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“The conflicts of an ancient mystical kingdom erupt in the modern world... Greenaway juggles the many strands of her lushly descriptive book with ease, managing to bring all of these characters, from all their separate time periods, together in a rousing climax that invests just as much energy in high fantasy as modern romance, with winning results.
The richly imagined story of a modern woman bearing ancient responsibilities.”
Exciting and Well-Crafted Read
Lovin’ Books, ★★★★★ Amazon Review
If you are a fan of paranormal romance, Written in Ruberah should be your next read. The book takes place in modern times, but also weaves in a storyline from an ancient land called Ruberah. What happened in Ruberah so long ago is now playing out between Miriam and Mitch, lovers with a sometimes rocky relationship. The characters from both time periods are "real" - well-defined and unique. You want to travel with them. And what a trip it is! You won't want to leave their side before the last sentence ends the journey.
Superb Romantic Fantasy
Harriet Klausner, ★★★★★ Amazon Review
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.
A Love Story on Different Planes
Bani Sodermark, ★★★★★ Amazon Review
This is not your usual love story where the main actors are paramount and conceive their life stories with decisions taken by themselves in the present, and many or most of the facts relevant to the story pertain to the existing lifetime. In this book, the protagonists live out decisions taken by them in another time and space. And we get to see a fine and entirely plausible interplay of the main characters with the river spirit of Cornwall, viz., Tamara, who not only provides a timeless link between the past and present, but also plays a major role from behind the scenes in influencing the lives and decisions of the protagonists as well. We also get to see the workings of the Dark Forces in a form designed uniquely by the author.
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 fulfill 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 shape-shifts. 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 Ruberah 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 fulfill 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 Greenaway 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 Age of Jeweled 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.
Could it be true? Could she ever rise to such heroism or is it just a hallucination?
While at the inn, Miriam experiences a series of flashbacks from a life she lived in an ancient land called Ruberah. These startling images convince Miriam that she did write the promise and that she must keep it. But to do so, Miriam will have to let go of everything in her life and place her trust in a guide—the river girl—the wise and eternal spirit of the River Tamar.
New York real estate broker Miriam Lewis takes off for a brief getaway to a remote inn on the rugged cliffs of Cornwall. Rest and romance with her boyfriend seem like the perfect cure for a life that appears to be going nowhere, and too fast.
Entering Cornwall, Miriam crosses the River Tamar and glimpses a luminous girl floating in the river. A memory from long, long ago begins to unfold in Miriam’s thoughts—something about a promise she made to perform a selfless act of courage.
P. CHRISTINA GREENAWAY author
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