Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Book Review: The Goddess of Death: The Selanian Chronicles: Volume 3 by Peter Krausche

It's the spring of 1997 in Bend, Oregon, and Theresa has grown into a bright but treacherously beautiful young woman. But she would gladly sacrifice her long, golden locks and dark blue eyes to get rid of her ghastly premonitions. Things get worse when her latest vision of a double homicide comes true right in the town where she lives. As the bodies start piling up, she and her friends must figure out why this cross-state serial killer is mutilating their victims in the most horrific way and try to stop them before more people are killed.

On Chyoradan, the High Priestess Tamenisa Larutas must comfort her friend Tura, whose husband was murdered when he tried to secure information that could help them expose the sinister machinations of the elders of the Advisory Council. Tamenisa believes she can only save the situation by donning the guise of the Nightwraith, a mythical figure from the time of the Piralian Civil War 4,500 years ago. Through her nightly escapades, she hopes to gather enough evidence to stop their enemies and save herself and her friends.

Meanwhile, 4,500 years earlier on Piral, the Selanian Conference in Tolares is over after only one day, making it clear that the leaders of the Western Alliance were never interested in constructive participation but had always planned to sabotage the proceedings. Now Nova must warn the population that an army of roughly 50,000 troops will march upon their city within a week and they don't even remotely have the amount of resources they need to stand against them.
But because of what happened to her twenty years ago, Nova feels broken and doesn't know how to cope with her feelings for the young Lord Tolares, making it difficult for her to concentrate on the immense task at hand. When she hears of a sinister figure, who their enemies call the Nightwraith and who has been killing off members of the Black Guard to avenge the atrocities they committed, Nova knows that the Goddess of Death has already been awakened, and the time when her wrath will be unleashed is swiftly approaching.



The Selanian Chronicles plunges down the dark rabbit hole in The Goddess of Death. Both tales also start to slowly leak into each other keeping you craving the crescendo that will bring it all together. Note you need to read the first two book in order to grasp the effects in The Goddess of Death. The prologue stories from the previous two books continue on in The Willow. We start to finally see how these prologue stories start to relate to our main title Goddess of Death.

In The Goddess of Death secrets, tragedy and tensions explode wide open as a hit is put out on the Catyana’s family. The Faren’s though are special. Catyana and her siblings are prophecy incarnate. To make things worse After the failed conference in Tolares the Western Alliance and their army is marching towards Nova her crew in to seize control.

When tragedy strikes the Goddess of Death is unleashed with the mythical Nightwraith by her side. Villiam’s true identity is revealed (still what is he? So many questions still!), yet what is his connection to the Nightwraith? Who the Nightwraith is will blow your mind! This is only the tip of the action that happens in The Goddess of Death

The best book in the series so far. Krausche indeed comes into his writing in this book holding no punches with his stubble undertone of the evil elements of civil war shrouding it in sci-fi fantasy action. His characters are written real and frustratingly complex. You love them. You hate them. Want to slap some sense into them. It makes them really real and true to their setting and environment. I eagerly await to see the fates that await us in the following volumes. The Goddess of Death has merely begun.


Peter Krausche was born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, to an enlisted officer of the US Air Force and grew up in Kettering, Ohio. After his parents divorced, his German mother remarried a Swiss citizen, and they moved to Switzerland when he was 13.
 He has always enjoyed reading and watching science fiction and fantasy, although he doesn't mind a good romance, some drama or mystery, or even a thriller. The influence of authors such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Stephen Lawhead, and Karl May are still noticeable in his work. The first drafts of The Rose and The Alley (the preludes to The Emissary and The High Priestess) were actually written in 1991 when he returned to Switzerland after a stay in Central Oregon. 
But life happens, and he turned aside from his attempts at serious writing for more than a decade. In the fall of 2003, he dug up his old manuscripts and started working on the Selanian Chronicles, a labor of love that has continued off and on to the present day. As with the creations of other visionary artists, it's his desire to bring light into the darkness and to suggest more uplifting and spiritual possibilities of life by placing the eternal values of love, hope, and faith at the center of his message. His personal experience has been that transcendence to higher ideals is often accompanied by the refining pain inherent to the process of transformation, and he attempts to incorporate these experiences into his writing. Last but not least, he considers himself a hopeless romantic who doesn't mind losing himself in the beauty of a flaming sunset. This personality trait naturally colors everything he writes, but he believes it enriches rather than diminishes his stories, and he hopes his readers agree.

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