Sunday, August 5, 2012

Lady Grace by Sandy Nathan

Lady Grace by Sandy Nathan

When the earth blows up at the end of The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy (Tales from Earth's End 1) that was it, right? The characters go off in all directions, nevermore to be seen.

Not exactly. In Lady Grace, a few survivors of the nuclear holocaust make their way back to Piermont Manor, Jeremy Edgarton's ancestral estate. The radiation is gone and it's finally safe to go home.

What awaits them makes their worst dreams look like Bollywood frolics. Right away, they find out that evolution can work for evil as well as good. Going home requires a battle more deadly than any they've fought.

The returning characters appear from everywhere, in ways you'd never believe. Some of them you've met before; some are new to Tales from Earth's End.

Bud Creeman and Wesley Silverhorse, characters from author Sandy Nathan's novel, Numenon: A Tale of Mysticism & Money, drop in from the year 2015, thousands of years before the time of Lady Grace. Bud and Wes provide needed Native American skills and spiritual power.

Shining through it all is Lady Grace, a phoenix rising from the devastation of her civilization, unrecognizable as the person she once was.

It was a new world,
but was it one that permitted love?

Lady Grace could well be categorized as suspense because the author skillfully keeps the reader on edge wondering what will happen next. The novel's fantasy world holds the potential for unexpected, monstrous perils and magical, heroic rescues. Sandy Nathan never fails to surprise with plot twists and character transformations. But Lady Grace offers more than an exciting read. The author shows us the possibility of redemption and illuminates the power of having a spiritual practice without endorsing any particular religion. A must-read for fantasy lovers who appreciate the transcendental.

Although Lady Grace is the second book of a series, you don't have to read the first book (The Angel and the Brown-Eyed Boy)to follow what's going on. But if you wonder how the characters in Lady Grace ended up in this strange post-apocalyptic world, you should read The Angel - another great fantasy from Sandy Nathan. (By K. G. McGuinness)