Drifting in a Dream

Power Wielders Book 1

Young Adult - Fantasy - Urban
301 Pages
Reviewed on 05/25/2022
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Author Biography

I’m a British author based in the North West, and published my first book; Drifting in a Dream in September 2021. Reading has always been important to me, but I never set out to be an author. I took part in NaNoWri month in 2020 which encouraged me to put my ideas on paper.

When you start writing it’s hard to stop, and I look forward to bringing more books out in the future, starting with the next book in the Power Wielders series.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sadiyah Bhamjee for Readers' Favorite

S.E. Palmer has created a beautiful fantasy novel with strong characters and a roller-coaster plot. Pressured from all sides to make huge life decisions, Kaiya takes refuge in her safe space, the forest. While there, Kaiya stumbles upon magical power, and instead of finding a career, she is thrown headfirst into a world of destiny, mystery, and danger. When the Fragments start attacking, Kaiya and her friends must find a way to protect themselves and save the world, while keeping up with their college work and planning their futures. While on the road to adventure, Kaiya learns about inner resolve, determination, and the strength of friendship. Drifting in a Dream: Power Wielders Book 1 has a host of powerful female characters who have their individual personalities and behavior and is wonderfully written.

I could not put Drifting in a Dream down and kept turning over the last page because I couldn’t believe it was over. The descriptions are vivid and evoke imaginative images. I loved the twists and unexpected moments that made this captivating adventure. The Fragments are inspired and delightfully described. Kaiya is a wonderful person who is flawed but relatable. Her character arc is realistic and I felt her pain when she tried to run through the forest. I loved the beautifully written, strong female characters. S.E. Palmer has created an intriguing fantasy series that is full of adventure and brilliant personalities. I would love to read not just one sequel but many more books in the Power Wielders series!

Jessica Barbosa

For Kaiya, student life had become an endless pattern of career fairs and decision-making. Teachers (and even her friends) are drilling her for her post-college plans and lessons were a minefield of exam preparation and interview techniques. After a tiring morning at the job fair with her friends, Kaiya goes to Tynewood Forest to hide from the world for a while. There she meets Benji and the two of them experience a strange occurrence neither can explain. Later, they write it off as nothing more than wild weather, an out-of-season thunderstorm, but was it really? Read the first book of S.E. Palmer’s Power Wielders Series: Drifting in a Dream and find out!

Reading S.E. Palmer’s Drifting in a Dream, one thing stuck out to me and that is how lucky Kaiya is to have such great friends and family. Her friends urge her to find a career because they have her best interests at heart. I also love her mom, Lucie! I love the fact that Kaiya can easily talk to her mom about the strange occurrence in the forest and that her mom can read from her expression what she really thinks about career fairs. This novel has taken me through an unexpected ride. With the mysterious occurrence in the forest and the strangely vivid dreams, I could hardly wait to uncover the reason for everything. The plot is deep and engaging; it constantly kept me on the edge of my seat. Kaiya and her friends try to uncover the origin of their powers and who their enemies are and I happily joined in their adventure with every chapter. Overall, a fascinating, fantastical, mysterious tale. I can’t wait for book two.

Vincent Dublado

Power Wielders Series by S.E. Palmer presents its initial offering, Drifting in a Dream, about a young heroine’s saga in battling dark powers that threaten to disturb humanity’s peace. Welcome to the world of Kaiya Parks as she and her friends are about to enter a new threshold by picking their future careers. While attending a career fair situated in a college surrounded by forest, she meets Benji as she ventures into the serenity of the forest to consider her choices for the future carefully. Her meeting with Benji and the onslaught they experience is about to reveal to Kaiya that she is one of the chosen to wield a power that she will use to battle the shadows, who are born from misery, pain, and broken dreams. Kaiya’s hydrokinetic power is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to her—but the idea of battling formidable supernatural forces makes her feel reluctant. But time is short and there seems to be no one else capable.

Drifting in a Dream is the type of young adult fantasy fiction that strikes the right balance between fantasy and realism. I have read a number of YA fantasies where the main protagonist is either overpowered or too self-absorbed in doubt that supporting characters take center stage. Hats off to S.E. Palmer for creating Kaiya as a character who understands her purpose. Readers of all ages will find her relatable, as she is well-grounded and has all the typical concerns that teenagers have. Its twenty-seven chapters give strong reader engagement as Palmer wastes no time getting into the heart of the storyline without making it feel rushed. I like the way how Kaiya's power is triggered as it runs on an emotional spectrum. This is a new series to watch out for.