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Written in Ruberah: Age of Jeweled Intelligence (Volume 1) Paperback – March 19, 2013
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About the Author
Christina Greenaway, author of "Dream Chaser: Awakening" was born on the rugged land of Cornwall and now lives in the United States. A traveler at heart, Christina may be found anywhere in the world writing the next book in the "Jeweled Intelligence" series.
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There’s a pink pen, determining the future; a Dark Master, distorting hopes of the wounded; perfectly American French fries from a Cornish tavern; and a mythical history of giants, love and destruction. Will volcanic fires from Ruberah tear Cornwall from the face of the earth? Will Miriam remember her sacred future? Will the wrong future play out on the movie screens of Control? Or can a selfless act save all?
The story starts in Ruberah with an intriguing scene of the ending and birthing of myth. Then it enters the modern world, where some nice foretelling is quickly lost in a slew of confused relationships, misplaced memories, and forgotten pleas. Time slows in Cornwall, of course, and in this long, complex tale. But modern technology and mindsets intrude as much into myth as Ruberah does into the lives of the characters, making this a fantasy both languid and frightening, crossed with a seriously star-crossed romance.
Disclosure: I won an ecopy and I offer my honest review
P. Christina Greenaway
girl by the sea, Mar 19 2013, $14.95
The Age of Jeweled Intelligence ends with the destruction of Az'Rayelle when the Ruberah Kingdom Princess Li'ram fiddles away her time thinking only of her love for Emerald Kingdom Prince Da'krah while the Dark Master assaults her land. Realizing too late she allowed her desires to supersede her people's safety, self-loathing Li'ram pleads with the River Spirit to grant her a chance one day for redemption.
Eons later in the Kingdom of Kernow, teenage Princess Tamara refuses to perform her official duties compounded by her defying customs. Her anguished father decrees his rebellious daughter will be changed into a river of tears.
In the present, as Americans Mitch Devere and Miriam Lewis drive a car across the Tamar Bridge into Cornwall, she is stunned by seeing a glowing girl floating on the river. This jogs an odd memory of a vow she made a long time ago and also recalls flashes of a royal life in the ancient Kingdom of Ruberah. Confused, Miriam believes she made a sacred pledge in a previous life that she feels a deep commitment to honor. To do so she must rely on the River Tamar spirit to guide her and Mitch; yet unaware that her otherworldly ally is limited with what she can do to help. Miriam's arrival also awakens the dormant Dark Master.
Written in Ruberah is a superb romantic fantasy as M&M aided by the river spirit have a second chance in the war against the Dark Master. The key to this vivid thriller is that the prime players past and present seem genuine. Readers will appreciate this exhilarating tale as redemption does not guarantee defeating evil.
Princess Li’ ram of the Ruby Kingdom of Ruberah has been betrothed to Da’kra of the Emerald Kingdom but their union has catastrophic consequences for Ruberah as the essences of the Ruby and Emerald Kingdoms are not compatible. Setting sail to her new home, she calls upon her soul guide, River Spirit, Tamara, and, in order to atone, vows to enter the Black Heart and rescue someone for the benefit of another.
Cut to Penrose Hall, August 2010. Enter Miriam Lewis, a real estate broker and her companion Mitch Devere, a travel writer, both from New York on a visit to Cornwall. Miriam’s intention is to induce Mitch to marry her. However, Miriam’s vow as the erstwhile Princess Li’ ram gets her to choose willy nilly to participate in Tamara’s efforts to rescue Lara, the mistress of Penrose Hall, who has been abducted by the Dark Forces and thus fulfil her vow. A host of other characters come in, one of them being Kate, Lara’s daughter, who, in a former lifetime was So’laria, Li ‘ram’s sister. The Dark Forces are represented by Gwenellen, a buxom young woman, who shapeshifts. Comic relief is provided by a pair of giants, Tavy and Tawridge, who are Tamara’s wards. Wisdom and guidance comes from the Earth’s heart through a voice called Gold. Gold opens up for Tamara, the mists that form the collective unconscious of the wisdom of Rubera and her memories of being River Spirit.
“Why didn’t I stop the tragedy that caused “The Ending” (of Ruberah)? Tamara asks the mists.
“You could not. Man is his own master. He is as wise as any of us, he’s just working in the physical world trying to remember..”
Tamara’s story proceeds as follows:
“As the River Tamar is formed, Ruberians start to reincarnate on Earth… hundreds of them find her river. With great joy in her heart, Tamara guides them to fulfil the acts of atonement written in their sacred futures.”
The text is fast and free flowing, a joy to read. It affirms the fact, more than many other books that I know of, that all we are, is flowing energy, that anything could happen at a moment’s notice, that all we think, say or do has consequences. The descriptions of the outer physical scenery as a reflection of the inner, is unusually detailed and evocative, almost like a fast, chemical reaction, once the right ingredients are administered.
This is a book that has been written on several planes. The main characters have their own agendas on the physical, which they put aside, willingly or unknowingly, after intervention by either by Tamara or Gwenellen. The author, Christina Greenway has been very insightful and consistent about the principles that govern Life in this book, affirming that the reason we are here is to strengthen our spiritual muscles. This book is a strong and beautifully written testimony to the above.
A quote by Rumi taken from the book reads, ”Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth”. This quote sums up the effort made by the author in this book.
This is the first in a series of books called “The Awakening of Jewelled Intelligence”. Going by the popularity of the Harry Potter series, one can presume that the public response to this genre can only increase with time as more people explore their feminine side. Personally I enjoyed the book very much.