Serenity follows an embattled prisoner of war who is haunted by a hidden magical past. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
The story has been with me since I was a young teenager. Many characters have a base from some beloved kids show characters that I developed backstories to back in the 90’s. Slowly, over the last 20 or so years, they blossomed into their own unique characters. What started as a simple story soon evolved into something more complex. Mental illness came into play, and the project took on a whole new meaning to me personally. I no longer wanted to just share my world and story but my message. That we can all rise above our mental illness. That we can all be happy no matter what. That we call all Stand tall, Stand Strong, and LIVE!
Kain Raingel is an intriguing character that I loved following. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?
At its core, I wanted to show that no matter what you live through, you can always find a way to be happy and to find peace. Kain has lived through some horrific times at such a young age. All he wants is to be left alone but in the end, he finds something more to hold on to. I also wanted to share that you don’t have to be alone in your internal struggles. Having a support team can be beneficial to the healing process. Seeking help isn’t weakness but strength and we shouldn’t shame ourselves or accepting help and support.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
When mental illness became a major role I pulled from my own personal experiences to truly show what it is like to live with a mental illness. I also heavily researched what I didn’t know so I could portray it correctly. Living and battling mental illness can be a silent battle that no one would know about unless they know and understand the signs or live with it themselves. Many of those with mental illness battle in silence in fear of not being understood or looked down upon. One important theme in this book is that mental illness is real and it can be debilitating. Kain is a seasoned warrior but feels helpless at times because of his PTSD and anxiety.
What can readers expect in the next book in The Blood Moon Prince series?
The story will continue from where Serenity left off. The relationship between the main character and their love interest goes through some growing pains as everyone adjusts to what happens at the end of Serenity. Readers will begin to dive a bit deeper into the hidden magical past of Kain and of course a new foe arises. Readers can expect more magic, more suspense, and of course more action.
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Serenity (the Blood Moon Prince) by Kya Wolf follows Kain Raingel who is a battle-tested prisoner of war and has survived what seemed to be a lifetime of torture. However, he is haunted not only by his mysterious magical past but also the memories of the previous years of his existence. Just when Kain begins to heal and learns how to love again, his new companions are taken hostage. Now he must find the strength to confront the villain who tormented him while also risking his memories, otherwise, the people he holds dear will perish.
Author Kya Wolf’s writing will transport readers to a new realm that is filled with fascinating characters and intriguing magic. The author’s writing style will captivate readers and immerse them in this enchanting story with her vivid descriptions.
The characters are well developed and I began to relate to Kain’s character the most. The author flawlessly integrates mental health issues in the novel. They feel authentic and seems like it’s coming from a place of understanding. All of this is delivered within a riveting fantasy novel that never forgets to entertain the reader.
The story moves at a steady pace, allowing the reader to fully grasp the plot. The magic portrayed in the story steadily builds along with the level of intrigue. The magical fights in this book were some of my favorite scenes in the story and I wanted more of them. They were kinetic and simply fun to read.
The grounded but engaging dialogue between characters helps the story move along and provides just enough information to the reader. The author does an excellent job of showing the reader rather then telling and her descriptive prowess delivers some breathtaking scenes that readers will enjoy.
Serenity is an action filled young adult fantasy story with a unique voice and a heartfelt approach to mental health. I look forward to reading the next book in this series as this truly does feel like just the beginning to something that is sure to be an epic fantasy adventure.
Pages: 263 | ASIN: B095JDWZTT
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Humans are on a constant quest for self-actualization. We have a deep need to live in genuine serenity, to discover selves. People always seek to have full control of their mental faculties such that they can meditate without struggling too much.
Anam Cara: Your Soul Friend and Bridge to Enlightenment and Creativity will get one on the right path. To open the floodgates of creativity, one needs to have peace of mind and be free of emotional baggage. This audio book is a road map to using the soul friend to achieve these. The soul friend is a non-judgmental confidante who helps an individual live to their full God-given potential. The book urges the importance of the body in accessing the mind. The science of breathing is used as an example of how one can access their mind. By breathing properly, one relaxes and eventually accesses the deepest parts of their mind. The science of breathing is often used in meditation. One may argue that the soul friend would best be a therapist or religious leader but that defeats the purpose. The point of anam cara is candor and intimacy.
This book also guides the reader through the 42 confessions to the soul, these are essential in spiritual growth. Among the most important aspects of self-empowerment is selfless service. Glenville Ashby talks about being completely used up by the time of death. Giving oneself to the society with no expectations by doing the simplest of things like offering comfort to a troubled friend. Mr. Ashby also talks about thoughts creating reality. God would not punish his own creations by blessing some and leaving others in anguish. Humans are meant to create their own blessings through hard work. This is a very interesting point of view. It makes a lot of sense upon reflection. To further affirm his stand, Glenville talks about Hellen Keller and Stephen Hawking. Their outstanding positivity and contributions to the world are awe-inspiring. The author also introduces the master keys that unlock the portal to the soul. First on the list is gratitude. This is a testament to the adage; no man is an island. The responsibility to be genuinely grateful awakens a flame within humans.
Glenville Ashby has not written this book to malign other therapies but rather to give a counterproductive approach to enlightenment and creativity. The ideas in this book, supported by views from Buddhist principles and Christianity, will force readers to do a thorough audit of their lives. It calls for a shift in practice and thought. The book is well written and inspiring. It is a useful tool for one who seeks to put themselves on a path to true happiness and fulfillment. To live authentically and unencumbered by travelling back and experiencing the magic of humans’ true essence, the soul.
Quality of life is dependent on the choices one makes and the things they focus their energies on. Achieving self-actualization is a great place to start in seeking to live the best life possible. Anam Cara: Your Soul Friend and Bridge to Enlightenment and Creativity is a necessary audio book.
Listening Length: 2 hours and 27 minutes | ASIN: B01DCHO3XW
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