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- File size : 1293 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 432 pages
- Publication date : July 29, 2014
- Publisher : Bendideia Publishing; 1st edition (July 29, 2014)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B00M9FEYF6
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- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,854,370 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Then he becomes entangled with several others: Nikola, who had been an old friend until Katherine chose Stefan. Nikola still secretly hates Stefan for that and is determined to make him pay. Kalyna, a mysterious beautiful blonde who appears, seems to stake a claim on his heart and then disappears without explanation.
Dushan, the true love of Carina, one of the Samodivi, local nymphs whose legend dates back to the days when this was a part of Thrace. Of course, Carina wasn’t originally a nymph.
Stefan has to come to terms with his feelings for Kalyna, his dreams of Dushan and Carina and fitting in to a new culture while avoiding Nikola’s plans – which Stefan isn’t even aware of.
Overall, a touching and warming love story with plenty of surprises. Definitely a worthwhile read.
This book really dives deep into the question “what would you do?” It explores a deadly plan, the death of a spouse, and the stirrings of new love. With both realistic and mythical vibes, this story shows just what lengths some will go to in order to be reunited with those that they love, even if they’ve been lost before.
In the little village island in Bulgaria, the author introduces us to legends of the samodivi which are both fantastic and interesting.
This is definitely a different type of romance book, but one that I recommend just the same!
This was such a sweet, well-written story with plenty of paranormal to keep it interesting. The characters were well developed, the setting was beautiful and exotic, the plot was complex, and the ending was satisfying.
There were just enough foreign words to keep in line with the tone but not so much that it was confusing. I especially loved all of the traditions and superstitions that made this book cozy like a bowl of hot tomato soup. I consume mass quantities of stories set in Scotland for the same reasons - magic seems possible, maybe even probable, in places like this.
Even the secondary characters have back-stories. I enjoyed that. One of my favorite things in a book is being introduced to a seemingly insignificant character only to find them woven flawlessly into the story. So much research, thought, and care went into crafting this book. It's a tale of "Love endures all" set in a mystical village by the sea in a town where the samodiva (Balkan nymphs) are more than legend. And now I want a karakachan!
The writing was beautiful with a high attention to detail. You can tell when the samodiva speak because of their use of archaic language, a level of dialogue mastery I particularly appreciate. You'll want the bat-poop-crazy bad guy to get his comeuppance. You'll get annoyed with Stefan because he's so thick and cynical sometimes. Above all, you'll love this story and will be captivated by it.
Book 2 is coming in 2015 and I can't wait! I read the preview in the back and it's one heck of a cliffhanger!
The plot is romantic, as well. It's a tale of "Love endures all" set in a quaint village by the Black Sea where soul mates find each other after being separated by time and distance. This story should appeal to readers who enjoy romance, fantasy and especially paranormal romance genres.
For me personally, the plot is a little slow moving, especially in the beginning. That’s not necessarily a criticism, as delving into legends, customs and history may be very appealing to some readers. The authors clearly have years of research invested in this book. It felt like some of it interrupted the pacing though.
However, this book isn’t about pacing – it isn’t a thriller, though it does have some thrilling moments. It’s about a romantic, mystical atmosphere. This is a story where the location is as much a character as its protagonists. It’s about love and loss and crossing the boundaries of time and space, and I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
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At this point I have to record that I read the 1st edition of the book and that the 2nd omits 'The Legend of the Samodivi' that originally formed the prologue. Presumably the reason it's been taken down is because it all plays out through the afore-mentioned dream sequences, which is, I suppose a valid editorial decision. The first chapter, set in Boston, would perhaps have been a more sensible replacement as a prologue, rather than in the mainstream book, as Stefan's story quickly moves thereafter to Emona and stays there. But this is all semantics and really, as my rating reflects this is a dream of a tale, well told, evocative and redolent with the essence of ancient Thrace and the heartbeat of modern Bulgaria as the different locations and characters unfold their true nature. It's true that the pace dips at times, as noted by others, but I rather liked the meanders and the gauzy glimpses that we get of minor characters against the gentler landscapes, along with the occasional inconclusive rushing in of more heart-wrenching action and terrifying terrains that left me feeling as disoriented and confused as Stefan waking from old memories that don't belong to him or this world.
So 4 stars, well earned and with the promise of more to come as Stefan and Carina's old love unites them and start their lives together again.
In feel, the story regularly reminded me of John Fowles The Magus, with the central male character catching glimpses of an extraordinarily beautiful woman tantalising him with her nearness before unaccountably disappearing... He hears tales from the locals while striving to make sense of the increasingly powerful dreams that speak to him of a past time when an atrocity prevented the union of two lovers who were then destined to be brought together at the fulfilment of a prophecy many centuries later. Powerful forces of evil are personified in a former friend determined to take revenge for imagined wrongs. Good and evil, love and hate battle it out around the bemused protagonist striving to make a new life for himself – and eventually his daughter – in this isolated, beautiful spot on the Black Sea.
The story is well told. It really got into its stride after what was for me a slightly shaky start. I confess to not being overfond of the ‘ablative absolute’ structure - sentences with lengthy subordinate clauses preceding the main clause - or sentences where the main clause is accompanied by a subordinate clause beginning with “as…”. Such curmudgeonly qualifications can and will be safely ignored by the majority of readers, and there can be no denying the power and persuasiveness of the tale itself: it sweeps you along with the undulating power of its emotion. If you are a sucker for a richly romantic tale with much magic and many divine interventions, then Mystical Emona: Soul’s Journey is the one for you.
Set in a timeless village by the Black Sea, Mystical Emona tells a tale of a love that has spanned centuries and seeks realisation once more in this present time. The quaint little town sits easily alongside the legends and myths that have grown with it over the centuries and its inhabitants have no inhibitions in publicly proclaiming their beliefs. New arrival Stephan is initially amused by the odd customs he sees, the tales he hears, but he is soon to be brought into the very heart of a wondrous world that captures his imagination, his heart, his very life. It is a world where fabled animals roam, where moonbeam-clad faeries dance in the glades, where light-winged dryads of the trees sing of summer and joy.
I know little of fantasy. It is not a genre that I would normally read. It is not a landscape that my mind tends to inhabit. But I would guess that the imagination that creates such a fabulous world must equally seek to describe it in language that goes beyond the mundane into the ethereal, the mystical, the poetic. And so it is with Mystical Emona. The mythological world that leaps from the pages is made all the more mythic by the poetic nature of the writing.
The difficulty with true poetry, however, is that it requires restraint. Lyricism must be precise, delicate; it must not be allowed to become fulsome or overly ornate. It is here that the writer's enemy is the `adjective'. It seems churlish to offer a criticism of a book that is so beautifully written but sometimes in their pursuit of lyrical perfection, the writers of Mystical Emona succumb to excessive use of adjectives, even double adjectives. It's a small point but adjectival overkill can also hint at performance anxiety, as if precision in writing would not be enough to ensure that the reader grasps the intended meaning.
But it is their enthusiasm to bring colour, atmosphere and enchantment to their tale that drives the authors and the lyrical passages are integral to the magical aura that pervades the story. It is a lyricism that enhances and makes more real the wondrous manner in which modern Bulgaria is enabled to sit easily beside the ancient land of the samodivi. It is a language that subtly opens the reader's mind to the existence of a dreamland beyond the normal. It is a poetry that helps the reader accept unquestioningly the strange inevitability of a burgeoning romance in the modern village of Emona superimposing itself upon another love story that is aeons old.
This is not my normal reading fare at all but I loved this book and I am suddenly sensing what it is that makes fantasy such a popular genre. I loved the story. I loved the characters, each a real and breathing person with depth and individuality. I loved Carina's struggle to bring Stephan to the realisation of who he really is. Most of all, I enjoyed the magnetic allure that this mystical landscape exercised upon my own imagination and spirit, drawing me into the very heart of its legendary essence.
This is a book that will not let the reader down. Aficionados of fantasy will love it; indeed, anyone with a heart who can empathise with love, loss, and renewed hope will love it as well. A well-crafted story, filled with magic, mystery, passion and wonder, Mystical Emona is book that will let no one down.
Desperate for a fresh start, he finds that it wasn't by chance that he was drawn to the town. Fate had been calling him back to the place for reasons unknown to him.
The book is very well written, and you can't fault the research which must have been done in order to create the myth surrounding Emona and the Samodiva. I would really recommend this book to anyone who likes a fantastical romance. Go on, give it a try!
This book is a mystery within a mystery wrapped in folklore and legend.
Beautifully written with an even pace the story is one of the strength of love enduring through the ages.
There are three main time-lines, the present where following tragedy Stefan moves to Emona and becomes enchanted with the village's past while facing danger from an old love rival, the mystery of the disappearance of the previous owner of Stefan's house and the destruction of the ancient village on the morning of a wedding day long ago. The three strands are expertly tied together.
I was charmed by this story and I highly recommend it.