The Awakening: Part One.
The Awakening: Part One
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9781539638612, $11.99, PB, 228pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: The Druid War has ended after a year of bloody combat, as Lycan armies battled each other to decide the course of civilization. Kestrel and her Lycan army have been defeated by the Druidess Sylvanis' Lycan army.
Kestrel, unbeknownst to Sylvanis, has cast a powerful spell. One, that upon her death, her essence shall remain upon this Earth until the last stone of the Calendar, what we know now as Stonehenge, falls. The spell will also awaken the power of lycanthropy in the ancestors of her champions, allowing her to cheat death and return to once again wage war on civilization.
Sylvanis executes Kestrel for her crimes, thus setting in motion Kestrel's spell. Sylvanis discovers the deceit and is left with no alternative but to cast a spell of her own. When Kestrel's spell goes into effect, Sylvanis will be reborn, and her champions will awake as well, to fight against Kestrel and her Lycans.
Two millennia have passed and the last stone has fallen. Kestrel spell awakens her. Sylvanis is reborn with almost no recollection of who she once was. Kestrel will stop at nothing to destroy her and her Lycans before they can discover their powers and find each other.
Now, four individuals find within themselves the power of lycanthropy awakened, the Wolf, Boar, Tiger and Rat. They must learn to control this new-found power as they discover they are a part of an ancient war between two Druidesses. Will they learn to use their powers in time?
Critique: An impressively crafted and original novel by an author with a genuine flair for narrative driven and inherently compelling storytelling, "The Awakening: Part One" by Michael Timmins is an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to community library Science Fiction & Fantasy collections. For the personal reading lists of dedicated lycanthropy fantasy fiction fans it should be noted that "The Awakening: Part One" is also available in a Kindle format ($4.99).