Blurb: This thrilling sequel to Rhuna: Crossroads is set in mystical Ancient Egypt where Black Magic was developed by the followers of the legendary villain, The Dark Master.
As strange and frightening curses plague the population, Rhuna discovers the underground organization that performs this uncanny new magic, but she can only combat it with the help of her long-lost father.
Having learned from her father amazing new skills to empower her on the Astral Plane, Rhuna once again strives to preserve peace and harmony in the idyllic Atlan civilization.
Far more challenging than fighting powerful Dark Forces, however, is Rhuna’s personal anguish when her daughter becomes involved with the leader of the Black Magic movement, and the once-perfect Atlan society based on utopian principles begins to crumble all around her.
Shocking events escalate Rhuna’s world to a breathless climax as she and her family undergo a momentous upheaval, and she is forced to make great personal sacrifices for her loved ones.
“A private word,” she said sternly, and Rhuna stepped aside to let the other Council members pass her as they left the room.
“Harbinger of Solace has given us specific instructions,” she began. Rhuna noticed the many fine wrinkles around her eyes and lips which deepened when she scowled.
“His daughter, Melody of the Dawn, is to return to Atlán at the earliest convenience! Furthermore, she is being prevented from summoning his messages, and we have been given due authority to fulfil his wishes,”
“His daughter? She is as much my daughter, too!” Rhuna protested angrily. “And I am not preventing her from summoning his messages. She is afraid to summon any messages – afraid of returning to Atlán, returning to her father!”
“What is wrong here?” Aradin asked as he entered the Attendance Hall and stood next to Rhuna. “I thought you might need me,” he said softly to her as he placed his arm supportively around her.
“Harbinger of Solace has given us clear instructions to carry out,” Sun of the Morning repeated, her face showing contempt for Aradin.
“She does not want to return to him,” Aradin said as gruffly as he could manage.
“The High Council of Atlán has set this command!”
“First you said it was by order of Harbinger of Solace, and now by the entire High Council,” Aradin said, tightening his grip around Rhuna. “Which is it? And since when does one member speak for the entire Council?”
“You cannot force my daughter to return to Atlán!” Rhuna stated firmly.
“You must! It has been deemed the only right action in view of your…status among Atlan society, and the banishment enforced against you!” spat the angry woman.
“No! I will not make her leave, and I will not make her summon her father’s messages if she doesn’t want those things!”
“What about respecting the will of others – isn’t that a prime Atlan principle?” interjected Aradin.
“In cases where the person is young and inexperienced, this respect is waived,” Sun of the Morning snapped.
“In all my solar cycles living in Atlán, I never heard of that exception,” Rhuna said as hatred for the woman grew rapidly inside her.
“This is the land of both my people, the Benshi, and the Atlan residents,” boomed The Reigning One’s voice behind them, startling everyone in the room, including his attendants. “There shall be no forcing of wills upon others in this land,” stated The Reigning One. “Take your petty squabbles out of my residence,” he ordered Sun of the Morning, who was taken aback and immediately left the room without another word.
Rhuna walked silently outside with Aradin until they reached the outer courtyard area. “You are disobeying an order directly from the High Council of Atlán?” Sun of the Morning asked viciously, her eyes darting between Rhuna and Aradin.
“I am refusing Harbinger of Solace’s request to have his daughter sent back to him,” Rhuna answered, glaring back at the woman.
“We are done here,” Aradin interrupted sharply, and took Rhuna’s arm as he began to walk away.
“They can’t force us to do anything, can they?” Rhuna asked as they walked home.
“No,” they can’t. That woman is full of hatred towards you, and it’s making her unreasonable,” said Aradin.
“Let’s not even tell Lozira about any of this!” Rhuna said after a while. ”She seems so happy right now, and so relieved to be here, thinking she is safe!”
About the author: As an only child of older migrant parents, I was exposed to a different culture and outlook as I growing up in the suburbs of Sydney. At the age of 10 I became interested in history and travel, and in sixth grade my teacher commented on my flair for writing.
After a lot of travel and reading about history – I started with Thor Heyerdahl’s adventures which led me to other books about unexplained mysteries such as pyramids and other megaliths around the world – I came to a point where I wanted to put it all together in an epic fantasy novel.
I have now written two further books following on from “Rhuna, Keeper of Wisdom.” The 2nd and 3rd books are both set in Ancient Egypt, and I am working on the fourth book in the series, so stay tuned and enjoy “Rhuna”!