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Shadow of a Dark Queen

Posted: June 17, 2016 in Book Reviews

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Shadow of a Dark Queen

By Raymond E Feist

497 pages

In A small village on the world of Midkemia there lives a Boy named Erik Von Darkmoor who is the bastard son of the ruler of this part of the world. His mother, in vain has been trying for years to get his son recognized as the rightful heir but he is never acknowledged.

When Erik and his Friend Roo kill to protect their friend who is being raped, they kill the wrong man and soon find themselves being hunted by the prince to avenge his brother’s death. They must flee but are eventually caught and sentenced to death by hanging.

The Sauur, also known as snakes or lizard men are waging war across midkemia in order to conquer the land for their queen whom they revere as a messiah or savior. She is their God whom they worship and believe they will be rulers along side her when her reign comes in its full glory.

However in the least expected way they manage to escape their fate only to be recruited with no other options for something entirely different from what they are or ever have been used to.

One of Raymond E Feists characters, the legendary magician Pug makes his entrance but plays a minor role in this, the first book of the serpent war saga. His role, while minor seems to be setting up for a larger part to play in up coming volumes of this series. A new character joins in named Miranda. At this point we don’t know much about her or who she is but she does appear to be someone of influence and power. She embarks on a search for Pug who has been in hiding for a while.

Raymond E Feist’s world of Midkemia is not just Midkemia. Within his world there are secret or magical entrances to a place called the hall of the worlds. This hall contains doorways to 10’s of thousands of other worlds. The creatures and people within this universe he has created travel between worlds via this hall of the worlds. However only those who are the most powerful can even find the entrance. This has the effect of limited access to those who may have intents for good or evil and are the most powerful of all the inhabitants in the universe. Because of this they are able to take advantage of those without these abilities.

Pug and Miranda know that this Emerald queen of the lizard people must be stopped but they have a dilemma. The key to stopping her and her lizard army is Macros the Black, who is not exactly known as a good guy. They must find him yet he has been gone for so long he may as well be myth or legend. Macros the black however may be their only hope of ending this conflict.

I look forward to seeing how this story plays out in the next book in the series, Rise of a Merchant Prince

Overall I give this book 6/10 book worms. It is not terrible fantasy, and I would not put it up there as amazing but overall good and enjoyable.

The Lost Symbol

Posted: June 1, 2016 in Book Reviews

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The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

639 pages

Robert Langdon’s 3rd adventure happens right in his home land America. He is lured to Washington D.C. to be a guest speaker and what he believes to be a conference but soon learns that he was brought there under false pre-tenses.

Robert’s Good friend Peter Solomon is missing, his severed hand found, tattooed with masonic symbols and messaging soon leading him on a desperate search to find his friend and decode the long-lost Masonic Pyramid and end the crisis before the secrets get out to the world.

The Lost symbol is heavly focused on Masonic rituals and symbology deep within the roots of the Free Mason brotherhood. This secret society has long been the center focus of conspiracy theories ranging from conspiracy theories to illuminati to secret satanic demonic devil worship.

While not a Free Mason myself I loved how this book played on Free masonry. This is because I find myself familiar with the free mason style ceremonies that I myself has taken part of with the LDS church of which I am a former member. The LDS Temple ceremonies, since the church started are basically Free Mason ceremonies and are mimicked almost perfectly. These ceremonies were introduced to the LDS faith only 6-7 weeks after Joseph Smith’s initiation into free masonry. The description of some of the ceremonial aspects within this book I found to be quite similar to the things I have experienced in my former church temple ceremonies.

This book while focusing on Free Masonry secrets and conspiracies however is not all about free masonry. One of our characters, MS. Solomon, is a scientist who is researching in a field of science that is far from mainstream science. This field is noetics. This field as defined by Wikipedia is

“In philosophy, noetics is a branch of metaphysical philosophy concerned with the study of mind as well as intellect. Noetic topics include the doctrine of the agent/patient intellect (Aristotle, Averroes)[1] and the doctrine of the Divine Intellect (Plotinus).[2]

The unaccredited Institute of Noetic Sciences describes noetic sciences as “how beliefs, thoughts, and intentions affect the physical world”.

This idea being that our thoughts have literal mass and have the ability to physically change the world around us. We could morph the physical reality of objects, through force of thought we can move objects just by thinking about them. Noetics studies the vast un-tapped potential of the human mind to become the creators of worlds, rather than being the created. In effect we can become God’s by tapping into the full potential of the human mind and shape and created the universe to our own desires. This ultimately, this book suggests, is the secret encoded messages within all religious texts.

I love Dan Brown’s take on religion and I am finding his perspective within his writing to be refreshing. His view-point, for me at least, is like shining a light in the darkness and opening up an entire new world of religious understanding and philosophy that I have not had in a long while. Who would have thought that religion could make such interesting reading in any fictional sense?

Every writer has a key theme that they use within their books. The one littler quirk that I am finding within his writing is his character Robert Langdon’s claustrophobia. Every book he finds himself in a situation that gets his claustrophobia agitated. It seems since his first trip to europe he can’t help but get himself trapped in some sort of confined space. It will be interesting to see what confined space he finds himself in next time.

Overall I give this book 9/10 book worms and highly recommend this, especially if you find secret brotherhoods and hidden coded messages within religious text of interest.