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The Life in the Angel Carving

By Warren, jenny, Ms.

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Book Id: WPLBN0003575459
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Reproduction Date: 6/11/2012

Title: The Life in the Angel Carving  
Author: Warren, jenny, Ms.
Volume:
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Fantasy, Spiritual
Collection: Authors Community
Subcollection: Fantasy
Historic
Publication Date:
2012
Publisher: Grosvenor House
Member Page: jenny warren

Description
In a post-apocalyptic Earth, Miranda is a sentient spirit trapped inside an angel statue carved of stone. As war destroys the world, the statue falls through an intergalactic vortex and lands on the planet Arbarron. Miranda soon learns that she can turn into a flesh-and-blood angel for extended cycles under the light of a double sun. There she discovers a utopian society ruled by a wise, mysterious king, an all-powerful being of unknown origin who is said to have created the world as a haven for its diverse species of people. Readily accepted and loved by all the people of Arbarron, Miranda is charged by the King with defending her new world against an encroaching darkness that threatens the peace of all who live in it. The Life in the Angel Carving is truly an unusual and in some ways a remarkable story. The worldbuilding is nothing short of astounding. J.S. Warren paints such gorgeous settings and invests her landscapes with such surreal imagery that I was constantly spellbound by the breadth of her imagination. Her wolrdbuilding feels dreamlike and vivid in a way that is often lacking in fantasy, and is a refreshing change from the literal foundation many authors build upon. Like an old-fashioned pastoral full of idyllic scenes and virtuous heroines, the novel is essentially a utopia, a world of possibilities in response to the shortcomings of the modern world. (http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/)

Summary
Miranda is a bright spirit who is trapped for centuries inside a carving of an angel on an English church. When disaster strikes her city, she falls through a gateway into the world of Arbarron in the Artex galaxy. There, the power of the twin suns turns her stone body into a flesh and blood one. Arbarron is a beautiful and harmonic place. However, its very existence is threatened by a mysterious dark force and Miranda races against time to find a solution. Her perilous quest takes her on an amazing adventure through Arbarron and into the far reaches of outer space. Can she discover how to save her new home before it is destroyed forever?

Excerpt
Miranda had no sense of touch, no external nerve endings in her stone arms but when the King then reached out to press his fingers into her praying ones, she felt a powerful electric current flash between them. She had a vision of a being in existence before the universe was properly formed and the planets were just balls of boiling molten rock. The first scraps of life developed, galaxies collided and merged and later whole epochs rose and fell, and yet still he stood tall and proud, weathering each storm that buffeted him, resisting as the sands of time slipped slowly by. The King, in turn, had an insight into the life of William the stonemason, and of a girl isolated beyond imagination, aching, yearning desperately through her long, immobile years for just one chance to be recognised and loved - to enjoy the simple pleasure of daily pleasantries, a talk about the weather or a shared meal with a companion. The King withdrew his hand and Miranda felt shaken inside her frozen exterior. She was overawed by his supremacy and his ancient wisdom. If she had had the capability, she would have averted her eyes for he was like a living, breathing deity and she had no idea of how to react to him.

 

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