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Publisher's Summary

Set in the lush and dangerous world of Jay Lake's Green, Our Lady of the Islands is a vibrant, enchanting tale of political intrigue and divine mystery. Selected as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2014.
"Our Lady, heal us...."
Sian Katte is a successful, middle-aged businesswoman in the tropical island nation of Alizar. Her life seems comfortable and well arranged...until a violent encounter one evening leaves her with an unwanted magical power. Arian des Chances is the wife of Alizar's ruler, with vast wealth and political influence. Yet for all her resources, she can only watch helplessly as her son draws nearer to death. When crisis thrusts these two women together, they learn some surprising truths: about themselves, their loved ones, and Alizar itself. Because beneath a seemingly calm facade, Alizar's people - and a dead god - are stirring....
©2014 Shannon Page and Joseph E. Lake, Jr. (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"...a celebration of female friendship and cooperation. Page has done a phenomenal job of completing Lake's work after his death, honoring his contributions and vision while giving the novel an emotionally authentic, coherent voice." (Publishers Weekly)
"A powerful, thoughtful tale that stays with you long after you turn the final page." (Jim C. Hines, Hugo-winning author of Libriomancer)
"Page and Lake's voices blend perfectly, with her eye for character and his eye for setting." (Ken Scholes, author of the Psalms of Isaak saga)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Tango on 03-20-15

Life Begins at 40

Our Lady of the Islands was a real breath of fresh air. Two central protagonists, both female and both middle-aged and these two women wrestle with the common problems of many of us in the middle while engaged in an enthralling fantasy adventure. Sian Katte is a successful business woman with grown children and grandchildren; Arian is the wife of the Factor (leader of the Islands Nation, Alizar). Sian is thrust into a mission for the butchered god which leads her to cross paths with Arian. The two women not only must deal with political and religious factions that stand in the way of their goals, but also deal with all the same issues that most of us in the middle years grapple with:

When passion dies down, will friendship and respect sustain the marriage commitment?
Evolving relationships with adult children
Juggling professional and personal priorities
What do I want to do with the rest of my life? What is my purpose?
Evolving relationships with adult siblings and other family members

Unlike so many fantasy novels, this is not a coming of age story and there is little romantic angst or impetuous or petulant behavior. The emotional conflict in the book is primarily the reassessment of spiritual, emotional, physical, and professional issues that most middle-aged people have to tackle. What makes the book rock, is that these women are going through their mid-life crises in the middle of a world in turmoil and while on the run so there is truly never a dull moment.

The prose in Our Lady is fluid, dialog rings true, and all the characters, male and female, are well drawn and believable. Allyson Johnson provides a good performance as the narrator.

Jay Lake died of cancer while working on this book with Shannon Page. I read that Shannon Page is continuing the sequel with another collaborator. Our Lady of the Islands stands well enough on its own, but I enjoyed it so much that I am looking forward to more.

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26 of 27 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By fk319 on 05-31-15

A very nice tale

Would you listen to Our Lady of the Islands again? Why?

I will listen to the book when the next book comes out. The store is not rushed and takes its time to unfold and develop.

Which character – as performed by Allyson Johnson – was your favorite?

Ms. Johnson has a wide range of character voices. Kids sound like kids, elders sound old and injured do sound hurt.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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