The Prince and the Blight

The Dream Keeper Saga Book 2

By Kathryn Butler, MD

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The Prince and the Blight

The Dream Keeper Saga Book 2

By Kathryn Butler, MD

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An Adventure Novel for Middle-Grade Readers Steeped in Magic, Mystery, and Glimmers of Hope—Book 2 in the Dream Keeper Saga

It’s been a month since 12-year-old Lily McKinley was whisked away to the Somnium Realm to rescue her father, and although she’s overjoyed to have him home, she can’t leave the magical world behind. The glowing stone pendant that transported her is now bringing strange creatures to life against her will, with her paper-mache pterodactyl and even scrambled eggs suddenly moving about on their own. Lily tries to pretend that everything is normal, but when her friend Cedric the dragon appears to tell her that an illness has taken over the kingdom, troubling questions haunt her. Where is Prince Pax? If he can save the Somnium Realm like he did before, why won’t he stop the blight? Lily and her friends must return to Castle Iridyll to find out.

In this sequel to The Dragon and the Stone, Kathryn Butler takes middle-grade readers on an unforgettable adventure that mixes fantasy with biblical concepts. As young readers join Lily's exciting quest, they'll explore what it means to trust in God's faithfulness, even when he feels distant.

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  • Ideal for Middle-Grade Readers and Families: Includes kids’ favorite fantasy and adventure elements with imaginative new characters and settings they’ll love
  • Christian Themes: This exciting story invites readers into deep conversations about the gospel and theological issues including hope, evil, and salvation
  • Book 2 in the Dream Keeper Saga by Kathryn Butler

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Kathryn Butler, MD

Kathryn Butler (MD, Columbia University) trained in surgery and critical care at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she then joined the faculty. She left clinical practice in 2016 to homeschool her children, and now writes regularly for and the Gospel Coalition on topics such as faith, medicine, and shepherding kids in the gospel.

Product Details

Category: Fiction
Children & Youth
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 336
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 12.47 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-7951-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7951-6
ISBN-UPC: 9781433579516
Case Quantity: 36
Published: August 02, 2022

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Pterodactyl
Chapter 2: Home
Chapter 3: Jailbreak!
Chapter 4: The Dragon in the Kitchen
Chapter 5: Back to the Realm
Chapter 6: Lost in the Storm
Chapter 7: The Bear
Chapter 8: Muzzytown
Chapter 9: The Flying Emerald
Chapter 10: The Voyage Begins
Chapter 11: Shipwrecked
Chapter 12: Castle Iridyll
Chapter 13: The Tenth Spire
Chapter 14: The Apprenticeship
Chapter 15: Scallywag
Chapter 16: Merlin
Chapter 17: The New Captain
Chapter 18: Northward
Chapter 19: Ash Canyon
Chapter 20: The Burning Valley
Chapter 21: Nightshade
Chapter 22: The Sea of Oblivion
Chapter 23: The Sovran Merrow
Chapter 24: A Light in the Darkness
Chapter 25: The Prince
Chapter 26: The Draught
Chapter 27: The Promise
Chapter 28: Endings and Beginnings


“The stakes are high when Lily is called back to the realm of dreams, and her questions and fears will feel surprisingly true to life for young readers. Fortunately, so will the magic. A worthy companion to the first adventure!”
James D. Witmer, author, A Year in the Big Old Garden, Beside the Pond, and The Strange New Dog

“Though Lily returns to the Realm and finds it marred by darkness, her story is an adventure of the best and brightest kind. Beautiful, honest, redemptive, and true, this book is sure to win a spot in the hearts of those who love the Chronicles of Narnia and the Wingfeather Saga. I can’t wait to see where Kathryn Butler steers her series next!”
Théa Rosenburg, blogger, Little Book, Big Story

“My favorite thirty minutes of every day are the moments before bed when I gather with my sons to read great stories. Our hearts connect as our imaginations are unlocked by the characters and adventures described on each page. Kathryn Butler’s excellent book, The Prince and the Blight, is a book we will read together again and again. Riveting storytelling meets meaningful themes in this treasure. Make room on your bookshelf. Your family will love—and grow through—this fantastical series.”
Erin Davis, writer; Bible teacher; mom of four

“What an exciting continuation of the Dream Keeper Saga! The plot twists and layers of character development will keep your kids thinking and guessing. Like the first installment in this series, The Prince and the Blight carries on with engaging readers in creative imagination and spiritual depth.”
Gloria Furman, author, Labor with Hope and Missional Motherhood

“Lily and Cedric were too compelling for one story alone. And Pax! What a joy to have this second book and see them now face a threat so relevant in our times. Kathryn Butler wins our trust with her characters, engaging turns, and deeply Christian themes. I’m excited to add the Dream Keeper Saga to our family canon.”
David Mathis, Senior Teacher and Executive Editor,; Pastor, Cities Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota; author, Habits of Grace

"Like the first installment in this series, The Prince and the Blight carries on with engaging readers in creative imagination and spiritual depth."

Gloria Furman

author, Alive in Him and Labor with Hope