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Mystical Emona: Soul’s Journey (Volume 3) Paperback – July 30, 2014
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About the Author
Ronesa Aveela is a collaborative effort by Anelia Samovila and Rebecca Carter. Anelia is a freelance artist and writer who lives near Boston, MA. She likes writing mystery romance inspired by legends and tales. In her free time she paints. Her artistic interests include the female figure, Greek and Thracian Mythology, folklore tales, and the natural world interpreted through her eyes. Anelia visited Emona and the Black Sea in 1998. She was inspired to use her brushes and pen to depict the beauty of Mystical Emona and the characters, born from the experience she had in this mystical place. Anelia is married and has two children, a dog and a cat. Rebecca is a writer who lives in southern NH. She is an avid reader who has traveled around the world seeking adventure and knowledge of other cultures. Linguistics has inspired her since her initial study of Latin. But, mostly, she is known for her baking ability.
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The enigmatic nature of 'Emona' was intriguing--resembling a mixture of the hit TV show 'LOST'(which I LOVE) and the romantic undertone of 'The Princess Bride' at times (which I also LOVE). But I felt that the story didn't need ALL of the characters that were introduced. It would have kept my interest longer if there had been a smaller cast to keep up with.
The writing was great and the characters were well-developed, but for me, there was a bit of redundancy in describing the events ... and I became a little confused between when the dreams were occurring compared to real-time moments. The internal dialogue was set apart at times by italics, but not at others, so that was also a bit distracting.
I am giving this book four stars because of the strong, descriptive writing and the unique story line, which made it a fairly enjoyable read.
The story was brilliantly plotted, the writer spinning this web of mystery and mysticism around me. I loved every second, and was so caught up in the story!
The story begins with tragedy. After a gut wrenching accident, Stefan loses his life partner--his wife.
Grieving, he opts to move to France for a bit, and then finds himself in this mysterious town called Emona in Bulgaria. The town is filled with folklore and legend, superstitious rituals and supposed evil spirits. This is when I really fell in love with the story. I had the feeling of being in a "faraway land", Emona its own little world. The journey was creepy and magical, an air of mystery at every turn. I don't want to give any spoilers, but the author pulled it all together brilliantly. Beautiful writing, an entertaining story line, and a setting filled with mystery and enchantment. 5 stars!!!
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.
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!
This is the story of Stefan who though re-incarnated, did not know that he was, and could not understand why life seems to rub him of his happiness. The day he bought that ring for his beloved wife’s birthday, was the day he reconnected with his past. The ring, or should we say, fate brought him back to Emona, a place where it seemed to have all started, his root. And immediately fate started to work on him to awaken him, to lead him back to who he was.
It will take him time to come to this realization, or to even accept that he is that other self of long ago. This is a very beautiful and refined love affair that made love making seem so innocent and clean, and yet so desiring. It left a very sweet taste in my mouth.
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