Awakening Worlds is a coming of age novel with contemporary Gothic themes and elements of magical realism, a must-read for anyone who loves otherworldly fantasy. When Roselyn, daughter of the universe, learns humanity’s growing disregard for Earth’s health is putting her mother’s life in danger, she volunteers to nurture a new spirit for the planet’s rebirth.
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Awakening Worlds is an eco-fantasy about the perils of human supremacy and the destiny of planet Earth.
Roselyn, sister of the unborn Earth is sent to the human world by her mother, the Universe, to protect a child in possession of the new spirit of Earth. If all goes to plan, she will save her sister. But she must save her before humankind destroys her!
When Roselyn, daughter of the universe, learns humanity’s growing disregard for Earth’s health is putting her mother’s life in danger, she volunteers to nurture a new spirit in preparation for the birth. Roselyn arrives fresh from the world of ancient sunlight in 1784, and she soon discerns that human life is dispensable if she is to succeed in fulfilling the prophecy of the next world. Roselyn’s actions are not as compassionate as one might expect from a goddess born from the planet Venus. But when Roselyn finds the spirit of Earth growing inside a young girl whose parents have hidden her away from the world, she finds herself feeling more compassionate—and more human—than she ever thought possible.
“This fantasy novel simply blew me away! Well-written, with lyrical prose reminiscent of Dylan Thomas, it tells the story of a race to save the Earth from dying. The green message is not in the least preachy, though: it's wrapped up in a fable where the Universe sends the Earth's spiritual sister, Roselyn, to guide the one woman who can save the planet. As well as the sheer delight of the description of Roselyn's journey, there are humorous moments as Roselyn has to disguise herself as a man to achieve her aims. Tense, fantastical and spiritual, the story feels like a big warm hug. And we'd all like one of those, right?”
“Hugely imaginative and thought-provoking debut novel from J.C. Thomas. Thomas navigates the landscape of this high concept novel with deftness and ease, which is a triumph for a book that explores the perils of climate change, and the importance of respecting our place in the universe by keeping rhythm with Earth, not fighting against her music.”
An excerpt from Awakening Worlds
All that she will remember are the sensations. Shrinking through a hole the size of a needle’s eye like the last grain of sand that slips through the body of an hourglass. Twisting through the shifting fields of space, a golden thread repairing a rip in sacred material. A host of bright white beams pierce the darkness, striking the ocean like shards of glass. She longs to reach her destination and meet her future self. She will heal the scarred flesh and wake the unconscious.
Her tail is a river of fire that stretches beyond her ethereal body. She breaks through the fragile surface of the atmosphere, igniting a gentle light. Golden vapour spirals in crystal formations towards Earth. What is left of her is the essence, her spirit exposed and falling with precision like a hunter’s bullet.
She sees the beautiful creature of blue and green. She absorbs the magnificent sight in one momentary flash. She observes the steady curve in the horizon and the white-peaked mountains that form the spine of a baby that sleeps curled in a ball. The blue blood flows in rivers from its spine to its azure heart and rises as vapour, moved by the breath of the powerful green lungs.