A kingdom invaded. A warrior princess on the run for her life. A hero from another world. An evil god who wants their souls. Can they join forces to defeat the evil one and win freedom for their people?
©2011 Debra Holland (P)2013 Debra Holland
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"Dream walking at it's best..."
A well written book that is part paranormal, part science fiction, part fantasy and part romance and a place where worlds collide. A war of Gods and royalty and at a time where family would kill each other to gain power. A princess is in danger and her hero is in her dreams. It is dream walking at it's best. Read along as Daria faces danger in many different places.
The author, Debra Holland tells a story as only she can while keeping our interests peaked and keeping us guessing as to what is going to happen next. The narrator, Noah Michael Levine delivered this story flawlessly with that entertaining voice he has. He is superb at multiple voices and his accents are spot on. I can almost hear a sense of humor in some of his character voices. Kudos to both author and narrator for a job well done!
"Can't wait to get into the next one!"
I haven't read the print version but loved the narrator for Sower of Dreams :)
This is a hard question to answer because many scenes were memorable and I don't want to give anything away for someone who hasn't read or listened to the book. So, spoiler alert ahead: One of the most memorable scenes was when the hero finds and rescues the monkey bats. I loved the new words given for the pits (especially as a Star Trek fan myself).
I like how real all the character sounded. How does a male do deep male voices and little girl voices so well? Training?
I cried at times.
Here's a review I posted on Amazon and I am new to reading books through kindle and Audiobooks and Amazon so I don't have many reviews on there. I am very happy I was introduced to this author :)First, a genuine compliment to the author: The worlds intrigue me as much as Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth . In over a decade, I have not been pulled in so craftily! Holland writes her worlds and settings with fascinating detail, yet never with too much detail. In other words, I was never bored and felt like I was IN the story.The characters are real and layered. The action well-written. The story-line extremely creative.Second, I can't wait to listen to the second book.Third, a mention about the narrator, Noah Michael Levine. How do you, Mr. Levine, narrate women's and children's voices so well? I clearly saw each character's facial expressions and body posture because of your narration. Also, I was very impressed that you made the voice of the main character's brother sound so close to her voice but completely male instead of female. In other words, you perfectly portrayed how I expect siblings’ voices to match without being identical. From the child's voice to the accented foreigner's voice, I'm impressed by your work!Did I say I can't wait to purchase the second one? I can't imagine driving now without Mr. Levine's voice in my ear! And, it’s obvious why Holland is a best seller.
"First Audio Book - Not dissapointed at all"
Sower of Dreams was my first Audiobook so I had some complication with the speed of the reading, but then realized that was completely my fault. Once I got the reading set to the speed I was comfortable with - I was happy! I started by listening in the car every day to & from work, then found myself missing the characters and listening at night and off & on during the workday. As with a lot of series Sower of Dreams is a little slower of a read, not as much going on, but working up the rest of the series. Lots of details put in so that you can get drawn into this new world (listening to Reaper of Dreams now and loving this one). The details that are given are wonderful. You can visualize the creatures, the people, the gods, the world with the purple sky and two moons. You get transported into it! Love that there are references to our world as Khan is from Earth. When I was finished with this book I was so sad that it was over. I felt like something was missing driving to work.. Was so excited to get the 2nd book Reaper of Dreams.
I am into this series and will be also leaving a review of Reaper of Dreams which I have started yesterday and honestly loving it.
Audiobooks may be my new thing!!
Thank you Debra Holland for writing this wonderful Fantasy series - and Thank you Noah Michael Levine for a great narration of her work.
Nothing I've read before.
Honestly I would have to say Daria.. As funny as that sounds.
Anger at the bad guys!! Sympathy for Daria, her family and Jasmine.
"Moves Painfully Slow & Holes in Plot"
I'm usually an "unabridged or nothing" type of girl, but I honestly think the first improvement that should be made is to edit at least half the book away. Compounding the problem is a narrator that I don't think is well suited to the story and speaks very slowly.
I got started reading because I was intrigued with the world of dreams/magic that was presented in the beginning. However, the structure of the plot was very sloppy. The use of "magic/religion/other sense/dreams" was incredibly inconsistent. So often the characters missed the ridiculously easy and obvious solution, and spent hundreds of pages doing things the stupid/hard way.
Additionally, the author removed any subtlety from the book. Instead, you were beaten about the head with any character opinions/traits. For example, I lost count of the times we were told, in lengthy pros, that the heroine was having god/religion issues of feeling abandoned.
I feel like he spoke very slowly, which really compounded the problem of a poorly edited book. Further, his female voices were really silly. You spend most of the time "in the head" of the heroine of the book, yet the narrator is an older sounding man. His "teenage girl" voice is pretty silly sounding (kind of like a muppet), which made it even harder to take the story seriously.
After our two main characters meet, things should go much faster. Instead, the author spends hours and hours describing dreams, romantic work breaks, and fantasies they're having while preparing for the "big fight scene." If this had been a movie, I would have watched the last 1/2 on fast forward.
I purchased this book at a severe discount, and I still don't think it was money well spent.
"Young Adult Romance Novel"
Something more thought-provoking, with less focus on racing hearts, blushing cheeks, and rainbows.
I didn't like any of them.
I would start with the first sappy romance scene, and delete until I got to the end of the book.
This is a gently-told story of a princess who falls in love with a mysterious dark stranger. I found it banal.
"Survival and finding love, even with loss."
I am in the middle with this story. It's got a slower feel to it. Thinking back through the story I realize we get a bit of everything. There's danger in both Daria's and Khan's lives and they have a goal that's not possible for one reason or another. But they also need to save themselves. The beginning feels slow as it sets the stage of the world. The sense that's part of the royal people we see. The sense of dangers and more. Then the dream threads that Daria has that she can visit with others in dreams. Along with meeting of the characters and memories of Indaran, the eldest brother of Daria's that was lost at sea on a mission he chose to go on.
The story is slower in the fantasy sense as it presents the problems and solutions with characters working together. This is to thread a relationship for them that is growing stronger. It's a story of finding love, even with all the loss one might have to life through.
The magic connection Daria and her family has is neat. It's something that's called a heart line. She knows that they are alive and connected with them. A power that thrums in them. They are connected to their God this way as well. But this magical connection grows with Khan as well. He feels it with his goddess and with Daria. It's interesting to see how it grows with the strength of their relationship.
We don't get into great depth of many gods here other than a few details on Daria's sea god and Thaddis's god. We do get a great view of the goddess Khan comes to serve. The Gods seem to be very active in the lives of their people. However, Daria's god abandons them. She can't connect or talk with him as she was able to do. Khan has a Goddess that helps him, and he pledges his life to help care for her land. The Goddess is very active in helping him to do just that.
The name of the series, Gods' Dream Trilogy, is what I'm looking forward too. With the ending of this book, it feels as there is more to come.
Yes. His vocal speed was not off pace for the events of the story. Noah tells the story in the accents and tones of each character. There are Middle Eastern accents present along with higher tones for different characters. The infliction of his voice fits the presence of the characters, such as King Iceros and others. There are dream moments present as it's an important part of Daria's abilities, and Noah narrates it in a softer tone so we know we are in the dream moments. There are emotions that become familiar to each character in his voice. He also yawns and a few additional vocal cues used through the story to bring the moments to life.
Maybe. The fantasy descriptions would be visual and not take from the action that could be accented, along with the love growing.
"Another great book from Debra Holland"
I have read several of Debra's books. This is the first book of hers that wasn't in the Montana Skies or Mail Order Bride series. I am amazed by
Debra's writing. It doesn't matter if it's fantasy or a Western the book is great.
It did take me a couple of chapters to get into the book and adjust to a male narrator. Daria and Khan's definitely has my attention and I can't wait to begin the next book.
"Sower of Dreams: The Gods' Dream Trilogy"
While this is not my preferred genre, I am glad that I gave it a try. Sower of Dreams is a very creative and unique piece of fiction. My attention was hooked when the Hero and Heroine, from different worlds, met in their dreams. The portals between worlds and the free-will offered by the goddess was a very interesting twist.
By the end, I really wanted to find out what happened to Daria's kidnapped brother and missing sea god. Thankfully I will get my answers in the next two books in the series!
The only reason, I didn't give the full 5 star rating is because there was one part that I found disturbing but I do understand the need for the event to occur....
"I truly magical journey"
This story was a work of art! It was magical, beautiful, spiritual, colorful and vibrant! My heart ached, broke, soared and filled throughout this story and I felt everything! Debra Holland's descriptions of these new worlds were so thorough and she never left me confused during this journey. She created such amazing worlds and brought them together in a way that I have never experienced before. One of the most creative books I have ever read and I truly loved it!
"Sower of Dreams, book 1 in the God's Dream Trilogy"
Intriguing, detailed, wonderous
This story is like a handmade quilt… there are so many unique pieces when observed individually they may not seem significant or even that pretty but together they make the most alluring pattern that just makes sense. It draws you’re attention to the individual elements but also to the picture as a whole. Set in a foreign fantasy land yet stitched with pieces of the familiar, I felt as if I was there. Debra has woven a beautiful story with intricate detail and Noah help bring it to life; allowing the reader to share in the joy and pain of the characters. I look forward to reading the other books in the trilogy and definitely more from this author.
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