Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Book Review: The Lightness of Dust by M.L. Weaver

 In ancient Anatolia, a young healer fights to reunite with her true love despite her father's desire to profit from her gift.

In Depression-era Seattle, the caretaker of the Persephone Music Hall finds inspiration for his art in the arms of a beautiful foreign violinist.

A university professor in modern-day California struggles to keep his lab and his marriage from the clutches of his enthusiastic new grad student.

A mysterious thread draws these lives together across the span of history and summons one of them toward an unspeakable fate. Follow the thread as mortal cares scatter with The Lightness of Dust.

About the Author

M.L. Weaver's best friends as a child were books, as asthma kept him indoors - and in bed - a great deal of the time. His favorite genres were, and are to this day, science fiction, fantasy, and history textbooks.

Matt's asthma abated but his love for books did not. Writing novels was always one of his goals but he didn't manage to put pen to paper until the third year of grad school, which, as he now admits, might have been the worst possible time to focus on anything but research!

After graduating from UC Davis with a Ph.D. in chemistry, Matt moved with his wife and son to the Pacific Northwest.

Connect with ML Weaver

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Where to Buy

You can get your copy of The Lightness of Dust: Book One of The Meronymy on Amazon for only $3.99 for the e-book or $10.95 for the paperback.

My Thoughts

 The Lightness of Dust is a unique and beautifully written tale that weaves together three time periods seamlessly. Kere is a young healer who wants to marry the love of her life. But while he sails off to find his fortune, her father sells her to a shady priest who wants to profit from her gifts.  Sam is a struggling artist working as a handyman at a music hall. His life is simple until he meets an exotic violist who awakens feelings in him he never knew existed and takes his art to a whole new level. But will their love affair survive the separation when he enlists to fight in World War II?  In present day California a young professor takes on a brilliant grad-student who wants to take over his lab and maybe ruin his marriage.

Even as stand alone tales, all three of these stories held my attention and kept me turning the pages.  When you learn how their lives are all connected, its simply mind-blowing. The book combines powerfully written prose, well defined characters, and subtle paranormal/fantasy elements that explode in the last fifty or so pages. I love how each different time period was so well researched and how all the characters were so well developed. But most impressive was the completely original plot that was unlike any other novel I've read to date. This book has something for everyone--historical buffs, fantasy addicts, and even romance junkies will love it. It is definitely a five-star read all the way.

1 comment:

  1. Laura...what an amazing review! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review "The Lightness of Dust" and for sharing it with your readers!

    Matt Weaver