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Falling from another world, the consciousness of powerful beings arrive to the bronze age Middle East. Though Hordjedtef and his master sense the arrival of the Children, they are not the ones chosen to bear their knowledge. That falls to humble Marai. Called out of his prayers, Marai finds the fallen rock. When he enters it, he will never be the same.
Marai is charged to bring the knowledge to Hordjedtef by the Children. But will Hordjedtef respect the power or will he crave it for himself. Marai, joined by three women each broken in their own way, travels west to Kemet where he hopes he will find his destiny.
Voices in Crystal is a Historical Fantasy. It is set in our world, amid the mythology of the Akkadians, Sumerians, and Ancient Egyptians but with real, supernatural powers. It is well researched, illuminating the often harsh way of life of the bronze age near east along with the esoteric splendor that Kemet (Egypt) achieved. Though the novel took me a while to read (I kept being distracted by other books) the tale of Marai and the three women called me back over and over.
I greatly enjoyed the book, and while it has flaws, it kept me reading to the end, eager to find out more. And the ending left had me on the edge of my seat. I will definitely read book 2. If you're a fan of mythology, Ancient Egypt, the bronze age, the mystery religions, or looking for a different story then what gluts the fantasy and historical markets, pick up Voice in Crystal.
Being a debut novel of an indie author, the “polish” factor can at times be a bit rough, with simple typos standing out mostly. That said, the characterizations of the main players and the depth of their individual journeys as broken, flawed people all seeking a better life, both inner and outer, is handled deftly and with artistry by the author. It is clear in her writing that these characters all live and breathe within her head as much as any real person. The villains too, are not stereotypes, but rather fully fleshed out people in their own right, which is all-too-often lacking in the majority of fantasy published these days, both indie and “professional.”
In all, a great tale of average people wrapped up in exceptional circumstances. Well worth the cost and fully deserving of a good 4 stars. I’m very much looking forward to “Going Forth by Day,” the second book in the “Children of Stone” series.
--Guy Donovan, author of “The Dragon’s Treasure” series.
The chapters were lengthy and didn’t give one a natural place to stop. The development of the story was good and moved at a steady pace. It kept me engaged and wanting to not finish the book because it would be over. The main characters were interesting and I enjoyed their development. I am anxious to begin reading the second book in the series.