Song of the Circle – The Chronicles of the Stone (Book 1)
In writing the Chronicles Barry Brailsford accepted a great challenge. He decided to carry his archaeological knowledge, historical research and his understanding of the ancient lore into a novel to share the story of the past with greater freedom. Truth and fiction are exciting partners within these pages, for all is paradox when we walk the rim of the circle. There is no beginning and no end, just the journey.
In the days before the Inca and Aztec nations, a world existed that gave birth to peoples who sailed the Pacific with a message of hope. They challenged the darkness with light. They were the Polynesians who settled the Pacific with incredible feats of navigation, unsurpassed in the history of humankind.
Yet, perhaps their greatest legacy was the creation of a society that lived in peace for 2,500 years.
Their world without war has been forgotten, set aside by the tragedy of recent centuries that sundered their lives with warfare so savage it tore apart the Pacific past. Yet, evidence of that ancient world of peace is being resurrected by modern archaeology. So we walk into these stories from the province of science. But let’s be clear about the Chronicles — they are historical novels that many class as ‘fantasy’. However, others leave space for the tohunga and shaman to walk the mystery that is evident here.
At the core of this journey is a dilemma that has consumed the minds of philosophers since the oldest of times — the clash of the darkness and the light. Reducing that issue to its impact on our lives we walk with those who find the courage to walk the ways of peace amidst turbulent tides of war. They carry no weapons and deal not in death. Their power stems from compassion and the sacred ways of the Ancients. Their wisdom is founded in the magic of the mystery of cosmic lore.
What seems lost is not forgotten! When you walk these trails you walk into yourself. The journey is the destination.
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