Enchantress has a cinematic feel to it and as you read, it probes you to think beyond the fantastic adventures author James Maxwell paints for you, and it is somehow congruent to our own world. How we do with power, the whole premise is mainly about hegemony. Who has what and which country is not supposed to possess this powerful weapon and so on.
In Enchantress, we see regions fighting and forming allies, while at the same time some allies are broken because of fear of being destroyed by the Primates who possess the most Essence that can destroy a whole nation in a blink of an eye if used carelessly. Essence simply symbolizes nuclear, a powerful weapon that can create havoc on an entire generation. Also Maxwell talks about the Lexicon, Runes, Lore, and the Enchanters, these symbolizes authority all rather power of the others. Then there is the Dunfolk who are viewed as primitive because they preserved their traditions and refuse to be corrupted by the outside world. Maxwell writes, “Dunfolk: We may think them primitive, but they have learned more about the use of medicinal herbs and plants than any of our battlefield surgeons.” Doesn’t that sound familiar? Of course it does, we are too quick to judge those who have chosen to follow their cultural beliefs and think them as primitive all rather backward people. It is important to remember that because of hegemony, some societies are losing touch with their own languages and traditions or in the name of following the civilized worlds, as such putting themselves in a vulnerable situation.
Overall, it’s a great read.
Richard Hale’s frozen past is captivating and intense. His style of writing is amazing, he has a way of immersing the readers in the lives of the characters and making them involved in the story as much as possible, and that is makes a reader to continue reading because they are vested in the lives of the characters.
Frozen Past is told from different angles, first and foremost we hear the tones of teenagers, Luke and Eliana, who are in love. Luke vows to do anything to protect Ellie. Then there is that authoritarian voice, one told from the point of view of the law enforcement, and the other told from the monstrous killer, this perverted adult who manipulates kids not to tell anyone of their communication, or risk the consequences.
All these voices speak of today’s society and the gruesome murders that happen in different neighborhoods. As the killer kills only to get back at society and the rules that govern it. The killer can also be interpreted as terrorists of our day, who will kill at all lengths in order to defy solidarity.
Hale does a good job connecting today’s events in Frozen Past. The story can be interpreted in different ways depending on your worldview. Over all it is a good read.
Although I’m not too fond of romantic novels, I thought Julianne Maclean’s book “The Color of Heaven” was a good read overall. I enjoyed her writing style, which takes a more visual approach and allows readers to use all their five senses. And with this approach, readers are able to experience all the emotional roller coaster of Sophie Duncan’s life.
According to a RT Book Review, much of Maclean’s life is portrayed in Sophie’s character, which is not so much of a surprise when it comes to most writers and their work, they tend to infuse tit bits of their experiences in the characters they write about.
The gist of the novel is learning to forgive in order to see the light at the end of the tunnel. What the author does, is that, she uses the accident to symbolize the death of Sophie’s past life and all her pains of losing her daughter to Leukemia and the end of a picture perfect marriage. During her comma, we see Sophie interacting with her mother, it is in this moment that we understand the importance of introspective and learning to let go of all that suffocates your soul. And waking from her comma depicts a new chapter and forgiveness of all those who wronged you in the past.
All in all, the book is about finding your inner strength after any hardship you may encounter and learn to live and love again.