Voices in Crystal Book 1 Children of Stone
I enjoyed Mary R. Woldering’s rich evocative writing in this story based on her research into ancient mythology. The action takes place in or around ‘Kemet’ – ancient Egypt, following the main character Marai – a humble shepherd as he encounters the mysterious Children of Stone, who arrive from the heavens. At first he takes them for the goddess Ashera, but soon finds out they are something else entirely, rejuvenating his body and sending him out on a mission to meet an enigmatic priest or his assistant.
Soon after his encounter, he saves three women from slavery, and welcomes them as his ‘wives’. The book is reminiscent of works such as Gilgamesh The King, Games of Thrones – the Dothraki, The Alchemist,or the tales from One Thousand and One Arabian Nights. Perhaps what is most original here is the way the author digs down deep into the motivations, desires and emotions of Marai and his companions.
Recommended for fans of epic fantasy / mythology tales.