Visions of a Dream
by Justine Johnston Hemmestad
My rating: 3 stars
Publisher: Turtle Shell Publishing (April 17, 2017)
Publication Date: April 17, 2017
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Paperback: 446 pages
Available from: Amazon
Alexander the Great’s efforts toward world unity reflected his spiritual journey, in which Justine Johnston Hemmestad drew from ancient religions and world views to paint a uniquely vivid picture. Alexander’s relationships with his fellow man knew no restrictions, nor did his love of the sublime.
Visions of a Dream by Justine Johnston HemmestadCaught between his personal, emotional, spiritual and earthly journey through life, Alexander the Great struggles to unite the world as one people, tolerant of differences, accepting of each other without hatred. Yet, to achieve his goal, he must lead warriors into battle and overcome his own shortcomings as a human and the deity he was presumed to be. This is his journey through the past, the present and the future where his own actions will impact the world around him. His life is filled with influences, from love, to his quest for knowledge.
Justine Johnston Hemmestad’s VISIONS OF A DREAM tells the struggle of one man both in the physical world around him and the world that lives in his soul. Ms. Hemmestad writes in beautiful prose, there is a deep ethereal feel to her work as she portrays her version of what this historical figure endured in his quest for the perfect world, both from within and all around him as he conquers each land.
Not for the light reader, one must pay particular attention to each event, as they almost become circular in their “meaning.” I did enjoy her writing style, but often felt mired in having to attempt to understand what Alexander was told. No wonder he was constantly in conflict! Those who find historical fantasy that digs deep into aspects of deities, Greek history, the concept that pharaohs and kings were direct descendants of God that they were above those they led, this will find an audience that will thrill to each page. You will recognize different lands, different names for greater beings and references to spiritual writings, and yes, this is a fantasy tale, just not my cup of tea.
I received this copy from Justine Johnston Hemmestad in exchange for my honest review.