Author: A.F. Firebird
Genre: Metaphysical Fiction
Ellena Ripley is a bookshop owner from a rural town in the south of England – or so she thinks. But lately, she has a growing sense that life is not as it seems. At night, she dreams of a serene man who appears to be trying to tell her something; In the day, she can’t shake a feeling of expectation. But of what?
Meanwhile Hector, servant of LIFE and the man from Ellena’s dreams, has a dilemma. How do you tell someone they are a goddess? His previous attempts have met with disaster so he must be cautious, particularly when his new trainee, Boudica, formerly Queen of the Iceni tries to help. The question is can they succeed before it is too late?
If you like your metaphysics spiced with humor and drama this book could be for you
It isn’t very often that I get to read a book that shakes me to my very core, but The Reluctant Goddess did just that. The book is pretty awesome. It’s metaphysical fiction, a genre I’ve never read before, but that reminded me a lot of pilosophy, new age, spirituality, etc.
Ellena Ripley, the main character, is struggling with her life. It’s not going at all like the way she wants it to. But then she finds out she was never meant to be Ellena Ripley. She’s Quan Yin, the goddess of compassion, and with the help of Hector, Michael and Boudica, she has to find her true self again. But this quest to find oneself has gone wrong many times before, and the servants of LIFE have to be ever so careful not to make the same mistakes again.
I enjoyed the appearances of Gods and Goddesses from all kinds of religions, like Ares, Lama, Buddha, and other familiar historical figures like Boudica, Genghis and Attila. Oh, and Tesla. Gotta love Tesla.
There were some parts that went a bit slow, but in general the pacing was all right with this book. I very much enjoyed the story, although the characters weren’t very defined. Their personalities were a bit blurry, like sometimes they didn’t have a personality at all. It would be strange in any other book, but here, in this particular genre, it kind of fits.
An intriguing, thought-provoking read.