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.
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.
After reading “Shadows of the Canyon,” by Tracie Peterson. I realized that Peterson connected her story with some of the most critical events of 1923, such as, the death of President Warren G. Harding, The Iris Civil War had just ended, Women’s Equal Rights Amendments (ERA), the second Ku Klux Klan movement that stirred controversy across the region, and the world’s first domestic refrigerator.
These were some of the headlines of the year 1923 and Peterson does such a great job tying these elements together in her book. She introduces us to Alexandria Keegan and Rufus Keegan, a father and daughter relationship that is completely sour in all its aspects. For instance, the opening of the chapter starts out with Alex working in on one of her father’s indiscretion. Of course her dad makes light of the situation without considering his daughter’s feelings.
Overall, Peterson, portrays men as powerful and influential, with so much control over women. This speaks to the reason why women were fighting for equal rights in the public sphere, and the book presents women as the more docile and weak. There is a shift in women’s representation which goes in line with ERA period, which can be seen in the eyes of Katherine Keegan, who finally after enduring shame and hurt in the hands of her husband, had the guts to ask for divorce. This fight shows women getting out of their shells and realizing they too can stand up on their own feet, it symbolizes strength, a representation of the feminist movement. For example, Valerie Winthrop’s character is that of a woman who tries revolting against her male counterpart, in this case, it is Harper who represents men who saw women as objects they could use to satisfy their sexual needs.
Clearly, Peterson in this book, uses the refrigerator metaphor and she shows Rufus Keegan inside this refrigerator having sexual encounters with a young Harvey girl, this is an illustration of the cold-hearted behavior on his part., callous kind of man, who showed no remorse.
Again, I like the way Peterson is able to mirror the 1923 events with her characters. She takes the reader in the world of political games, which can be filthy as one can go, with money and power being the very motive to take someone’s life. Then we have the good old cowboy, Luke, who is respectful towards women. I guess the thing I want to point out here, is how Peterson juxtaposes the city man and the country man. The City man is very aggressive and always hungry for power, while the country man is portrayed as someone who is very thoughtful and is respectful towards women, material things to him are not a priority.
Then we have the question of religion, and how people question their beliefs when faced with tough situations. Also this is a way to ask the readers if they have reached out to a lost soul and helped out instead of standing on the sidelines, in other words it encourages humility in all of us.
All in all, this book is a book of morality.