The Hidden Abbey

Fiction - Visionary
494 Pages
Reviewed on 04/22/2020
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Author Biography

Jodine Turner is a multiple award winning and best-selling author of Visionary Fiction, magical fantasy, and metaphysical and occult fantasy. While living in Glastonbury, England, the ancient and mystical Isle of Avalon, Jodine began writing her Goddess of the Stars and the Sea series about magical Avalon priestesses throughout the ages to today. The series is an edgy saga of a young Avalon priestess who's reborn during three different critical junctions in history in order to help humankind move through fearful and bleak times--the demise of Atlantis, the Dark Age's suppression of the feminine, and today's turbulent world. Each novel in the series is a standalone read.

If you enjoy novels about the Goddess, novels about Glastonbury and the magic of the Avalon priestess, novels about the inspirational journey to face the darkness and pain in the world and within ourselves with empowerment and heart, then you will find that Jodine's books are for you.

Jodine is a founding member of the Visionary Fiction Alliance. She believes Visionary Fiction speaks the language of the soul, and makes ancient esoteric wisdom relevant for today, helping to transform consciousness.

Jodine presently lives in California with her husband Chris and their four magical cats who go by the code names of Mojo, Minnie, Pumpkin, and BigBoy.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

The Hidden Abbey by Jodine Turner is both fantasy and visionary fiction, with a historical setting in the worlds of Avalon and Glastonbury Abbey, split between two separate timelines and skillfully developed to explore two lovers from a distant past reborn into modern day for a second chance. The reader is immersed into a world of magic and esoteric practices, with the Christian perception of life merging with the pagan.

In sixteenth-century Avalon, Marissa is the legendary priestess of the Isle of Avalon, an impulsive and spirited, beautiful young woman who must learn the science of becoming the High Priestess. But she has a secret love affair with a monk called Michael, the same who saved her from drowning as a child. Marissa and Michael are tasked to safeguard the Creation Bowl—the sacred vessel containing the wisdom of the ancient Goddess tradition that has the power to heal the world. But when King Henry VIII destroys all the abbeys, the treasure is at great risk and the struggle to protect it leads to the separation of the lovers. In the twenty-first century, Marissa and Michael are given a second chance. Can they rekindle the flame of the love they once experienced and lost and also bring back the power of the Creation Bowl to a world badly in need of it?

A work of great imagination and creative genius, The Hidden Abbey is a tantalizing narrative with great potential to entertain a wide audience. It contains hints of the historical, mystical, and the supernatural. The author paints a vivid setting and pulls readers in with the power of imagery. The characters are elaborately developed and filled with depth; they are relatable and it is interesting how they evolve through the narrative. The author creates a powerful dialogue between the Christian religion and the ancient mysticism of the pagan world and weaves a narrative that is both uplifting and heartwarming. It is a beautifully crafted story with powerful plotlines, merging the past and the present in an adventure that is exhilarating.