by C.J. Lewis



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/27/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 204
ISBN : 9781449017637

About the Book

It is a fact that there are only eight notes in an octave and that most western music is derived from different combinations of these eight notes. It is my belief, (to a certain extent at least), that this is also true of stories. Quite often the stories we tell are the result of what we have read, or that which we have experienced, or even the experiences of others. In the mythologies of many races, the fables and myths arose out of the mists of time and I would like to believe that there may just be a grain of truth in all of them.


This tale is based on an old fable. In my opinion it is certain that real-life similar situations took place on which this fable could have been based. (The reader can decide for him or herself which it might be.) The tale is told to a sick teenage girl. It tells of a king who rules over a prosperous city. He has a young and beautiful daughter who is much beloved by all. Due to circumstances she has to flee the city into the wilderness where she has many adventures. A holy man, the oracle, takes it on himself to act as her protector and guardian. It is a story that explores a number of contrasting emotions: Love and hate, envy and generosity, good and evel and, above all, obsession.

About the Author

The author was born in Africa and came to Britain in the 1970’s where he studied and became a Physiotherapist. In his spare time he studied and received a degree in the arts and literature. For many years he has written short stories and poetry for his own satisfaction. Recently he retired from Physiotherapy and decided to devote himself to full time writing.


Because he is visually impaired, as well as being most keen  on all types of literature, he developed a very active imagination. He consequently writes from a different perspective from that of a sighted person. The stories are therefore more concerned with the emotions and actions of the characters, rather than aesthetics. For example, in this story there is only a cursory description of the fair queen and the dark queen. None of the other characters’ appearances are described. The author does not believe that this lack of aesthetic description impinges in any way on the story since the emotions of the story-teller and the girl, as well as the actions of the other characters are more than sufficient to drive the tale along.