- Series: The Depths of Memory Series
- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Lusios Publishing; 1 edition (August 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985418516
- ISBN-13: 978-0985418519
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Candice wraps elements of post-apocalyptic dystopian sci-fi and high fantasy together in a world C.S. Friedman would be proud of. ... This is refreshing, thought-provoking and engaging sci-fi."
Steven Montano Author of the Blood Skies series, The Skullborn Trilogy, and The Rike Chronicles ★★★★★
"The Dream Sifter is an engrossing science fiction/fantasy novel that had me reading it until the wee hours in the morning. The plotline was fantastic. The characters were very fleshed out. Other than the cliffhanger ending, I loved this book!!"
Jolie Eason (Read With Me - easonjolie5.wordpress.com) ★★★★
"The Dream Sifter is an original engaging mixture of science fiction and fantasy with the characters propelling the plot. This is a great read for those looking for a science fiction merged into fantasy with a world and characters that'll stay with your for long. I loved this and can't wait to get my hands on the newly published second installment, Dreams Manifest."
Fanna (fannatality.wordpress.com) ★★★★★
"Dream Sifter is one of those books that hooks you immediately and is able to maintain its iron grip on my attention with the pacing and character development that make any great read a pleasure. While Bundy has a well developed prose and artistry with words, she wields it with confidence and swagger that allows for the scenes to effortlessly unfold in the imagination of the reader."
Tony (Goodreads reviewer) ★★★★★
"Well-thought and greatly planned, The Dream Sifter by Candice Bundy deserves to be featured among classic gems of science-fiction. The author's linguistic richness and her ingenious world created from scratch compile a novel which promises intense suspense and plot twists."
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Paranormal Romance | Science Fiction/Fantasy | Horror
Other books by Candice Bundy
- The Daemon Whisperer (Paranormal Romance)
- The Dream Sifter (Book 1 of The Depths of Memory Series, Science Fiction/Fantasy)
- Dreams Manifest (Book 2 of The Depths of Memory Series, Science Fiction/Fantasy)
- Ripples, a Novella (Paranormal Horror)
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Then it gets worse. Since she was technically barren her Sept. You may call this her clan or tribe has kicked her out and the Durmah Sept would be willing to take her in. But since she was barren she could never marry and never own property in the Sept
After 48 hours she is sent to the Kiya's Grace way station
On the journey to the way station Stoi and Laan Durmah accompanied Rai.
During the journey the wagons are attacked by Iron Wolves and Rai demonstrated an unusual capability of killing one of the iron wolves with a dart gun.
She had an unusual experience with Jesse's brother Ponar. Read the book. You'll like it!
Rai keeps a journal of her nightmares hoping to recover any memory of her past.
She instantly takes a dislike to Tinker Somnu after meeting him at Kiya's Grace way station.
Along the story she doesn't reclaim any of the lost memories but does discover unusual abilities
Enhanced sense of smell when She smells the taint on Luna Berries
Enhanced eyesight when Rai can clearly see through the smoke when the Durmah Sept members cannot.
Ability to read strangers thoughts and emotions
There will be a second or more books in this series.
Can't wait to see what is coming in later novels.
Recommended 5 stars
What I liked is that this a matriarchal society. Women ruled the world here, not men. Women were the heads of their Septs (think clans) and they made the decisions. I was excited to read that because I have read few science fiction books where a matriarchal society was portrayed in a good light. Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty wrong with this society and the women who run them. Plenty wrong.
I liked Rai but I shared in her confusion over what her past was. The author shared very little information about Rai. Only that she had a tragic miscarriage and became barren because of it. I did think that the author did a great job at slowly revealing Rai’s strange abilities. Little was revealed in her nightmares also. Now that I have read the book, I can see the key elements revealed in those elements but still. They were very creepy.
The plague was very creepy. You never knew when it was going to crop up or who it was going to affect. The plague was making the women sterile. Also, if it wasn’t caught, the people who had the plague turned into being called the Terrors. I thought of the Terrors like wraiths and they were bloodthirsty.
The whole sending girls when they became fertile into the Temple for “service” was creepy. These were 14, 15-year-old girls and they were expected to pop out babies for the next 3-4 years. Then their Temple service was over. If the girls had issues conceiving, the Temple used fertility drugs to help them along. But those fertility drugs came with a price. The men also had Temple service. In my mind, they were more like studs. Plus, they didn’t live at the temple. They got called in. I can understand why the Matriarchs did that. With the population declining, they needed to make sure that the colony survived. Still, that didn’t sit right with me.
I wasn’t sure about the Guardians either. Well, mainly Graeber. The way he was following Rai around bordered was almost stalkerish. He also seemed to know a lot more about Rai then he let on. Which drove me nuts because I needed to know what his connection was to her.
Ponar was the only one who I actually liked. He made mistakes, sleeping with Rai was a huge one since having sex between Septmates was forbidden. He cared about Rai and wanted to help her find out who she was.
I can’t forget Matriarch Bauleel. I didn’t know what to make of her at first. She did seem to have Rai’s best interest at heart. But, as the book went on, it seemed like she knew Rai. It also seemed that she and Graeber were protecting Rai from something or someone. The author did a fantastic job keeping that under wraps too. I was very surprised at who Rai was to Bauleel when it was revealed.
The end of the book was a cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers and I was pretty upset that the book ended when it did. I kinda wanted to tear my hair out of my head because I had so many questions!!
The Dream Sifter is an engrossing science fiction/fantasy novel that had me reading it until the wee hours in the morning. The plotline was fantastic. The characters were very fleshed out. Other than the cliffhanger ending, I loved this book!!
**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**
The planet and culture as setting are reasonably unique and handled with a very deft touch, being familiar enough to be, well, familiar but still extremely exotic. The author does an excellent job of slowly doling out information, allowing us to explore the world and culture without getting in the way of the story, though I’m pretty sure I already see the twist. Frankly, there are so many faintly visible sub contexts and plot lines that I cannot imagine how she plans on wrapping everything up in only one more book. Luckily the author’s world is sufficiently interesting that handling some of the exposition and minor plot lines in subsequent non-sequel books would also be nice. As for the plot, well, with an amnesiac as protagonist the plot needs must be discovering her own true identity, but there are myriad other mysteries and subplots to be wrapped up as well. There are just a lot of strings here that I want to pull just to see where they go.
The characters are fairly vivid, especially Rae herself, and their motivations are reasonable given what we know of them. However, this book is an onion of unusually numerous layers so much of what motivates them I can only guess. Nonetheless there have been no actions I found odd or unreasonable. The author has done a good job at balancing what we know with what we need to know at that point. Similarly, while the pacing and action are both fairly sedate, at no point did I ever lose interest or feel tempted to skip ahead. Rather, it seems slowly paced because the protagonist is groping through fog knowing there are cliffs around, a point amply made to the reader fairly early.
Potential buyers should be aware that this isn’t really a novel, it’s more the first half of one very long novel. There is little resolution at the end of this book, though there is a substantial amount of enlightenment that I found satisfying. I have already purchased the second, and expect it to be my next read. Highly recommended.
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