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Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite
Quinn is the present-day incarnation of an ancient soul, cursed with the memory of his numberless past lives. He is the envoy of an ancient civilization in search of the love and soulmate he lost thousands of years ago. The Emissary by Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio chronicles his early life in an idyllic city prior to the Great Year turmoil, a cataclysmic planetary event which occurs every 26,000 years. In this original life he is called Marcus - he has two close friends, Helghul, a boisterous, ambitious young man and Theron, the daughter of the city’s spiritual leader. The love that develops between Marcus and Theron breaks up the friendship, and a jealous Helghul is enticed by dark forces to embrace their nefarious plans for the future of mankind. After the turn of the Great Year and the destruction of the trio’s society, we follow Marcus through a number of incarnations where, as an emissary, he is tasked with promoting knowledge, peace and harmony, while searching for his lost love. His efforts are hampered by his former friend, but now sworn enemy, Helghul, who pursues a very different agenda. Which line will the new civilization of planet Earth follow? Can Marcus /Quinn prevail over the dark forces that have seized control over his former friend? Will he ever be reunited with his lost love Theron?
The basic tenet of The Emissary is the concept that our sun is part of a binary system with the two suns reaching a nexus every 26,000 years. At this time a great change will take place on our planet and some believe a new Dark Age will commence. Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio have produced a compelling narrative, full of intriguing concepts and insights, which moves at a brisk pace through a lucidly-imagined history. The ambitious theme is peopled with rounded, believable characters and pulls no punches in its descriptions of turbulent times. I enjoyed the story and was prompted by the list of references at the end to look further into the concept of the Great Year. I hope the authors will accept this as a compliment to their narrative skill. Well-written and researched - a sound, thought-provoking start to what I predict will be a successful series.