"Nina's Story" has all the elements of classic fairy tales, along with intriguingly original twists. It transports you to a world you can easily lose yourself in, with its beautiful imagery, unique love story, and many comical moments. These are all interwoven into a journey of powerful psychological insight into the dangers of cults, charismatic leaders, and all forms of abuse that come along with them. Within this story of warning set in an ancient world are cleverly conveyed ideas about the origins of modern Western religious thought and "traditional" gender roles. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to escape into a beautiful fantasy that reaches into important parts of our everyday lives. "Look closer" and you will find deep and sacred messages that will continue speaking to you through your own story long after you've walked the path of Nina's.