Author Spotlight: Lada Ray
Lada Ray is a real gem ensconced within the science fiction/fantasy genre. What I really enjoy about her writing is the immense research and accuracy into the themes featured in her plots. Sure, nobody can truly understand what life in Atlantis was like thousands of years ago, but she draws upon logical inferences mixed with modern parallels that render an amazingly realistic civilization.
Don’t get me wrong, this is fantasy, and not alternative history that becomes, well, a dry history book. Expect to have fun and be entertained whilst you turn the pages (or swipe the Kindle).
I had begun my voyage into Ms. Ray’s fantasies with her excellent book Catharsis. It details the struggles of prototypical human life thousands of years ago – on another planet! You can read my five-star review of this work in this link.
Now she brings us The Earth Shifter. This novel is a companion to Catharsis and is what I could compare to Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow in theme, but it’s actually enjoyable to read and understand upon your first go-through. Much like Gravity’s Rainbow, the tale involves the concept of remote viewing and sympathetic communication. Sympathetic as in sympathetic magick a’la H.P. Blavatsky. Throw in a bit of Baron Lytton’s The Coming Race and you have The Earth Shifter. But let me add, unlike The Coming Race, Ray can actually write and is quite the wonderful wordsmith. She will not dumb-down her language for the lazy reader. Her works, all I’ve read so far, really require some study and knowledge for a writer to pull off as well as they do.
I’m not interested in giving away any plot points here, but be prepared to enter a landscape of magick, mysticism and behind-the-scenes history. Here is the book’s Goodreads page which gives you a detailed rundown of the story’s characters and other vital properties. As this is a first in a trilogy, be on the lookout for books two and three in the future.
Another companion to this epic is The Lemurian Crystal, but I cannot seem to find it on Amazon! What’s up with that? Get ready for her third companion piece, Atlantis, to be released this spring. I know I’m getting a copy!
Earlier works are her Accidental Spy series which focuses on a conspiracy-laden investigation by an amateur detective. What begin as local puzzles, unfold into international – and mystical- intrigue. I really need to get a hold of these. The books’ descriptions alone seem right up my alley.
When you read Lada Ray’s works, expect to face a litany of cool stuff. Mysticism, magick, oneironautical travel, remote viewing, the occult, secret societies and a wellspring of accurately-illustrated Russian culture.
Update! Straight from the author, The Lemurian Crystal will be available in March with Atlantis following shortly thereafter.
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