Review: The Dream Alchemist (Somnus #1) by Joanna Chambers

December 5, 2014 Review 2

Review: The Dream Alchemist (Somnus #1) by Joanna Chambers

When the sun goes down, their passion awakens…and so do their nightmares.

Centuries ago, a man with Bryn Llewelyn’s dreamwalking ability would have been a shaman or a priest. In this time, he’s merely exhausted, strung out on too much caffeine and too little sleep.

Sleep means descent into Somnus—an alternate reality constructed of the combined dreaming consciousness of ordinary humans. A place he’d rather avoid. Trouble is, his powers don’t include the ability to go without sleep indefinitely. At some point his eyes close…and his nightmare begins.

As a teen, the treatment that cured Laszlo Grimm’s sleep disorder stole his dreams—and his ability to feel emotion. Petrified of needing more “treatment”, he clings to familiar rituals and habits. But lately his nightly terror has returned, and when he meets Bryn in the real world, the man seems hauntingly familiar. Not only that, Bryn awakens feelings in Laszlo for the first time in years…

Slowly Bryn and Laszlo realize they are both unknowing pawns in a plan of unspeakable evil. And that their powerful attraction could release the destinies locked within them—or be the instrument of their doom.

Title: The Dream Alchemist
Author: Joanna Chambers
Series: Somnus
Published by Samhain Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: December 2, 2014
Genres: Fantasy Romance, Male Male Romance
Pages: 223
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

When Bryn falls asleep he doesn’t simply drift off to dreamland. He falls asleep in his bed to wake in Somnus. Waking in an alternate universe is of course going to come with its own set of complications. The complications are what keep Bryn hopped up on caffeine and skipping sleep as often as he can. Things happen that he can’t find answers for. Much of it he doesn’t even want to explain. Meeting the man of his dreams in this alternate reality is something he never even imagined possible. Somnus is the dream place where reality is never as it seems.

Sleep is just a necessity for Laszlo. His condition has plagued him since he was a teen. He has had several trips into a treatment clinic for his bothersome sleeping disorder. Having dreams is something he just simply never does. Having someone tell him they are sharing dreams must be a sign of lunacy. Yet Laszlo knows deep down that there is a bit of truth to Bryn’s statements. Laszlo is shocked when he is handed proof to Bryn’s crazy claims. That is when things really start to unravel for Laszlo.

I honestly can’t say the The Dream Alchemist moved slowly. This is the first book in a series. There is an alternate world thus there are a set of rules that apply to that world. Somnus works differently than the world we live in. There are many supporting factors that go along with making Somnus work. I basically had a lot to learn. To follow what is going on within Somnus there was much explaining that needed to be done. It made the world work for me. I’m looking forward to reading more books in the Somnus series.

The romance between Bryn and Laszlo definitely had a slow burn to it. The connection from real world to Somnus took some time to happen. That is all because of what was going on with Laszlo and his lack of dreams. Overall Joanna Chambers gave me a new series to impatiently wait for the next book to. I liked that this was a paranormal world that I had not seen before. I love it when something new and fresh finds its way onto my pile of Mt Readmore.

Gay Romance


Joanna Chambers always wanted to write but she didn’t find her muse until she rediscovered her love of romance novels after the birth of her first child. These days, Joanna lives in the UK with her family and finds time to write by eschewing sleep and popular culture. You can find Joanna at her website,, friend her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @ChambersJoanna and connect with her on Goodreads.


Laszlo didn’t say anything, just took his own seat beside Bryn, stretching his long legs out in front of him. He seemed at ease, while Bryn fidgeted more or less constantly, jogging one knee up and down as he fiddled with the leather bracelets looped around his left wrist.

“Can I ask you something?” Laszlo said after a while.

“Sure, ask away,” Bryn replied.

“Did you know I was going to be at that party tonight?”

Bryn turned his head, and their eyes met, Laszlo’s electric-blue gaze making Bryn feel like he’d been zapped or something.


He cleared his throat. “I had no idea,” he replied honestly.

Laszlo’s expression was troubled. “So why did you ask to see me alone as soon as we spoke? Why did you say those things? We’ve never even met before tonight.”

“Yes we have. I told you already. We’ve met in Somn—”

“No!” Laszlo interrupted. His voice rang out, too loud, drawing looks—some nervous, some interested—from the other occupants of the waiting room.

Scowling, Laszlo ducked his head closer to Bryn’s to hiss, “You’re crazy, if you think that.”

Bryn stared at him helplessly. “I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true. We’ve met in our dreams, Laszlo—that’s why I recognised you. We’ve met more than once. We may even meet again tonight.” He tried for a smile. “Maybe this time you’ll remember me, and it won’t sound so insane when you wake up tomorrow.”

Laszlo didn’t answer that, but he shook his head no, his expression grim.

“What if I could prove it to you?” Bryn asked, his mind racing. “Maybe if I could make something happen in your dream?”

“I told you—I don’t dream,” Laszlo said flatly. “Or at least I don’t remember my dreams.”

For a man who had such strong powers in Somnus, that was definitely odd. Off. Bryn filed the remark away to report to Dylan later.

For now, he merely said, “Maybe you’d remember if what happened was surprising enough. Say, if I was able to show you something no one else could possibly have seen before. Do you have something personal you could give me now?”

Laszlo’s gaze was suspicious. “What kind of thing?”

“Anything. How about one of those cards you gave to Katie earlier?”

“Is this just a ruse to get my number?” If Laszlo’s attempt at humour was intended to lighten the atmosphere, it failed badly. They were both too wound up to do more than smile tightly while Laszlo dug into the inside pocket of his tux jacket and pulled out a card.

“Okay, now write something on it,” Bryn said. “Something personal. Something only you would know about.”

Laszlo paused, thinking. He reached back into his jacket, pulling out a silver fountain pen, an expensive-looking thing. Turning the card over, Laszlo wrote. The ink that flowed was the deep black-blue of a sapphire, and his script was bold and slashing, difficult to read upside down. It wasn’t until he handed the card to Bryn that Bryn was able to make out the words.

“My soul may find her peace in sleep,” he read aloud.




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2 Responses to “Review: The Dream Alchemist (Somnus #1) by Joanna Chambers”

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