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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

*Guest Posting by Toni* Shadow Throught Time Book #3 - Glimmer in Maelstrom by Louise Cusack

Glimmer in the Maelstrom (Shadow through Time, #3) 

Book Blurb:

 GLIMMER IN THE MAELSTROM is the third and final novel in the “Shadow Through Time” fantasy trilogy. It follows the fate of the young Catalyst, Glimmer who has strayed far from her destiny to join the four elemental worlds the Maelstrom is tearing apart. An accidental touch of the Plainsman Memory Stone infects her with emotions for the first time in her life. Glimmer’s analytical judgement is instantly distorted and her sudden and desperate attachment to the coldest of the nobles, Kert Sh’hale prompts her to abduct him. They travel to the Fireworld of Haddash where her clumsy seduction, unwelcome by Kert, allows the Serpent of Death’s son to escape.

Glimmer’s mother Khatrene and her Guardian lover Talis struggle under the rule of Khatrene’s White Twin brother King Mihale who has been compassionless and perverse since his revival from death on the airworld of Atheyre. The only other remaining Guardian, Pagan, hopes to rekindle his betrothal to Lae, their new religious leader, but her grief at the loss of her son and her husband seems too great a barrier to cross.

On the waterworld of Magoria (our Earth) the son of Pagan and Sarah who was left behind as duty called Pagan back to Ennae – Vandal – has turned into a young man. When tragedy steals Vandal’s future his bitterness toward his father for abandoning him becomes deadly as he uses his own Guardian power to follow Pagan into Ennae to exact revenge, intent on destroying the one thing his father loves most.

Overshadowing all is the Maelstrom, inexorable, relentless, pouring elements from one world into another, causing destruction and death on an unprecedented scale. The cetaceans of Magoria and the Cliffdwellers of Ennae have ascended to the airworld of Atheyre, but those races who remain are in the deepest peril.

In the end, Glimmer must overcome her own selfish desires to follow her destiny, giving up everything she holds dear to fight the Serpent of Death and steal a future for the remnants of mankind.

Toni's Review:

I received this book from the author for a truthful and honest review.

Fantasy is my favorite genre!

In this installment we follow Glimmer through her journey to connect the Four Worlds. 

Although it is her destiny to do this, Glimmer makes a different decision than she has through all her previous attempts which is maddening to her and shocking to everyone else. I'm so in love with her younger Brother Vandal, who has inherited the Guardian gift from his Dad Talis. I know that's just WRONG, but it is the TRUTH!!! As I was reading the ending I could not stop the smile and giggle that erupted!!! I very much enjoyed this series!!!

This series is a great series for young girls.  They can see a powerful heroine which is not common among literature.  We are very accustomed to a powerful hero but a powerful heroine isn't the norm.   It is nice to see a strong female role.  Hoping that more readers will take a chance with this amazing trilogy !! 

About the author:

Image of Louise Cusack 
One of my earliest memories is of seeing Armstrong and Aldrin walk on the moon on our grainy black and white television in 1969. While my siblings ran around the yard playing, I spent the whole day lying on my lounge room floor watching my wildest dreams come true - humans walking on another world. I was in awe of the event, and I remember it distinctly. It was the first time in my life that I thought I might like to be anything other than a writer. Although in those days there wasn't much question that a 'girl' would get to do anything exciting with her life. Not in Brisbane in the Sixties. So time passed and I went back to telling my class-mates that one day they were going to see a book with my name on the cover.
Another 'peak experience' in my life was when a Russians in Space exhibit visited our town. The show was in a big tent with all the exhibits behind rope cordons, but I begged, and the man running it let me slip past the barrier when no one else was looking so I could touch one of the sputniks that had orbited Earth. I can't begin to describe what it felt like to lay my fingers onto that pockmarked surface and know it had been in the vacuum of space - where I wanted to go. I get goose-bumps still, just thinking about it.
My elder brother's obsession with Science Fiction was another important factor in my development as a writer. Everything he read, I read. Asimov, Heinlein, Herbert, E.E.'Doc' Smith. When I was thirteen, he started sneaking pornography home and I was 'borrowing' that as well, taking it under my mosquito net at night with a torch. Perhaps that's how I developed a fascination for the psychology of sex - why people become obsessed with the object of their desire and how lust twists lives.
My family life was suburban, middle-class. When I go home to Brisbane now, summer still smells the same way as it did when I was a kid. We had a mountain near us that we used to climb - Peg's Mountain - which is still a reserve. I went there a lot with my brothers, we'd disappear for the whole day and come back for dinner. I remember Guy Fawkes night vividly and still find fireworks to be a magical thing. When I was eight I was in love with Prince Planet. When I was thirteen I fell hard for Captain James T. Kirk. He was my first big crush and I've never quite gotten over him.
In my teens I forgot about writing and started 'living' instead. I hung around with my tribe, a group of six girls who still keep in touch. We partied and had opinions - I felt very passionate about politics then. In my twenties I was an activist, first in the peace movement, and then with a big-time commitment to Animal Liberation. I protested outside rodeos with placards like "Real men don't rope baby calves", and did a lot of work towards educating people about animal experimentation. I became a vegetarian then and married.
By thirty I'd had children and I've been passionate about motherhood ever since. However, shortly after the birth of my last child I realised that the odd restlessness which had begun when my father died years earlier, wasn't going away. I went back to working part-time but that wasn't it. The problem was writing. I'd somehow forgotten that I was going to be a writer. I remembered then and I began.
For years I typed every day until I found characters who would tell me their stories, rather than me having to 'make them up'. Finally that happened and I started to get published. I don't pretend to understand the alchemy that occurs when people appear fully-formed in your mind to tell you about their lives, but I'm very grateful that it happens to me and that I'm able to share it with others. I adore the voyage of discovery that drags you along with your characters to see how a story ends. Each new day finds me in front of the computer doing what I love best, drinking heaps of coffee and creating like a mad thing.
Who needs drugs when you can write!
Louise is an International award winning fantasy author whose best-selling 'Shadow through Time' trilogy with Simon & Schuster Australia was selected by the Doubleday Book Club as their 'Editors Choice'. These novels will be released as eBooks in 2012 by Momentum Books.
Louise has been a Writer in Residence at the Queensland Writers Centre, and has tutored hundreds of writing workshops at: the QWC, the NSW Writers Centre, and libraries and schools in Brisbane and regional Queensland.
In 2006 she travelled to the U.S. to present the Queensland government's 'Queensland Writing Showcase' to New York agents and publishers at the very swanky 21 Club.
She has also worked with a production company to develop a computer game for children which unfortunately didn't get off the ground, and in 2009 attended the South Australian Film Commission 'Crossover' think tank in Adelaide to create cross-media ideas and develop projects.
Louise mentors other writers through residencies and her manuscript development business and lives by the ocean in Queensland where she walks the esplanade and writes, currently using research from her Italy trip to create a lost world adventure rich with the Renaissance detail and romance she adores. Look for that on bookshelves in 2012.

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