Life is growth, the unfolding of potential. For an acorn that potential is becoming a great tree; a caterpillar transforms into a beautiful butterfly. But what is the potential of a human being? In the story Laura and the Ancient Enigma, the first volume of four in the epic-fantasy series The Minstrel's Song, every girl Laura's age is expected to marry and start a family. There are no other options - and no exceptions. But Laura has been trained almost from birth by her grandfather, the music director in King Alaric's palace, to be a musician of extraordinary skill. How can she put her unparalleled talent to use? Her grandfather suggests she speak to the Master Minstrel, traveler of the five kingdoms who may be able to help.Laura's story unfolds within a wider world of political and religious conflict and insidious superstition, a world of ancient mysteries the origins of which date back thousands of years into a hoary past populated by a powerful legendary sorcerer and a conniving disincarnate demon. Though the sorcerer has been nearly forgotten, the ghostly entity remains a hovering threat who seems to delight in instigating war and terrorizing humans. Also looming over the realm is another remnant of that misty past, a unique curiosity, an impenetrable stone wall which has come to be called the Enigma. The wall's origin, though lost to memory, is the key to a prophecy, known only to the Master Minstrel, which hints at a profound spiritual connection with the terrorizing entity. For Laura to reach her potential, she must come to understand all of this plus the hidden story of her own conception and birth. Laura's journey of Self-realization is impeded by dangerous obstacles but encouraged by love and ennobled by the potential to change the world.
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About the Author
James Haselton was born in 1949 in Illinois. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Music degree and shortly after that, a Master of Music degree both with emphasis in music theory and composition. During this time he wrote many experimental compositions for both electronic media and traditional instruments. In 1985 he received an MBA also from NIU.
Fran Lebowitz said in an interview once that there are no child prodigy authors like there are musicians such as Mozart because children have nothing to write about at that young age. It seems to be a true statement and may explain Haselton's late arrival to the art and craft of writing.
After decades of searching out the best in science fiction and fantasy literature and merging that with a determined outer and inner search for truth, Haselton has come to a unique point of view and a commitment and passion for expressing it in a special type of story. His motivation as a writer has much to do with literature and language but perhaps even more to do with a life exploring the heights and depths of the human Spirit. He believes that stories should be simultaneously entertaining, didactic, eclectic, and inspirational.
Haselton's most recent work, an epic fantasy series for young adults, The Minstrel's Song, embraces these values through a creative process which calls upon a life rich in the joy of music and the very best in literature to develop the singular theme underlying all of life, Spiritual liberation.
For additional information about the author please visit his web site at www.jameshaselton.com.