happen to Vickie. One day much to her surprise, Vicki realizes that the girls have a special power of dreaming and they turn their focus from the book to developing their dream power, if only to see where it might lead them.
But, unbeknownst to all involved, while the girls and Micah are trying to wrap their minds around what is happening to them, there is nearby an "evil one" who is trying desperately to find the secret of dream travel. This person is evil in that he dreams of returning to a past world and gaining the power of king, a power he feels is his birthright. His intentions upon becoming king are not good and this is a worry for the girls and Micah when they finally do figure him out. One of the worst problems with this "evil one", is he will do anything in his power to gain that power, even if it puts Micah and the girls in harms way.
The evil one discovers a lost ‘dream traveling’ girl and falsely gains her trust, promising to help her find the secret to returning home. This man knows exactly what he needs to gain the power he seeks, so he sends the girl to help him find an ancient lost book that contains inscriptions from a long time ago ancestor, detailing the story behind how their home was lost, with only a few remaining. One he believes will give him the power he seeks.
The evil one uses the lost girl and her discovery of clues and his knowledge of his family history to try to find a way to find a way he can travel to the past and regain what he feels is his deserved royal status. The evil one also tricks another girl, by luring her to fall into a coma of which doctors, in the present, have no idea how to treat, much less how to help her regain consciousness.
Of course, evil as he is, he also locks his helper, Shanti and comatose Vickie, into a sort of dream house where they cannot escape. Micah knows of the house through his dreams and he and the girls attempt to find the house and rescue the two girls inside. During this time, Micha and the girls encounter creatures of which nightmares are made and quickly discover that the dream world can actually be more dangerous than the working, living world they came from.
The ending is filled with page turning surprises and shocks as the four attempt time and again to rescue the girls from the house. As they work, so does the evil one, calling up creatures and instances that both thrill and shock the reader into a point of disbelief and discouragement that anyone will prevail over the evil one. the discovery of the girls and what Shanti represents are as surprising to Micah as they are to the reader. What happens at the end of this book is best left for the reader to discover, as it is so intense that I found myself re-reading parts of it to fully grasp the ending and what happens to the characters within.
As the first of a trilogy, this sets the stage excellently for more books ahead and hours of suspense and great reading not
Coming of age in Braumaru was the time that each in the community found their gift, Micah Zomorah was the same. Not realizing that his dreams may have anything to do with his gift, at first he paid no attention to the dreams. Vicki and her friends (Karen, Cathy, and Tricia) wanted to make there mark in the world and decided on writing a book. Preferring it to be fact and not fiction, the girls set out to find ghosts and goblins. Realizing that maybe they had some special powers of dreaming, Vicki began focusing on that power. Micah had no idea at first that he was dream traveling and not just dream seeing. The whole time the girls and Micah are trying to figure out what is happening to them, there is another that is trying to find that very power to dream travel, with the hopes of traveling to a place - a parallel world - where they might have the power of a royal family.
Book 1 ….. Very interesting concept for a youth fiction book. The addition of the journal entry from a nearly extinct civilization as well as the large cast of characters from several different realms, the mystical, natural gifts that go along with the eye colors (premonition, telepathy and healing) gives a lot to keep track of for this first book of the series. I had a found the jumping back and forth between characters confusing at first, but after a time, and getting to know the characters better, it was easier to follow the progress of the story. Some of the transitions between characters were still a bit abrupt and seemingly out place but I did get used to it, although this may make it more difficult for some young readers to follow. While this story does answer some of it’s own questions, it is a great lead in to the next book of the series, Behold the Eye: Cerulea.