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- Print Length: 245 pages
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- Publisher: Ellysian Press; 1 edition (May 22, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 22, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B071ZFNKYQ
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The Rending (The Dreamwalkers of Larreta Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I am impressed with this book's breadth and scope of world creation, implemented through the range of consciousness experienced by the characters. There is always a moral, spiritual exploration going on which makes the lives of the characters more interesting.
There is a gathering mystery at the heart of this story. Both books have ended with a sense that Larreta's harmony and safety is under siege, and with glimpses of an adversary who may or may not be an embodiment of evil. I am reminded of John Milton's "Paradise Lost", in which Satan has been left no tolerable place in creation. In our own society, with its gated community and militarized borders, this seems an important question: is throwing out the beings who don't fit in the only solution?
I guess I'll have to wait until Book III to find out. (less)
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep (The Tempest, IV i)”. Two ‘dreamwalkers’ of Larreta are particularly talented: Leo in his ability to form a ‘pantu’ – a passage into the past – and Jesse in his ability to create a ‘zama’ – a passage into the future. What appeared (at any rate to me) in Book 1 to be a “dark and malevolent force” creating time rifts that swallowed buildings and people whole on Larreta turns out in Book 2 to have a voice, a purpose and a cause ...
Ms March’s plot is cerebral and measured, and her text full of interesting observations about the human condition. This is not a book to be skimmed. Exploring the metaphysics of alternative realities is intellectually challenging. Larreta is a world populated by dreamwalkers, all of whom have lived many lives on Earth. Larreta is just one of a number of worlds with passages to and from Earth, worlds that are mentored by powerful, ethereal creatures who have created the conditions which make it possible for dreamwalkers eventually to find their ‘ah-min’: their significant other with whom they are totally compatible, not just in love but in energy.
Larreta is like Earth, but without its imperfections, which makes it a kind of Heaven and the mentors kinds of angels. Once, thousands of years ago, it was twinned with another world – Kālong – where everything vibrated at a lower frequency. Wary of the dangers of contamination, the Council on Larreta took the momentous decision to cut itself off from Kālong – hence the title: ‘The Rending’. All contact with that world was lost, and it was presumed all its inhabitants – cut off from light and hope and joy of life, subsequently abandoned it or died. Now, the inhabitants of the ‘mentored’ worlds are being swallowed by these mysterious rifts in time. Who or what is responsible? Are the taken taken anywhere, or are they irretrievably lost? Only Leo and Jesse can create a ‘truan’: the time passage needed to be able to pinpoint the source …
Ms March is a very capable writer. You would expect that of a teacher of creative writing at University level. This is a series to savour, and I recommend it highly.
Hours after I finished reading this book I find I’m still attempting to process it. Part of that process may or may not involve me cursing at various things including the end of the book, the author and the universe in general because I now have to wait for the third book to be published in order to read what happens next. I assure you, it is completely unfair and yet I don’t regret a single bit of what I read that lead me to this state of unfairness.
When I finished the first book of the series, The Tyro, I thought the ending was fantastic; things were set up beautifully for the next book and it left me with enough of a teaser that I was totally pumped to start the sequel. Things basically pick up here right where the story left of previously; Leo is still dithering over whether he believes Jesse’s claim that they belong together while holding himself back for fear of being hurt again while the two continue their training in their efforts to figure out the source of the rifts. The first half of the book is fairly easy going and a little on the slower paced side; there is quite a bit revolving around the training that Leo and Jesse are being subjected to but there was also a side bit where Larreta’s past is explored which I found an interesting addition.
The second half of the book is where things really start happening, however, and while it may not be as action packed as some people would like, there was quite a bit of impact all the same. Attempts to discover the source of the rifts has unexpected consequences, both good and bad, and events in the rest of the book ripple out from this one part in ways I could not have predicted. And, God help me, as much as I hated some of it, I loved all of it. At one point I went from a reaction of ‘holy s***!’ to ‘oh d*mn’ ending in a somewhat stunned silence. I am not ashamed to say that I cried, I couldn’t help it. And the end of the book? Absolutely fantastic with another spot on set up for the next book and I seriously don’t know how I’m going to wait patiently to find out what happens next.
Ugh, this series is just shaping up so damn well and I pretty much adore everything about it. If you enjoy fantasy stories, stories set on another world or are just looking for something different and totally imaginative, I’d really recommend giving this series a go.