July 15, 2011

Liberation by Maria Lucia

Liberation is book one in the Andrusian Chronicles.

Amora Madre doesn't realize the destiny she is about to fulfill.  She believes she is set in life, she runs a successful metaphysical school in the Smokey Mountains, she has two imaginary friends named Casey and Nia, who guide and protect her and she has recently found her soul mate, Gabriel Ephraim.  Everything in life couldn't be more perfect, until she gets an urgent feeling that she HAS to move to Washington, D.C. and giving up everything she loves, she makes the move unbeknown as to why.

Her game plan is to commute to her school each week in order to maintain her business and her teachings.  However, those of the dark work against her and she is asked to take a leave of absence as her school is taken over by the board.  Heartbroken and distressed, she tries to come to terms with the events unfolding in her life.

On the day she gets the call from Mawari, the president of the Intergalatic Supernatural Intelligence Agency, ISIA, her destiny begins to take shape.  Gabriel and Amora have signed up for the assignment of bringing love to the world.  In order to do this, they must keep under the radar of the dark forces that surround the planet Earth.

There are four races of beings that inhabit the Earth, using it as their playground.  The race of Andrusians, of which Amora and Gabriel belong, are beings of light and creativity.  They understand that only love can help advance a planet and their inhabitants.  And for many millenia they are content in basking in their love and creating wonderful creatures and things out of that love.  After The Age of Creations is over, they are unaware of any other forces until the time when their idyllic life is distrupted.

The two shadow predator races are the Scorpillian's are also known as the Lords of Suffering, they work with the Draconians, Lords of Illusion, to bring never ending strife and turmoil to the planets they encounter.  The Scorpillians are the more violent of the two races, they are infamous for their soulless ways, their subconscious weapons and their mental torture.  The Draconians are more physical in their violent nature, to them, physical weapons and war are their obsessions and they enjoy causing deception to the ruling governments of any world.  They are ruled by Hakan and Tadashi and with their combined power, everything they touched, fell to their rule.

The final race are the Velarians, who are logic-based and collectors of information.  They believe in observing everything they come across without any known involvement.  They are non-violent race content on spending their time in the background.  They decide to co-exist with the two dark races in order to observe the outcome of the chaos the two races reign.  They aren't big on politics and are an ally to no one, remaining neutral to all.

The two dark forces have decided that Earth is to be their next playground and the Andrusians do their best to stop the forces that are gathering.  They are weak in council and must make their own hidden in order to succeed in their own mission of love.  Amora and Gabriel are in charge of that mission, they must find the dark forces before the spirit clamps realize and abort their mission by creating a loop, and the process would have to start all over again.  The timeline to correct the dark forces is now and Amora and Gabriel were born just to make sure this time love doesn't fail.  Will they be successful or will the forces of darkness continue to change the weaves of time forever?

I thought this was a really great read.  The world building is phenomenal, given you a look at such places as Akasha (The Hall of Records), that astral travelers have often talk about.  You see the birthing chambers of all the souls about to be born here on Earth as well as the processing centers of strange creatures and mythical beings.  The dimensional spaces between worlds is also brought to light and every place is believable in their imagery.  Many of the images were ones I had imagined in the past and it was wonderful to read it as I had pictured it.  Maria Lucia has caught the essence of the ethereal and neatherworlds with great efficiency.

I wish we could've had a bit more back story concerning Amora and Gabriel, there wasn't enough for me of their childhood and their personalities, and it took a while for me to care about the two of them.  They appeared wooden and stiff when they were first introduced, and it takes a while for the reader to warm up to them.  I also didn't like the way that Casey and Nia spoke, it waaaassss raaaatttthhhheeeeerrrrrr annnnnooooyyyyiiiinnnngggg...if you catch what I am meaning here.  I think they could've been just as important to the story without this word picture happening.

I loved the idea of the story, the whole explanation betwixt light and dark, and how they and their secret machinations, are truly in charge of this world and the human inhabitants are something, not unlike, SIMS.  Everyone is being controlled by some other force in order to play the game in the shadows.  Humans are but pawns for control over a planet they did not even ask to be included upon.  The four races involved control every aspect of humanities life while creating the illusion of free will.  It is one of the better explanations of the metaphysical world that I have read and it sometimes leaves you wondering if there is any truth to the words written upon the pages.

If you enjoy reading a great sci-fi/fantasy novel, then you will enjoy this one, it will make you think, open your mind and your heart and leave an impression upon you that you won't soon forget.

A fantastic fantasy adventure with a science fiction flare. LIBERATION Book One of The Andrusian Chronicles Amora Madre is content in the Smokey Mountains pursuing her teaching of love, things of the spirit, and metaphysics. Her childhood invisible playmates, Casey and Nia, are always by her side. But when soul mate Gabriel Ephraim enters her life, she is drawn into the heart of a horrific encounter with the spirit world in the skies over Washington D.C. Catapulted into service for the Intergalactic Supernatural Intelligence Agency, ISIA, the kindred lovers soon discover the existence of an invisible wickedness over the city, its galactic origins, and its evil designs for national and world events. As part of a galactic strike force assembled to dismantle the malevolent force's brutal matrix, Amora and Gabriel, seasoned and accomplished, embark on a dangerous adventure filled with Onaweyans, historical figures, and a confrontation with the dark supernatural syndicate over the fate of the United States and the earth. With journeys into dimensional worlds, interactions with fantastic creatures, and revelation of the current struggle between the spiritual forces of good and evil, LIBERATION draws the reader into a world where the spiritual dimensions and reality converge.

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