Review: One Great Year by Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio
This is an epic story of reincarnation, spirituality, and philosophy, revolving around a “great year” cycle of 26,000 years. The denizens of an ancient peace-loving civilization are about to lose their world. They choose “Emissaries” to go forth into the world, guiding people through the dark age of the Great Year.
These emissaries are reborn many times, but most do not remember their past lives. Two of the main characters of this story, Marcus and Helghul, however, have taken a potion that allow them to remember. The third character, Theron, is the love interest.
I wanted this book to be a great adventure tale of people living through many lives in different places and times. I was satisfied about half the time. The other half of the book seemed like a discourse on spirituality.
The authors must have done a great deal of research on the places and times in which the stories are set. That part of the book was fascinating, and I enjoyed the descriptions and history.
Although Helghul is the bad guy in the book, we don’t really know why, other than he was just evil. Marcus is a reluctant emmisary, whose main goal is always to find Theron, not necessarily to be a leader of men. I found his character pretty spineless in this respect; he was given a priceless gift and an important mission and wasted both because he was selfish. Theron’s character is strong-willed, although she doesn’t remember her past lives; at least she’s a good emissary.
The end of the book was quite a disappointment for me. I felt it was inconclusive and left many questions hanging.
I downloaded this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
2 thoughts on “Review: One Great Year”
It does not sound like this book would be in a genre that would enjoy. I really struggle reading anything purely for the pleasure of reading.
If I did enjoy this genre, I wonder if this would be a book I would enjoy knowing that the end left things incomplete. I know I don’t like movies that have poor endings!
Thanks for the comment, Kerry! This book had a lot of great reviews and most readers really loved it. I didn’t find it as wonderful, although the stories were interesting. I wouldn’t say that the ending ruined the book, but I wished for a little more closure.
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