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Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Awakening by Jamieson Wolf

The Awakening – Queen of Egypt Book 1 by Jamieson Wolf
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (44 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Ambrosia

Cleopatra, ruler of Egypt, is just twenty years old and in love with Marc Anthony. After the death of Julius Caesar, she is thrilled to find love in the arms of another.

Her bliss is shattered when she is contacted by the goddess Isis, who needs her help. Osiris, husband of Isis, has gone missing and Isis is unable to find him. She needs Cleopatra to locate him before he is killed.

But all is not as it seems. Cleopatra is being hunted by Anibus, god of the Underworld. Cleopatra will have to trust in herself and the magic inside of her, if she is to survive....

The stories of Cleopatra’s life never seem to lose a reader’s interest, no matter what form they take. In The Awakening, Cleo finds herself on a mission to save the Goddess Isis’ true love and unravels secrets that stun her. Magic fills the pages of this short story and makes you wonder if the real woman was indeed mystical.

Suffering from nightmares, Cleopatra seeks out the Goddess, only to be sent on a mission to save Isis’ husband, Osiris, after he disappears. The evil God Anubis—half man, half dog—seeks to kill Isis and Osiris and seize the untapped powers Cleo unknowingly holds deep within her. Unraveling more truth than she can bear, Cleo must go to the Underworld to find Osiris and bring him back.

Mark Anthony declares his heart and his passion are hers, and offers to go with her “down under” and protect her. Cleo refuses, telling him it’s her fate to do it alone, even though she’d like nothing better than to have his comforting presence by her side. His wild passion fills her with joy and security, though he can’t be with her, and she soon realizes that love will be her savior. The only thing is, when the magic within her is awakened, she finds that having power can be frightening and worries she will become evil with such abilities.

The characters are full of life. The romance is passionate, though you can feel the remnants of the trials they’d gone through in their forbidden love before Caesar was killed, prior to the opening of this story. Though Mark Anthony has little impact on the story for the most part, he is the main motive behind Cleo’s desire to solve the issue without his help. She is a strong woman with a mind of her own, which makes for heroic (heroine? *G*) reading.

This story is well-written and beautifully worded. Each scene builds the path to Cleo’s successful conclusion where love leads the game. The Awakening – Queen of Egypt Book 1 deserves 4.5 Cherries for an excellent new portrait of a famous queen’s life. Well done.

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