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Ancient Architect: A Fictional Order Out of Chaos by K.S. Temple pays tribute to omens and the desire to decode their mystery in relation to reality. Emmanuel East Jr. is having frequent hallucinations about a serpent. He tries to find answers on his own and discovers he is suffering from sleep paralysis, yet it eludes him why, of all animals, he would hallucinate about a serpent. He decides to see a shrink, and Dr. Mary Madruga provides him with more information than he wants. He learns that the serpent is a symbol of a new life and that he has an alter-ego that he registers as Immanuel the Beast. As he attempts to better understand his hallucinations by delving into mysticism, he encounters the Checkers Club, a society that studies psychiatry in the light of spirituality. Society tells Emmanuel that he fits the bill of becoming a messiah. But Emmanuel seeks the truth and not that which comforts his mind.
Intelligence doesn’t require validation; it simply reflects. That’s how Ancient Architect reflects on K.S. Temple as a writer. He effectively mixes psychology, philosophy, and esoteric art so that you are more than willing to open your mind to see where it will take you as well as find out how his protagonist will navigate through his ordeals. Temple’s take on the messiah complex gives a new interpretation of the subject and its relation to holy scriptures. Moreover, the story delves with sensitivity into gender issues as well as gives a critical stand on the pernicious caste system in India. Temple has hypnotic prose that immediately lures you into a world filled with intellectuals with ideas that will provoke you to think. If you are looking for fiction with brains, Ancient Architect will not disappoint.