Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Book Review: Dark Sun, Bright Moon: Oliver Sparrow



Dark Sun, Bright Moon by Oliver Sparrow explores the only one of its kind Andean metaphysic of a cosmology developed over millennia of seclusion, over generations by its practitioners other than at continuous conflict with the diverse state religions where in the Andes of a thousand years ago, the Huari realm is ailing and its communities are being eaten from within by an epidemic, an infectivity that is not of the cadaver but of something far deeper, a pestilence that has taken their collective fortitude.

The story is passionate and overwhelming, to the point that Q’ilyasisa, a youthful lady from a murky little rural community on the over and done precincts of the Huari kingdom decides to go after this impracticable undertaking imposed on her by a vast mind, and her existence will transform fully by means of a sentience that has ambitions to silhouette all human life in a fascinating journey of physical, psychological and spiritual rebirth, and to discover the secrets of the prophecies that announce a new time, a phase that leads to humanity cosmic light, peace and awareness.

Thus begins a journey through the ancient centres of spirituality with her response to this entails confrontations on sacrificial pyramids, as if someone, or something, was wandering in the labyrinthine tunnels of the funerary complex, protracted journeys through the Amazonian forest and the establishment of not just one but two new empires with an adventure full of numinous ceremonies and mysterious phenomena and from that moment become the prey of a ruthless and smart enemy, determined to preserve its precious secret with her legacy shapes future Andean society until the arrival of the Spanish.

A trip to the rediscovery of his strength and the great love in Q’ilyasisa, only tool that can turn the tide of the world and to revive a new era in a book you travel a lot in the labyrinth of our fears, pains and conditioning but in the end, as always, the good wins and wins hands down only if you are able to put everything at stake and revolutionize.

It is not only one of the most compelling and strong novels that is also a reconstruction of real facts populated by characters where by breaking down the dividing wall between literature and sociology the author here invents a fascinating narrative rhythm, a language in which poetry and irony, imagination and indignation blends admirably.

Every page looks like a piece of history that you are about to revive, that the author presents us in a never seen dressing and in this sense the book is rare and useful as also makes its contribution to shed light on the Andean culture, also misunderstood, and presents stories of love, humanity and Spirits with, mostly pure fantasy, but which offer interesting and exciting prospects.

The beauty of the novel is teaching us a lot about its culture and humanity in general with this book is chock full of ideas from which to pursue a certain path to awakening with the spiritual guidance in the form of the novel can reveal insightful perspectives on the life with a journey through Andes to the discovery of a more authentic way of being in contact with a culture and an environment so different where Q’ilyasisa, learns to discover herself, becoming strong, wise and independent women.

This historical novel weaves multiple stories that come together in the main theme of the book with the author has been able to mix the true historical reality with fantasy certainly compelling, with accurate description of the characters and plenty of places around the world.

The balance of the narrative is also admirable, alternating moments of tension in short and intense glimpses slower and never boring, in fact, make the atmosphere absolutely enjoyable and realistic. The characters are well drawn, each with its specific characteristics to the point with a historical background skilfully reconstructed so realistic that it seemed really to be there, despite the passage of nearly thousand years.

This is not a thriller at all, but a plot carefully controlled, with art history, esotericism, and legends passed off as historical and even theological documented news. Thus the reader is immersed in a new world with a fluent reading, rich and evocative where events move fast along with twists.

A compelling story and exciting full of ideas that allows you to reflect on many things, especially on a journey that will take us to the discovery of a completely different culture, but much more pure and wise with a very good book in which the author makes no exceptions with always the profound teaching that wants to communicate to the people, the love of nature and the power that every man and woman has hidden inside.


Format: Paperback ♥ Pages: 576 ♥ Publisher: CreateSpace ♥ Published: July 2014 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-1500432010

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