In the distant past, when a utopian civilization built the pyramids and other megalithic structures using magical powers, a young girl named Rhuna learns the truth about her father and the enemy that caused his demise. The idyllic civilization in which she flourishes and finds love is threatened by this old nemesis, and only Rhuna possesses the special inherited skills to stop him.
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Fantastic world building and an intensely gripping plot draw you into this vividly penned novel from page one. Underwood easily & fully transports readers into the fantastic world that she's created, keeping them there. I couldn't put this novel down, dying to know what the next plot twist would bring; and believe me, there were many. Underwood's writing style also called to me. I love how she involves her audience in the story, leading them forward as if they're there alongside her, rather than simply telling them what happened to her characters. And the characters! Oh wow the characters! I loved the individuals that we met throughout this story. I couldn't get enough of them and was definitely sad to see them go at the end of the novel. They were so easy to get to know and to connect with. I felt as if I'd made friends, rather than simply reading a novel. This is definitely a novel that will be loved by readers of all ages. It's clean enough for a YA audience and exciting enough to grip adults and not let go. I know I sure couldn't put it down. Nor can I wait for the next novel in the series.
Immerse yourself in the lost culture of Atlan, hidden in the mists of ancient times. Learn about the secrets of Easter Island, and more. "Rhuna - Keeper of Wisdom" by Barbara G. Underwood is an unusual book for it sophisticated flights of fancy, its fitting and lovely style, and its ability to truly transport us into a land of mystery. The story is written to please anyone Young Adult and older, and is remarkable for its simplicity while maintaining literacy and flow. To whet your appetite, here's a bit of what you'll find in these pages: In the days when a Utopian civilization uses magic to build pyramids and megaliths, a young girl named Rhuna faces mysteries and tribulations. The death of Rhuna's father leaders her to encounter a sinister force hidden beneath the surface of the idyllic society in which she lives. The story spans a decade in which Rhuna finds love and danger as she learns that she has inherited skills which might let her challenge her nemesis and survive. This vision of our undocumented past, overlayed on what we know of prehistory, provides an element of fantasy that complements Rhuna's special powers and like gifts in others. As with all idyllic societies, this one shows us its flaws for the benefit of story as Rhuna tries right the wrongs around her, which at first only she can see. A worthwhile adventure in a lost civilization, for all of us who love this time-honored premise. The author thanks Thor Heyerdahl for having provided the inspiration for this book, but to me the inspiration for tales of lost civilizations is iconic, and a worthy undertaking for a perceptive writer with a penchant for history's mysteries. If you like tales of wolds within worlds, or enjoyed H. Rider Haggard, Burroughs, and their peers, you'll enjoy this story -- as much because it tells itself effortlessly and without needing the device of a modern eye upon fabled antiquity: Rhuna, Keeper of Wisdom, is your guide, and you are that modern eye. Underwood's book is a fine gift for a young reader or a refreshing one for someone older.