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"C.L. Talmadge is a name to watch for when looking for excellence in weaving a tale of fantasy," Camellia writes at Long and Short Reviews.com. She gives the Green Stone of Healing® series an enthusiastic five books, the review site's highest rating.
Canadian Reader Catherine McDiarmid-Watt credits The Vision, the first book in the Green Stone of Healing® speculative epic, with helping her through her husband's medical crisis.
"For a day that could have left me crumbed in tears and fear, with a husband who we first thought was having a heart attack, then a stroke, only to find he had lost his memory and kept asking me the same questions over and over again, every moment he was awake, I was so grateful to have this book to lose myself in," she writes. "Perhaps the magic of the story even helped me to emotionally and spiritually heal from our scare of possibly losing him?"
series speaks to current events.
Reviews for Fallout, Book TwoKrista Braaten, reviewer for Coffee Time Romance, gives Fallout a four-cup review!
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Excellent Job! *****
I have to tell you right off, I usually do not review books in this genre, but author C.L. Talmadge has written a read that has kept my attention and drawn me into her series.
I would like to quote, if I may, her own words concerning it:
"Over several generations of strong female protagonists, the series explores how state sanction for exclusionary religious practices leads to the complete destruction of an island nation called Azgard. Throughout, the heroines and their mysterious green gem attempt to offer a healing, inclusive alternative to a government that persecutes those who do not look like or share the religious beliefs of its top leaders."
Our author describes her series as, "a blue-state version of 'end-of-the world' faction without a traditional religious viewpoint. Instead, it examines alternative spiritual themes and sets forth a different interpretation of free will and good and evil."
In the first book of this series, The Vision, I met Lt. Helen Andros, who is a physician with a gift for healing. Helen wears a green gemstone necklace from her mother with healing powers. Helen, however is a half-breed, and is treated with contempt in her land. She finds out she is the illegitimate daughter of Lord James, a powerful man in leadership.
In this second installment of this series, Helen and her father begin a battle of wits, each pulling against the other, in their ignorance of relationships. Their battle is long and fierce as they seek from each other, loyalty, compassion and finally love. It is not an easy road, and is filled with disturbing incidents as it is traveled. Many of the unfair acts done to Helen left me filled with rage, but her fortitude was amazing as she survived one obstacle after another. I enjoyed this installment in the series.
The author takes you deep into the life of Helen, both past and present, giving much more insight into her position and importance. The fierce struggle for power continues, those who were evil, becoming more so as the battle for complete dominion is paramount. It appears none are safe from the cruelty that reigns.
The story was both repulsive in the acts of the characters therein, but also heartfelt in devotion and love to those struggling for the good. The ending definitely left you wanting, and that is a good thing. Exceptional job of writing, and keeping this story tightly together in a genre that is certainly difficult to do such, our author is top-notch. If you love an intense read, packed with sinister power seekers, grueling heartless characters, yet laced with mystical moments, the lure of peace and healing,and the hope that goodness will prevail, this read is for you. Excellent Job.
Midwest Book Review
Reviews for The Vision, Book One
"...it's a gripping page-turner, and the character are well-drawn and interesting.
The story is compelling and quite captivating."
A Promising Beginning *****
"Those who love deep intricate stories, full of mystery and action, dripping with power struggles and battles for dominion, this work is for you."
Midwest Book Review
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