For a thousand years, Galen Waylock's ancestors stood guard at the dream gate, ready to keep nightmare evils out of a world which no longer believed in them.

Everness, the Waylock's ancestral mansion, controls the gate between waking and dreaming. Long believed to be a myth, the forces of the nightmare world are now on the move again, and it has fallen to Galen to carry out his family's sacred mission.

But Galen's been taken over by the spirit of an evil warlock, who intends to seize control of the dream gate and lead the forces of darkness to victory. Galen's dad, who abandoned his post and his belief in Everness long ago, returns to fight for his son.

The second volume of Wright's War of the Dreaming series dives headlong into the action that ended the first, making for a confusing start for the new reader. There's plenty of backstory, however, to catch one up, and the story is well plotted and intriguing.

Wright blends our everyday world with the dark world of nightmares. He manages to pull off a scary and inventive version of the fantasy cliché about the magic worlds in cellars and behind closet doors. (Mar., 336 pp., $24.95)
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Jen Talley Exum