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Fans of “strong women” will appreciate the key character in the novel, Belinda, a teenage immortal who is in love with a mortal, Damien. When Damien and others in her small town become deathly ill, Belinda finds out that she must travel back in in time and re-live a period in her earlier life that she has mysteriously forgotten. She finds herself on the Isle of Avalon during the days when wizardry and magic were still possible, but are fading from everyday experience as Christianity begins to prevail. During her voyage back in time, Belinda discovers several important secrets that she must bring back to her present experience in order to try and save Damien’s life.
Dark Matter explores a number of tensions such as Christianity vs. Paganism, mortality and immortality; the conscious and unconscious will and the struggle between good and evil.
I highly recommend Deborah Anne Gordon’s first novel. All in all it is a great start to what promises to be an interesting and enjoyable series.
The focus of the story is on Belinda, a modern day immortal with no memory of her life prior to becoming immortal. She has been guided in her immortal life by her mentor Michael. She feels a deep connection to her current boyfriend, Damien. As the story unfolds, it becomes more apparent that their connection may be centuries old. Although she is hundreds of years old, this is a coming of age story for Belinda. She is destined to be the catalyst in bridging the human and mortal world and doing so peacefully. Belinda is a strong heroine full of great compassion. There are many roadblocks to come. The danger they face is still unpredictable. I have no doubt that Belinda and her band of Immortals will ultimately prevail.
Ms. Gordon is a newly published author. Please give her a shot. The story is well written. There is a lot of ground laying happening in this book along with a fair amount of clues that the reader will need to pay attention to. This book is heavy in historical fiction, but as the trilogy progresses, I assume we will see events taking place in modern times. A refreshing new voice in the fantasy genre.
I was drawn into the story by its fast pace and shifting tone. While some parts felt quite tense, others were light-hearted and romantic, providing what I see as a perfect balance.
There were plenty of surprise twists, which had me eagerly turning the pages. I could imagine myself in Belinda’s shoes, desperate to try and save not just her true love, but her religion as well.
The plot itself was intriguing, centres around two core religions, being Paganism and Christianity. As a Pagan myself, I detested the way in which some characters (namely Mordecai) sought to abolish the Pagan practices, only to replace them purely with those of the Christian faith.
Belinda’s determination to save the religion of her people, as well as its traditions and the love of her life, is beyond admirable. In her position, I would be just as determined to right such wrongs.
If you like dark, twisted schemes and the sort of ‘love conquers all’ tales that snatch your breath away, then I would definitely recommend Dark Matter.
Rated 5 stars.
When a dark force comes into her town, she is forced to discover her roots in order to save the people she loves. To do so, she must go back in time. But she's worried, for if she doesn't return soon with the answers she needs, the people she loves will die.
I very much enjoyed the characters in this book, and all of the intertwined story threads. They were well drawn, as were their motivations. The emotional clashes provided great drama, and I enjoyed the romance that spanned time.
I'm a fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley (The Mists of Avalon) and of Katharine Kerr (Darkspell), and I was pleasantly reminded of time spent in those books. I think that anyone who enjoys those authors will enjoy Dark Matter.
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