Series: A Terra Stellar
Author: C. G. Powell
Desription: Before the time of the great pyramids, there was a place like none other, a city of glass and metal rising from the depths of the ocean. Shrouded in mist, the island of Hy-Brasil and its capital Atlantis lay hidden from the rest of the world by its people, a race of long lived, interstellar nomads.
What secrets would you keep to save your kingdom? On the Queen’s deathbed, the sonless King Aldric is force into a promise to allow his five daughters to marry for love. A promise he wished he had never made, and one he will have to break, to save the kingdom from his squabbling, incompetent son-in-laws.
The youngest of five daughters, Jael, spent most of her time at her father’s side learning to run a kingdom. Believed to be the King’s favorite, Jael is shocked when he betroths her to a longtime friend of his, Prince Sarik of Hy-Brasil. Soon she will learn that world is full of secrets and one of them is her very own birth. Will the secret that bonds her to Sarik be the ultimate downfall of a kingdom?
Review: C.G. Powell has taken a very interesting perspective in the city of Atlantis in this story about how aliens and humans can co-exist. The truth about Atlantis is a secret though, so shhhhh! This story is primarily about a family who rules a portion of the world called Eir. The queen dies during childbirth of their fifth baby girl, but leaves behind no sons. As her last dying wish, she makes the King promise to let their daughters marry for love. It's a pretty big deal since now the king has to rely on a daughter to marry a man who is capable of running the kingdom without getting to groom him for the position. It is entirely possible each daughter would marry someone completely incapable of being the next king, but he swears to her as she dies that they will marry for love.
Seventeen years later, the king has married off two daughters and one has married a man that could rule, but no one wants him in a position of power. The other appears to be a complete idiot whom no knows much about at all. King Rowe is on a mission to marry off the other three as he is getting older in age. During this time he has had the chance to groom one man to take over in hopes that one of his daughters would indeed fall in love with him. It's a gamble that you will definitely enjoy reading about. His other chance of leaving the kingdom with an heir is to break his dying wife's wish and betroth Jael, the youngest. You will learn that Jael is different from her sisters and Rowe has a very good reason for the betrothal other than finding an heir. It's a mystery that has surrounded Jael since her birth and will leave you shocked at the end. Rest assured that the story has a happy ending and leaves an opening for a second book. I thoroughly enjoyed this and even though I typically avoid aliens, this is well worth the read. Especially since it is C.G. Powell, an author I thoroughly enjoy.
Interview with the author, C.G. Powell:
- What made you decide to write about Atlantis and aliens?
I’ve always been fascinated with Sci-fi and Fantasy. Rather than magic without explanation, I felt the need to write a logical reason for gods and magic. I also love the lure of Atlantis. There is something about it that makes me want to write more about its people (aliens).
- What made Jael's mom decide to have Rowe let their girls marry for love when she knew the clan had no heir?
During the time period marriages were made for power, not love. Mila did not want to subject her daughters to a loveless marriage. She also believed she carried a son, it was one of the reasons she agreed to the insemination, although it was never mentioned in the book.
- Can you tell us a little more about Tam and his background? He's such a mystery even though he obviously has been apart of Rowe's family life for a long time.
Rowe and Tam’s father Kale were best friends. When Mila died, Kale’s wife Fe became segregate mother to Rowe’s daughters. Tam and Ugis grew up as brothers to the girls. In some ways Tam was the son Rowe never had, he was raised to rule until Jael became old enough to learn the ropes. Tam is so good natured, even though he was raised to rule he never felt it was owed to him.
- What made Jael actually fall in love with Sarik? It seemed like she fell suddenly and I wonder what was the specific trait or event that triggered it.
In the beginning she was put off by his arrogance, but once she got to know the real man behind the prince facade she couldn’t help but fall in love with him. I think being raised by a father in a powerful position and no mother, made Sarik very indifferent towards love. It wasn’t until Jael came along that he found his humility and his heart.
- What happened to Wren? The epilogue makes me think the next story will be taking place many years later and that Wren might be forgotten about. Where did she go? What did she do?
Honestly I don’t know...I haven’t given it much thought, but something in the back of my mind said don’t kill her yet. Maybe there will be more at a later date.
- What are you plans for the rest of this series? Will you be covering more varying mythology through out it?
Rather than a series, I have chosen to write standalone books in side of the realm of Terra Stellar. I have 5 books so far planned. I will go back in time to Salima’s past, you will find out more about Tam and the house of Tintagel, Tal and Fairen have their own love story, I also plan to write the story of Helen and Beck before Mae, plus how Io and Nilus met. All of them have a certain amount of mythology in them and some will take us to their home worlds, where dragons and mermaids are the norm...ever wonder where the stories came from?
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