Fun and refreshingly sophisticated for a children’s tale of modern wizardry, A Wizard Of Dreams is Book 1 in The Myrddin’s Heir series by author Robin Chambers. The common plot of modern youth discovering connections to a magical past is woven from threads as varied as old poetry about knights and wizards, modern tales of extraterrestrials and space travel, and hard science reaching from the Jurassic to Einstein’s relativity. The adventures are stitched together with enough realistic modern detail that at times you cannot help but find yourself interested in Gordon and other characters as real people growing up or grown up in a world of extinct species and ongoing war and the hope that the next generation might do better whether through the powers of magic or education. If not that, then at least enjoy the fantasy of what school might have been like with an invisible friend and telekinetic powers.
For the educated adult who can recognize allusions to Shakespeare, Milton and Star Trek there is the pleasure of disparate subjects resonating with memory. For the child (or the adult who may have forgotten a wee bit) there are explanatory notes that also, one can only hope, whet the appetite to explore even farther.
Original, engaging, and educational, A Wizard Of Dreams is highly recommended. I have already bought the sequel.