"Nina's Story: The Crimson flowers" by author and singer Heaven Leigh is one of the most charming, beautiful and yet insightful stories I have read. "Fantasy novel", I fee,l is not at all an adequate description of this book. The story takes place in the beautiful island of Mazin; in a time beyond time and space. Yet, the people and what happens between and among them is very real as seen from a psychological angle. This story is as much a psychological drama as it is "fantasy". It is very much about what happens to human beings when they fearfully let their inner beliefs down and turn their backs to themselves in order to gain power - and to be accepted, seen and loved by others. It is also a story about what cultism can do to a society with all its false phrophets and promises, glamour and emotional poison. As well, it is a tale about the opposite; about being true to oneself and about fighting for what you believe in, no matter how lonely and desperate your situation may look like.
Nina's Story is in addition a "societal saga" about the relationship between the sexes - and without becoming a suffragette, Heaven Leigh describes the pitfalls, dangers and injustices within a society that favours one sex on behalf of the other - as well as how the misalignments between the sexes may destroy families. What happens in the magical isle of Mazin in some families may as well take place in any city in any country in this world. Mrs. Leigh as well, beautifully describes the magnificence of a society where man and woman are equal.
On another, yet very related level to the psychological and societal aspects, Nina's story is an extremely spiritual book. And again; it is not "fantasy". Heaven Leigh has some kind of direct pipeline to the spiritual world from where she "downloads" contexts and coherences about the eternal life as it unfolds in life after life. Or should I say "side-loads", because Mrs. Leigh lets us know, gracefully, that the spiritual world is not "up" or "beyond reach". It is just next to us - and we can all learn how to move from one side of the veil to the other as well we are told how death is indeed not an ending or a separation. It is like walking from one room to another.
Heaven Leigh's more romantic minded readers will dwell in the seductive story that ties it all together; it is, namely a story about true love that is disturbed temporarily by unwelcome desires and delayed by dark forces, spells and jealousy. Yet, since this special love takes place through time and space - it kind of prevails. It is terribly heart aching and yet very sweet. I don't want to reveal any details, just let you future readers know that I couldn't put the book down and that I miss Nina, her family and the Avatar-like beautiful island that Heaven Leigh paints in our minds with beautiful colours, scents and scenries and a blessed and creative talent for poetry and storytelling.
Warmly recommended by Betelgeuse; Authour, astrologer, clairsentient and spiritual healer