Gaia's Majesty – Mission Called: Women in Power (Volume 1) Paperback – March 28, 2017
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The Majesty Trilogy, of which this book is the first, falls on the cusp of reality. Environmental crisis and the empowerment of women are real but can be illuminated in fiction which has a mythological cast to it. In these books we embark on a fantasy journey where women take the lead in a planet which is being transformed. Whether that transformation is for the benefit of humankind or is a tragedy is yet to be decided.
Our earth mother, Gaia, knew this day would come as her most clever animals matured. She knew it might be necessary to start over if her experiment with humans failed. She created cities in the sea occupied predominately by women who could live in the water or on the land. We may have sighted them and know them as mermaids. But we have not known their import. They are at the forefront of empowerment and are opposed by powerful and immensely wealthy plutocratic men known as the Overlords.
Join us in this story as we venture to cleanse our planet and to empower women so together we may have a glorious partnership for men and women and possibly a transformative future.
From the Back Cover
The first book of the Gaia's Majesty Trilogy
A unique, female-centric fantasy trilogy blending mythology and current world environmental issues.
Our earth mother, Gaia, was intrigued by clever creatures on her Earth. They held promise but also danger for themselves and her planet.
Gaia reserved a gifted population of women dedicated to safeguarding the future of humankind and Earth. The ones called Progenitors lived in the sea and could migrate to life on the land if they chose. Their families on land were called Primals. Among them lived a defense force of women called the Andromeda. Collectively they called themselves Tethyans.
The definitive epoch of environmental and social crises Gaia foresaw is upon us. Unless humankind serves as stewards for Earth and ourselves we may live on a despoiled planet.
The Gaia's Majesty Trilogy explores if Gaia's preparations will succeed. Is this story a myth, or like so many myths, does it hint at our possible future?
You used to adore me. You took my bounty gratefully and before my loving sight developed your skills as will a child in the sight of mother. You worshipped me and my fruitfulness. I tested you with adversity which made you strong. But in time you selfishly saw Earth's bounty as your due. You now have a choice between stewardship or devastation.
- Publisher : Bivens and Jensen Publishing (March 28, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 280 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1935994255
- ISBN-13 : 978-1935994251
- Item Weight : 1.07 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.64 x 9 inches
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Review by Leigh Holland.
This book is the first in a planned trilogy. The Earth Mother Gaia is sentient, alive, and moving in mysterious ways to influence the life that resides in her surface. Although Gaia elevated mankind to the top of the food chain, she kept another species in reserve should they prove unworthy. This hidden species, the Tethyans, appears human when moving among humans. They’re intuitive and sensitive to the will of Gaia.
We follow Avery as she goes through life with a plan. The plan largely involves following the path laid out for her by her deceased parents. Since her parents died, she feels adrift without a compass. Avery meets Beck and they grow ever fonder of each other. Their romance is set against the backdrop of a hidden fantasy world with its own agenda. Avery searches for answers about her parents and her past. She discovers she is part of the hidden world. Avery worries about how this will affect her relationship with Beck, whom she has fallen hard for. Beck is supportive and self-sacrificing where Avery is concerned. At several points, as Avery learns more about her identity and origins, she rejects the world of the Tethyans. Yet she comes back every time, despite the uneasiness she feels, sensing she must continue on this path. Avery believes in destiny, has intuition, and follows her hunches. Avery and Beck are encouraged by the Tethyans to be together and her fear of what the path may do to their relationship fades. As we learn about Avery, we learn about the Tethyans and their culture alongside her. It’s a lot of information to impart to the reader and Burt does a great job of weaving it into Avery’s journey.
I loved the concept that the hidden species are the basis for many of our seafaring myths, such as sirens and mermaids. The world of humans is based on the traits that Western culture considers masculine: competition, physical strength, male dominance, and violent behavior. The world of Tethyans is based on what Western culture deems are traditionally feminine traits: cooperation, intuition, emotional strength, and pacifism (the exception is Andromeda, their defense forces). The book accepts this divide without question and makes the two cultures the opposite image of the other. Women are therefore in power in the Tethyan culture. There are also different groups with different missions within the culture, such as the Primals, Progenitors, and Andromeda. Chapters switch between the story of Avery, Beck, and their romance and journey of discovery, and the story of the women of Andromeda, elite female forces keeping the world and environment safe from powerful, wicked men. Each fighter of Andromeda is unique and has her own special powers which are often used against their enemies. I found both storylines interesting.
One of the things I found surprising was how easily Avery and Beck accepted the Tethyan world in the end after discovering the Tethyans never seem to question what they consider Gaia’s commands. They had reservations earlier, but not at this point, which struck me as odd. Tethyans will give up anything and anyone they must in order to fulfill their mission on behalf of Gaia. This zealotry was a disturbing part of their culture. There were times when I wasn’t sure if what I was reading was primarily a romance or a fantasy novel. It took a while for the two stories to connect and intertwine. By the end, I decided this is a fantasy novel about a woman and a man who incidentally fall in love while finding out they’re part of the Tethyan world and its mission.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Gaia’s Majesty. The Tethyan concept and world was intriguing. I wish there had been more description and exploration of the underwater cities. I would’ve liked to have seen more interaction between the undersea folk and Avery and Beck. Hopefully, this will be explored in the next novel in the series.
Roger has a clean writing style that flows along throughout the story. Not only is the plot given enough attention to detail, but so are the various subplots until coming together in the last few chapters until the story's crescendo. A very well-woven tale, I look forward ti the next installment.