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Posted May 3, 2012
Xmucane leads a time-travel expedition of 16 from Omeyocan to Earth, each landing at different places and different times, the last arriving 6000 solar years after the first. Their goal: to gain the healing properties of Earth’s natural environment in an effort to save the population of Omeyocan from extinction due to a genetic flaw that prevents future breeding of males. As time draws near for the expedition to end, Xmucane, aided by her Great Serpent, leaves her original destination and travels to present-day Machu Picchu in the year 2011 to save Earth at the end of the Mayan Calendar in December, 2012. When Philadelphia science writer Keihla Benton joins an archeological team at Machu Picchu, she quickly learns her past is not what she thought and that if Earth and the civilization of Omeyocan are to be saved, she must join with her birth mother Xmucane to help defeat the Lord of Darkness and reestablish ties with her sister.
T.W. Fendley has certainly written an interesting, suspenseful book. Genred historical fantasy, Zero Time could be classified as one heck of a sci-fi involving time travel and aliens, all tying in with the Mesoamerican culture and the end of the Mayan calendar. Although the names of characters are at first a bit difficult to read, with practice, the reader quickly overcomes this and is rewarded with an imaginative, compelling, smartly written read.
Posted January 16, 2012
I had the good fortune to work with Ms. Fendley in a critique group as she wrote Zero Time, and during that time I appreciated her thoroughness, open mind, and ability to gently analyze. These qualities show through in her own work. Ms Fendly easily guides us through time and space in her historical fantasy, teaching us the wisdoms of ancient cultures as well as the possibilities of humanity. Most poignantly, she opens our eyes to the power and timelessness of patience, balance, and love. How can one not learn the significance of patience reading about a culture who relies on the span of thousands of years to develop a cure to their predicament, or in reading how Keihla, one of the lead protagonists, spent days “overcoming limitations set within her own mind” to move a massive stone several inches at a time. Then there is the lesson of balance, the balance between dark and light in particular, that the universe needs both to function and grow. Finally, one learns the power and necessity of love. How else can Xmucane, the other lead protagonist, save the day without persisting in her trust, and ultimately love, of her misdirected daughter. In the end, Zero Time satisfies in its lessons.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.