Saturday, March 30, 2013

Of Gaea Tour and Review

Her choice will change the world.

She hated the wheelchair. Hated the way it made her feel less than what she was. Most of all she hated not being able to do all the things she used to. Ari had been a track and field star, an archery champion and an Eskrima pro. Now she was confined to a wheelchair slowly dying inside from its restraints.

Medical science wasn’t working. The tests, the drugs, the therapies were all useless and a waste of time. She was tired of wasting her time; she was tired of failure. It was time to look away from the obvious and try something unconventional.

Nothing was ever free and that included miracles. Abruptly, Ari finds herself tangled in a web of lies, questioning everything she’s ever known as truth. Never had she believed she’d be thrown headfirst into a world of good and evil, magic and Gods.

Trapped in the middle of a war she had never known existed both parties demanded her allegiance. Ari was a catalyst that could change all the rules of the Earth. But when the time comes to make a choice will she be strong enough to know right from wrong?

This book begins in a rather strange manner. The first line in the book stated, "Ari's problems began with the orgasm incident." From that strange opening began the story which kept me turning the pages.

What happens in the story is a strange and twisting tale. Ari begins the book in a wheelchair. I won't go into any details other than to say that this book takes some twists and turns you will not see coming. It will make you laugh and cry and scream out.

In her debut novel, Victoria Escobar created a world very much like our own. But with a unique blend of reality, fantasy and religion. I enjoyed the twists and turns and the path this book took to the finale.

I give this book 5 stars and I am sure we will see much more from this talented author!

Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
When the sun was nearly gone Ari began to fidget. “You should turn a light on.”

“Afraid of the dark?”

“It’s not the dark I fear, but what resides in it.” Ari bit her lip as she scanned the growing shadows. “I’ve seen things in the shadows, things I’d rather not fall prey to.”

He didn’t laugh or jeer but slowly stood and walked over to the edge of the circle. From his pocket he lit a match and then dropped the lit match to something she couldn’t see.
A ring of fire rose from the ground and traced the circumference of the circle. When it touched itself it went out, but there was a light, that she couldn’t explain in its place. It wasn’t the red light of fire either, but a cool, almost clean feeling light.

“Our mother Gaea, this night we ask for protection, this night we ask for healing. This night we ask you bless the faithful with Your love.”

Ari could hear Leonidas’s prayer from where she sat, or rather, she felt it. The words weren’t quite right though. She didn’t hear them as he spoke them, but as a chorus of voices together as one. The voices chanted together and drowned out Leonidas’s words. Goosebumps broke out
along her arms.

As Leonidas shuffled back over Ari saw movement behind him. The darkness that she feared manifested along the edge of the circle. It had more form than it had previously. The demon horse was more pronounced in shape and larger than she remembered it being. There was with ooze streaming from its head and tail and dark rivulets of liquid streamed over
him that she could only envision as some form of acid.

The trees and plants seemed to shrink back away from it. Or at least that’s what she thought until the light creature joined it. Then she realized what the darkness killed the light was bringing back to life only for the vicious cycle to continue.

She was more shaped this time too. She looked like a white peacock with the train of light behind her wings and tail. Everything about her glowed and it was painful to look at her for too long.

“Can you see them?” Ari gestured to the edge of the circle.

Leonidas turned and even though Ari didn’t see his face she saw his posture still and harden. “You are not welcome here. Gaea walks here, not you. Be gone! You have no business here.”

“The child is our business.” The light creature danced up the wall searching for an entrance.

“Give her to us and we shall leave everything as it was found.” The dark thing wasn’t so subtle and struck the wall of light with its hooves.

Gaea walks here.” The Kirin appeared inside the circle. Her voice was a beautiful song. “Leave this place. Now.” She stamped her hoof once.

The other creatures only hissed at her. The Kirin reared backed and then charged. She rammed into both of them and all three vanished. Before their eyes the trees and plants sprung back to the way they had been only minutes before.

“Now I’ve officially seen everything.” Leonidas muttered. “How often do you see them?”

Ari laughed weakly. “Do nightmares count?”

Leonidas bent down to look in her eyes. “Nightmares always

Victoria Escobar (1984-Present) was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida but lived a gypsy lifestyle up and down the east coast until the age of twenty one. She spent most of her time reading or writing as a child. As an adult she gave up reading and writing for a time. After attempting to be an adult for a few years, she determined that being an adult was overrated and went back to reading and writing whatever came to mind. She is currently rooted in upstate New York with family reading whatever she can get her hands on and writing whatever comes to mind. "Of Gaea" is her debut novel, the first of a trilogy and hopefully the first for may others as well.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your review! I'm very happy you enjoyed it!