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Priestess of the Aegean-Book One: Fortuna's Magic [Kindle Edition]

Katarina Soul , Janet White LeClair , William Almodovar Jr.
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Book Description

Ancient Greece--500B.C.
What happens when a gifted Priestess, one crazy dog, malachite and mandrake roots, a fortune-telling crone, a love poet, three beloved men, a scoundrel, and the villianous Persians all converge?

Over two-thousand years ago, on the Aegean island of Chios, a stranger wrapped a newborn in mandrake leaves, placed her in a woven basket, and abandoned her on the doorstep of a seafaring sorcerer’s home. Ancient magic ruled the daily lives of merely a handful of Ionians, while cruel slavery imprisoned the masses.

My destiny was cast; would I mature into the rattle of chains around my ankles, toiling in the poisonous malachite mines? Or could I conjure magic powerful enough to plot my ingenious escape off the island, and flee from a prearranged marriage to the vile Themistocles?

In secret, I learned the forbidden recipes in Stavros’ Sacred Text: how to harvest mandrake roots with the help of Spartacus, my hunting dog, and how to create coveted kyphi incense to rid a haunted trireme of lingering demons. In time, I concocted a signature love potion, and handcrafted worry-beads out of malachite and copper, talismans treasured by war-torn mariners. Our Persian enemies encroached by land and by sea, determined to suppress our budding democracy. The Spartans grew stronger to the south, while Aegina’s generals postured for naval supremacy, pitting Greek against Greek.

I had to stop them all in their misguided tracks.

Over time, I mastered telekinesis--moving objects with my mind. I met old crones and love poets who taught me secretive invocations of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. It was treachery for a slave girl to invoke Apollo, the god of prophecy, in order to see into the future--but I had to risk everything. To reunite with my beloved, I would journey to the brink of Death.

While I tried to solve the mystery of my birth roots, three different men triangulated separate paths of alchemical devotion; before the Persian Wars were over, one would die, another would become my devoted friend, and the third would capture my unbridled affection.

If only our gods would allow it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1047 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Katarina Soul (October 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005YE9QDY
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,869 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! February 12, 2012
By Melissa
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I really enjoyed this book. I read it as part of my book club. It challenged and intrigued me! I learned a lot about myself. I was able to relate to "Fortuna" in my own life. I was impressed with Katherine's knowledge about natural medicine and greek culture. As a psychiatric provider, it challenged me to think beyond traditional medicines and treatments. I would encourage others to read it for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! January 15, 2012
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One of my favorites! Romantic and compelling and difficult to put down. We all need more beauty and magic like this in our lives today!
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Pretty good historical fiction with the Ancient Gods. Fortuna is a great character and a very strong female character. I do not recommend making the wine in real life though.
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Fortuna, the protagonist may be a slave or she may not - the author isn't sure of what exactly defines a slave. Fortuna reads, is an herbalist, knows a variety of magic spells and can't quite decide what to do with herself. She travels from the island of Chios to Lesbos where she meets Sappho (a bit of a literary stretch since Sappho died about 20 years before the timing of the novel) and opens a cafe. Then back to Chios and onto mainland Greece... never quite sure of what she wants but constantly professing love (agape, eros and philia) and having visions of disastrous warfare. In the meantime, Darius and the Persian forces move in, occupying Chios and aiming for Athens.
The events are confusing, the timing inconsistent, and the characters are not quite up to snuff. E.g.: exactly who does Fortuna belong to? Stavros, who found her as an infant and insists on keeping and raising her, or Paros, his son, who constantly wants to sell her or marry her off, or at least make her work in the malachite mine? And why would Paros have more of a say than head-of-household and senior breadwinner Stavros? And how can Fortuna, creature of love, be comfortable and even like a man like Paros, who whips his exhausted slaves until they bleed? Oh, and exhausting slaves and then whipping them is shows a bad business sense as well as cruelty ...
I think the book could do with an extensive edit to weed out inconsistencies, straighten out timelines and flesh out characters. It is the first of a three-volume series. I'll wait for a serious edit before reading on.
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Katarina Soul is a Greek/American born in the USA after her maternal grandmother escaped the Turkish invasions of the 1900's and stowed away on a slave ship bound for America. Katarina is an independent author of several E-books in Amazon's Kindle store: Priestess of the Aegean trilogy is historical fiction set in Ancient Greece in 500BC during the Persian wars.

Priestess of the Aegean-Book One: Fortuna's Magic profiles the adolescent rebellion of a slave girl who escapes Chios with her little dog, Spartacus, in order to harvest the occult mandrake roots necessary to see into the future. While on Lesbos, Fortuna meets Sappho and learns about the three forms of love: eros, agape and philia and distinguishes their differences in her tender relationships with Stavros, Ahmed, and Demetrius.

Priestess of the Aegean--Book Two: The Etheric Realm portrays the mystical realm where spirit guides live and coach Fortuna on matters of her heart; can she successfully escape her post as Oracle of Delphi to unite with her beloved Demetrius, an island away? When a mystic topaz turns her invisible,and an ornery falcon appears, she gets swept into The Etheric Realm. Without her sacred herbs, can Fortuna materialize to unite with her beloved before the Persians annihilate Greek democracy and thrust her back into slavery?

Priestess of the Aegean--Book Three: The Elixir of Life is the culmination of the Priestess trilogy wherein five Alchemists congregate on Delos to work their magic personally, and politically. Will Demetrius' and Fortuna's passion for each other anger Apollo, and foil all their hard work to save Greece? Will Ahmed find the recipe for the Elixir of Life in time to show Fortuna who her real parents are?

Besides authoring, Katarina Soul is a lifelong naturopathic physician and meta-physician who believes in the occult ability to see the future before it happens.

Priestess of the Aegean takes place at a crucial time in ancient Greek history where the budding notion of democracy triumphed in spite of Persian war, famine, and widespread Aegean slavery. With the help of magic and alchemy, love does conquer all!


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