Themya never wanted to be a Sorceress, and neither did her father, but the balance left her with no choice. Her magical Gift thrusts her in the midst of danger before anyone manages to realise it.
Suddenly, everyone in a seemingly peaceful Realm is bent on destroying a harmless, eleven-year-old girl. Question is, why?
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When Themya Daryan's gift of magic manifests itself, family circumstances make her see it as a curse instead of a blessing. She and her widower father ask from her Sorcerer Uncle to apply to have it Blocked by the Realm's Council of Five.
However, when her Uncle takes her there, not only does she not get what she requested, but she realises that she has more than just one Gift. By the cultivation of her Gift of the UnVeilable unfurls a yarn of deception and crime the culprits of which are still around, still powerful, and willing to do anything from murder to war to genocide to stop the truth from being exposed.
Part of a review on Awareness:
"Tantz Aerine's characters come alive in her writing, taking on very believable personalities of their own. She has created a world in its own right, with its own characters, yet their emotional states can be related to by all. Every minor detail is personalized to the character themselves; ranging from their vocabulary, their reactions, and indeed what they react to as well. The Art of Veiling: Awareness is fast-paced, creating imagery so seemingly easily that brings the Realm alive, with just the right amount of tension and suspense to captivate the reader's complete interest. The carefully-chosen vocabulary maintains a consistent ease of reading, engaging the reader's imagination without complication."
"Magic is not some sort of dramatic assortment of tricks; parlour performers do that sort of thing, not Sorcerers."
Tearing the Veils
Tearing the Veils Apart
dreams of a dream it all is
The Literature of Fantasy is an alluring but uneven genre. It includes in it from readings of uncertain quality to important and much awarded authors such as Ursula Le Guin, while 'patriarchs' of the genre, Poe, Tolkien, Lovecraft have deservedly gained their place in the pantheon of world literature.
Tantz Aerine follows Tolkien's school. Under the general title 'The Art of Veiling' she created a series of three volumes (the next two are to be printed), drawing her inspiration from the greek and anglo-saxon tradition and folklore. In "Awareness", the first volume of the trilogy, eleven-year-old Themya, who belongs to the nation of the Elves, expresses for the first time the Gift of Magic, which she has inherited from the Sorceress mother, during a decisive period for the world in which she lives: The Tripatria- the federation of the Elves, the Humans and the Dragons- is under attack by the invasion of the barbaric Outer Rim.
With the help of her uncle, a high ranking Elven Sorcerer, she will train in the practice of Magic, understanding that it is the manifestation of the power of Nature through the will of a concentrated mind. However, through the unraveling of the events, Themya realizes that she is much more than just a Sorceress: she is an UnVeilable, that is she can perceive but also disperse the Veils of deceit and concealment that other sorcerers weave. She will then realize that the web of treason is spread everywhere and she will find herself facing a powerful, insidious enemy who threatens to destroy the world of the Tripatria.
About the author little is known: born in Canada, with a greek-russian descent, she lives and works in Athens. What we can say about her though is that, with expertise and flowing writing, she manages to build an almost tangible, existing, parallel world in which she has the reader travel throughout the book. The core of the story is the ancient battle of Good vs. Evil, and that is why the fierce clashes in the material level, between the armies, as much as in the mental, between the Sorcerers, dominate in the narration giving the feel of the epic to the text. The 'archaically aligned' language, with a subliminal feel of poetic verse permeating it, is perfectly retained in the translation.
Summing up, I would like to advise you to read the narration closely and carefully- because it contains more than it describes. Symbols and allegories always consist the veils of the truth...
Angela Gavrilis, Art Historian
(review was originally written in Greek)
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