I just finished watching the Life of Pi and was moved deeply by the story. I have the book on my Kindle, but can’t seem to find the time to sit and read as I fulfill my professional duties and the little time remaining to writing. The story to me is an exploration in faith, not necessarily about religion. One can have a belief in a creator and not have a religion. In my trilogy, the Kassaran race, which I relate to those of Asian races, practice the Jita, a form of spiritual meditation. All the races on Allivar believe in the one creator, The Unseen, but how they practice their faith differs.
Since its release in late 2011, my mythological trilogy, The Chosen One of Allivar, has slowly garnered reader attention. Many books have a prologue meant to entice a reader at the very beginning. I chose not to include this, but an author’s note instead. By including a prologue, the secrets embedded in the story are given up. For those readers who cannot wait for the conclusion, I give it you now:
“The Lord of All has heard your cries. He has brought all the powers of the heavens against his foes. Witness them now and rejoice. The Lord has come to stand for you and you shall doubt no more.”
This pronouncement is given by the hero Arimar who appears when hope is all but lost. He arrives at a pivotal moment with the armies of the seven mortal races and the armies of the ethereal world – the Armies of Light. They converge upon the forces of evil. Here, the creator, The Unseen, The Lord of Light and Life, also engages in the decisive battle against evil. Let me detail the themes of this epic adventure story for you to decide if the $2.99 price per eBook is worth your time.
Faith and History
This is a story about faith in something greater than oneself. If you have no interest in such stories, thanks for reading this far. The first nine chapters of book one are devoted to the establishment of a mythical universe and the fall of immortals on nine of the ten heavenly worlds created. This also chronicles the rise of evil through a condensed history, so that the real story can then begin. I often refer to these chapters as my “Silmarillion”, or J.R.R. Tolkien’s origin story. Where did everything come from? How did we get to this point in the hero’s journey? Context to me is very important in any story I read.
These first few chapters involve the origin of moral behavior and the concept that even the creator had to determine if life itself was worthy. Those who are of one of the three religions of Abraham will definitely see many similarities. But it is not a story of Christianity, Judaism or Islam. If you believe a story involving faith cannot be exciting or deeply moving, like the Life of Pi, then I hope to prove you wrong. In the end, I place myself into the mind of the mythical creator which provides a viewpoint I have never read. Therefore the story is unique and original. However, I am not pushing any religion with all their rules and institutions, just the concepts of morality, mortality and immortality.
The story revolves around the theme of free will and the consequences of our actions. Therefore it is also a thinking readers story. If you like stories that are entertaining and philosophical in nature, you may truly enjoy this journey. I did not write the story to question anyone’s beliefs or values.
Action, Battles and War
As the Lord of the Rings became progressively more exciting, so does my trilogy. Book one has action, but is mostly character and plot development. Book two ratchets the action and introduces more characters. Book three involves the greatest battle scene you may ever read, with continuing twist and turns. Readers who have dared to complete the trilogy stated they were exhausted emotionally, as was my intent. As the excerpt above states “you shall doubt no more.” It is also a story on the futility of war.
Death and Resurrection
Like the Game of Thrones, I spare no character. The story is about life, death and what might be a purpose of an afterlife. I will say no more on this, because the ending would truly be ruined. As Gandalf is brought back to life by the Valar to finish his task, so are characters in my story. Death and resurrection are key themes to an epic hero’s story that evoke our deepest emotions. So if you feel the word resurrection applies only to Christian stories, do not read the story.
I purposely set out to make a reader cry numerous times. I do this by creating an emotional attachment to one or more characters, no matter your age. There is one character who I put more effort in than any other, Bothar, a gentle giant who has child-like thinking and mannerisms, and knows nothing more than wanting to be good and help. He is the representation of the best ideals of mankind. I freely admit to crying while watching the Life of Pi. It is story that will stay with me forever. It is my hope this one will also make that mark on the reader.
This a story regarding life as we know it, complete with hatreds and prejudices. It is story of racial reconciliation and living together as one human family. It is often said that we don’t know what we had until it is gone. This applies not only to family, but the loss of paradise. In places, the story line is brutally honest. We cannot hide from the ugliness of life, all we can do is to stand against it and support one another.
It is a story with a major theme of family, not just our immediate family members, but of the entire human family which we take for granted. Allivar means – “The One Family.”
Monsters and Demons
The book involves the interaction between the forces of good and evil. Therefore, central to the heroic tale is the battle with seemingly superior forces of evil’s creation or as a result of punishment by the Unseen. As with any mythology there must be a narrative on the origin of the demons and monsters.
Love and Romance
Love is depicted throughout this story. The main romance between Arimar and Elissia is a unique one that I hope both men and women can appreciate, for it involves an altruistic love. At the center of Arimar’s love is his faith which guides him to the completion of the task given to him by the creator. He must sacrifice his love for Elissia until he has completed his task. Elissia too has to sacrifice her love for Arimar.
Whether it is the conflict between the creator and the immortals, or the conflict of love over duty, or the conflict over our relationships with one another, conflict is a major theme of the story. How do the characters overcome their weaknesses and rise to heroic feats?
All great heroes or heroines sacrifice their own needs for a greater good. In the end, they are usually rewarded or they carry a great burden. What will Arimar’s fate be?
Justice, Forgiveness and Redemption
It is a story that ends with justice and forgiveness of many characters actions who hold on to the smallest of their faith.
I love reading books where I can say, “Wow, I never saw that coming.” I can promise you this much, you may spend a lifetime tracing the clues I embedded. I spent 10 years in the writing of this story, all 273,000 words of it, attempting to provide meaning or purpose for almost every sentence.
A Unique and Conclusive Ending
I do not like stories that leave me hanging. I wanted a conclusive ending with very little questions unanswered. Because it is constructed as a mythology, it has the elements of mortal creation, history, and end of times. What sets my story apart is the message given by the creator to the world of the living.
There you have it. A story constructed around the basic themes present in all great epic adventures. If you are looking for something new, give my stories a try. If you have questions before or after the story, contact me.
The trilogy is constructed so that future stories are not necessary for their enjoyment. If you like them and want more, just know the Chronicles Series is what awaits you next. Sixteen stories to chronicle the condensed history of the nine fallen worlds and six for the ages of Allivar. The final book, The Age of Light, will chronicle the behind the scenes story of the gathering of the seven armies and the armies of light as they appear in the final battle.
So if you enjoy the world of Middle-earth, mythology, and an exploration of faith such as the Life of Pi, you should give my trilogy a try.