We are all born made of gold.
Secret Riven—the mystically gifted heroine who now represses her uncanny telepathic power—works for the mysterious magnate Fewmany as an archivist in his private library. There, she stumbles upon the arcane manuscript that had vanished following her mother’s untimely death. She suspects the manuscript contains a profound secret, but she is yet unaware of its link to a thousand-year-old war and her own family’s legacy.
The tasks before her are clear: Secret must finally learn what Fewmany wants from her as well as the meaning of a strange symbol she’s dreamed of since childhood. At last, she must confront the questions haunting her and depart on a quest to find the truth about herself, her dead mother, and her fate—to unleash a Plague of Silences meant to destroy, and transform, the world as all have known it.
A dazzling, genre-bending masterwork, The Plague Diaries is “a fantastical adventure, populated by finely drawn characters and charted with marvelous plot twists” (Nicholas Christopher, author of A Trip to the Stars) that illuminates the power of our choices, the scars they leave, and the wounds they heal.
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The Plague Diaries
FATE IS A LINE FREE will twists into a spiral. A path fractured into forks that lead to the same place. A snake that bites its own tail. The beginning knows its end.
This is the paradox: Free will slips among the twists of fate. Crosses the valley, scales the mountain, enters the cave. Finds a new way through fixed space. The end remembers where it began.
When I was a child, I knew—believed—none of this.
On a summer morning, weeks before I turned eighteen, a pigeon, a dove, and a sparrow summoned me to visit an estranged friend. I went to her cottage in the woods west of town. There, Old Woman revealed the symbol carved in stone at her hearth. She knew I’d once dreamed of this symbol but had long concealed its presence in her home from me. Then, she said it was known “the man Fewmany” was buying land where other stones lay, but not the reason why. She spoke of the missing arcane manuscript entrusted to my late mother, who was meant to decipher the text but didn’t. Old Woman told me, “You are here to shift a balance, one with the potential to deepen our darkness or bear forth a hidden light.”
Both were my fate, the darkness and the light, and the one I chose, a matter of free will.
I thought I had a choice to accept neither. I wanted no part of a prophecy, although my blood and bones knew it to be true. Foolish, because I’d read enough myth, lore, and fairy tales to know when one receives a call—hold a candle to a sleeping monster lover, search the world for a lost daughter, take a basket to Grandmother’s house, spin straw into gold—one must heed it. That is fate. How one responds, that is free will.
So, descendants and survivors, here told is what happened to me, once as innocent as the girls in the tales I loved, and how it came to pass that I released the Plague of Silences.
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Ronlyn writes with a style rarely seen and to my mind has gone unnoticed (big shame)...yes the books in the Trilogy can be read as stand alone...but to me it diminishes the tale...read all. To quote her own words(ok it's describing an antagonist home)....."Elegant, in some ways simply, in others sensually. Fierce in beauty and light,and dark. Mysterious, where what was revealed only hinted at the maze of what was hidden." A maze of wonder and understanding creeps up on you as you read and realize that some of the plot comes full circle ....again and most of all....the lessons that can be learned of how the Guardians lived, resonates in today's world....I wish this world had Guardians(maybe it does)....we are just not listening...I read\ listened and so feel blessed to of been there from the start....from finding the first book on a library shelf to the fairy tale ending ....Thank you.....this a treasure.....READ
Secret Riven is no longer advertising her magical powers. Instead she has become somewhat of a self-educated scholar who works as an archivist in the magnate Fewmany’s offices. This is not your local library, but rooms and rooms of books in every possible subject, including books and objects to do with magic, sorcery, legends, myths, etc. The formerly very close relationship between Secret and Nicholas the Prince has changed with their separation, something Secret doesn’t realize until they meet again well into the novel. The story herein grows at a sedate pace in which the reader grows to share Secret’s love for animals, plants, and nature wherever they are found. Little by little, the reader finds that Fewmany has a purpose in befriending Secret, although she doesn’t really figure that out until much later. Meanwhile, Fewmany seems to be trying to broaden Secret’s horizons, inviting her to dinners, etc. at which some guests and scenes frighten Secret. These pages are replete with weird costumes, animals and figures with strange powers, and strange events. One gets to know many of the main characters in the government. The author does a marvelous job in stretching all of this out in an intriguing way so that the reader doesn’t really mind that the crux of the quest isn’t revealed immediately. The Old Woman who was introduced in the first novel of this series, a new character Harmyn, Nicholas and Secret eventually will try to discover the connection between a certain symbol in an ancient manuscript and other symbols available elsewhere. No spoilers here, but it all ties together eventually. In the process, Secret Riven becomes aware that her repressed gifts of connection to nature and languages can be used maturely when appropriate. This reviewer appreciates this final version of the Keeper of the Tales Trilogy as well-written, even though it is a stand-alone novel, and highly recommended to readers who love a good mystery with paranormal features, friendship, loyalty and engaging quests.