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Dulcet: Book Two Of The Senses Novels (Volume 2) Paperback – September 25, 2015
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Aul wisely incorporates the inviting uses of a Prologue, since this is Book Two of an ongoing series – ‘The six of us sit close to the fire. Some to warm themselves, some just to be near the light and all of us for the company. We are huddled here in this cold, quiet place waiting and knowing that soon we will be all that stands between a world full of life and an eternity of darkness. The six of us have two things in common; we were all born sometime from mid-July through the end of August during the Perseid meteor shower, though on different years and we all have a handicap that is our gift, our talent. Diane has told us all that we have to write about our journeys. She’ll record and preserve them for us because some or all of us may not make it to the other side of this. Diane isn’t one of the six of us, but she has a talent all her own. My name is Laya, and this is my story, the story of what led me to this place.' The format continues and is most inviting.
The senses of each of these characters will provides the focus of the journey, but the story lies solidly in the fantasy fiction role. Aul describes the direction of this, is initial novel, and does so by taking the primary character Jacob form infancy into adulthood – ‘Time has run out. The world, the universe you see around you is not reality. There is a hidden war between good and evil that has waged since the beginning of time. Evil is winning the war. The very existence of humanity is and always has been the focal point and the prize. The prelude to the final battle begins now. Born deaf, her song will change the destiny of our world. Like each of the six heroes that have chosen to stand in defense of our world, Laya has a handicap (she was born without ears) that has somehow endowed her with a unique talent, an ability far exceeding anything that humanity has ever known. Laya attempts to learn how to deal with an immense ability that she cannot control. Reality is not what you think. ’
The novel is relative short (just over 200 pages) but in this span Aul is able to construct a novel that is at once compelling and spellbinding. The series is proving polished and interesting! Grady Harp, October 17
I really enjoyed the voice of the protagonist, who, despite her disability, grew up to be a strong, independent young woman, ready to stand up for herself and her loved ones. Also, the analogies between the new governmental facilities and rules, imposed on citizens and the former order in Nazi Germany were masterfully drawn out. The plot is fast paced and the characters are all extremely well-developed and make you root for them from page one. I’ll be definitely looking forward to the next one in this series!
This is a beautifully written story taking the reader through the events of an apocalypse in the making and those who can stand against evil with their special gifts. I was totally drawn in and am looking forward to reading the third book in the series, which I have already purchased.