Before you spend your money, “Wake Up.” ….. *
This is a treatise on spirituality versus the way the author thinks most people view the world and their place in it. Helen Rose, using a process she calls “automatic writing”, channels an entity that provides her with several truths. The problem is I think she tuned into a channel that was a spiritual version of Nick at Night, as there is nothing revealed that has not already been written about.
While the truisms in addressing change, one’s own spirituality, and how we relate to each other are valid, they have been dealt with in many other books. This point is amplified by the numerous quotes between chapters from other sources that Rose uses to validate her writing. Actually, some of the quotes are more profound than what the “entity” is telling her to write.
If you are looking for a book to uncloak your spirituality, try one like The Secret or The Power of Now. Unfortunately, this short essay will not cause you to “wake up”.
This one gets one star.
A different approach to telling a fantasy story….. ***
Normally, I do not read fantasy. After all once you have read all of J. R. Tolkien, what could ever measure up to his standard? However, when I received a request to review this book, I was intrigued.
The fantasy part of the story is straight forward. Thirteen skulls brought to Earth by aliens to be used by us to gain the knowledge they have acquired. The skulls were brought years ago and as mankind becomes aware of the power they hold, there are some who try to steal them for their own purposes. Eventually the skulls are scattered and hidden in various parts of the Earth as the story reaches modern day.
Here is where the approach is different, at least in my experience. As Henderson tells the history of the skulls, she mixes in the modern day story of Gemma Mason who begins having dreams about the skulls. Gemma eventually decides to write a book about her dreams. This switching from the fantasy story to what is happening with Gemma kept me reading.
The writing is above average, and the philosophy that Henderson imparts is not only worth reading, but worth a pause for reflection. The novel suffers from more telling than showing but moves at a good pace.
This was a hard book to rate for me. I give it three stars as a fantasy novel, but the writing style deserves four. But since this is for fantasy fans, three it is.