Behind the Mountain – An enchanting story for young and old combining wisdom and myth
After reading untold heavy-weight non-fiction books while researching for my next book ‘The Illusion of Separation – Exploring the Cause of our Current Crises’ (being published October this year), it was a refreshing delight to read the e-book Behind the Mountain.
Behind the Mountain is a fiction book for the young and old alike. It is a thrilling adventure story which unfolds with a refreshingly light narrative and yet with a depth of intrigue and enchanting wisdom. It is the second book in the e-book series of The Seven Songs by C J Moore. The first book is King Abba, where a Utopian high-tech order collapses, fatally flawed, unable to sustain its own technically brilliant but pointless wizardry. At the end of this volume, the King disappears, leaving all in chaos, some wise souls assuring that this is precisely what he wants. Now, it seems, as we embark on Behind the Mountain, we must all pass through the edge of chaos and ride the wave of transition. Different groups will make their own paths through this chaotic change and seek out new forms of stability.
As a story, Behind the Mountain has an air of the ancient about it, the fairy-tale of times yonder, yet also an air of what may lie ahead of us after cataclysmic events unfold and current structures breakdown. Above all, it is a story of personal adventure, courage, leadership and self-realisation in a volatile world.
The two main characters are Fion the Prince….
‘What now? He couldn’t live in the past. He knew that. He had gone up the mountain to find clarity, to see the whole picture from above, to catch a glimpse of the palace where his life had begun and where he must eventually return. Now he was ashamed to realise he had been so foolish, a folly from which the mysterious voice had saved him, but it had not stayed to tell him what next. If only he knew how to find Adhemar, the one person who seemed to see past, present and future all together. What was it that Adhemar had told him? That his greatest enemy was himself. How true that had turned out to be.’
And his sister Dream the Princess….
‘Was I asleep?’ she asked.
His eyes were full of warmth and care as he replied, ‘You’ve been asleep for hours. You must be so tired with everything that’s been happening, so many new things, new people. I’m sorry if it’s all been too much.’
She turned on her back and smiled up at him.
‘It’s been wonderful,’ she explained. ‘Everyone has been so kind.’
‘They love you, for what you have done.’
She shook her head a little as she tried to take it all in. ‘I just followed my heart,’ she laughed quietly. ‘That wasn’t hard, was it? And they say I’ve done something amazing. I think that’s quite funny.’
The story both lifts the reader up and away into another world – with a concoction of enchantment, adventure, fear and love – while pulling the reader inward into deeper reflection provoked by the trials and tribulations of personal transformation in the midst of cultural upheaval. For instance, how darkness, fear and confusion can feed yet more fear; how the seemingly opposing tensions of faith and reason, masculine and feminine, rationality and intuition yield a deeper realisation of reality; and how different ways of attending to life affect how we perceive and relate with ourselves, each other and Nature. This is an important book for the times we live in and has been written in a style that makes it readable for young and old, and when my children are a little older I look forward to reading it to them.
For £3, Behind the Mountain can be purchased here as a kindle version on Amazon. You can find another review of Behind the Mountain here and a brief overview of King Abba and Behind the Mountain by the story teller himself, Christopher Moore, here.