The prompt for Five Sentence Fiction this week is:
It has been a long journey and at last our destination is in sight and a magnificent sight indeed! I was somewhat doubtful that our maps were reliable but the surveyors who were commissioned for this assignment were excellent.” “That’s true, sir, they were committed to the mission and without their skill and determination we would not be where we are today.” “Aye, Lieutenant, they had an audacious vision, sense of adventure, and courage to face the unknown; and now we will explore this new world. I am told the inhabitants of this place call it Earth.”
This blog Steadily Skipping Stones really got my attention. It asks, if you could go back in time what would you say to yourself?
I left this as a comment:
“Patricia, just be yourself, who you are. Don’t try to be who and what others expect or want you to be. You have been given this gift of your life–not another’s–yours.
The journey will be good and bad, easy and hard, filled with love and loss, happiness and sorrow. Some times will be exciting and others boring, some scary and some joyous. You will feel empty at times and filled to overflowing at times. There will be seasons of clarity and light and seasons of confusion and darkness.
Much of life will be tough. You will make mistakes–a couple of really big ones. Remember it’s a journey, there will be times to rest but not to stop. Ask forgiveness, forgive others, forgive yourself, then go on.
You will not just survive but you will flourish. You will never be forsaken or alone and there will be wonderful blessings beyond anything you can imagine. Go–live your life.”
Today, I am thankful for Michelle and her thought-provoking post that reminded me of things I have let slip my mind.
Anna lives most of her life as a man. Not because she wants to but because in the beginning she must to survive and later to protect those she loves.
As a child, in the first century, disguised as a boy she is sold by her father to a group of shepherds. She is successful in her disguise until she is taken as a prisoner to an enclave of mysterious mystical women who follow The Way. There she discovers powerful gifts within her that changes the direction of her life forever; and the lives of the people she touches.
Anna’s journey is long and difficult with little comfort or ease. It is one of unusual occurrences and happenings that are at times worldly and at times spiritual. Her life is one of contrasts; love and hate, honesty and deception, loss and salvation, and above all transformation.
This is a hard book to categorize; it is mystery, spiritual, fantasy, history. It is all and maybe none of these. Parts of the book were fascinating and parts were too fantastical and over done. Some passages were lyrical and intriguing and others were listless and uninteresting to this reader.
I cannot say I liked the book but I did not dislike it. Would I read another by Kristen Wolf? Yes. This is her first novel and I think she is finding her voice. I look forward to reading what she will have to say in the future. Whether or not I will read a third depends on the second.