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Length of Days is book one in the Shalemar Trilogy, a fantasy by Rohret Buchner. While participating on a research trip, Shara Kennington plunges through the ice into Shalemar, another realm hidden beneath Antarctica. The Shalemarans believe she is the goddess predicted in a 500-year-old prophecy who has returned. Shara weds King Joff and attempts to incorporate her New World beliefs and technology into Shalemar’s semi-primitive way of life. Not everyone adapts to these changes and most citizens believe a woman’s place is in the home. Lady Malina, who assumed she would have been queen, doesn’t take rejection lightly and creates a vengeful campaign that not only divides the nation, but also tests the royal marriage.
This beautifully written novel by Rohret Buchner is about brave, strong minded Shara, who adjusts to her dilemma, knowing she’ll never see her own world again. It’s a very captivating, adventurous story that emits lovely, vivid descriptions of the surroundings where the sun rises and sets once per year, unforgettable characters, and the comparisons of technology between old and new worlds. The latter is interesting as this involves a lot of pros and cons discussions among characters. Romance plays an active role among the cast of characters and there is humour and engaging dialogue. Length of Days is the first novel in the Shalemar Trilogy, consisting of about 525 pages but is well worth reading. The outcome of Shara’s fate isn’t mentioned in the unpredictable conclusion, but continues in Poetry of Days, Book 2, which I look forward to reading.