"Cranwold" author Jonni Anderson continues to showcase her writing talents with "The Other Side of Time," a speculative fiction novel of a mysterious land between and beyond all known eras. Jacob Tunney is an ordinary man beset by misfortune in life; he drank away his career after his wife died from cancer. His encounter with the stunning Cynthia shows promise, but before he has a chance to fully pursue a relationship with her, he is abruptly transported to an inexplicable world filled with a population of humans from eras throughout history, and even a medley of intelligent aliens from other worlds. Like all of his new neighbors, Jacob is a trapped prisoner, and discontent threatens to set the patchwork community at each others’ throats. Jacob longs to see Cynthia again, but how can he escape? An enthralling adventure from cover to cover, "The Other Side of Time" is highly recommended.
Great Book! I could really identify with the characters and I liked their interactions, their relationships. The book definitely had some twists and turns. In my opinion this book is a love story and it is a personal journey of life about overcoming obstacles and discovery of self and delving into our layers of being. In my transformation of awareness I really felt connected to a deeper consciousness.There is a lesson that we can change and become more "human" thru learning about ourselves.
Anderson has nailed the fantasy genre with her debut novel! Reminiscent of my one of my favorite stories, The Seeker, CRANWOLD is unique in voice, with powerful pacing that literally drags the reader by the collar through lifelike scenes that take your breath away. The characters stay with you long after you’ve closed the book and I’m already missing them. Hoping to see a lot more of Jonni Anderson and soon! Bravo!!
I’m sending out a huge "BRAVO!!!" to author Jonni Anderson for her wonderfully executed tale about coming into one’s own self. An old concept brought to life through an original, spiritual, mythical, adventurous, and very unique storyline. I was hooked from page one!
Cranwold is a mystical walled town known for healing and peace. A town that the Maiden Warrior found herself in after roaming from village to village, unaware of her surroundings, starving, dirty and without any thought other than revenge. She was the captain of her people, and she could not save them. It seemed like only yesterday that she found her entire tribe murdered, including her best friend Eliantra, whom she found dead in a stream along with her unborn child. There was no doubt that the attack was brought about by Conol of Creight Ashe, a man who just shortly before the attack offered a call for peace.
In Cranwold, the captain finds peace for the first time since finding her tribe dead. The peace is short lived when Conol also winds up in Cranwold seeking repentance for what happened to the captain’s tribe. As is usually the case there are two sides to every story and Conol’s side is that some of her people raided his tribe killing his wife and child among others. He blamed the captain and sought revenge. They are trying to forgive each other but it is hard to trust when you are consumed with anger. They were both victims of circumstance. Can they find peace?
The captain finds comfort in Cranwold and begins the study of healing. When a group of pilgrims is attacked by bandits, the survivors come to Cranwold. Out of two hundred people, there are less than fifty survivors. It is then that the captain uses her healing powers and finds out that she was helped by a spirit who assisted her. Many of the people saw the spirit and the captain begins to call on it when needed. While healing the pilgrims, she is unaware of the fact that Conol has returned to his home without so much as a goodbye to her.
Lucien is her spirit guide, and he teaches her all he can. When he cannot teach her any more, she is visited by her totem animals. The totem animals take turns explaining the Otherworld, a place where spirits of the dead wait to be given a new life and a new path. Her path is yet unfulfilled, and she sets out from Cranwold to find her way. She is once again having to say goodbye to the people she has come to know and love. She realizes that she feels something for Conol, and her destiny is to find him. Is Conol destined to be in her life? Can they get over the pain of the past and start over?
The captain finds herself alone again, going from village to village unsure of what she is supposed to find. Even the gypsies she meets along the way fear her. When she heals one of them, they also see the spirit. During her stay, she meets Tan a young gypsy who follows her and their path together changes Tan’s life forever. It becomes clear that every encounter in life can have an influence on someone else.
This is a spiritual journey and every encounter by the captain seems to change someone’s life. She finds out the true meaning of life and death and begins to realize that death for some is a blessing. This was a very heartwarming story and it was very spiritual leaving me examining my own beliefs. We never really learn the captain’s name, but what is in a name?
The ending was perfect.
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"Couldn’t go to sleep till I’d finished the book!"
That’s exactly what happened. While eating breakfast, I started reading "Cranwold." . . . Soon the author/editor disappeared and I was just a guy enjoying a good story. Breakfast became merely what I happened to be doing while reading the book! During the day I did what was required, but finished the book that night before sleep.
Like a mountain stream, the story flows quickly from precarious peace to the total destruction of a raging waterfall, into dark, impenetrable thickets and invisible chasms, emerges into confusing, but eventually comforting surroundings in Cranwold, a utopia where I could spend the rest of my life. Soon the story rushes on its course through treaterous forests, hostile villages, dingy dwellings and rich mansions, changing from blood-stained torrents to crystal clear waters and back again, finally returning home to the calm sea.
"Cranwold" feels like a cross between "The Celestine Prophecy" and Conn Uggendon’s Conqueror Series, which transports you into the world of Genghis Khan.
With its foreboding cover, "Cranwold" is not the kind of book I would normally pick up, but the cover definitely nails one view of what might happen there, but not the one you may expect.
I absolutely love the ending, up to the very last word! Unfinished business kept our hero/shero on her journey, till the last chapter when I wasn’t sure whether she’d find Conol, the man she hated... or loved, return to the safety of sweet Edmund and her erstwhile companion Tan, or ride off alone into the sunset like a classic American western.
"Cranwold" may be finished, but I’m wondering what all those folks are doing now. If there isn’t a sequel, I’m going to be pissed off.
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