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Stardreamer - ROCK FORSBERG
Stardreamer - ROCK FORSBERG
Stardreamer - ROCK FORSBERG



‘It’s a portal to our universe. We have to warn the others.’

To save life as they know it, Tredd Bounty and his superhuman crew seek to reunite the five Shade gods. The only problem is that they are impossible to find, and time is running out.

Doctor Belinda Killock has a different approach: she is creating a new superweapon for the navy. To make it work, she needs a source of deep energy. That’s when Tredd and his fellow FIST operatives start to look less like allies and more like a resource to be exploited.

When the aliens attack, it’s evident that the portal to hell is made of good intentions.

Nobody is ready. Everyone is fighting. But who’s the real enemy?

Stardreamer is the second book in the exhilarating Shades Space Opera series. If you like gritty heroes, alien encounters, and paranormal powers, then you’ll love this action-packed novel.

Buy Stardreamer to ride beyond the universe today!

Print length: 460 pages

Chapter One

Kuleema—an Andronese word, which in common language translated roughly to ‘the moment when things turned bad’—floated through Eddie’s consciousness.

Shaking it aside as a typical glitch of his mind’s relocation, he opened his eyes. He was lying on the floor of a small room, a perfect cube with four black walls—doors on two of them, a window on one, and a clock opposite the window. Black floor and black ceiling sucked the white light that was bleeding in from the corners.

The room had become a familiar place: it was where he spent the time he blacked out in the real world. He could bring nothing with him, and as such, he had first treated it as nothing but a dream, his mind’s creation. For years, he had visited the room, unable to open the doors, until, with Warrigal’s help, he had learned the true nature of this strange place. And when he had first opened the doors, he had seen the vast plane of Remola.

Beside him, Warrigal got up. He was one of the Shades, and as Eddie’s master he guided him in controlled travel between the realms.

‘I’ve a bad feeling about this.’

‘What is it?’ Eddie said.

‘I will take us down and show you.’ Warrigal sat on the chair in the middle of the small room. Sitting upright, his back straight, he closed his eyes and entered a state where he controlled the space.

The room jerked, and the view from the window changed. Massive black shapes whizzed past their otherworldly cabin as Warrigal flew them over the plane of Remola, a vast cityscape. Under the dark sky stood countless towers which, unlike the boxy buildings of Spit City, were like massive, black, glistening treetrunks, with boughs like muscles. Soon, the tall arboreal structure of the buildings gave way to lower ground, full of moving creatures that resembled ants.

The movement outside the window subsided, and with a slight bump, the cabin stopped.

Eddie hadn’t been to this place in Remola before, but novelty had become the norm, as the plane seemed to be infinite. Also, he had never been so close to the moving things on the ground. They were no ants; they were huge.

He put his hand on the door handle, but before turning it, he glanced at Warrigal. ‘Is it safe?’

‘They are still unable to discern our presence,’ Warrigal said, rising from the chair. ‘Perhaps their senses are unconditioned for the likes of us.’

Warrigal was a Shade and Eddie was a human, but here they were both outsiders exploring a strange land. Eddie took a deep breath and pushed the door open. He gasped at the sight.

In front of him spread a seemingly endless flat space, unlike anything he had seen in Remola before, filled with massive, elongated black structures, which rested horizontally and didn’t seem to have any roots into the ground.

‘What are those things? Ships?’

Warrigal nodded by his side. ‘I was hoping this wouldn’t happen so soon. They have moved faster than I ever expected.’

‘What do you mean?’

‘They’re building a fleet,’ Warrigal said, with an unwavering expression. ‘Let’s move.’

Warrigal returned to the chair in the middle of the room and closed his eyes. Eddie pulled the door shut and the cabin jerked again as Warrigal flew them up and over the infinite alien shipyard. Far in the horizon something glimmered.

‘Did you see that?’ Eddie asked.

‘Felt it,’ Warrigal grunted, and heaved a sigh. ‘This can mean only one thing…’

As they approached, the form of the glimmer became clearer. From the middle of a gigantic convex plate rose a stream of what looked like white energy. It was difficult to estimate the height, and from afar it looked like it reached relatively low in the sky. Where it ended, the crimson sky was black.

All around the structure from which the energy beam originated, the colossal Remola ships were lit with green lights and slowly took off from the ground.

At the end of the energy beam, the blackness revealed stars.

‘It’s a hole in the sky,’ Eddie said.

‘It’s a portal.’

‘To where?’

Warrigal opened his eyes. ‘To our universe.’

‘How is that possible?’

Warrigal stood up and stepped beside him. ‘I can only guess, but the more I think about it, the more I get a sense that their whole existence is about attaching to our universe and coming through.’

‘Why now?’

Warrigal shrugged. ‘We always thought that entropy would rip the universe apart and kill the heat, but that was far, far in the future. I thought we’d have more time, but we don’t. Yesterday’s future is now, and Remola is the ripper.’

‘We have to warn the others,’ Eddie said.

Like the first wind of a storm, the once vague notion of another plane bleeding in had just become real. Kuleema indeed.


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Rock Forsberg

Rock loves awe-inspiring stories and writes to create epic worlds and stories of his own. He has also written songs, poems, and short stories, both in English and in Finnish. For him, writing is a long game, with a lifetime of learning and dozens of novels to write.

"I hope you will find the same awe in reading this book as I found writing it."


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As any quality-conscious independent publisher, I work with several professional editors and proofreaders.

I strive to deliver the best product possible, but it's impossible to be objective about one's own work, so the editorial support is vital.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Mayor Mcturd
Edited With Style This Time

Even though I absolutely love the story, I had to give the 1st book 3 stars because of the massive amount of editing errors in it. Not so with this one! There were a few minor errors, but he must have gotten an all new editor for book two. Can't wait to buy book 3 when it comes out! (Reviewed at

 Waiting for the third

I spent long pondering whether the book is 3 or 4 stars. I'll dissect my thoughts as follows:


Mr. Forsberg flavours his pages with a delightfully vast vocabulary conveying the impression that the reader is now in the hands of a practised writer. Disjointed narrative, with frequent jumps between backstories and subplots, is growing into his voice, but is not quite there yet. It could be argued that enhanced capability of some characters is in itself Deus Ex Machina leading into eucatastrophic halts.


Second in the Shades Space Opera -series, the Stardreamer, follows its predecessor into the noirish world of grimy Spit City, corrupt galactic organisations and the quotidian grind of space-faring undesirables. The world is mostly experienced by living it through the minds and senses of the characters. The reader is empowered into a god-like being that could tap into synapses of the characters and observe the nascent affairs in situ. The book inserts a completely new location, Remola, with its indigenous population into the Shades world inventory. This new development could have benefited from more thorough detailing as it was definitely sub-par in the ADVANCE READER COPY -version when compared to earlier locations that had their backdrop and expectations subconsciously set by the well-known mainstream Sci-Fi.


After a sporty start the middle region felt like wading through a muddy backwater while trying to connect detached plots. However, the story manages to ramp-up its engines towards the ending, but I have to say that the cliffhanger felt unsatisfactory.
Putting it bluntly the first book of the Shades Space Opera -series, the Starcrasher, was more balanced and stellar performance. This one felt more rushed and unpolished, which may be a set of qualities pertaining to the ADVANCE READER COPY -version itself, thus I'm willing to round it to 4. (Reviewed at

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More twists and turns abound as we return to the Shades universe

I thoroughly enjoyed my return to Rock's writing, devouring Stardreamer in a matter of days. The twists and turns were great - I still get chills thinking about one in particular. Character development is well done, and it is interesting to see how all the characters have grappled with their "success" in book 1. Finally, the writing, whilst good in Starcrasher, moves to a new strength in this book and was a joy to read. (Reviewed at

Four stars

Stardreamer is the second instalment in Shades Space Opera Series. It continues the story of Tredd Bounty and his friends, and it is written with the same style and quality as the first book. Therefore, if you liked the first book, you like this one, too. I really liked it. (Reviewed at