The AdderStane II Reviews

22 March 2019
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I’ve taken a while to read and digest The Adderstane II - partly because I’ve had time limits recently but also I found it complex with richly described narrative including beautiful descriptions of the island, and I wanted to take my time to digest it.

There are certain psychological and philosophical elements run through the novel which I found interesting. The beginning starts with events which happened in the last chapter of the first book but then we are taken to Poland in 1768 where we meet a man called Maciej who is to be known as Mackey and who is summoned for a mission to the Scottish isle - Fetlar - to secure an ancient artifact.

There, he is introduced to Andrew who then introduces him to Reverand Gordan and his wife Ann. The spiritual aspects they discuss are interesting and surprising, with repercussions throughout the whole book. Is Mackey’s presence and influence on the island seen as good or evil?

We are introduced to many more characters throughout, like the boy Henki, Thomas, James Hunter, Jerome, Helina, all well observed and explained, interacting with each other in unexpected ways. We are told of the mysterious sisters: will Mackey get to see them, and how would that help in his mission if he did? What would be the fate of the sisters? What is the strange and mysterious number 237? What will the investigations by James uncover? Will it lead to tragedy? The ending took me by surprise.

I can tell that the author must have taken a lot of time to research for this novel - it’s packed with deep detail, both mystical, spiritual and the supernatural. There are sexual descriptions throughout the first half of the book: these are relevant and resonate with repercussions throughout the whole story, and are handled very well.

This is the sequel to The Adderstane but can easily be read on its own merits.

All in all, The AdderStane II - The Seven Stars of Burgalstou is an Imaginative and well-written novel by Avalina Kreska - I found it fascinating and enjoyed reading it very much. I urge you to read it.

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I’ve finished your book which has surprised me. At first I found it difficult to read. However suddenly it sprang into life and had me captivated. It is great the way in which the narrative interweaves with real places because for those of us who live here it lends authenticity.
As with your previous book it was challenging how you wove 'certain characters' into the story. The thrust of the book, the nature of good and evil and the relationship between them was thought provoking and slightly disturbing. But this is the purpose of any work of “fiction” worth reading. All in all I will have no hesitation in recommending it, particularly to fellow Fetlarians. 
-Murray Cooper 

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Dear Avalina,
I very much enjoyed the two AdderStane novels, which I found resonated with various concerns and interests. I do know this area, but consider the relationship between consciousness and the land to be a neglected and significant topic. I was reminded of a book by Nikolai Tolstoy about Stonehenge:

It is some time since I read it, but I remember that he describes a sort of tiny being, which makes a terrifying scream, and must be kept out of our world. This was connected with the guardianship of our ancestors. I am reminded of Solomon’s Shamir, and the idea of something from another world that in some sense offers completion to this one, but at a cost, and involving a certain ambiguity. Perhaps it can also be related to the twin dragons within the earth connected to the myths associated with Merlin.

Another writer who touches upon the theme of such transitions is Lyn Webster Wilde in ‘Becoming the Enchanter’:

She describes how Gwydion, in the Mabinogion, hides/steals/rescues a tiny something which falls from the womb of his sister Arianrhod, and which he raises to be Llew Llaw Gyffes. The laws of one cosmos operating in another, to quote Gurdjieff.

The Blakean scholar Marsha Keith Schuchard believes that both Swedenborg and William Blake practised a form of sexual magic with some similarity to Jacob Frank:
Hope this makes some sort of sense.
Kind Regards,
Patrick Booker 

reality bites
5.0 out of 5 starsTerrific Sequel to The Adderstane
28 February 2019 - Published on (this review has now gone since I deleted the print version on Amazon)

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