Welcome to my stop on the Rhuna: The Star Child Blog Tour by Barbara Underwood and hosted by Neverland Blog Tours. I’m very pleased to be taking part and hope you enjoy the excerpt from the book. There is also a giveaway at the end of the post so don’t miss out on your chance to enter.
This thrilling sequel to Rhuna: Crossroads is set in mystical Ancient Egypt where Black Magic was developed by the followers of the legendary villain, The Dark Master.
As strange and frightening curses plague the population, Rhuna discovers the underground organisation that performs this uncanny new magic, but she can only combat it with the help of her long-lost father.
Having learned from her father amazing new skills to empower her on the Astral Plane, Rhuna once again strives to preserve peace and harmony in the idyllic Atlan civilisation.
Far more challenging than fighting powerful Dark Forces, however, is Rhuna’s personal anguish when her daughter becomes involved with the leader of the Black Magic movement, and the once-perfect Atlan society based on Utopian principles begins to crumble all around her.
Shocking events escalate Rhuna’s world to a breathless climax as she and her family undergo a momentous upheaval, and she is forced to make great personal sacrifices for her loved ones.
Excerpt / From Part Seven:
After shuffling around for a short time, Goram indicated the exact spot where he should be seated, and one of the Guardians scurried to provide a seating cushion for him. Once he had made himself comfortable, he looked around at his fellow-Guardians who stood around him, ready for instructions.
“Now, we need models of the Ubanti Army,” Goram said to Progress of the Wind. “Find clay or make stone soft enough to mould, then make spears and swords from twigs or blades of grass.” Progress of the Wind nodded eagerly and promptly proceeded to do as he was told.
“Charmer of Snakes,” Goram said, turning to the dark-skinned man with the lopsided smile. “We require ten small mirrors.”
“I shall make them by transforming sand into glass!” he said proudly, and Goram gave him a nod of approval.
When the clay models and mirror pieces were ready, Goram assembled them at the point he had deemed most efficacious for the harnessing of earth and lunar energies.
“This is the point of convergence, the confluence of energy currents,” he explained, indicating the precise position with his hands. He placed the mirrors like a wall around the group of encamped soldiers, leaving only a narrow funnel pointing in the direction of Safu. Rhuna bent down to look at the models and was taken aback to see endless reflections of models in all the mirrors, as if the models were a vast army reaching from one horizon to the other.
“Make a large circle around me,” Goram instructed his fellow Guardians of Knowledge as he made himself comfortable on the ground.
“Lozira, sit outside this circle,” he told her gently. Lozira remained seated, and Rhuna heard her ask about his weakness and wellbeing.
“The conflux of energies shall most probably strengthen me physically, as well as mentally,” he told her. Reluctantly, Lozira stood up and walked towards Rhuna, sitting next to her on the perimeter of the large circle made by the Guardians.
“Why do we have to sit so far away?” Lozira complained nervously.
“Any person within a certain range would interfere with the energy flow Brother Goram is harnessing,” came a voice from behind them.
Rhuna looked around and recognized one of the Guardians of Knowledge she had seen in visions. She was a woman with long dark hair, which Rhuna found unusual for an Atlan. Seeing her so close, Rhuna noticed that she was an older woman whose eyes revealed a wealth of knowledge and experience.
“My name is Seeker of Knowledge,” the woman said after Rhuna had introduced herself and her family.
Sudden silence descended on the Atlan observers when Goram and several of the Guardians on the other side of the circle began a strange and eerie chant.
“Oh!” gasped Rhuna. “It gives me awful prickly skin all over!”
“That is how it should be,” whispered Seeker of Knowledge. “The frequency must be precise in order to affect the correct vibrations enabling access to the ethereal spheres.”
Rhuna recognized the words the woman spoke, and wondered whether she knew about accessing The Infinite.
About Barbara Underwood:
As an only child of older migrant parents, I was exposed to a different culture and outlook as I growing up in the suburbs of Sydney. At the age of 10 I became interested in history and travel, and in sixth grade my teacher commented on my flair for writing.
After a lot of travel and reading about history – I started with Thor Heyerdahl’s adventures which led me to other books about unexplained mysteries such as pyramids and other megaliths around the world – I came to a point where I wanted to put it all together in an epic fantasy novel.
I have now written two further books following on from “Rhuna, Keeper of Wisdom.” The 2nd and 3rd books are both set in Ancient Egypt, and I am working on the fourth book in the series, so stay tuned and enjoy “Rhuna”!
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Title: Rhuna: The Star Child
Author: Barbara Underwood
Publication Date: 21 January 2016
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