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Voices of the Living Grail (A 13th Century Historical Novel) Paperback – September 29, 2004
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WB DeLong is a student of human consciousness and spiritual paths. He was a San Francisco neurosurgeon for over thirty years, and now lives in North Central Idaho with his wife and their four dogs. ----
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This exceptionally well-researched novel is filled with as much fictional excitement as it is historical mystery. Mr. Delong's style immediately put me in mind of Robert Louis Stevenson! Pushing the envelope the author handles sex, violence and intrigue during the time of the Inquisition without a glove while allowing magic, myth and metaphor to bring light into the darkness of the Church's past. Opening the reader's mind to new thoughts regarding spirituality and the paths we all walk, DeLong's characters strive to protect the Grail descendants from the Roman Church under the guidance of the ageless teacher Saramontus. I was particularly taken with the diversity of religions mentioned and explained as well as the mystical bent to the teacher's instruction. The heroes, Parsus and a band of troubadours, call on god and goddess as well as strength and courage to assist in their mission. Through the heroine, Princess Alphania, and the women healers the author highlights the Divine Feminine giving voice to their call for her return. All in all this is a book you may want to read twice! Don't neglect those pages in the back filled with information on Mary Magdalene, the Holy Grail and the Merovingians.
Be sure to check out the back of the book -- the glossary, notes and references. I found them fascinating, especially the information on Mary Magdalene.