The Visionby C.L. Talmadge
Lieutenant Helen Andros, a military physician, is caught in theocratic machinations that almost cost her life. Illegitimate, presumed orphaned, she learns her father's identity as one of Azgard's powerful Toltec lords and remains a target for the Temple of Kronos.
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We are proud to announce that THE VISION: GREEN STONE OF HEALING by C.L. Talmadge is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Classified as fiction? You can't make this stuff up. The book is nonstop action; filled with betrayal, greed, power, prejudice, acts of kindness, compassion, soul awareness, life lessons, AND humor. The book is thought provoking and clever, when you think there is no way out or the situation is a no win, a resolution is made, a resolution that could never have been imagined. The characters are so vibrant and real, whether good intentions or bad, some think with their heads, some with their hearts, some with their reptilian brain, and some just don't think at all. The book is sometimes complex, there are many characters, with several issues, and events occurring simultaneously; fortunately, the author provides a glossary in the back of the book and has a website for additional information. I emailed the author from the website which is printed on the back cover, she was glad to hear from a fan and answered a question I had about the book. I have read all four books in the series and can't wait for book five to be published. When is the movie coming out?
In Azgard, medical officer Lieutenant Helen Andros has come a long way in spite of her low social rank as an illegitimate half-breed. The country's caste system has little wiggle room for people of her race and background; in fact she is surprised her Turanian mother gave birth to someone with her pedigree. From the mysterious Mist Weavers, she recently learns why her mom accepted the ostracism of bearing an illegitimate half-breed when she finds out who her father is. He is a very powerful Toltec lord. They also understand the meaning of the green gem she has worn since birth. However, her paternal heritage will not prevent the Supreme Lord of the Temple of Kronos from killing this impure hybrid; the only way Helen can survive is if she learns to use the gem. This is a superb very complex character driven fantasy that takes a close look at religious and racial persecution. Helen is a terrific heroine whose need to learn more about her heritage puts her on a path in which her outcome will be either death or power. The Toltec State Religion demands purity and nothing else is acceptable; thus the audience receives an intriguing cautionary tale of a theocratic caste society in which DNA and religious obedience rule. Readers will appreciate this strong fantasy in which intolerance supersedes acceptance Harriet Klausner
In Green Stone of Healing® Series: The Vision C.L. Talmadge takes you on a wonderful adventure full of every aspect of life. Starting with love and ending with betrayal including a little understanding in between, this story is one of the best tales I have ever read. I would recommend it to any reader that enjoys mystery, romance, and suspense. Talmadge did a wonderful job including every aspect of the three in this page turner. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Reviewed by Glenda Lee Davis author of Force Recon: Eagle and Paul's Teacher
In the mythical land of Azgard, the Toltecs have invaded and conquered the Taranians. Marriage between the two peoples is absolutely forbidden and any children of such unions are forever considered to be bastards, shunned by the society of both peoples. Helen Andros, the sole medical officer for the 163rd Toltec Regiment is such a despised person. Through sheer grit and perseverance, she has fought to receive the education and position she now holds, one that is about to be severely threatened and compromised by the revelation of her true parental heritage. Helen's mother, Miriam dared to love Lord James Mordecai, the powerful Lord Protector and Duke of Alta, a member of the most powerful House of Azgard. He dared to love her in return. The only remnant of her mother's lost love is a green amulet stone that Helen wears close to her heart, a heart wounded by what she believes was her mother's abandonment and then death many, many years ago. Helen's a feisty character, to say the least, whose agreement to treat a ruling Lord results in her being condemned to die because she has violated the law that forbids Taranian bastards from entering the Sacred Precincts. At great risk to his own powerful position and life, James will save Helen's life and earn both veritable enemies who will do nothing short of murder to destroy them, if they don't kill each other first! There are much tears, drinking of kaf (tea), sharing of meals, and conversations between Judith, a wealthy advisor to the rich and powerful, and just about every other significant character in this complex tale. Helen and James face each other with rage, misunderstanding and the reality of an underage woman becoming the daughter and possession of a ruling military leader. Numerous subplots weave their way through Helen and James's life, including a secret but successful plan to poison the Exalted Lord and rule of Azgard, torture of the worst kind for those who dare to disobey the cruel Toltec rulers, and so much more. Despite the huge array of characters (thank goodness there's a very helpful Glossary to help the reader in this regard) and different strands seemingly digressing from the main story, The Vision is a fascinating read that never fails to make the reader wanting to find out what happens to these mysteriously connected people and how their entanglements will affect the future of Azgard. The vision is all about healing that is the root of all true living! Fascinating, Ms. Talmadge! Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on July 12, 2008