The book is replete with the poetry of Melviana Rumi, a thirteenth century mystic who also serves as a spiritual guide to Damascena.
There are many superb passages:
“He wondered how a person so small and inexperienced in life could have so much power over someone eight times her size.”
“Her tear fell into Damascena’s head, and they held each other in the dark for one blessed moment, becoming for the other what they had lost.”
“She had no more ability to fix a broken wing than she did to repair the scars in her heart.”
Damascena is haunting, at turns lyrical and bewitching, at other times straightforward prose that carries this remarkable young girl toward her destiny. It was easy to relate to the book’s chief characters, and to be drawn toward the inescapable lesson most obvious in the book: that love should rule our lives daily — even when faced with fear and trepidation.
Reading of this book — and enjoyment of it — does not hinge on any prior knowledge of Sufism or the writings of Rumi. It is both captivating and educational, sending the reader on a journey to ancient Turkey and Bulgaria to witness first-hand Damascena’s trials and triumphs.
I enjoyed this book and give it five stars.
Holly Lynn Payne is an internationally published novelist in ten countries whose work has been translated into eight languages.
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