The Tenth Muse
by Lily Stephen
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
280 pages; ISBN: 0-9712659-0-9
Rating: 7/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Shirley A. Roe
The Tenth Muse explores the realm of parallel universe in the format of literary fiction. Two young girls, one on planet Earth and one on planet Zamora exist in parallel worlds unaware but somehow connected to each other. Author Lily Stephen takes us on a visionary journey of imagination as we explore the similarities and the differences of Opal and Sapphire’s lives. When Sapphire’s friend Sandra dies, a door is opened between these two worlds and two young lives become eternally entwined. The book has a subtle underlying intention to introduce the reader to all things spiritual.
Fiction with shades of enlightenment, religion and inspiration, this book contains several quotes from Dalai Lama, Chimyo Horioka and other Zen masters. Author, Lily Stephens knows her subject well.
Although the protagonists start out as children, growing into teenage girls during the story timeline, I believe the writing style and presentation of the subject matter may be somewhat confusing to younger readers. Older teens and adults interested in all things spiritual will enjoy this book immensely. The Tenth Muse presents some interesting possibilities. Shorter book length makes it an excellent take along book and an easy read.
The Tenth Muse is the first volume in The Third Verse Trilogy by Lily G. Stephen. Watch for the forthcoming second volume, The Eleventh Hour. Available through Amazon.com and www.bloomingrosepress.com.
Reviewer: Shirley Roe, Allbooks Reviews