The City of Lost Dreamers

The City of Lost Dreamers

By Author / Illustrator

Lisa Lueddecke



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A coming of age story set in a gripping new fantasy world - perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor.

In a city that has been struck off the map, cursed to wander forever by the famed map magician Baba Yaga, a young girl called Siya accidentally finds the lost pieces of the magical map that will reunite her city with the rest of the world. Always overlooked as the magic-less daughter of a powerful magician, she believes this is her moment to prove her worth. But instead of being celebrated, she is now hunted by powerful forces threatening the city. With the help of her worst enemy, Feodor, Siya must unravel the mystery of why the Map Makers' Guild is so desperate not to let the map be completed, find Baba Yaga and become the saviour of her city.

Lisa Lueddecke is a master of gorgeously evocative fantasy with strong female characters to root for, wonderfully inspired by the folktales Lisa was brought up with as part of her Hungarian heritage



A girl without magic, who lives in a city where almost everyone else has. A father who works at the Mappers' Guild; the same building where the girl works as a clerk in training. A map ripped into three pieces by the witch Baba Yaga - so their city will never be complete again!

I knew The City of Lost Dreamers would be a book where I would quickly be absorbed. The girl, Siya Valdanova, hates her dull job at the Guild - a clerk in training is the lowest job in the building. However, she also spends time wandering the hallways, watching the Magisters as they go about their official business. She wishes the she had magic. Not only to be able to have a more interesting existence, but also so that her father would have some interest in her.

After pairing up with Feodor - the next Elder's son, reputed to have potentially strong magic - and exploring places which lead to a piece of the map! Can the Charge, named Semyon, ruin everything for the two after he finds them freeing a Dreygas (part monster part human), which leads to them being interviewed by the Magisters, including both Syia's and Feodor's fathers.

The City of Lost Dreamers is a very exciting read for anyone who enjoys books with a magical element!

288 pages / Reviewed by Donna Ritchie, teacher.

Suggested Reading Age 11+


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