The Temple at Landfall

The Temple at Landfall

by Jane Fletcher

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Overview

Lynn is an imprinter, one chosen by the Goddess to receive her greatest gift, that of creating new life. So why does she feel like a prisoner in the Temple?

When Lynn learns that she is to be relocated to the temple at Landfall, the arduous journey seems more like a gift—her last chance to see something of the outside world. She does not anticipate the dangers and temptations she will encounter along the way, nor does she expect Lieutenant Kim Ramon, an officer in the squadron of Rangers assigned to protect her. Despite all prohibitions forbidding it, attraction grows between the two women.

Against them stand the powerful religious Sisterhood and their holy warriors—the Temple Guards. In a world ruled by the Church, what chance is there that Lynn can escape?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933110271
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Series: The Celaeno Series
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jane Fletcher is a GCLS award-winning writer and has also been short-listed for the Gaylactic Spectrum and Lambda Literary Awards. She is author of two ongoing sets of fantasy/romance novels: the Celaeno Series—The Walls of Westernfort, Rangers at Roadsend, The Temple at Landfall, Dynasty of Rogues, and Shadow of the Knife; and the Lyremouth Chronicles—The Exile and The Sorcerer, The Traitor and The Chalice, The Empress and The Acolyte, and The High Priest and the Idol.

Her love of fantasy began at the age of seven when she encountered Greek mythology. This was compounded by a childhood spent clambering over every example of ancient masonry she could find (medieval castles, megalithic monuments, Roman villas). Her resolute ambition was to become an archaeologist when she grew up, so it was something of a surprise when she became a software engineer instead.

Born in Greenwich, London, in 1956, she now lives in southwest England where she keeps herself busy writing both computer software and fiction, although generally not at the same time.

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In the Temple in the city of Fairfield, a young woman named Lynn does the important work of helping women reproduce. She is a sort of psychic DNA-knitting doctor/priest and is called an imprinter. Imprinters are chosen very young for their psychic abilities and are taken from the families to serve Celaeno, the great goddess of the people. Everything about Lynn¿s world is focused on prayer, imprinting, and the teachings of Celaeno. The imprinting skill she shares brings in a fortune in ¿offerings¿ (required by the Church) from eager women desperate for children. There is no separation of Church and State they are one and the same. ####### After a couple of decades of this mind-numbing, psychologically draining work, the book opens with Lynn in a state of depression. Once a month during a religious ritual on the steps of the Temple, she sees the outdoors. Otherwise, she is locked into the tomb-like environment of the Temple, never to have a lover, never to have freedom, never to know anything but a life of service. She is basically held captive, a prisoner of her own abilities¿until the day Sister Smith, from the larger Temple in Landfall, appears and wrangles with the authorities to take the talented imprinter far away to a bigger, more powerful Temple. Lynn is excited to make the long journey during which, perhaps for the last time, she can enjoy the forests, the cool air at night, and the freedom to walk on the woodland paths and see the moon. ####### A squadron of Rangers, including Lt. Kimberly Ramon, is assigned to escort the Sisters and Lynn on the long journey over the mountains and to the south. And this is where the adventure begins. For the first time since childhood, Lynn is among real and interesting women, and she is quite taken with Ramon, who has her own secrets and griefs. ¿As much as anything, Lynn enjoyed the honest, open banter, although the jokes were frequently bawdy. To Lynn¿s mind they were fair less offensive than the conversation of the sisters the intimidation by pious quotes, the political backstabbing disguised in religious platitudes. The soldiers spoke of a world Lynn would never know, but it didn¿t matter. Their stories were like breathing fresh air after years of choking in incense¿ (p. 76). ####### The soldiers are also brave, and when they are attacked on the journey, everything about the trip changes. Lynn¿s ability to envision herself as a free woman begins to grow. But can she shake free of the grip of the Church? How far will the powers-that-be go in order to keep her to themselves? ####### This fundamentalist society, operating based upon bits and pieces of lore, abridged history, inaccurate facts, and misguided good intentions, is all the more frightening because it is peopled only by women. In Fletcher¿s world of Celaeno, it¿s not men with the compulsion to render matters of life into simplistic and often bone-crushing black and white women can be and are just as dangerous. ####### With rich, glorious prose, Jane Fletcher has created a spell-binding world and a variety of fascinating and multi-dimensional characters. The world is so compelling that I couldn¿t help but wish I could quite literally go there! Lynn¿s quest, as well as Kim Ramon¿s quest, make for exciting reading. At its heart, the book is an adventure/quest, but it is also a mystery. Who are these people? Where did they come from? What happened to the men, if, indeed, there ever were any? The back story of the previous 533 years is unraveled slowly, but surely, for the reader so that by the end of the book, all is revealed. ####### THE TEMPLE AT LANDFALL (which was originally published in England as THE WORLD CELAENO CHOSE) is absorbing and engrossing tale-telling of the highest order, and the really exciting thing is that although this novel is complete and ¿finished,¿ the door is left open to explore more of this world, which the author has done in subsequent books. I can¿t wait to read the next Celaeno
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