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Sower of Dreams: The Gods' Dream Trilogy | [Debra Holland]

Sower of Dreams: The Gods' Dream Trilogy

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?
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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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    Angela Fitzgerald Stuart, VA, United States 05-13-14
    Angela Fitzgerald Stuart, VA, United States 05-13-14

    I'm a stay at home mom,even if she's 16 now. When I discovered Audible it was like discovering love :-) I love Audible. demonsangel

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    "Mesmerizing!!"

    On Earth's present day, Khan Laenser discovers his brother is going to kill him. He grabs up what's important to him but just enough that his horse and he can carry and sets out running for his life. He has a map that he follows that is suppose to be a shortcut with what is believed to be a hidden portal to another world. He's sure if he can find this place his brother will never find him. Princess Daria of Seagem is asked for her hand in marriage by Thadis, king of a neighboring country. After she refuses his proposal he invades Seagem. Obeying her dad's orders, she flees from the only home she's ever known and for her life. She finds herself in a desert, falling prey to creatures she's never seen before when the man in her dreams comes and rescues her. They join forces to defeat their enemies. Khan is somewhat at a disadvantage because now that the princess is there with him, he finds himself falling for her more with each day that passes. But, he vowed to Withea, a shrine but also a goddess to make her land flourish again. By doing this he also committed to be abstinent while he makes the ancient world Kimtair civilized again. This is something that Khan finds to be a test on a daily basis now that Daria is there.

    Narrator Noah Michael Levine brings this story to life. As I listened to him and tell about this fantasy world, I found myself visualizing everything he's speaking of. I absolutely loved how he changes his accents with every character and even the noises that the different creatures make. He did an outstanding job changing his voice to a female's voice. I find that Noah doesn't just read a story, NO, he performs the story. I see it like he's on stage and acting out an entire play by himself. His is extremely talented and if you listen to this story you won't be disappointed. He brings this amazing story to life. I don't think a narrator can do any better. I'm surprised that Debra Holland found him but I know she has to be very happy she did. I've helped authors with choosing a narrator by listening to the auditions that they get. I will say that sometimes you can be stuck because there's two narrators that auditioned that are both equally good. Debra, if you had others audition for this story, I must say you made the right decision! Noah's is the type of narrator that performs a story that you visualize everything. There's something about him because he is really talented. He pulls you in, keeps you glued to the story, and you can't stop until there's nothing left of the story. Once your finished you're ready to start the next book. I will definitely be looking for other books that Noah Levine has narrated.

    Author Debra Holland has blown me away with this story. If you're familiar with her other audio books then you will find she's created an amazing story that's unlike anything that I've listened to by her. I will say that I absolutely love fantasy of all types but Science Fiction/Fantasy isn't my favorite type. She created a brilliant story that I love. There's never a dull moment when you're listening to something by Debra Holland but this story is much more than the Montana Sky series. Debra shows us that she can create a different story, an absolute brillliant fantasy in her mind and then on paper. Debra describes the worlds perfectly. Seagem is much more than I could have imagined it to be. She adds so much detail to this story but NOT so much that you'll become bored. I can't describe this story in the way I feel it should be because it's such an amazing story. I found the creatures she created to be so unique but possible to have been real a million years ago or even in our future. The goddess is another wonderful addition to the story, the healing properties, and the telepathy among the humans all completes the story unlike any I have ever read before.

    This is the best Science Fiction/Fantasy book that I've ever listened to or even read before. Debra, you really outdone yourself with this creation. It shows what a talented author you truly are. This story really did grab me, it mesmerized me, captivated me, and pulled me in from the beginning to the very end. I loved it so much that I started the audio over and I listened to the story again. I wanted more and I couldn't help but listen to the story twice back to back. I may even listen to it again. I can't wait for Debra's second book to the Gods' Dream Trilogy, Reaper of Dreams. I highly, highly recommend that you give this audio book a try. I am sure that you'll love this story and won't regret purchasing it. It's not your normal Debra Holland story, it's so, so much more. I can't wait for the next book, I've heard it's as good as this one, Sower of Dreams but maybe even better. Wow, I can't imagine it being even better, if so then it's smoking. I have to say thank you Debra for creating a world that I enjoyed immensely and the narrator for pulling me in and keeping me intrigued to the very end, thank the both of you.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brandy DM LovesBooks 05-09-14
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    "First Audio Book - Not dissapointed at all"
    What did you love best about Sower of Dreams?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Sower of Dreams to and why?

    Nothing I've read before.


    Which character – as performed by Noah Michael Levine – was your favorite?

    Honestly I would have to say Daria.. As funny as that sounds.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Anger at the bad guys!! Sympathy for Daria, her family and Jasmine.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Stephens 05-05-14
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    "Can't wait to get into the next one!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sower of Dreams to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but loved the narrator for Sower of Dreams :)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 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).


    What about Noah Michael Levine’s performance did you like?

    I like how real all the character sounded. How does a male do deep male voices and little girl voices so well? Training?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried at times.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Los Angeles, CA 04-09-14
    Amazon Customer Los Angeles, CA 04-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Breathtaking Escape Into Another World"

    I am thrilled my first experience with Science Fiction/Fantasy was the audiobook of SOWER OF DREAMS by Debra Holland! The author wove a mesmerizing story of Khan and Daria's love and death-defying adventures in a world of beautifully descriptive landscapes and fascinating creatures. Noah Michael Levine is a talented narrator who captures the voices of compelling characters, bringing Ms. Holland's eloquent writing to life. I am looking forward to the audiobook of the sequel, REAPER OF DREAMS!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Gable 06-23-14
    Diana Gable 06-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic story, Terrific narration."
    If you could sum up Sower of Dreams in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic Paranormal Romance


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that Khan came from Earth. It allowed him to make references to things I could relate to. It helped me appreciate his 'out of this world' experience.


    Have you listened to any of Noah Michael Levine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to a few samples and am anticipating his narration of a series I enjoy.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't think I can pick just one. Although, I did like the moment when Emir was wrestling with his conscience over his hatred of Khan.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely listen to this again. I'm looking forward to the next two in the trilogy. It's interesting seeing the vulnerability of the gods. Something you don't expect.
    Also, I like that Daria is more a warrior than is Khan. But she doesn't look at him as wimpy simply because he hasn't trained to fight as she has.
    If you are looking for a paranormal book you can feel involved in, definitely get Sower of Dreams.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Townsend Florida, USA 06-09-14
    L. Townsend Florida, USA 06-09-14 Member Since 2014

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    "A Mesmerizing Excursion to Mythological Kingdoms!"
    If you could sum up Sower of Dreams in three words, what would they be?

    Emotional Sci-Fi Fantasy

    It's very difficult to sum SOWER OF DREAMS in 3 words.
    It's an emotionally riveting science fiction fantasy with wonderful characters, incredibly original worlds and a plot replete with romance, magic, danger, intrigue and explosive action sequences.


    What other book might you compare Sower of Dreams to and why?

    Actually, I've never read a book I would compare to SOWER OF DREAMS.

    The Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings series are probably the closest I can think of .


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many! I laughed when a frustrated Khan said: “Women! Whether human or divine, what man can ever truly understand them?” Obviously, some things don't change whatever world we reside in. :-)))

    The showdown between Khan, Daria and Thadis was momentous. I was holding my breath and alternately cheering and screaming during that scene.





    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending before the cliffhanger was wondrous. My big smile couldn't begin to express how happy I was. It was the perfect culmination.


    Any additional comments?

    In the beginning, the story was a little confusing as there was so much to absorb and it was such a change from the genres I have been listening to. I actually listened to the first couple of chapters twice as I wanted to make sure I had absorbed it all. As I quickly became acquainted with the narrator, the initial settings and the characters, the pace picked up rapidly and I totally forgot the prior slowness I had experienced getting into the story.

    Noah Michael Levine is the narrator for SOWER OF DREAMS. I began listening to audio books in March of this year and SOWER OF DREAMS was actually my first audio with a male narrator. At first, it was disconcerting, but, again, after a few chapters, I developed a true appreciation of his voice. He doesn't read the story, he performs it. His voice was very clear and he raised and lowered his tone and inserted pauses and needed emotions at the appropriate times. He did a great job differentiating between the characters. I'm very glad that he will be narrating the next two books in this series. I would definitely pick up other books that he has narrated in the future.

    I would recommend this book to new adults and older as Daria's and Khan's relationship was yearningly sensual. There are no hot sex scenes in this book. There was violence in this tale that a younger reader may find disturbing.

    SOWER OF DREAMS is a great start to Debra's Gods' Dream Trilogy. Debra's writing is top-notch. Her word building and character development are both first rate. The story was riveting as I listened with bated breath for what was happening next! It held my attention all the way through to the last words uttered. I was a happy camper, blissfully happy with the ending, until an "Oh My" cliffhanger occurred that I never saw coming. Luckily, the next book in this trilogy is available. REAPER OF DREAMS is already loaded on my phone and ready to go. I can't wait to find out what happens next!

    My full review has been posted at Reading Between the Wines Book Club.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Nazzaro GERMANTOWN, TN, US 05-30-14
    Helen Nazzaro GERMANTOWN, TN, US 05-30-14
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    "An Artfully Woven Myth"
    If you could sum up Sower of Dreams in three words, what would they be?

    Debra Holland artfully weaves war, romance, and spirituality in this story of dream-crossed lovers. Sower of Dreams is a poignant romantic adventure that will stay with you even after you've finished it. With vibrant descriptions of the scenery and action, this story transported me to a fantasy world blended with our reality that pulled me in and wouldn't let go. Not usually a science fiction or fantasy reader, I will be waiting with baited breath for the next two books in this series! In the interest of full disclosure, I was offered this book free of charge in exchange for a review but was unable to get the free code to work. I paid for it and will happily pay for more of Ms Holland's books in written or audio format. This was the first of her books I have tried.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sower of Dreams?

    One of the most memorable moments was when Khan and Daria finally met in the corporal world, and Khan agreed to a life of service and denial in order to save her.


    Have you listened to any of Noah Michael Levine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first of his performances I'm aware of hearing, and I will gladly listen to more.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I wanted to listen to it all in one sitting. I even fell asleep listening, which is very unusual for me because I tend to listen to audio books only when I am cleaning house, gardening, or driving.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eleanor Hoyte T&T T&T 05-24-14
    Eleanor Hoyte T&T T&T 05-24-14

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    "Fantasty Romance and Adventure Under Two Moons!"
    Would you listen to Sower of Dreams again? Why?

    Yes I would. All the attributes of a fantastic "fairy tale"; adventure, a hero, a beautiful Princess, a villain and of course, romance, love, and a happy ever after. The warrior Princess touch and the mystic creatures, ruins and the accommodating goddess was the icing on the cake.


    What about Noah Michael Levine’s performance did you like?

    Noah was just amazing.The way his voice changes for the differing personalities was simply splendid. His performance added to the storyline and to the enjoyment of this fantasy audiobook. It was a great experience listening to the narrated story.


    Any additional comments?

    The author wrote a thrilling, compelling story of Khan's and Daria's love and exciting adventure under an exotic and beautiful lavender sky and wondrous two moons. The interaction with the various deities in the story added to the intrigue and mystery of this tale of betrayal of friendship, lack of honor and Khan's devotion to his dream lover. Debra Holland created a marvelous tale that kept up the interest from beginning to end. Debra has described this fantasy world, beautifully and brilliantly, every scene is described so that you feel surrounded and enveloped into this world and its many adventures. It was a riveting and fantastic tale. I'm looking forward to reading the sequels to this tale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lou M. Nelson Orange County, CA 05-16-14
    Lou M. Nelson Orange County, CA 05-16-14

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    "Exciting and Unique"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sower of Dreams to be better than the print version?

    Ms. Holland's magical world is filled with gods and goddesses with extrasensory perception and great power. Some for good and some for evil, the gods wield their power over the characters, and the characters struggle through many extraordinary adventures to survive and make a life for themselves. Daria and Khan both have dramatic and terrible back-stories and yet experience a love as profound and lasting as we want for ourselves.


    What about Noah Michael Levine’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Levine has a knack for voices--childrens', animals', adults expressing rage or passion or compassion--no voice or emotion is beyond his range. His acting talent is as magical and unique as the world Ms. Holland creates. I would definitely buy more books narrated by Michael Levine.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Jones St. Louis, MO 07-23-14
    B. Jones St. Louis, MO 07-23-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Boring, boring, boring"

    I tried 3 times to listen to this book. The narrator even seemed bored with it. I couldn't get more than an hour into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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