The Soul-Drinker banished the land’s rightful Goddess and has been draining the lifeblood from the people and the land itself for generations. The Star-Seer’s Prophecy foretells that now the long-awaited Liberator has appeared. But the only hope for salvation turns out to be one of the Soul-Drinker’s blindly obedient slaves. Can the Prophecy be wrong? How can a slave who knows only pain, evil, and cruelty end his master’s horrific reign, and restore the Goddess to Her land?
No longer the dark innocent, Kyr has survived the first hell of the Star-Seer’s Prophecy, and become a man of compassion, courage, and integrity. Torn from the sacred beauty of the Sanctuary by his worst enemy, Kyr now faces the second hell of the Prophecy. Far from any help, he struggles to protect his soul from the seductive pull of all-too-familiar depravity. Will Kyr be able to keep faith with the Goddess Who saved his soul in time to renew the Sacred Balance and restore Her sovereignty? Or will he return to the foul slavery he has known most of his life? The fate of the land and the Goddess Herself depends on his choice.
In an ancient world of blood sorcery and healing magic, the Soul-Drinker, a vicious necromancer-king, is draining the life from the souls of the people and of the earth itself. Worse yet, he has banished the land’s rightful Goddess, and disrupted the Sacred Balance, sending the mortal and divine realms whirling toward destruction.
The only hope for salvation is a youth named Kyr, born and raised as one of the Soul-Drinker’s blindly obedient slaves. Kyr knows only the pain, evil and cruelty of the Soul-Drinker’s hell—and nothing of the Star-Seer’s Prophecy that declares him to be the long-sought Liberator.
Rescued by strangers, Kyr embarks on a bewildering journey into a bizarre new life, where kindness and love are real. If he is to fulfill his destiny, he must battle his inner demons and fight to find his buried capacities for compassion and courage. Will he be able to surrender the inner ice that has been his soul’s only protection in time to save the world from disaster?
In Book One: Dark Innocence, Kyr begins an astonishing and arduous journey beyond the darkness that is all he has ever known.
…this novel can take its place amongst Tolkien and the best of science fiction writers such as Ursula LeGuin. It is a well-sustained, exciting and suspenseful narrative written in a lucid and powerful style.
Fierce Blessings…is a profound and inspiring work that brilliantly explores the universal themes of brutality and forgiveness, trauma and recovery, and the liberating power of compassion. Readers of this poignant and heart-wrenching story will be well-rewarded as the courageous hero’s transcendent and redemptive spiritual path unfolds.
Fierce Blessings is a wonderfully compelling read…(and) a powerful spiritual teaching. A step-by-step guide on how to keep our hearts open in the face of unimaginable suffering, (and to) forgive the unforgivable.
Dark Innocence is a beautifully written and richly woven tale of the archetypal themes of wounding and redemption. The author looks fearlessly into the darkest aspects of human experience and explores the true nature of healing.
In the beginning, the author Rahima Warren…makes it clear that…her purpose is to provide a deep, meaningful, healing and spiritual fantasy story. ‘Wow, fascinating concept,’ I thought, ‘a therapeutic story written in Tolkien style—MUST READ!’”
A must-read for everyone.… I could not stop reading this book. Not only was the story fantastic, but you could see each little step of self-healing, discovery, acceptance.… It’s beautiful and sad and hopeful and inspiring.
Rahima Warren has written a daring, taboo-breaking, visceral, intensely felt and moving novel. It’s impossible not to get wrapped up in the characters and their passions, only to be surprised again and again. …You won’t be able to let go of this book, any more than it will let go of you. Highly recommended!
No longer the dark innocent, Kyr has survived the first hell of the Star-Seer’s prophecy and become a man of compassion, courage, and integrity during his year at the Goddess’s Sanctuary. To atone for the terrible crimes he committed as the unwitting slave of the Soul-Drinker, he plans to help his slave-brothers find the blessings he received from the Goddess Who saved his soul: healing, forgiveness and love.
Torn from the safety of the Sanctuary by his worst enemy, Kyr now faces the second hell foretold by the prophecy. Left chained outdoors like a dog for months, Kyr is subjected to beatings and derision by his captors. When the rains come, he is taken inside as servant and whore by their leader, who subjects Kyr to sorcerous torture, aiming to turn Kyr into his will-less mind-bonded slave. Far from any help, Kyr struggles to protect his soul from the seductive pull of all-too-familiar depravity.
Will Kyr keep faith with the Goddess or will he return to the foul slavery he has known most of his life? The fate of the land and the Goddess Herself, depends on his choice.