Book Review – The Prisoner (Shifting Isles Book 1) by G.R. Lyons

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The Prisoner
Shifting Isles Book
G.R. Lyons
5 Stars

 

It made me think, laugh, and cry…

Lyons has woven a magnificent tale of oppression and redemption, loss and love, despair and hope.

Benash is a member of the Hawk forces, and second in command of Sonekha prison. Weighed down by the utter sameness of his routine and duties, Benash dreams of more. His ‘sinful’ desires echoed in the words of one of the men he arrests, “Haven’t you ever just wanted to have a choice?”

As his unswerving loyalty to the Elder’s commands begins to crumble, he takes a fateful trip down the forbidden right fork of the forest trail he walks to the prison each day. This decision would set him down a path he never dreamed of before when his path crossed that of Vorena, a rebel trying to escape the isle of Tanas for a better life on Agoran.

This chance meeting will change the course of both of their lives.

Lyons weaves a seamless world that one finds easy to feel could truly exist, from realistic climate to a religious system as believable as any existing in our own world.

She made me think, laugh, and cry with this book and I highly recommend you pick this book up immediately.

“The Prisoner” on Amazon

My previous interview with this amazing author can be found HERE.

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On This Day – March 2nd 2016

Here we go Gentle Readers, the revamped daily posts (if I can ever get caught back up that is). I am glad I changed this over, because March 2nd, 1904 is a day the whole world should celebrate. Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was born on this day. Thanks to Pinterest I have 5 life lessons I learned from Dr. Seuss that I hope I can pass on to my children.

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I remember learning to read with Dr. Seuss books. My grandfather would read to me over and over the same collection of storybooks. I have been told that I corrected him when he tried to skip parts because I had memorized the books at a very young age. Thus began my love of literature that I continue to journey with for more than 30 years now. Thank you Dr. Seuss, from the bottom of this bookworm’s heart. The world is a better place for the stories that you shared with us.

Also on this day Congress made one last attempt to keep Prohibition alive. The Jones Act ended up being a resounding failure, just like the 18th Amendment. I have to thank Prohibition for strengthening organized crime as I do enjoy a good Mafia or Mob story. Godfather is one of my favorite movies of all time. The books by Mario Puzo being very well written. Something about Marlon Brando saying, “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse”, still brings chills down my spine.
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We also gained more US Citizens on this day in 1917 when Puerto Rico residents were granted citizenship, and recruited for World War I. Not sure how that trade worked out for them then, but I hear it is nice in San Juan almost year round.

Just 16 years later, in 1933, this day also became the New York premiere of an iconic movie in American film history.
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As for the Spell a Day calendar, today is about clearing out electronic clutter. So get rid of those old love letter emails and text messages before your new guy/girl discovers them. There is no benefit to keeping them, unless you are using them for some sort of writing project, then you need to clearly label them as “Research” and move them to a different folder. Until next time my Gentle Readers. Live well, write well, be well.