– This book contains explicit sexual content –
“Can you live knowing that those who loved you never existed?”
Luca Rossi’s book opens pleasant enough – a wedding ceremony is performed outside, in the “pure white snow”. Best man Bashinoir is irritated seeing his wife Lil flirting with another man. Present at the wedding is the whole of the island Turios’ population, except for the priestess Miril. Why is only one priest attending and not both of the priests of Turios?
What starts out as a happy occasion turns into something gruesome and horrible. All of a sudden a “shower of razor-sharp pieces of rock” is killing everyone, splitting heads and bodies open, colouring the white snow red. Bashinoir is heavily wounded, but acts instinctively and takes shelter with Lil. Somehow they survive the massacre.
The priestess Miril ushers Bashinoir and Lil into the Temple, the one place protected against the murderous pieces of rock. These rocks are dark magic, sent by the evil king Beanor. Is it a coincidence that 2000 years ago Beanor’s forefather, in a cruel act of revenge, tried to eliminate the predecessors of the people of Turios? Those that survived 2000 years ago fled towards the Southern island Turios to be safe from the people from the Kingdom of Isk – over which now Beanor rules.
No wonder Miril and the Priesthood of the Temple have created a protection shield around the island and its waters, so effective that those from the North, from the Kingdom of Isk, were not able to pass lest they be killed upon trying. Obviously that protection has been shattered, the only safe place on the island being the Temple. Priestess Miril has to find out what happened, but it is necessary to share her insights and visions with another – there should always be two priests on the island.
While Bashinoir is slowly recovering, Miril and Lil are bonding. Miril is sharing her visions and capabilities with Lil to initiate her as a Priestess of the Temple. But is there also something else, a physical attraction between the two beautiful women whom fate has brought together under exceptional circumstances? Bashinoir is not pleased and feels left out.
The shock is immense as Bashinoir, Lil and Miril want to properly bury the massacred bodies, but find the remains gone, there is nothing that remembers of the bloodbath. What happened to all those shattered bodies? And why do their own bodies seem to be… fading? What is the relation between this horrible present and the events of 2000 years ago and why does king Beanor desperately want to kill all the people from the island Turios? He is furious that there are still three people left on the island and that the protective spell yet again remains unbroken.
No one wants to be around when King Beanor is angry – he kills, tortures and rapes whenever and whomever he feels like. No beautiful young girl is safe from being added to his ever-growing harem – where they are groomed to satisfy all the king’s needs. Now there’s a new girl who will not be easily overpowered. Is she able to use her erotic charms to control Beanor?
One who can vouch for the king’s vindictiveness and cruelty is wizard Obolil, thrown in the dungeons twenty years ago and tortured ever since for failing to break through the protection of the Southern island Turios. Now Obolil is brought back to guide the young wizard Ilis into breaking that spell, into entering Turios, even if only with his mind. Will the wizards succeed? And is anyone able to stop that insatiable king Beanor and prevent him from harming more innocent girls?
Many questions remain upon finishing the book, like yet undiscovered connections and characters the reader is just getting acquainted with. The explosive cliff-hanger leaves the provocative ending hanging in the air – in my opinion somewhat premature, I wanted to read on but found the book had already come to an end.
The book is an erotic fantasy, a tale of wizards and priests with powers of travel both in time as well as space. There is romantic love, cruel passion and an insatiable king, both in his need for sex as for revenge and domination. Behind these events lies a remarkable theory of a power to enable changing the past into an altered present – creating another branch of time and nourishing it into a new future.
Italian author Luca Rossi has a lifetime fascination for ancient history books taking you to worlds unknown. He feels books provide a knowledge compared to nothing. His favourite author is Isaac Asimov, no wonder Luca Rossi became an author of science fiction and fantasy novels. After publishing ‘Galactic Energies’ a collection of short romantic science fiction stories (2013), ‘The Branches of Time’ is his first novel, published in 2014. The second book in the series ‘L’erede Della Luce’ is available on the Italian Amazon site, but until yet not translated into English.
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|Publisher||CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (13 Jun. 2014)|