WHEN I was first handed The Priory of the Orange Tree, I was worried that this thick tome just contains a lot of chaff. Was I right to worry? If you’re on a hunt for a story that has adventure, romance and mysticism in it, this is an amazing book. You’ll be transported to a world with dragons, magic and defined cultures. The author, Samantha Shannon, did some serious world building and packed a lot of intrigue in this standalone novel. Readers are taken right into the action with an uninvited presence in the East and an assassination right in the Queen’s bedchamber. The East and the West hold a different opinion of dragons. Dragons are revered like gods in the East while the West fear them, thanks to the history of the Nameless One. The story starts in the East when a girl named Tane broke a cardinal rule by letting a man come up to land. The East forbids strangers from entering lest they carry the life threatening draconic plague that gives sufferers a terrible burn. … [Read more...] about Book review: The Priory Of The Orange Tree
(The Philippine Star) - May 3, 2019 - 12:00am Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it. — Genesis 28:16 Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden knew what it felt like to be on the far side of the moon. For three days back in 1971, he flew alone in his command module, Endeavor, while two crewmates worked thousands of miles below on the surface of the moon. His only companions were the stars overhead that he remembers as being so thick they seemed to wrap him in a sheet of light. As the sun went down on the Old Testament character Jacob’s first night away from home, he too was profoundly alone, but for a different reason. He was on the run from his older brother — who wanted to kill him for stealing the family blessing normally given to the firstborn son. Yet on falling asleep, Jacob had a dream of a staircase joining heaven and earth. As he watched angels ascending and descending, he heard the voice of God promising … [Read more...] about Alone in space
God is nearer than we think. (The Philippine Star) - May 3, 2019 - 12:00am God is nearer than we think. … [Read more...] about God is nearer than we think.