- Series: The Depths of Memory Series (Book 1)
- 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: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,487,980 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
The planet Az’Unda suffers from several persistent problems. They have been beset for many years with a persistent plague for which they have been unable to find a cure. Despite strict measures designed to increase their human population, it keeps decreasing to the point where they are in danger of suffering a complete population collapse in a few generations. And they are part of an interplanetary system run by another race that does not want to accord humans the status of ‘sentient beings.’
In this book, we are primarily following the experiences of one young woman who is called Rai. She has been in Temple Service, or so she is told, but has failed to bear any live children and so is being discharged and declared barren. This means she has failed her Sept, or clan, and must find a new home. The Temple has arranged for her to be adopted by another Sept for whom her barren status is not an issue.
Rai’s time in the Temple has left her with a severe case of amnesia. She can’t remember anything about the Sept she has supposedly let down, or about her previous life. But she does suffer from bad nightmares. When she stops taking some of the medicines the Temple has given her that are supposed to help with this problem, the nightmares become worse and more frequent. But as time passes, she discovers new abilities – sharper hearing and smell, and the ability to read other people’s emotions.
Rai keeps encountering a particular Guardian – sort of like the local police, who, among other things, protect the citizens from dangerous animals, particularly those that carry the plague – which she finds to be suspicious. But what is he really doing? And why does the Matriarch of the Temple worry that she will be in trouble for letting Rai live?
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**