A Dream of Stewards


Loved it! 😍

A story of hope, family, trust, and responsibility. With a little time travel sprinkled in.

Three words that immediately came to mind when finishing A Dream of Stewards by Yohann Martin were, I. Want. More. This book had a little bit of everything, mystery, time travel, romance, and family. One of the aspects I really enjoyed while reading was Martin's ability to make this story feel so real. He gave the characters working at the AIC (Archive Initiative Center) real stories, and families.

The characters weren't superhuman like I was expecting. They were instead, thoughtfully chosen by the AIC based on skills that couldn't be reached like leadership, effort, and the willingness to learn. Fighting, navigating, and using weapons can be taught. The earlier skills listed cannot.

Another thing that stood out to me while reading the novel was the characters' eventual acceptance of not needing to know everything. There were several instances where the Stewards explanations were sparse, or elusive. They never gave the whole story which left the characters with more unanswered questions and the belief that they would eventually know the truth.

Lastly, one of the main lessons I came away with was the effect power can have on a person. Many of the characters throughout the novel were presented with the power to change life-altering events, go back in time to fix mistakes, stop wars, and prevent hardship and ruin. There is an internal and external struggle between these characters as they make their choices. It leaves the reader with the question, what would you do with the same opportunity? Would you change the world? If you did, would that power consume you? Could you stop yourself from abusing the power of knowledge and change?

My only reason for four stars instead of five is the storytelling. With so many side stories intertwining with the main story, I would have liked to see a bit more clarification. Some of the chapters started out describing a scene using "she" or "he." The character's name sometimes didn't appear until a few paragraphs down or on the next page. Additionally, some of the chapters jumped back in time or were memories. I understand that some of those sections were meant to demonstrate the confusion that was also being felt by the character, but I found it to be a little much at times.

Other than that small issue, I did very much enjoy A Dream of Stewards by Yohann Martin and I'd highly recommend giving it a read.

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I'm Leah Lawrence, an avid reader, book reviewer, and freelance marketing consultant. Reading has always been a big part of my life. It has been my escape, my adventure, and my opportunity for advancement in education, my career, and my well-being.

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About the author

Yohann is the author of the Keys of Time series and its debut entry, A Dream of Stewards. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children. When not writing and consuming stories, he enjoys bike rides with the family, weightlifting, and the occasional lightsaber battle with his two-year-old son. view profile

Published on March 16, 2022

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