by Lia London
Orphaned by a long drought, Marki and Isbi find family with a hermit named Bobres–who turns out to be one of the legendary Ancients of Drandsil. The girls discover that they are part of history, and will shape the future of their land. But first, they must topple the Regent Maid’s oppressive Realm. With the Circle of Law as their guide and the mystic gifts they have to govern Hope and Death, the girls set out to restore the Council of the Ancients and prove that unity is strength, and integrity is power.
“More than an adventure…it inspires!”
“A rich goldmine of spiritual commentary…It is rare to find a story which is an enjoyable read on one hand and a source of intellectual stimulation and spiritual wisdom on the other.”
“The Circle Of Law teaches us the values and principles people of any world should live by to find true happiness, delicately woven into an intriguing tale of adventure, magic, greed, power, action and love with characters you just can’t help but fall in love with.”
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CIR: What gave you the idea for this book?
LONDON: I actually woke up from a dream with the image of a handful of people walking through a barren but beautiful world. Somehow I remembered that they have various elemental powers, and they needed to heal the land. I liked that idea, so I started writing about them, just to see where the story would go. After a few chapters (which were discarded), I knew where I wanted it to go.
CIR: What have readers liked so far?
LONDON: The characters. They are very real, and become like friends. This is not a one-hero book, and no one is perfect. Every one–even the noblest of them–is working to become better. Because there are lead characters in all age ranges (and I do mean all), readers can find someone to identify with. The other thing that has resonated is the Circle of Law itself. It’s a series of axioms by which the Ancients must live in order to magnify their gifts to govern the elements. I’ve been delighted and touched to find even young readers making posters of the laws and sending me pictures saying they want to try to live by them. They are ideals found in any faith or philosophy, but are simply enough stated that they stick in the mind and heart.
CIR: What do you hope readers will get out of The Circle of Law?
LONDON: Of course, I hope they have a fun ride through the adventure and are transported away from the cares of their every day life. But beyond that, I hope that they will come away with a desire to be their best self, and a realization that everyone has a vital gift to share that will make the world a better place.
CIR: What themes do you address?
LONDON: The main ones are integrity and unity. The characters each have to come to terms with their beliefs and commitments, and as they do so, amazing things happen. There is also an underlying tribute to families, and how the bonds of families are empowering, especially in the midst of tragedy.
Learn more about Lia London and her writing at LiaLondonBooks.com