The Branches of Time by Luca Rossi
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The population of the island of Turios is mercilessly exterminated by the workings of black magic. Only Bashinoir, badly wounded, his wife Lil, and the Priestess Miril have survived. Determined to give their loved ones a worthy burial, the three soon discover that the corpses have disappeared. Their only hope for salvation now lies in the magical protection of the Temple, as sinister threats continue to pursue them. A shadow spreads over their hearts, dividing and destroying them, as their bodies appear to be fading away. Feeling increasingly isolated, Bashinoir watches as the two women grow closer…
In the Kingdom of Isk, wizards and wisemen alike must bow down before the insatiable King Beanor, whose greed for power and war is matched only by his hunger for sex. A young woman he has chosen as his next bride does not, however, wish to surrender her freedom to love and live. Will games and tricks under the sheets turn the tide in a war that has lasted thousands of years?
What they’re saying about it:
“Rarely since reading Ursula K. Leguin in my adolescence, has a writer created such a believable new world for me. Were the story longer I might be tempted to compare Rossi’s world building to that of Umberto Eco’s “In the Name of a Rose”.
Great writing communicates realistic mood and the flow of the prose cements the characters to their place in the world the author builds. Luca Rossi’s haunting new book, “The Branches of Time”, bursts at the seams with compact prose packing the punch of poetry. Right from the outset the author hooks the reader and weaves startling new threads into the narrative at every turn.
Magic, usually the realm of children’s literature, melts subtly into a background of sado-masochistic bouts and medieval power plays. Royalty, the King, reigns supreme, obsessively fondling every woman in his grasp and governing with a head-chopping style.
Life on a mythical island sustains itself on deep historical hatred and mystifies the reader with disquieting technologies. Complex personalities evolve smoothly and fight to mitigate the ramifications of earth shattering events. Don’t take my word for it. Pick up this brilliant book and find out for yourself.
The silver screen will soon consume Rossi’s work, but reading the prose in this kind of writing always sneaks into the heart of the reader in unsuspecting ways.”