Ancestry of Creativity

Fiction - Fantasy - General
324 Pages
Reviewed on 11/05/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Anithia: Ancestry of Creativity is a work of fiction penned by author Lee Lehner in the time travel, historical fiction, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Readers are invited to engage in a mesmerizing journey through time and space, intertwining the magic of love, the allure of history, and the endless possibilities of creativity. The story starts in 1963 with Isola Destinn, a young woman who finds her sense of belonging beneath the waves until a chance encounter with Sation alters the course of her life. When a cruel twist of fate separates them, Isola's determination to reunite with her love leads her on a captivating adventure that transcends the boundaries of time.

Author Lee Lehner's storytelling is rich and evocative, capturing the essence of love and the power of creative possibilities. One feature that particularly impressed me was the novel's vivid use of description, with ethereal language and surrealist moments that bend the rules of perception to give us some really gorgeous magical moments. The characters are also particularly well-crafted, endearing us to the journey through clever use of speech and thought presentation to develop an engaging and enchanting read that feels as though the people within the pages are real. The author’s inviting narrative style leaves plenty of room to breathe and consider as the plot moves forward, inviting readers to ponder the depths of human connection and the allure of alternate realities, and leaving them with a sense of wonder and the belief that love and creativity can transcend time. Overall, Anithia is a highly recommended read that beautifully explores themes of love, destiny, and choice, and will certainly lift the hearts of all who encounter it.

Pikasho Deka

Anithia by Lee Lehner follows a young woman's journey of self-discovery and inner awakening. In 1963, seventeen-year-old Isola Destinn fell madly in love with a young man named Sation. But after her father's work leads the family to move from the beaches of sunny Florida to the cold weather of Bristol, England, Isola is determined to return to America as soon as she saves enough money for a cross-Atlantic ship ticket. However, when she meets her mother's friend, Trealla, Isola's worldview turns upside down after she witnesses the wonder and beauty of Trealla's garden. When the tragic story of a young woman in 1818 who lost her husband is told to Isola, she enters the story and lives it through the perspective of the woman in 1818. After her return to America, Isola discovers that she is an Anithian soul with a purpose far greater than she previously assumed.

Lee Lehner uses a dynamic combination of magical realism and fantasy to tell an enthralling coming-of-age tale filled with romance, mystery, and intrigue. Anithia is a story about transformation and discovering one's own hidden potential. The Storyteller who is telling the story to the protagonist has the power to make the listener actually inhabit the story itself. The author brings an almost surreal atmosphere to the narrative, which enhances the fantastical elements, leaving you in wonder and awe. The plot is totally unpredictable, and at no point in the plot was I sure of the direction it would take next. The characters are brimming with life and full of color. Some of their conversations remain imprinted in your mind long after you've finished reading. Isola, Trealla, Pearl, and Lizabethe were my personal favorites from the bunch. Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and recommend it to readers who love transformative stories of self-discovery.

Stephanie Chapman

Lee Lehner’s Anithia: Ancestry of Creativity begins with Benjamin McCall requesting that Rose tutor him so he can write Isola’s story. Rose has him step outside barefoot and clear his mind to connect with his creative mind. Isola’s story unfolds in the town of Fortier in 1963. Isola only felt at peace while swimming in the sea and didn’t feel like she belonged anywhere else. One afternoon, she runs into her friend, Nick, who introduces her to Sation. Isola finds Sation captivating, and it isn’t long before they are a couple. After two blissful months, Isola arrives home to learn her father is moving the family to England. Devastated, Isola vows to return to Fortier when she turns 18. The time she spends in England opens Isola’s eyes to her true path of awakening. Will Sation have waited for Isola to return? Will Isola stay in England?

Author Lee Lehner used the garden of Avenlee to provide a visual image in my mind, describing the flowers and trees with such vividness that it was effortless to imagine the breathtaking picture and the feelings Isola experienced as she learned about leaving her human thinking and becoming one with her creative self. The supporting characters added intriguing twists to the unpredictable plot. I found myself enchanted by the Sakrid ceremony used to bring two creative beings together for life. The Storyteller scene left me hanging; Isola wanted more than one chapter as well. I became frustrated when Isola would ask questions and the response was, “You are only in your first chapter.” It emphasized the powerful theme of connecting with your true self throughout Isola’s tale. The end left me eager to read a sequel. Anithia: Ancestry of Creativity will appeal to readers who enjoy tales of self-discovery by a young woman.