Sisters of Light is the first book of the trilogy, Dancers of Light and Darkness, an epic fantasy series about a young Sister of Light, Iya-Ko-Naya, and her promise-bound Brother of Light, Shatwa Hei, who with the help of their Warrior friends and Medicine-skilled relations are challenged, sometimes brutally, to reawaken the long-forgotten memories that give them their Medicine skills.
The story begins as Iya and her tiny Sister-cousin, Sweet-Star, are led by an ancient, sentient being to discover the skills of their long-forgotten maternal legacy. Unprotected, and willfully disregarding all rules of safety, the two tiny girls obsessively pursue the ancient mysteries that are revealed to them within their dreams.
Always at risk of being confronted by Dark Wolves, the two girls clandestinely search for hidden secrets they believe lie hidden deep in the canyons of the Mountain of the Ancestors. Under the watchful tutelage of their Grandmother, the two girls eventually rediscover their ancient, legacy-bequeathed, up-Mountain Paths, and recommit to being Sister-Healers and Warriors of Light. They also find their own, personal guardiana light-filled Warrior from beyond the starswho has returned after lifetimes of searching for his long-lost Sisters of Light.
As the young Warrior begins to fulfill the ancient prophecies passed down in Legend, the fact that he is an Outsider upsets more than the taboo-obsessed traditions, as well as the prejudices, of the Elder Sisters of the Clan of the Mountain. As a consequence to the recovery of his ancient memories, not only his own life, but now the lives of all the re-Awakening Children of Light, are suddenly, and unexpectedly, threatened by the minions of Darkness who return because of the reawakening of those ancient gifts.
The trilogy reunites Warriors from all clans of Iya's people in a classic struggle for dominion over the ancestral territories on the heights of the Mountain of the Ancestors, where Darkness takes the physical form of Great Dark Beastsshaggy and black, with menacing, Shadow-filled eyes that shine blood-red with the color of their home-world. Only the Guardians of the Mountain and the Guardians of the WastelandShadow-Fighters, Warriors of Light, and Seekers of Medicinecan ever hope to drive back Darkness and its heinous, child-devouring minions into the Otherworld realm from which they have has come.
It is with single-minded purpose, and the strengths that they have gained from millennia of fighting against Darkness, that the Warriors and Seekers of Light now struggle to release their haunted landand their dreamsfrom the ancient memories and Dark Beings that inhabit them.
About the Author
Photo Credit: http://starkbellamy.com/ It's taken thirty-odd years of writing to produce all the novels in his epic fantasy series, Dancers of Light and Darkness. Thanks to the upstart world of indie press, Stan has finally decided to begin publishing them. The series he is currently working on opens with Sisters of Light, the first book in the starting trilogy, which spans several decades in the lives of the characters that populate the series. Having been a teacher for more than twenty years, he's determined to see his obsession with writing evolve to the next level, which is simply to begin publishing the numerous books he has written. He realizes that dangling a toe in the water for so long is a bit extreme, but...life happens. That's his motto. He stresses about his work and the daily routines that pull him away from his deskbut, never about writing. No one can do that to offspring. And books, he says, as any author can tell you, are like children. He has two real-life children who have finished college and are currently carving their own independent ways into the world. His wife is a kindergarten teacher, a stalwart first-reader of his books, and, most importantly, an avid supporter of his writing. Without her, he says he'd likely still be scribbling on notepads in the lightless basement of some dilapidated, third-world-like theater somewhere in the northwestwhich is a story for some other time. Prior to his current life as a teacher in middle school, he was a credit and collections manager, art-production manager, and human resources manager for a sportswear company in a scenic mountain town in Colorado. In earlier incarnations he was an illustrator for TRW Space and Technology Systems, worked for ten years as an artist in technical and administrative publications for the aerospace industry, and held numerous positions in a variety of production jobs, including several stints as foreman for a cabinet manufacturer when he was younger, which utilized many of the practical skills that he acquired in his youth while growing up on a farm in northwest Montana. Living in the semi-arid climate of Colorado, he experiences nostalgic bliss every time it rains, especially when a cold-front settles in, and the weather is foggy, or misty, and produces a light drizzle that lasts for days. For several years he and his wife were co-owners and operators of a small theater complex, and also co-owned a weekly newspaper where Stan served as editor. He has served nationally as an educational consultant for private schools, and is a certified Systemic and Family Constellation facilitator. He lives with his wife and their Siamese cat in a split-level suburban house, has an overgrown garden, and fights a losing battle against the dandelions in his front yard. Stan writes every day, and occasionally takes walks around a nearby lake, rides his bike when he can unbury it from the mound of "stuff" that lives in their garage, and takes great enjoyment in watching the sun setin all its cloud-draped splendorover the continental divide.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sisters of Light is an engaging fantastical journey with rich characters and environment. Not since Lord of the Rings or Carlos Castaneda have I enjoyed such an intriguing story. I found myself within the story itself as I was enamored by the depth of the characters and their adventures. I couldn't wait to turn the virtual page to find out where my journey was to continue. What I found delightful was that I couldn't predict what was going to happen to my characters next. This gave me even more energy and intrigue to get to the next chapter and next engagement would be. I experience in reading this story was complete immersion. The bold characters and their unusual and complex lives sucked me in and compelled me to commit myself to thier World. My imagination was challenged and delighted and makes me anxious to know where it will all go next. I am so delighted that there are more stories to come. I invite all who love this World to come along with me and enjoy The Sisters Of Light.
I could not stop reading this book. Each chapter held me riveted, either in awe at what had just happened, or breathless - wondering what was going to happen next! The story is at once exhilarating, deeply emotional, and intellectually stimulating. The Sisters stayed with me long after I had stopped reading, leading me into profound existential questions of time and space. The synchronicity between the major themes in the story and my “real” life and “real world” events was uncanny! This first book is a compelling introduction, and I can hardly wait to read the rest of the volumes! The Sisters of Light will be with me forever, in real time and in spirit time.