A fantasy story steps which away from the same old same old simplified-European medieval-setting cliches. In so far as the imagined world has a basis in reality it would be in ancient Egypt and Nubia. The idea of being able to syphon power from dreams and then use it for healing (and some other purposes)is refreshingly new too. The story concerns a religious order tasked with "Gathering" - ensuring that souls depart safely at the natural end of life, or as euthanasia, or as a penalty for corruption. The Gathers' sense of the rightness of their mission, and the alternative view that they are killers is well handled, with understanding of both sides. Then there is a conspiracy, and plenty of excitement and suspense.