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Linda Williams spent a fair amount of her childhood reading, painting and reading about fantasy realms. She grew up in the English countryside and from her late teens travelled widely and lived in a number of different parts of the world: India, Europe and Africa. She survived the hippy days, married, had children and went on seeking answers to the perennial questions in such varied locations as British universities, Himalayan villages, and South Africa during the struggle against apartheid. She eventually found what she was seeking, in the person of an extraordinary lady, who gave her a profound inner awakening and understanding of subtle subjects. She has lived in India for nearly ten years, and has an intimate knowledge of Indian history and legends. This trilogy, of which ?The Keys of Wisdom? is the first part, is a western person?s fantasy based on some of the timeless tales of India ? and a lot which is part of a powerful new tradition, as well.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Seaburn (September 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592320066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592320066
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,442,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Anita Ikonen on September 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Keys of Wisdom is a suspenseful page turner, hard to put down, and although obviously written for children, it contains universal truths that adults will also find appealing, as well as humourous moments to make both young and old laugh out loud. The appeal of such tales is that they reach beyond age and traditions: the epic struggle between good and evil.

The characters resonate with the timeless heroes of India - Raynor, the reluctant leader, to a certain extent echoes Arjuna, the warrior prince of the Bhagavad Gita. Like Arjuna, Raynor does not want to kill if it can possibly be avoided. Then the island school is reminiscent of Mahatma Gandhi's ashram, where the young people of the Indian freedom struggle learnt the necessary lessons of right conduct and humility etc.

Whereas the Chronicles of Narnia and the Lord of the Rings were written when the world had recently been at war, and were a cry in the dark, a reminder that there is hope in troubled times, this book, the first part of a trilogy, is written in the Age of Aquarius. It heralds the coming of a bright day, and there is an optimism that good will win out.

`We fully intended to be an instrument for the Sorcerers' destruction, even if we had no idea how,' the narrator asserts in Chapter One, using the popular name for the evil `High Priests' who hold their outwardly orderly land in a stranglehold of fear.

Even though the characters in the book have their faults, they do not just stumble along. As they overcome their weaknesses, the negative forces of their world begin to flounder.

Like ancient India, much of the Keys of Wisdom takes place in lands of saints, jungles and tigers - and like India many astonishing things happen, `Talking about miracles makes... one realise how amazing they are.' Many of the incidents are based on personal experiences of the author, who, knowing they were too incredible to be recorded as facts, wrote them into a fantasy.
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Although written specifically for young adults, "The Keys of Wisdom" is a great adventure story of the timeless battle between the forces of good and evil. It will thrill and delight readers of all ages. Reading "The Keys of Wisdom" can be fun, highly entertaining, and at the same time deeply spiritual. It is a very unique story that restores our faith in humanity and the great spiritual potential waiting to be discovered within all human beings.

"The Keys of Wisdom" is the first part of a trilogy titled "The Saga of Nova Septima,' or the "New Seven." Go on the journey of a lifetime with Asha, Raynor, and other young children who have been chosen to fulfill a prophecy that will liberate their native land and allow its citizens to once again laugh and enjoy life! In search of the secrets to the "Keys," these powerful, courageous children must overcome many obstacles in order to save their country of Teletsia from the evil sorcerers who have complete control over its citizens and all aspects of their lives.

Images of incredible beauty interweave with evil creatures as the children continue their suspenseful journey Subtitled "A Fantasy of Reality," "The Keys of Wisdom" displays great depth in the understanding of the human condition. In the confused and chaotic world we live in, the author offers the reader hope and a very positive vision of the world and humanity. She also raises the reader to a great spiritual dimension of the highest level. "The Keys of Wisdom" reaches a depth that is rarely found in literary works. Discover the heauty and the powers in all of us as Asha and the other children journey to the lands of the "Nova Septima" and unlock the fascinating secrets of the "Keys." It is a great adventure!

Anna M. Mancini
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I have just finished reading this book and would definitely recommend it as a Christmas gift for young adults and adults who enjoy books such as Harry Potter or the Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper. There is a nice blend of adventure, feel-good factor and suspense which makes the reader hungry to get to the next chapter. I am really looking forward to the next few books in the trilogy and hope that a lot of other people can discover this writer.
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I became a book maniac by the age of 5 and by the age of 10 I had already a small library of ca. 400 books which I all had read several times.

Now, thousands of books later, I am reading the fantasy novel KEYS OF WISDOM by Linda Williams and I feel something which I felt very few times in my life and which I can compare only to the feeling I had reading the NARNIA-series. KEYS OF WISDOM is a modern classic in the tradition of LORD OF THE RINGS and C. S. Lewis. It is as entertaining as the HARRY POTTER books and I hope it will become equally successful and popular around the whole world. For me, it is greater than HARRY POTTER, because like the great masters J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and Michael Ende's THE NEVER-ENDING STORY or MOMO it offers true spiritual insight.

KEYS OF WISDOM is a complex world on its own which countless characters, adventures, places and countries developed by writer Linda Williams over 25 years. For me KEYS OF WISDOM is as great a read as Christopher Paolini's ERAGON and ELDEST and Cornelia Funke's INKHEART, INKSPELL, DRAGON RIDER and THIEF LORD.

In KEYS OF WISDOM we experience Mother Earth as a living, intelligent, loving being. This Mother Earth created certain sacred stone formations comparable to Australia's Ayers Rock, England's Stonehenge or Tibet's Mount Kailash worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists alike. This stone formations express the subtle qualities of Mother Earth and therefore life itself like innocence, creativity, self-confidence, satisfaction, generosity and compassion. By awakening one of these sacred stone formations known as The Temple of Support, our group of young heroes trigger an earthquake, shatter the power of the dark sorcerers of Teletsia and the prophecy takes its way.
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