The Days of Magic – By E. D. Miller – Published 2012

Days of Magic – By E. D. Miller – Published 2012

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 11.41.27 amSome fantasy novels are so far fetched and unbelievable that they are never fully read through, while others affirm a reality that may have existed in times past, reminding us why we like to read good fantasy. This books falls in the second category.

It is a book about magic.

How it was discovered. How it was learned. How it was controlled. How it was taught. How it was abused. Moherron as a child, lives with his siblings and parents on Dragonroot farm in the ancient kingdom of Er. On a trip into the nearby town of Hoksknfol, Moherron hears a tale from the local story teller, Bartelby Grumpf, about the brothers black who first found magic in the land.

After the death of his older brother, and overcome with grief, wishing to save his family from further suffering, he remembers the words of the story teller and begins to chant them. This causes an awful storm and ultimately builds to a tremendous tornado that destroys his home and family. Absolutely bereft and near total exhaustion, after wandering in a daze for days, he is found by a kindly man by the name of Titus who takes him home to meet his family. After spending some time with this poor but loving family, he eventually goes to live with the local blacksmith, Alfran and his son, Krowstef. He spends time there until he has grown to be a young man. During this time he makes friends with a beautiful young woman, Rivanna who has formed a stronger friendship Krowstef.

Moherron begins to feel a void inside and knows he must go back to try to find out if the magic he used as a child really works. He must know if he is right about it or wrong. After many hair raising adventures through towns and forests, meeting many different unsavoury characters along the way and nearly losing his life, he stumbles into a cave where he discovers that the story about the brothers black was in fact true. They had worked spells of the highest order according to the information he discovered in an adjoining cave. After much frustration, this is where he discovers the secrets of magic. He spends considerable time in the cave developing spells, in fact, perfecting the art of magic. Except for a chance discovery of his cave by a passer by, he may well have remained in that cave and never returned home.

Nevertheless he does leave and after returning home and discovering that his hometown has been under attack, he decides to start a school to teach others the art of magic so that the land can be protected by magical means. Initially, the school thrives and Moherron is amazed at the talent of the young students who come to learn. However, he is careful not to divulge the deeper secrets of magic to the students, as in the wrong hands, complete devastation could be the result. All goes well until some students steal some of the magical secrets. Exactly what is stolen is unknown and while some of the villains are caught, the leader is not. This is extremely worrying to Moherron, especially after discovering the death of a student, and realizing that the land could well be in jeopardy if the guilty party is not apprehended. But the search for the culprit, Atreus, goes on for years without success and his evil deeds rock the land causing death and devastation. And so it becomes a fight between the forces of good and the forces of evil as Atreus evades capture and grows strong in black magic, attacking and destroying various towns, ultimately attacking with a huge army, the very school that originally taught him.

Is Moherron able to outwit the master of black magic and save the school and the land from the scourge of evil? Miller lets us slip into the skin of Moherron and feel his frustration as he tries in vain to understand the workings of the spells, and his tenacity as he grapples with the power and finally brings it under control. Then there is the world he creates with its untamed landscapes and fabled creatures all adding to the overall idea he is creating.

The test of a fantasy writer is whether he can satisfy the emotional cravings and imagination of his readers. “The Days of Magic” echoes the themes of classics like Raymond E Feist’s “Magician” and Lynn Kurland’s “Princess of the Sword”. And while some might say that the book has its contrived circumstances, it does bring a fresh and interesting approach to magic. Although Miller isn’t breaking any new ground, “The Days of Magic” is a welcome edition to the fantasy genre and is sure to stimulate interest in the young adult reader. One can only assume that his future work will continue to enchant his readers.

A Book Review of The Days of Magic – By E. D. Miller – Published 2012. Reviewed by Lyn Asmar the principal of the college of Esoteric Education in Brisbane Australia.

Messages by Denny Daikeler

A heartwarming account of one woman’s awakening to a different level of consciousness.

If you’ve never dipped into the allure of synchronicity, it is almost impossible to describe the mesmerizing moments that begin to appear in life with their secret coded messages. Signs and wonders accompany our journey through the earth plane phase of our existence if we have the wherewithal to recognize them.

“Messages” by Denny Daikeler informs the reader about this secret side of life with an account of her own unique experiences. She starts her story by giving a detailed description of her interaction with a Great Horned Owl and goes on to explain in some detail how the connection with these delightful messengers developed. A higher power uses the owl experiences to initiate her into a different level of consciousness.

Readers will be inspired by this woman’s courage if they have never had a personal experience of interacting with birds or animals; their response to a human can be quite astounding. This account details Denny’s struggle to break through her own boundaries and, as a result, her claircognizance begins to bloom as she puts her trust in that higher power.

As she learns to ask for what she wants, she begins to awaken more, as different facets of awareness come into play. She shares her experiences in a straightforward manner, easily understood by anyone who wants to experiment along a similar vein. In describing how to assemble a collage of the things most people love in life, Denny immediately brings attention to the grounding of awareness and to the focus of desires in a more physical way. Naturally this also helps in being able to manifest those desires on the physical plane. She then couples this with the idea of non-attachment so as not to allow the retention of outworn beliefs.

Natural healing to some people belongs in the paranormal category, but Denny details an example that anyone could try successfully. That being said, her journey at times, has not been easy as old states of consciousness and belief systems have crumbled, leaving her vulnerable and ofttimes bereft. However, she is a fighter, and has a belief in a higher power she inherently knew would support her during her trials. Of course, her beliefs were constantly challenged as different situations arose to confront her newfound beliefs. However, this only made her trust stronger, and her resolve to achieve the almost impossible, paramount. She tells her story with humour as her awareness continues to open through various different experiences, oscillating from human to bird and animal and back to human.

There are many keys in life just waiting to be discovered, and Denny has found hers for this lifetime. Those who resonate with her experiences will gain much by looking in the garden of their own mind. There they will find the flowers of love, compassion, hope, knowledge and ultimately wisdom. Of course, she also subtly reminds each one to pull out the weeds of fear and doubt, lest they strangle out the young seedlings of awareness just waiting to be discovered.

MESSAGES  By DENNY DAIKELER  – A Book Review by Lyn Asmar Principal of the College of Esoteric Education, Brisbane, Australia

The Secrets of Magic and Metaphysics

Ancient Secrets Revealed in this Unusual BookA wonderful metaphysical Tour de Force, a magical adventure, a journey to enlightenment, and a rollicking good read! This book has it all, a handsome hero, a lot of pretty girls, an absent-minded professor, and even a couple of dastardly villains! This book is imaginative and well written; it is set in England and an important message for each of us threads its way through this magical book. The pace is fast, the magic is outstanding and the plot is thrilling. This is an important and groundbreaking book that in the best tradition of metaphysical writings contains an important message that weaves and traces its way through this exciting story. On the surface the book reads like a fast paced action thriller with well fleshed out plots, characters you can warm to and enough suspense to make you want to race towards the final chapter.

But, hidden between the lines and underpinning the foundations of this thriller is the Sirian message—an important message offering guidance, hope and direction. If you’ve ever felt Mankind may be teetering on the brink of a self made catastrophe, and if you’ve ever wondered why some people receive messages and others don’t—this book answers those questions—simultaneously, and in a multi-dimensional way so that everyone who reads this book can understand it on a variety of levels.

Its message brings us all into a new age—a better one that was envisaged for us many thousands of years ago by Beings many millions of light years away, they’re here, this author has channelled their message, and the result is this amazing book. I loved it! The author, Lyn Asmar ought to be on the New York Times best seller list. Even the cover of this book is mysterious and intriguing, and I loved it so much, l am on my second reading of it. This book is too good to put down—everl”

Hans von Strepple – 3rd September 2012

BOOK REVIEW of The Secrets of Magic and Metaphysics for Lyn Asmar Principal of College of Esoteric Education, Brisbane, Australia by Hans von Strepple