A dark force springs from the uncommon imaginations of young Sean and Cole Golden, casting a cold shadow over the ever-changing land of dreams. When the malevolent entity abducts the Sandman, and then snatches its own creators from their cozy beds in an Iowa farmhouse, Jake (the boys' cynical father) is forced to resurrect the imaginative child within in order to cross the adult-proof barrier that separates the real from the surreal. In Nod, a world literally made of our dreams, the younger Jake must rescue Sean, Cole, and the Sandman before the sleep-deprived citizens of the world burn everything to the ground.
Jake faces physical manifestations of all manner of dreams, including a treacherous money forest, They and Them (monochromatic Siamese twins who are the architects of The Rules), The Tree of Hope, and Death himself-who turns out to be a pretty nice guy. But despite the wondrous locales and characters contained within the story, a current of authentic emotion tethers the whimsical fantasy elements to a credible reality like the string of a bright red balloon tied around a child's wrist.
SLEEPWALKER: THE LAST SANDMAN is a contemporary fantasy without wizards, faeries, dragons, or vampires. A thematic cousin to PETER PAN and ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, this unique adventure offers emotional complexity to mature readers while delivering a thrilling ride for the young and the young at heart.
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