More about Rhuna: Crossroads
The second book in the series takes place nearly 20 years later, when Rhuna is the mother of a teenage daughter, and has matured to a point where she begins to yearn for new challenges and an adventure. So, when an Atlan scout reports strange events in Ancient Egypt, a colony of the Atlan Empire, Rhuna embarks on the long voyage to investigate. She takes her daughter, Lozira, with her, while Tozar stays behind.
In Egypt, the land of the famous Atlan-built pyramids, Rhuna encounters people and events that completely change her life. The beginnings of evil, of Black Magic and sorcery are explored in this book, and Rhuna learns, to her horror, that the Dark Master has many keen followers who continue his secret and sinister ways. In order to investigate and fully understand these followers, however, Rhuna must compromise her Atlan standards. But this is just the beginning of her worries!
Not only does her sanity come into question by Tozar and fellow Atlan Council members, but her personal life is thrown into turmoil when she falls in love with another man!
Circumstances conspire against Rhuna, so that she is unable to reveal the entire truth of her experiences and findings to Tozar, bringing her entire reputation into disrepute. Along the way, her powers increase dramatically, causing damage and harm around her.
The dramatic climax holds a great surprise for Rhuna, which carries forth into the next and third book, "Rhuna, The Star Child."
More about Rhuna, The Star Child
The sequel to "Rhuna: Crossroads" is also set in Ancient Egypt, and continues a few short years later, when Rhuna has had a second daughter who is now a toddler - but one with special abilities as well!
New and exciting themes are introduced in this book, namely Astral Projection and Black Magic as practiced in Ancient Egypt. There is also the element of future visions and insights; the gift given to Rhuna's small daughter, Shandi.
When Lozira arrives, now a grown woman, Rhuna's problems and worries escalate due to the man her daughter falls in love with. At the same time, critical diplomatic talks with the dark-skinned people of the land now known as Ethiopia begin to falter. Historical evidence shows that leaders of Ancient Egypt where not only Arabian and Caucasian, but also African, and this idea is proposed in "Rhuna, The Star Child" when the Ubanti invade and drive out the people they view as their enemy.
Rhuna is confronted with critical and life-changing decisions, and on the eve of a new and happy future, her small daughter utters two words that will also make the reader's mind boggle - until the next book!
More About Rhuna, Keeper of Wisdom
The first impression one gets when reading Rhuna, Keeper of Wisdom, is how it reads more like a general fiction story until you come across the people who can change matter with the power of their minds! It could be compared to Harry Potter in that it deals with "magical" people living in the real world, except that the Atlans in Rhuna don't need to hide their superhuman mental abilities. They use it for good, as we would like it to be in our idyllic thoughts about a utopia - or in this case, of Atlantis: an ancient civilization with highly advanced technology, knowledge and capabilities that has been lost in time, leaving only legends, myths and tantalizing bits of evidence, such as the pyramids, megaliths and artefacts revealing an advanced civilization.
"people with advanced knowledge and magical powers are from Atlantis..."
While it is obvious that the people with advanced knowledge and magical powers are from Atlantis, its name and that of other countries have been slightly changed, yet most readers will recognise what is meant (such as the country with the most famous pyramids being Egypt.) An intriguing yet effective way of emphasizing the different mentality of the Atlantean people is in the narrative, which is distinctive and even somewhat ethereal. This is one of the original aspects of this novel, as well as how the story is told only from the perspective of the main character, Rhuna. Although it is written in the third person, everything is told from her viewpoint and experience.
More About Rhuna, Keeper of Wisdom, continued
The story progresses at a steady pace, showing how Rhuna develops from a naïve young teenager to a competent young woman who has to master her inherited powers to defeat a menacing threat. This threat is also a bit different from the usual villain or evil entity in that the reader comes to see him as a regular human who gave in to temptation by abusing and misusing his power. His is not a detached, unapproachable villain who is bad just for the sake of causing a problem for the heroine of the story to conquer. The other characters are also quite human; all with different personalities most of us can recognize, and all of this makes Rhuna feel like it could have an a true story set in a faraway distant time in obscured history - like Atlantis itself.
A final original quality of this story is how the Atlanteans built the pyramids and other megalithic structures. These ideas are tantalizing and refreshing due to their originality and their setting. And lastly, it is not only a good read for those who enjoy the Fantasy genre, but also for general fiction that deals with people, human relationships and psychology, and the struggle to maintain utopia and the ideal civilization in a world as diverse and challenging as our world of today.